(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time or money.)
Pocket Trucks: Route Evolution snuck out onto the App Store last month sometime. I just happened to run across an ad on Instagram when I saw it. I’ve been a fan of all of Nimblebit’s games and loved Pocket Planes and Trains. So, I was really looking forward to this one. If you’ve played any of the other “Pocket” games, Pocket Trucks is exactly what it sounds like. You manage trucks as you deliver goods across the good old U.S. of A. The core gameplay loop is pretty simplified. You click on a truck, add the freight, tap the city it’s going to, and off you go. From there, it’s a waiting game. Depending on the truck you are using and the distance you are traveling, deliveries can take anywhere from a minute to an hour. Unfortunately, once a truck is moving there isn’t much to do. Unlike Pocket Planes/Trains where you can tap on coins every so often as you watch, Pocket Trucks doesn’t really do that. Every so often you will get a coin/dollar reward, but they are far and few between. Pocket Trucks has a solid foundation. Once you get a handful of trucks purchased, the logistics part of the game gets pretty fun. You’ll find yourself strategizing every run you make to maximize profits. It’s honestly a fun game once you sink a little time into it. Unfortunately, Pocket Trucks also come with its flaws. Outside of it being a bit buggy, the game feels a bit more greedy this time around. There are VIP packs, a “Pocket Pass” subscription service, and tons of different IAPs. My biggest gripe is that each city has a limited amount of freight. So, besides waiting for trucks to make their deliveries, you’re also waiting for cities to build up freight. So, it becomes one of those games where you open it up, tap a few buttons, and close it back down. Where’s the fun in that? Complaints aside, Pocket Trucks: Route Evolution is a good start. With a couple bugs squashed and a few tweaks, it can be another gem by Nimblebit.
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