Rigs of Rods . . . .
began as a physics
and became a complete
vehicle simulation tool.
of the time, you’ll appear near the
“Rig-A-Deal” building. Walk into the
office and you’ll be given your choice of
vehicles to try. The options are dizzying.
Choose a vehicle and start cruising. I
like the Chevy S- 10 as a starting vehicle,
as it’s reasonably forgiving and can be
driven both on and off the road. Use the
arrow keys to control your vehicle. Most
vehicles have automatic transmissions
turned on by default, so just use the Up
arrow to accelerate, the Down arrow to
brake, and Left and Right to turn. If you
want to back up, use the A and Z keys to
shift gears. Go to Reverse Gear and the
Up arrow to accelerate backwards.
You can change your viewpoint with the
C keys. Some vehicles are easier to drive
can also choose internal views. In most
Flying around in a P- 51
views, you can use the numeric keypad to
change the current viewpoint even more.
It won’t take long before you crash,
perhaps in a spectacular way. RoR uses
physics in the damage calculations, so
you can have some really painful-looking
If you crash, you can use the Backspace
key to restore your vehicle.
As you drive around the map, you
may find other vehicles and buildings
that you want to explore. Use the En-
ter key to exit your current ride. You
can then often get into other buildings
or vehicles you encounter. (Just walk
and cranes may require you to press the
Enter key again.