Spintires is full of mud and hardy Soviet trucks; it's also the top selling new release on Steam | PCGamesN

Spintires is full of mud and hardy Soviet trucks; it's also the top selling new release on Steam


Spintires has spun into release; here's our Spintires review.

Fire up Steam, click on the Top Sellers tab, and look at what’s in poll position. It’s Spintires: a game about mud, driving through the mud and being behind the steering wheel of a Soviet truck that is covered in mud. 

It was successfully Kickstarted last year, with the developer netting almost £50,000. And it’s got a passionate following, churning out videos and forum posts. 

But it wasn’t until the weekend, when it rapidly rose through the Top Sellers section on Steam, eventually reaching number one, that it became impossible to ignore. Not that it wasn’t absolutely fascinating before then. 

“Take responsibility of operating large all-terrain Soviet vehicles and venture across the rugged landscapes with only a map and compass to guide you,” the Steam description goes. “Explore the levels and unlock portions of the map whilst discovering new trucks, fuelling stations, garages and lumber mills.”

Exploration, big trucks, sure, got it. There’s something innately intriguing about driving around in a Soviet-era beast on wheels through the wilderness. But it’s not really about that, it seems. It’s really about adversity. The muddy, obstacle laden wilderness is not for man or truck. Getting around requires determination, even teamwork, and a truckload of defiance. No, mud, screw you, I am driving through you. 

And it says a lot about PC gaming. Maybe it’s because we’re well into the era of Early Access - Spintires is not an Early Access title, though - that we’ve become a bit more willing to try strange new things and take a chance. And maybe it says a lot about how much we adore mud. It’s great. 

Spintires is on Steam right now for £19.99/$29.99. If you’re not quite sure how much you love mud, trucks and adversity, you can download one of two demos here.

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Fattox(1 day 6 hours played)
3 Years ago

I'm a big fan of games that are a bit different. I like weird little things like Euro Truck Sim, Farm Sim, Kerbal, and Spintires. But judging by their popularity i think i'm far from alone in what i expect is a strange taste in games to most people.

That said, Spintires is some impressive tech and i'd LOVE to see a Farm Sim game using their engine. BUT, they have a few issues that need to be ironed out for it to be deserving of the current price.

The camera is a bit botchy, especially when pulling a load/trailer. The damage is a bit random and often hugely imbalanced. You can't alt+tab without lagging out and disconnecting in a MP game. No way to save your MP game, and only one (auto) save slot to share between all maps.

Just a fair few seemingly small issues, some of which i can't believe weren't addressed before release, that make the experience a lot more frustrating. Far more annoying actually than when i'm simply stuck in the mud with no winch point in reach. Smooth over that stuff and enable modding (without disabling MP) and you can count me as a fully-happy customer, though. :)

Tim Edwards Avatar
3 Years ago

Thanks for this :)