So here’s the rundown. Ma Jackson has landed herself in jail somehow. Something about tax evasion, indecent behavior, traffic tickets... aww, the regular stuff. She’s up for trial and she’s enlisted her young ‘uns to bribe the jurors off so they’ll vote her way. Problem is these jurors are greedier than a tick on a free-bleedin’ hound... sorry. Been playin’ the game too much, I reckon.
So you begin Big Mutha Truckers 2 in Trial By Trucking mode as either Bobbie-Sue, Cletus, Earl, or Rawkus, and it’s your job to haul things about Hick State County to earn enough money to pay these folks off. Along the way, you’ll talk to a wide variety of wacky people, some of which will offer you advice or others jobs. You may speak to a trader who is selling an item really cheaply and bring it to another area where you can make a healthy profit. You’ll also get an on-time bonus for delivering your goods, and that bonus increases depending on which difficulty level you select, but more on that later.
As you trek across the county, you’ll encounter hazards such as UFOs and bikers trying to steal your wares, cops trying to bust you for speeding, hobos just wanting to hitch a ride, and so on. You can earn crash bonuses, speed bonuses, UFO survival bonuses, and biker bounty bonuses. Of course, you don’t get a dime if you don’t get the load there in time.
You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake Special Missions (later replayable in Mission Mode after you beat them) such as toting a celeb around so they can have their picture taken or picking up beer cases that got dropped on the road. These often result in quick bucks, but they aren’t easy and make you earn your beans the hard way.
Another way to earn a few dollars is in the casinos found at the bars, provided you have enough dough to place bets. These games are a nice little diversion, but as you don’t make money as quickly as other ways, you probably won’t spend much time there.
The most important aspect of the game is knowing what goods to buy, haul, and then sell. You’ll get to know what areas like what goods, such as the fact that you can always sell UFO technology to the weird “MIB”-looking wannabe at the sci-fi store in Bupkus (their Area 51, essentially), and you can always pick up radioactive goop from him to resell to the Russian shopkeeper in Salt Sea City. And hey, just don’t ask questions and it will be okay. :)