A few days ago developer Owlchemy Labs (comprised of the guys who made Super Ramen BROTHers [Free] in 24 hours) released a new video for Smuggle Truck, the first game under their new studio moniker. Smuggle Truck is a 2D side-scrolling physics-based driving game where the object is to reach the finish line of each level while hanging on to as much of your cargo as possible. In this case the “cargo” is actually people who are prone to flying out of the truck bed as you go speeding over the terrain.

Development of Smuggle Truck began back in August of last year as a quick weekend project for an entry into a game jam-style contest. The developers have spent the last two months fleshing out the game, and recently it underwent a complete graphical transformation after the two-man team of Owlchemy happened upon a collaboration opportunity with former LucasArts artist Bill Tiller, whose cartoonish style you may recognize from The Curse of Monkey Island and other LucasArts titles. Smuggle Truck looked alright before, but it looks really fantastic now with the redone art. Have a look at this early teaser trailer for the game:

One interesting aspect about Smuggle Truck is the inclusion of a level editor, which is essentially the same editor the developers have used to create the levels in the game. They have recorded a brief video showing a work in progress version of this level editor in action, in anticipation of a level creation contest they plan on holding in mid-February. Smuggle Truck won't be releasing until March, but Owlchemy will be dropping the level editor before then and anybody will be able to create levels on their computers and submit them as part of the contest. The grand prize will be a character with your likeness added into the final version of the game as one of the people in the back of the truck.

You can keep tabs on the upcoming contest by checking out the Owlchemy website or Facebook page, and the developers have been dropping new information in our forums as well. With a silly premise and great looking artwork, we'll be keeping our eye on Smuggle Truck as it nears its March release on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and the web.

  • Freeway82

    Doodle truck already did this and looks far better at it. Next please.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      What a dismal world we would live in if all games were immediately dismissed after 30 seconds of work-in-progress video.

      "Hey, check out the teaser for the new Halo game"

      "Wolfenstein already did that 20 years ago... NEXT!!"

      • Festival

        So true.

      • Anonymous

        Looks pretty cool, TBH. I like the art work 🙂 Hoping for integration with Game Center!

      • http://twitter.com/OwlchemyLabs Owlbert Einstein

        We'll be integrating Game Center. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Instant buy! 😀

    • Guest

      Doodle Truck didn't strike me as the first smuggle-illegal-Mexican-immigrants-to-the-other side-of-the-border simulator. This does though 😉

  • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

    Instant Buy, looking Funny. Speciall that Leveleditor migh be Cool. I hope that this Game will have some Kind of Story too and also different Mission/Leveldesign.

    Looking forward for more Information about this Game.

    • http://twitter.com/OwlchemyLabs Owlbert Einstein

      Thanks for the feedback. We're definitely working on getting some interesting elements in the mix to spice up gameplay / mission design. Things like physics-affected objects (think a see-saw that you have to drive over, and slow down for it to tilt forward). Also items that drop from the sky such as powerups, babies, TNT, etc. That should add some new elements to gameplay. We'll be sure to show you our new features as soon as they're ready.

  • No

    I will bet my next paycheck that liberal "Obamatrons"® call this game racist and pull it from the app store if it gets popular.

    • http://twitter.com/OwlchemyLabs Owlbert Einstein

      Good point. We're very careful about how we present our game. For example, you won't see specific nationalities being represented, nor will specific real-world locales be represented. The rabbit hole of labeling religions or races goes quite deep so we want to make something hilarious and fun, not step on any one specific target.

      Adult Swim, Family Guy, South Park, etc, all do a great job of insulting everyone equally, so we try to learn a thing or two about satire from them.

  • Anonymous

    oh man, this looks so rad! I don't usually comment but this is awesome enough that it's an instant buy for me.

  • http://ricoh-gr-diary.blogspot.com/ Cristian

    Looks great, I wuold like to see some chase sequences with jeeps and maybe even helicopters from the border patrol and definitely destructible environments so you can drive through roadblocks and so on. Driving throgh rivers that slow you down would also be fun as well as having different cargo. Maybe also a random generated endless mode.

    I don't care much about achievements so I hope it has a fun story mode or story elements in it.

    The art looks great though and with the level editor it will be a sure purchase for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Agureeva-Olga/100001281317165 Agureeva Olga

    Doodle Truck is a clone of flash game Mining Truck, created by Anton Karlov from Russia and ported to iPhone by Gameera inc. ( Yes, Mining truck is available for iPhone ). So this is a third (?) clone of Mining Truck ?

  • ThePixelMan

    Please, please, please, release this on the New Zealand App Store!
    The game looks insanely good, but I live in NZ!

  • Jay

    hahah that looks great

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cristiano-Fernandez/100001794208078 Cristiano Fernandez

    Smuggle Truck seems racist and plain ol disrespectful.

    The 1st game to start all this discussion was not Smuggle Truck, it was JOSE COMES TO USA. If you ask me this is a real adventure game with a real story line and everything.