SCS Software’s 18 Wheels of Steel: Convoy came out a decade ago thanks to ValuSoft. The game was mostly relegated to niche simulation sectors and garnered a small but notable enough following to keep SCS afloat. Well, for everyone who missed out on the game back when it came out in 2005, you’ll have a chance to experience it again thanks to updated support for newer PCs and a re-release on Steam.
There was no real announcement about the game coming back to digital distributors, it just sort of appeared out of nowhere with a 25% discount and a $9.99 price tag.
If you’re familiar with the EuroTruck Simulator series or the American Truck Simulator outing from SCS, then you’re likely already familiar with what kind of game 18 Wheels of Steel is. Just imagine a decade of degraded graphics and features and you’ll be thinking in the right wheel house.
The game sees players starting off as a one-man-band, Heath Slater style, attempting to bid on jobs, deliver goods and earn enough cash to start your own convoy business. The objective is to build up your fleet and earn a startling rep as a good driver and great business.
You can see what the gameplay is like below courtesy of YouTuber WhyBeAre, who offers an 18 minute Let’s Play session covering the early goings of the game.
Man, that guy driving the truck looks greasier than a Burger King Whopper.
As you can see, the trucking and driving physics look very similar to the truck convoy mini-game from GTA: San Andreas. It’s no real shocker given that both games came out around the same time.
18 Wheels of Steel: Convoy features 45 different jobs to bid on, 40 different cities to travel across from coast-to-coast, including North America’s little cuck, best known as Cananda, and there are 35 different rigs to acquire and customize along with various trailers and trailer types.
One of the promising aspects of the game is building up convoys, which can take on big hauls across the great states of North America.
User reviews are obviously not in right now because the game just re-launched on Steam. Also, it wasn’t really advertised and you may not see it in the “New Release” section due to the way Steam now categorizes new releases, but eventually some gamers may pick up a copy and let the rest of the world know if it was ported to Steam properly and if it works right and well with newer rigs.
You can learn more or pick up a digital copy of 18 Wheels of Steel: Convoy by hitting up the Steam store page.