Spintires: The Game for Off-Roading from an Armchair [Video]
As avid car enthusiasts go, we presume you’ve hooned cars across rutted rally stages in Dirt 3, trounced the Nurburgring in Forza Motorsport 5, and perhaps even driven the fantastic Vision GT cars in Gran Turismo 6. We presume. But don’t hang up your driving gloves just yet, there’s a new game for the auto devotee and it’s taking the Internet by storm. It’s called Spintires, and it is a gritty off-road driving simulator that challenges players to maneuver big four-wheeling machines through mucky roads and dense Russian forests, with little more than a map and a compass to lead the way. Sound too straightforward? Think again.
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You’re tasked with hauling loads of lumber through each map and the game features extensive physics designed to catch you up, like low-traction mud and terrain deformation. You cannot simply gun it. Players need to factor-in how much fuel they have left in the tank, whether to lock or unlock differentials, and eventually will need to winch themselves out of a bog.
Happily though, the motor pool certainly isn’t short on driven-wheels. Players can pick from a selection of off-roaders, including a small Russian Jeep, a light delivery truck, and even a massive 8x8 rescue tow truck. The game also supports mods and the online community has responded with hundreds of inventive add-on vehicles – from a jacked-up Toyota Hilux, to a John Deere tractor, and even an old yellow school bus.
Players can download the game directly from Steam. Retailing for $30, it’s significantly cheaper than building your own trail-ready 4x4. Currently, Spintires ranks ninth on Steam’s top sellers list, not bad for a game that was funded by Kickstarter.
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