Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing was a racing game released in 2003 and made by Stellar Stone for the PC. It is often found on several "worst games of all time" lists.
The supposed goal of the game was to deliver illegal cargo to the finish line before your rival, while being chased down by the police.
In actuallity, the game is nothing but driving a truck around an empty race track with nothing in it.
Why it Sucks
- False Advertising: There are no police chases, no escorting illegal heavy loads, and every screenshot on the back of the box is fake.
- No challenge whatsoever: The opponent has no A.I. and thus never moves, making losing impossible. A patch was released to fix this, giving the opponent an A.I., but even then it never makes it to the finish line because there's no Game Over screen programmed into the game. The opponent stops near the finish line and never makes it across. The opponent is also quite slow and can be easily caught up with, making the opponent pointless unless you decide to drive at a low speed.
- Trying to install the patch can make the game unable to boot up.
- Lack of any collision detection: The player is able to pass through virtually everything in the game, including buildings, going under bridges, and even go over mountains. It's so bad, the truck can even leave the boundaries of the game.
- You can find an unfinished, untextured, uncolored model of a human. Even a car can be seen without any textures applied to it on the same map that the human is on.
- Numerous bugs and poor visuals: such as barely noticeable water in the river, which the Angry Video Game Nerd described as "the water trying to exist, but can't." Another error is that the ground clips through the road as if there are areas left unpaved.
- The trucks can accelerate millions to billions miles per hour in reverse. This creates a painful noise from the computer. The trucks also come to an immediate stop as soon as you let go of the reverse key. Also, the maximum reverse speed of the truck is 12.3 undecillion miles per hour (1.23×1037 mph) or over 1028 times the speed of light. If truck speeds reach to 1.23×1037 mph, players will instantly win the race.
- There are no other sound effects besides the truck engine.
- The stage "Nightride" Or "Small Town Road" crashes the game if players select it. Selecting them in a patched version of the game loads up a duplicate of one of the other tracks.
- Every stage looks similar to each other, only with very little variety.
- This game was released in its pre-alpha form.
- Every truck possesses the same stats, the only thing that's different is their looks.
- Bad Grammar: YOU'RE WINNER! (Later fixed to "YOU WIN!"), The YOU'RE WINNER! screenshot became a meme.
- The graphics quality is like a Playstation 1 launch game.
- There are so many ways to make the game crash.
- The game has music, but none of it is actually programmed to play in-game. You can even find the folder with the mp3 files that would play the music within the disc.
- The brake lights on the trucks are disembodied and float out a noticeable distance from the actual truck model (This can be easily noticed when driving up/down a hill).
- Some of the light posts don't even have textures. Instead, they show strange tron-like colors that stick out of the game.
- Some signs appear in the middle of the road.
- Trucks are referred to as cars; even the .exe file used to start the game is named "CarZ", which will become apparent every time the game crashes.
- The Arc de Triomphe appears twice in a row in one of the tracks, despite being in Paris.
- The checkpoints are so poorly programmed, that not only the game often counts them out of order, but occasionally you can somehow immediately win as soon as you drive through the first checkpoint.
- The box for the timer is so small, the timer slightly leaves the boundary of the box.
- The speedometer is unnecessarily big and takes up almost a quarter of the whole screen.
- Extremely long load times.
- Depending on what version of the game you play, there are debug coordinates on display in the lower-right side of the screen, at all times, during gameplay.
- The game was actually advertised as an era-breaking phenomenon upon release. It actually was era-breaking, but not in the way that the developers hoped.
- If you try random race mode, it is possible for the game to glitch and make your truck stutter in movement. Turning off the game doesn't fix this bug. In fact, uninstalling them reinstalling game doesn't fix it either!
Despite being one of the worst games of all time and it being clearly unfinished, gamers still found some humor in the game, such as trying to find stuff to crash into, leaving the boundaries of the game, finding the countless bugs in the game and seeing how fast they can go in reverse. Also, the "You're Winner" that occurs when you cross the finish line has become an internet meme.
Even the Angry Video Game Nerd had some fun with the game, though he still called it the most broken down game he has ever played.
Youtuber Thun00b stated that he anyone can make a better game than Big Rigs even if they don't know anything about game design. To prove his point he made his own game.
The infamous line