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  • Summary: Prepare to climb inside the cab of a nitro-powered 18-wheeler and haul ass from Illinois to California in a mad dash for cash. But this big rig road trip isn't your ordinary out and back. The sinister Tornado Corporation has sent a rogues gallery of truck-ramming goons to keep you from succeeding. Upgrade your truck with more than 70 insane performance-enhancing parts to smoke the competition. But don't forget to stop and smell the flowers, because along the way you'll have the chance to win the hearts of eight scandalous interstate beauties known as the Queens of Route 66. These friendly gals are among more than three-dozen characters you'll encounter, each with their own story to tell. 4 modes of play including new story modes and short cuts. Two-player split screen mode and multiplayer battles. Fully customizable trucks and 70+ parts to build your truck. 40 unique characters. Truckloads of insane mini-game challenges. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. "18 Wheeler" was good, but The King of Route 66 is great; it's vastly improved over the original, with a huge increase in gameplay quality.
  2. Everything is presented in a hilariously over-the-top Japanese interpretation of the American truck-driver scene. [Apr 2003, p.63]
  3. Challenges are all over the place, randomly ranging from boringly easy to annoying difficult. [Apr 2003, p.90]
  4. The game's charm doesn't save it from supershort (though plentiful) levels and opponent A.I. that'll keep you playing the early levels over and over and over again. [Apr 2003, p.71]
  5. 50
    The gameplay itself is unchanged from 18 Wheeler, with your lumbering truck falling out of control at the drop of a feather and the graphics looking just a shade above Dreamcast quality.
  6. Whoever oversaw the conversion over at Sega must have had the reflexes of thh Flash, because you pretty much need them in order to win the game at the default difficulty setting. [Apr 2003, p.42]
  7. 40
    Plays just like it looks: a lumbering version of "Crazy Taxi."

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Keith
    Apr 28, 2003
    Finally! A worthy (and perhaps superior) successor to Sega's 18 Wheeler. Graphics are sharp and do a good job at capturing the over the top, cheesy, cliche ridden world that is KORt66. Sound does an equally good job of capturing the ambiance, and bringing the game to life. An overall fun game, that seperates itself from a market crowded with hackneyed, mediocre games. Expand
  2. ChristianH.
    Jul 28, 2003