PC Software: King of the Road

It was with gleeful anticipation that I agreed to preview King of the Road. I love lightning-speed driving games; barrelling along the streets of a virtual capital city or powersliding round dirt-track bends at a supposed 180km/h - there's nothing better. So I wasn't quite prepared for the more stately pace that characterises this HGV trucking game.

King of the Road is a bit of a lamb in wolf's clothing. While it doesn't quite evoke the tedium of long-distance haulage, the brass tacks of this trade are the game's focus. Your aim is the build up a trucking business by picking up goods, driving them to different towns and selling them. You have unlimited time in the game, so you can develop a client base, extend your fleet of lorries and, ultimately, if you are half the road freighter you think you are, gain supremacy in the business.

So, it's a strategy game - more or less. You still spend all your playing time behind the wheel, it just it happens to be a 16-tonner instead of a Subaru Impreza.

Rather than straining the laws of physics in a headlong race against the clock, you try to keep your vehicle roadworthy by, well, keeping it on the road. Knock down a small road sign and a couple of trees and your steering's finished and you can't get out of first gear. Then your livelihood is gone and you're back to building up the business from nothing.

It doesn't take long to work out that this is a little more cerebral than your average rally-fest. Careful driving and substantial planning ahead are the tactics that'll win you this game, and the weird thing is, I soon began to enjoy it. Once I'd learned how not to crash.

Publisher: JoWood Productions.

Developer: JoWood Productions.

URL: www.jowood.com.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Simon Easterman

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Taking cybersecurity to the highest level and order now for a special discount on the world’s most awarded and trusted cybersecurity. Be aware without a care!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?