I have to admit that I am known for occasionally – very rarely mind you – shirking my duties, loading up some insanely addictive game, and spending hours releasing my stress and worries. Now, not every game out there is capable of doing that. Sometimes, solitaire just doesn’t cut it.
When I look for one of those games, I usually turn to my Android tablet so that I can sit back on the couch and really relax while playing. One of the most heart-pounding and addictive games I’ve discovered is one called Monster Truck Mayhem. You can find the game with the Google Play app, and trust me, even the free version offers hours of fun.
A few years ago, Karl covered Truck Destroyer, a classic style monster truck arcade game offered at Shockwave. I also covered Rigs of Rods, a simulation game that amazingly even featured its own monster truck. To my surprise and delight, there is also a selection of monster truck games offered for the Android platform, and in my opinion the arcade-style Offroad Legends game is one of the best.
A Challenging Monster Truck Game
If you’re worried about learning how to play a new game, have no fear. The controls are insanely easy to learn, and you’ve be presented by the controls the moment you launch the game. It’s really pretty simple, the side arrows, which you can either tap on the left side of the screen (or change the game controls to tilt mode) will control whether you lean your monster truck back or forward. This will prevent you from flipping over at inopportune moments in the game. Then of course, there’s the throttle and break on the right side of the screen.
If you think you’re up to the Monster Truck challenge, go ahead and tap that throttle. I dare you!
If you question whether this game is actually fun, just take one look at the screenshot below. This was a couple of seconds after I launched my monster truck off of a ramp at the very top of the hill. Believe it or not, if you know just how to tilt the truck and at what speed to take the jump, you can land from a jump of this height without completely destroying your vehicle (although you’ll probably inflict some bit of damage – that goes without saying).
How do I know the correct way to land? It’s because you learn through failure.
Yes, that screenshot above is right after a direct four-wheel landing from an insanely high jump. Both oversized front wheels blew right off the truck, and the front axles just plowed directly into the dirt track – my truck getting inflicted with a whopping 30% of damage. There’s no going anywhere after losing your front wheels. Time to restart!
Let me just say though, practice makes perfect, and you’ll be rewarded for successfully completing each track. You will receive vehicle upgrades, such as this first upgrade to the coolest monster truck (or car?) ever. This thing has tons of power!
In fact, the upgraded vehicles will have enough power and speed to take on jumps that your previous vehicle could never manage, like this death-defying launch over a seemingly endless chasm.
No, I didn’t make it across the first time, and yes, that’s a pool of lava at the bottom. Just another special touch to make sure that there are absolutely no survivors at the bottom. Explosions are included, free of charge.
By the way, not all upgrades are for power of speed. Sometimes you may get an interesting bonus round where your challenge isn’t so much jumping and bouncing on four monster truck tires, but instead navigating something like a flower-power hippie VW bus along a treacherous, snow-covered mountain pass.
Or in the next round, you may discover that your task at hand is to navigate a hot pink cargo truck loaded with boxes up and down a crazy dirt trail to the end. Your job is to get the cargo to the finish line in one piece, and under the time limit. It sounds a lot easier than it actually is.
Once you complete the last track of the first CUP, which makes up the free version of the game, you can purchase additional levels by purchasing points (for real money of course).
You can browse through the available CUP choices in the menu to see just how many tracks this game offers – there are lots, representing hours of literal monster truck mayhem.
In all honesty, I’ve never gone to the paid version yet. I plan to, but I’ve had so much fun playing all of the tracks in the free version over and over that I haven’t had the need. I’m sure I will once I get sick of those tracks – but the ability to try out different tracks with different cars in the garage just adds a whole new element of fun to the game.
So try out Offroad Legends, and see if you can navigate these high-altitude leaps over cliffs and mountains, and discover whether you can land your monster truck without blowing a tire or two – or blowing up your ride!
Do you like Offroad Legends? Are there other monster truck games for Android that you like to play? Share your feedback and tips in the comments section below!