Switch version tested
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Drunken UPS Delivery Simulator 2020
Ever wondered what it would be like to have absolutely no control over your extremities while trying to deliver parcels? Well, wonder no more, my faithful readers! We’re Five Games and tinyBuild Games make that dream a reality with Totally Reliable Delivery Service!
You play as a newly hired unnamed delivery person who is dropped into an open-world full of tornadoes, explosions, rockets, helicopters, and steam blasting manholes. The controls are VERY unwieldy, but much like Human Fall Flat, Octodad, and other physics-based games, that’s the main gimmick and wherein lies the challenge. You have several vehicles (which also have rather unwieldy controls) at your disposal to help you get the parcels from point A to point B. From your basic delivery truck and utility cart to motorboats and booster rockets, you have everything you need to deliver across land, sea, and air!
There’s really no story to the game. It’s essentially a giant playground, which I really dig. There are parcel stations spread around the world that serve as your “missions.” Walk up to one, flip the switch, and get the package to its destination as quickly or as safely as possible. There’s standard deliveries in which you must deliver the package in the allotted time, fragile deliveries in which you try to get the package to the destination without damaging it too much, and red hot rush deliveries where the time limit is even more restricting. The latter are among the more difficult deliveries.
Music and graphics are a pretty generic affair, but these kinds of games don’t really rely on those aspects and tend to focus more on the strange gameplay mechanics. The music blends together into one (kinda catchy) track that you will likely tune out fairly quickly. The graphics are pretty bland, but they do what they set out to.
One thing that did bother me is that the tutorial text that pops up on the screen is COMPLETELY WRONG! The text tells the player to press B to jump and A to dive when the default controls are the opposite. Seems like a simple detail that should have been easily corrected. Speaking of the tutorial text, it constantly keeps popping up to tell you things that it has already told you MULTIPLE times. I turned them off and when I came back to the game the next day, they had turned themselves back on. Not a huge deal, but quite annoying nonetheless. Also, the character customisation menu pushes the paid cosmetic DLC on you every chance it gets, which I’m not a fan of.
Annoyances aside, this game can be a lot of fun and can make for some hilarious moments. Grabbing a fire extinguisher almost always ends in you being launched through the air in a humorous fashion. Tornadoes will hurl you through the air and even sweep your pants right off your butt leaving you to wander around in your skivvies. Those are just a couple of examples of the different moments that will have you holding your capture button to record and post videos to your different social media platforms.
Two words can best describe this game: Stupid. Fun. Much like Goat Simulator, Human Fall Flat, and other games before it, it falls into that “so bad, it’s good” category, which I find highly entertaining, myself. For $14.99/£13.49, there’s a ton to do in this giant open-world playground and lots of memorable, funny moments to share with your friends.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 01/04/2020
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Action, Simulation
Developer: We’re Five Games
Publisher: tinyBuild Games
Download link: eShop