Truck & Logistics Simulator is a vehicle simulation game developed by Simula Games and published by Aerosoft, and it is currently available on Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch. For the purposes of this review I was playing the Nintendo Switch version in docked mode.
As mentioned, Truck & Logistics Simulator is a vehicle simulation game, and as well as driving the vehicles, you also have to load them up. You begin with a limited amount of money, so you need to start small with a little box van that can only take a single pallet at a time, but you can also tow a trailer behind you. This can be for extra pallets and goods, or just as a specific trailer that has to be delivered. You also have access to various types of forklift truck and you are not required to purchase them for loading purposes, as they are already available to you.
In order to get bigger and more lucrative jobs, you will need to work your way through some of the smaller vehicles, completing the deliveries and collecting the money, so that you can purchase the bigger and better vehicles. There are about 20 vehicles to choose from in total, ranging from cars, to flatbeds, and larger box vans, right up to huge big trucks. There is even an off-road Monster Truck, but that one is very expensive.
Once you are in game, there are various jobs to carry out, and you can select them via the green circle icons on your mini-map. You get to choose from a list of available jobs, and once you select one and get loaded up, you can follow your SatNav to get to the destination. Along the way there are fuel stations and garages to fuel up and repair your vehicle, should you need to. The map itself is huge - roughly about 24 square kilometres, and it is pretty much open world and free to explore with other vehicles dotted around here and there. You can also select day or night time, as well as add in weather effects should you want to.
The controls were a bit of an issue for me, as when I play my games, the first thing I always do is invert the up/down axis, which was not an option here. That aside, the driving and other controls seemed to be fine once you get used to them. There are 2 camera options, with cockpit and external available. You can also rotate the camera in both modes, while independently operating the indicators, horn, and windscreen wipers, as well as the headlights. There is also a customisation screen where you can liven up your vehicle with some colour, new headlights, and some tinted windows.
There is definitely a lot to do in the game, and there will be many hours involved. The game looks good on the Switch on a TV and the map, as mentioned previously, is huge. Folk who have played the likes of MudRunner or SnowRunner will maybe find this a bit of a step back, but on its own, Truck & Logistics Simulator offers a great experience on the Nintendo Switch. It can be a little bit repetitive at times, but you know what you are getting into before playing it. It would definitely be a game I would recommend on the Nintendo Switch, especially with there being a bit of a shortage of decent truck related games on the platform. It is also worth noting that there is an update due out for the game in the near future, as well as a planned release for both PlayStation and XBox.
g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 3.5 pallets on the flatbed out of 5.
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Many thanks to Simula Games for the Review Key.