I have never in my life thought I would be playing a game where all you had to do was deliver packages to people. While the concept seems boring and repetitive, the folks at We’re Five Games really know how to turn it into the most stressful, difficult, and exciting thing ever. Totally Reliable Delivery Service falls into the same sort of category as Gang Beasts and Goat Simulator. It takes advantage of rag doll physics, using it to create an enjoyable gaming experience. Fumbling and stumbling around to deliver packages is a lot of fun don’t get me wrong, but that same exciting energy can only last for so long.
During my gameplay, the first thing I had to master was the controls. You use the left and right triggers to grip onto items and use the left and right bumpers to raise your arms up in the air. Now you might be thinking, “Only two main controls? This sounds like a basic easy game.” Well…yes, but no at the same time. Like I said before while the concept sounds easy there’s multiple challenges you face while making deliveries and there’s hundreds of different types of deliveries you make throughout the game. Those deliveries can vary from using a car, truck, airplane, helicopter, boat, ziplines, sewer grates – yes even sewer grates – and many more wacky ways.
Even the items that you deliver vary wildly, from different items such as regular boxes, propane tanks, ice blocks, and giant crates. There are different types of deliveries that you make in the game. One type is a race against the clock where you have to deliver in a certain time limit, and the other is a type where the package can only take a certain amount of damage during delivery. There’s even a bomb defusal one as well where you have to be extra cautious and sensitive to the package.
All these deliveries kept my interest in the game along with the ragdoll physics. After getting either a gold, silver or bronze rating on a delivery you get currency which allows you to unlock different types of vehicles/skins and you even have a chance to unlock cute and humorous clothing/facial options for your character. The one factor that I love is that there is no “right” way to make a delivery. You can be as creative as you want as long as you get the job done. Even when I literally spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to fly a helicopter I was still finding myself raging out and laughing the whole time. The biggest downfall I have with the game is its single-player experience.
Playing by yourself Totally Reliable Delivery Service can only hold your attention for so long. After doing some of the missions and failing over and over again you kinda wanna give up and come back to the game later. With friends though it’s a whole new experience. Going online with other people I had a blast as we kinda just messed around with the environment and the world itself and tried to do deliveries. It’s a lot more enjoyable than the single-player experience so I would recommend you to do this instead. It’s one of those games where I would play with friends more often than by myself.
Visually some people may find the blandness to be boring and empty, though I find it cute and appealing. Just seeing the cute little rag doll characters flop around is funny to me, and even though the world isn’t that detailed there’s still so much to explore within it. I instantly thought of Death Stranding but with its graphics settings turned down to extremely low. Cause let’s be honest this is basically a fun and cute version of Death Stranding, concept-wise of course. The soundtrack isn’t anything too memorable to me and nothing really sticks out to be my “favorite OST”. It is cute and simple however and fits the mood of the game perfectly though.
To me, Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a cute rag doll game which in my opinion is meant to be played with friends. As I have stated before the single-player experience turns somewhat lacking and you’ll find yourself getting tired and bored easier after a couple of dozen deliveries. Playing online or with friends is what you need to do to gain the full experience and richness of the game. If you do that I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
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