With graffiti on the walls, funky-fresh music and a grunchy-chic environment, you'd think that Truck Loader was trying a little too hard to be cool. Were this another shoot 'em up or platformer, I'd probably have dismissed it outright but Truck Loader is a refreshingly ghetto-looking stack 'em up physics puzzle game with a twist.
In this physics-based title from Flazm, players are put into the massive wheels of what the developers call an 'amazing magnetic forklift truck'. Frankly, it looks more like a little excavation robot fresh from a trip to the moon but that's just me. The objective of the game is simple: you'll have to move a variety of cargo containers into the waiting bowels of an even bigger truck. While this sounds almost pedestrian at first, the developers have done a great job at incorporating the usage of your vehicle's magnetic arm. The arm follows your mouse movements, and you can use it to push and pull items around the screen, or pick things up with your rather large magnet. While there's nothing particularly ground-breaking here, there's something absurdly fun about having to gingerly manipulate a series of boxes to ensure that everything is facing the right way up or snickering to yourself as you load a cracked box marked 'fragile' into the waiting truck.
Depending on how you look at things, the physics here may either make or break the game for you. In Truck Loader, things are extremely sensitive to motion. However, the same cannot be said about their response to magnetic forces. While it's entirely possible (and a lot of fun!) to throw boxes around, you'll occasionally find that the containers do not respond as intended and flop onto the ground instead of flying through the air. I would have liked to have a little bit more control over things but the occasional lapses do nothing to take away the joy of the experience. Truck Loader has about twenty levels in all. With the upbeat music and smooth transitions from one puzzle to another, it's entirely too easy to lose yourself in the moment and go, 'Hmm. Maybe, just one more level.'.