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Video Game / Clustertruck

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A chaotic physics-based truckformer.
Clustertruck is a high speed platforming game in a First-Person perspective developed by Landfall Games and published by tinyBuild in 2016. It is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, and Linux. The game's basic idea is you are jumping from a multitude of trucks, in what you would loosely describe as a cluster, and that is basically it, just jump.

The game operates on a level to level base going through a total of 9 worlds, each one based on a unique setting, with 10 levels each. After each level, you get rewarded with "style points", the amount of which depending on how fast you finished the level and on stunts you may have done. You can then spend these points to buy various abilities, such as a Double Jump or a Grappling-Hook Pistol, to finish earlier levels even more quickly or to make later levels easier to beat. The game also features Twitch integration allowing many odd effects based on the chat's (And if they're feeling particularly sadistic, the devs themselves) whims.

See also Meatgrinder, a similar game running on high-octane vehicular chases, also seen from a first-person perspective.

Tropes present in ClusterTruck:

  • Christmas Episode: There is an entire free DLC world that is a Christmas themed level even if it is named "Holiday World".
  • Colossus Climb: Truck Satan is many MANY times larger than the player character to the point where you climb all the safe trucks on his body.
  • Crossover: The "Supertruck" ability, adding the Superhot gimmick to the Clustertruck gimmick, where time (and trucks) only move when the player moves.
  • Double Jump: One ability allows you to perform a double jump.
  • Drives Like Crazy: You have to keep on top of trucks while dodging obstacles and navigating drops—and dealing with truckers who can't drive worth anything and so are always colliding with each other.
  • Energy Weapon:
    • There is a complete world dedicated to them. Naturally, touching one of them is an instant death.
    • One of the chat options when using the Twitch integration is "Lasertrucks", which gives each truck a laser beam at their rear.
  • Experience Points: The "style points". You earn them by doing "stylish" stunts, finishing a level quickly and/or on the first try. These points are then used to buy new abilities.
  • Final Boss: The final boss is just Truck Satan.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: One ability is a simple grappling hook.
  • Green Hill Zone: The second level is called "Forest World" but is closer to this than The Lost Woods due to a more plain like level with lots of trees and rocks.
  • Halloween Episode: There is a free DLC world themed after Halloween.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Let's face it, the name is close to "Clusterfuck".
  • Interface Screw:
    • One of the events the Twitch chat can start is "Inverted", which inverts your commands for a small period of time.
    • The Twitch chat command "Mini-Max" also counts seeing as it makes you constantly jump, move forward at max speed, and use your ability all at the same time.
    • The devs can also join the chat to induce effects that normal viewers couldn't, including talking directly to the players in-game.
  • Level Editor: Integrated with the Steam Workshop to easily share and browse custom maps.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: The fifth level is "Medieval", and has a lot of medieval traps, such as spikes and flamethrowers.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: There is no reason or story as to why you are hopping from truck to truck, you just are. And Truck Satan was there.
  • One-Word Title
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: The 6th world, "Ancient", has you go through antique ruins of totally unknown origin.
  • Satanic Archetype: The final boss is most accurately described as "Truck Satan". That is about it.
  • Shifting Sand Land: The 1st level of the game is just a desert with a lot of trucks in it.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The 3rd is simply a winter based world with a large abundance of snow and ice within it.
  • Slow Laser: The Laser World is, naturally, this trope personified. Adding to this is the laser trucks option Twitch users can vote for, which would cause lasers to sprout out the behind of all trucks for a limited time.
  • Steampunk: The 8th world in the game is literally just called "Steampunk World".
  • Time Stands Still: There is an ability that allows you to stop time, making all trucks and gravity stop.
  • To Hell and Back: The 9th, and final, level is in hell, there is no discernible reason to be going to hell, you just end up there.
  • Unbroken First-Person Perspective: All of the game is in a first person perspective, even if you die, you are still in first person.