Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. A fast, fluid, and gorgeous game, with a remarkable control scheme, a gratifying sense of progression, and its own unique sensibility. With a launch title like this, the Wii comes out of the gate swinging, demanding to be taken seriously.
  2. A lightening fast and frantic thrill ride from beginning to end, and well worth a purchase.
  3. My balance issues aside, Excite Truck delivers a fresh racing experience that emphasizes strategy over speed. [Jan. 2007, p.110]
  4. Excite Truck is a very fun, fast, and – dare I say it – exciting return to grass roots arcade style racing. There no tuning to worry about, no license tests, and no underground street cred here. All of those things can be found elsewhere. Excite Truck is just about racing, and it excels in this regard.
  5. Okay, so Excite Truck skips a few beats in the way of options and multiplayer modes. But at its core it's a fantastic racer with stunning speed and awesome gameplay. [Feb 2007, p.58]
  6. A few more tracks would have been nice though.
  7. An amusing arcade racer with heavy emphasis on speed and outrageous jumps. The morphing tracks are nice. It is a bit too short, though. A career mode would have been better. [Mar 2007]
  8. It plays smooth and fast, and like a bright flame it burns out earlier than it should.
  9. Despite it being shallow and lacking in many categories, it has the most important factor when it comes to video games. Fun.
  10. 80
    As a game that bursts right out of the gate as a launch title for the system, Excite Truck is a fulfilling, fun, energetic arcade-style racer that features a good balance of technology and technique.
  11. A unique, exciting, and replay value-packed learning experience. ("Learning" in the sense that the game teaches you how to drive with a Wii remote.)
  12. 80
    The intuitive, though expected, use of the Wii remote presents unique gameplay options that enhance the control and feel of your vehicle and go a long way towards making the gameplay more interesting.
  13. This is Nintendo's best console racer since "F-Zero GX," although it will appeal to a somewhat different crowd than that hardcore series.
  14. 80
    Excite Truck is fun to play. It’s as simple as that.
  15. Excite Truck may underwhelm with its audio/visual presentation, but it has gameplay in droves. The high-speed acrobatics that would have had you pumping quarters into an arcade machine five years ago have been fine-tuned to create a console game that will keep you coming back for more.
  16. The game's a source of surprisingly inexhaustible enthusiasm.
  17. If you’re looking for a serious racer this isn’t for you, but if you just want some quick arcade style action this could be right up your street.
  18. Possibly one of the most underappreciated titles for the Wii, Excite Truck reminds us of why we started playing games in the first place - pure, unadulterated fun. If we get treated to an Excite Truck 2 we will be very, very happy.
  19. Our advice is this - snap up this underrated little racer, because you won't regret it. It might not offer a billion options and a trillion tracks, but for the time it lasts you'll be playing with a ruddy great big grin on your face.
  20. A skimpy package that you'll probably finish in record time. Definitely exciting, but also a great advertisement for videogame rentals. [Feb 2007, p.54]
  21. 75
    Although not super deep, Excite Truck is a fun little Wii game. I’m most disappointed by the lack of four-player split-screen.
  22. Excite Truck is as boisterous and cantankerous as your mother-in-law was when you forgot to call on her birthday. It's engines roar. It's music snarls. There's nothing sedate or stately about it. And, that's why it's simple but thrilling mindless fun.
  23. 75
    What works about Excite Truck? Simply put, its use of the Wii Remote provides a more tactile feel to an otherwise straightforward destruction derby racer. Without the Wii's controller, Excite Truck would barely be worth a glance.
  24. The racing is fast, fun and innovative with the Nintendo motion sensitive controller. The ride might not last long, but while you're behind the wheel you'll have a smile on your face.
  25. Excite Truck isn't the kind of game that's going to win "Racer of the Year 2006," but it sure is a lot of fun.
  26. The most underrated of all the launch titles, Excite Truck takes some getting used to(all of the tilt style racers do)but once you're in the zone, this is an adrenaline-charged racer with a lot to offer. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
  27. Excite Truck does a great job of showing what Nintendo set out to do when developing the Wii and its innovative controller.
  28. The audio leaves a little to be desired. It’s your standard generic racing soundtrack.
  29. Your enjoyment of Excite Truck will depend on how often you want to bust out the game for multiplayer purposes.
  30. Brilliantly entertaining (and occasionally frustrating) while it lasts, but it's short. [Jan 2007, p.66]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. AS
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    Best racer on the Wii. Graphics are amazing especially the effects and blur. Sound and music are excellent. Controls work PERFECTLY.....and Best racer on the Wii. Graphics are amazing especially the effects and blur. Sound and music are excellent. Controls work PERFECTLY.....and most of all the game is insanely fun! Gameplay is like a rollercoaster with super fast trucks and huge air. EASILY the best racer on the Wii. Ignore the negative reviews....this game is just so fun to play not to mention look at. Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    8
    A sheer fun, unique high speed racing game, which requires arcade-like skill and precision to land ridiculous stunts and combos and gain anA sheer fun, unique high speed racing game, which requires arcade-like skill and precision to land ridiculous stunts and combos and gain an advantage in the race. You've never played a racing game quite like this, and I guarantee it's fun as hell. Screw realism, this has perfect gameplay and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The longevity of the game is also excellent - getting gold medal can be quite the challenge. Your vehicle will race at the speed of a jet and you will tilt the remote to hover mad amounts of time in the sky and land right in front of a vehicle 5 seconds later after having earned a 5 star bonus for hover, then you will at the last minute make a sheer turn and barely avoid a tree after getting the nitro powerup and destroying an entire forest leaving it in a blaze as you fast track to first, barely knowing what just happened. Full Review »
  3. MickeyM
    Oct 8, 2008
    10
    Brilliant game, not a simulation racing game but more of an arcade style kind of game and is loads of fun. Overall it is one of the very best Brilliant game, not a simulation racing game but more of an arcade style kind of game and is loads of fun. Overall it is one of the very best racing games I've ever played. Full Review »