Monster Trucks are an international phenomenon and this time it's up
to Wii gamers to experience this outlandish extreme sports.
Featuring a variety of "Monster" trucks of all different shapes and
sizes, Monster Jam will allow players to engage in a variety of
different gameplay modes as they drive over cars, fly through the
air and race their way to victory in this "big" truck racing title
on the Wii.
The game of Monster Jam also boasts the "official" Monster Jam
license which means all the vehicles and tracks in the game are
similar to their real-world counterparts that means fans of the
series can now experience their own Monster Truck madness as they
attempt to appease the crowd and win a victory for their team.
its essence, Monster Jam is your traditional racing title, however
instead of cars, gamers have access to a variety of different
monster trucks (20 to be exact) that include the Grave Digger,
Monster Mutt and Bounty Hunter to name a few. Although the title
does contain your traditional races, you can even compete in other
gameplay modes that include stadium races, freestyle competitions,
outdoor circuits and some instant action races to get you into the
spirit of the title.
The gameplay is quite non-linear due to the fact you can race a
variety of different trucks and also race on 9 different stadiums
that are all quite different. For instance, you can race in a ski
resort or even through an airport graveyard which is quite
entertaining because the developers have ensured that the tracks are
littered with destructible objects from gas stations to school buses
as you attempt to race, bump and win your way to victory.
The races in the title are the winner of the game due to their high
speed nature and destruction but unfortunately the freestyle aspect
of the title which is a "Free for all" but the maneuvers are
difficult to pull off which makes for some frustrating gameplay.
However, the challenge of Monster Jam is winning the World Finals
which is a feat in itself. The two player aspect of the title
is fun as both of you are trying valiantly to control these giant
trucks and does make you think that this is a strange game indeed.
The control system of Monster Jam on
Wii is quite difficult to master and feels quite unresponsive with
most of the vehicles in the game. Even though the title uses the
innovative Wii control system, it fails to give the gamer a sturdy
game engine such as Mario Karts or Speed Racer. Although trucks
should not handle as cars, the fun level is knocked down due to the
control system of the game.
Graphically, the title is visually
impressive on the Wii with detailed gaming stadium designs to the
star of the game, the trucks themselves which perform quite well for
these huge off-road beasts. The title also contains variety amounts
of detail such as dirt and tyre marks which all interact with the
The lighting and special effects in the title are quite decent and
match that with immersive soundtrack and a plethora of sound effects
and one could be mistaken in thinking that they are a Monster Truck
conclusion, Monster Jam is quite a difficult racing game that novice
players may be weary of, however if you are after a game that
requires more skill than Mario Kart, then you may want to check out
this game but be warned, even though I have been playing the Wii
since its release in Australia, the control system unfortunately
leaves a lot to be desired.