This game is absolute nonsense, and I couldn’t be happier.
I can’t shake the feeling that Totally Reliable Delivery Service is exactly how certain delivery companies operate, but flailing around, trying to fumble a parcel into the back of a truck is ludicrously entertaining. I guess when you’re not being paid 25p to deliver a parcel, you can have fun with it.
In Totally Reliable Delivery Service, a physics simulation game from We’re Five Games and tinyBuild, your courier is tasked with delivering parcels across several brightly-coloured cartoon locations. Initially you’ll be delivering your parcels down the road but, as the game progresses, you may find yourself having to visit other islands. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer? Everything.
The controls are deliberately wonky; your character handles like they’ve been carved from raw lard and picking up a parcel is only slightly easier than using a seaside claw machine. And once you’ve got hold of your parcel, there’s a separate button to raise your arm. The parcels are also smeared with bacon fat, and will slide off your vehicle given half a chance. Assuming you can manage to control your vehicle, that is, and don’t just give up and try to deliver the parcel on foot.
But the joy of Totally Reliable Delivery Service is that when your truck has been launched into the air by a manhole cover and your parcel is hurtling down the road, you still won’t give up. TRDS is the delivery equivalent of Surgeon Simulator; deliberately hard to master but even your mistakes are entertaining. Pull the lever to release a parcel? Got it. Pick up the parcel? Wait… wrong arm. Why’s it hitting the back of the truck? Oh, right… raise one arm, no, the other one. And off we go! And you’ve dropped it.
Eventually, these moves become natural, though I could have done without the raise arm and pick up buttons being so close to each other. Pretty soon you’re grabbing parcels with ease and, while your character’s movements still appear hilariously uncoordinated, you’ll be toddling merrily along, spilling packing material as you smack your parcel against walls. Well, no-one’s perfect, and it’s a Totally Reliable Delivery Service, not a Totally Luxurious Delivery Service, so does it really matter if a few plates get smashed?
Throw in different types of deliveries (including rapid deliveries where you can happily smash the parcel’s contents as long as it gets there) and you’ve got a recipe for glorious, entertaining mayhem. The map, while not Grand Theft Auto V-sized, is large enough that there’s a wealth of shenanigans to get up to. I wandered down to the beach and spent a good ten minutes trying to capture and deliver a crab, even though no-one asked me to. You can, in fact, roam around the islands just messing about, jumping in planes and trucks, whether you’ve got something to deliver or not.
That’s also what happened when I tackled TRDS‘s online mode. Getting into a game was a bit fiddly, but it was a hoot; the majority of players happy to just run around, without the slightest thought for their poor, inconvenienced customers. Throw in a split-screen local mode, with easier local communication, and you’ve got a game that’s made for (possibly drunken) couch co-op play.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service isn’t for everyone and you might find it’s best enjoyed in small bites. But it’s a ridiculously entertaining outing that (though actual delivery drivers might disagree) is a great way to blow off steam.
Totally Realisable Delivery Service available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch. Xbox Game Pass subscribers can play it as part of their subscription, and it’s currently free to download on Epic Games Store until Wednesday, 8th April at 4pm BST.