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"Be your own boss behind the wheel of your big rig. Bid on jobs, then hit the road to deliver faster than the competition. Road hazards, low fuel and even the police can affect the timeliness and condition of your deliveries - and impact your bottom line. It's all in a day's work when you're driving the big rigs."
— Official SCS Software Website

Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel is the first ever created truck simulation game by SCS Software. It is part of ValuSoft's Hard Truck series that also includes games by other developers. It is also the first installment of the 18 Wheels of Steel series.


Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel has very similar gameplay to most other installments of the 18 WoS series, focusing on taking jobs and delivering cargo. The game also features AI traffic, a fatigue simulation, road hazards, weigh stations, a time limit for the jobs and a simple business management simulation, where drivers can be hired and routes set up to make profit. Earlier games of the series also had racing options, but they have been removed in this one.

Load symbols[]

There are loads with warnings which are indicated by 3 symbols.

  1. Cup - don't damage your load. Even 1% damage makes $0 earning for delivering that load.
  2. Stopwatch - deliver your load on time. Even 00:01 delay in delivery resets your earnings to $0 for that load.
  3. Weight with lb sign - load's mass is excessive. Avoid weigh stations where you will pay a huge penalty ($15000 or more) for overloaded cargo. Drive on the roads without weigh stations. Calculate your route carefully (in this case) before you take your job.


All 3 symbols listed above may appear below one load.


There are three maps of different parts of the United States in the game:


The game includes 7 (after updating to 1.2 version) fictional truck models that are not customizable

  • Rusty (based on the truck from Spielberg's Duel)
  • Topolino
  • T1000
  • Brava
  • Roadmaster
  • FreightWay
  • Glutton (only available after patching the game to 1.2 version)
  • Formula truck (available after confirming cheat truck 8; this requires edition of a configuration file)


See also[]

SCS Software Trucking Games
Truck Simulator series Euro Truck Simulator - German Truck Simulator - UK Truck Simulator - Euro Truck Simulator 2 - American Truck Simulator
18 Wheels of Steel series Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel - Across America - Pedal to the Metal - Convoy - Haulin' - American Long Haul - Extreme Trucker - Extreme Trucker 2
Other games Trucks & Trailers - Scania Truck Driving Simulator