Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. An all too familiar Sega story: a refreshing new take on an old genre, featuring great control, sharp graphics, but crippled by lack of depth.
  2. 80
    No real levels have been added to the original arcade version, so the game ends just when you’re revving up.
  3. 78
    A blast while it lasts, but when you're done, you won't find much more fun. 10-4 that, good buddy.
  4. The graphics are everything we've come to expect from Sega's Naomi-based arcade games, and the ultra-fluid frame rate makes up for any realism the graphics may be lacking. But unless the arcade experience at home is enough for you, 18 Wheeler will ultimately leave you disappointed.
  5. Sega’s latest arcade conversion looks good and plays even better, just don’t expect to be playing this one for longer than a weekend. Only hardcore arcade fans need apply.
  6. Great graphics, excellent sound, and solid controls are all offset by a game that’s over before it started. This one is way too short.
  7. For what it sets out to do, that is to be a home version of the arcade game, 18 Wheeler gets a 99% perfect score, since the only thing missing is that extra driver. But as a game you play at home, it's just way too short.
  8. It isn't that the game isn't solid and fun. It's just that most players will wonder why they didn't just stick a couple of bucks in the arcade machine instead.
  9. The game is fun when you sit down with it, but two hours later you'll have seen everything there is to see.
  10. Sharp graphics, explosive action, and an Internet multiplayer mode earn a big ten four.
  11. Without the fromping huge arcade cabinet, the steering wheel as big as your head and a few friends fighting over who gets to play next, it just isn't the same.
  12. A faithful conversion of the enjoyable arcade original, but a game with no longevity whatsoever.
  13. Not recommended for those who crave speed. Remember folks, you won't be driving a Skyline, NSX, or even a Gremlin. You will be at the helm of a big diesel monstrosity. Head down a straightaway, give your 500hp vehicle some juice and your will notice an 80 mph top speed.
  14. I suggest gamers shortchange Sega by spending only $3.99 to rent this miniscule title that will only be enjoyable truly for a weekend or so of fun.

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