Inspect and repair cars in Car Mechanic Simulator, or you can just disassemble them fully like I did. I’m sure the game was not meant to play in that way, but temptation was too strong.
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Red Dot Games studio released Car Mechanic Simulator which is supposed to be a simulation game obviously. Simulation is getting almost as popular as zombies. So many sims have been released in the last 12 months or so. This latest has one mode called Career and several cars that will be dropped at your garage, asking to be repaired.
When I first got my driving license it took 10 minutes to damage my car. Wasn’t my fault as someone was reversing and bumped into me, but the car still had to be repaired. Few days later I was reversing in a really dark road and managed to hit an olive tree. I swear that tree just ran into me. Luckily it survived and we got a happy ending with no car repairs needed. Keeping that in mind, I had to give Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 a try and see how hard it is to fix various parts.
I found Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 to be more like a puzzle solving game than a true simulator. Although it is quiet accurately presenting how car repairing works. You get an Invoice stating what needs to be done and a car to work on. While the goal of my first job was to replace and inspect some brake’ parts on front wheel, the temptation to remove all of it was just too strong to resist. Examine, replace and assemble the wheel and brakes was all that was needed.
You start in a Garage which is quite simple and easy to get around. Everything in this simulator works great, except it’s not really a simulation game. You can interact with few objects in your garage, just walk around and click on everything that can be clicked to get familiar with your working place. Time to do some repairs and earn cash.
Let’s get our hands dirty and begin with examining the brakes. OK, we need to get the new parts first. To do so, go to the computer and shop for some brake pads. Great, now we have all that is required to continue with the job. Turning the radio on could make our work more entertaining. Simply walk to the radio and click on it to enjoy the music. See that wasn’t hard, though this game can be really challenging.
Problem solving puzzle starts by clicking to inspect a front wheel, which is where the brakes are located. Then you have to have to unscrew all the bolts and replace damaged parts. Being a first-person game, you move around by keys and rotating camera in a desired direction. Once you are looking at a selected part, it is not very user-friendly as screen tends to jump from one part to another. Not like that stopped me from unscrewing and removing just about anything.
The invoice was for $100 and two simple tasks. I wonder how satisfied the car’s owner will be when he sees what I’ve done to his toy. Took me over an hour to remove all parts, but it was fun. Finding out which part can be removed next was tricky, and sometimes boring since I had to walk from one spot to another. Determined as I am, my ultimate goal was to unbolt them all.
Maybe I wouldn’t have done that if my car mechanic skills were better. Replacing and inspecting the brakes didn’t update the Invoice status so I had no other choice but to continue breaking it all apart. The point is, if you have no good knowledge on how cars work, you will find it challenging. Unbolting everything didn’t solve that problem either, but I cannot be bothered to put it all back. Would take another hour or so to do that, with my epic car mechanic skills.
Cars are looking good and developers stated that the next update will bring a 4x4 add-on with an entirely new car and new parts. Other than cars, everything looks simple and resembles a car mechanic garage, but in an art style appropriate to a video game. I liked it how turning music on and off was done by actually walking to a radio and operating it. Although this can also be done by accessing the game menu.
I wasn’t good at this game, though it was fun and taught me that parts have to be removed in a certain order. Might not be the real simulation game, but it is worth giving it a go. If nothing else you can waste few hours trying to unbolt every single thing. Of course, the best part involves test driving the car after all repairs have been done. Driving a car without a fear of hitting another tree was just amazing. Try the demo first, and see whether it’s something you could have fun with.
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