Posts Tagged ‘PlayWay’

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 launches free Tuning DLC

The relaxing fix ’em up Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 has added options to fancy-up cars with custom cosmetic doodads as well as fancier mechanoparts, coming in the free ‘Tuning’ DLC on Tuesday. I’ve not played a load of Car Mechanic Sim but in all my time playing Viscera Cleanup Detail, which has that similar ‘follow a physical process until something ruined becomes good’ vibe, it had never occurred to me that I might want to actually improve things too. A new career awaits as a mechanic helpfully adding undercar lighting, turbochargers, wheel spikes, and harpoons.* Read the rest of this entry »

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 devs: “it was our great mistake”

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site], the curiously zen-like, genre-defying game of hypnotic vehicular repair, is very much back on the road these days, but it was not ever thus. CMS18 launched in a rather troubled state, rife with bugs and interface peculiarities, but to the credit of both developers and players, it was rapidly and repeatedly patched, backlash was restrained and the result is an excellent game that’s rarely far from the upper reaches of the Steam best-sellers chart.

But what, exactly happened – and are the developers now confident that CMS is ship-shape? Also: what is it about this superficially car-nerds-only game that makes it so compelling to almost anyone willing to pick up a virtual wrench?
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Car Mechanic Sim 18 devs: “Please give us a chance to fix our faults”

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site], the latest iteration of the surprisingly zen-like automobilic repair game, launched last Friday. It brought flashier graphics, raiding junkyards for salvageable car husks, over 1000 parts to wail in confusion at and, it transpires, about as many bugs. I found that, on launch day, the game was in worse shape than a Robin Reliant that had spent the last thirty years abandoned in a tumbledown barn, and sadly had to bail on playing it. I was very much not alone, as the currently ‘Mixed’ Steam reviews reveal – prompting the devs to issue a public apology.

“You have full right to be angry at us, to be disappointed. To make refunds. We deserved it,” they acknowledge in an uncommonly desperate post, but pledge to make the game road-worthy asap. Indeed, they’ve already issued five patches in the four days since launch.

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Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 pulls into Steamtion

I’m delighted by the rise of fixing and cleaning games, these meticulous and contemplative experiences of repairing cars and mopping guts out of vents. If trains are more your bag, hey, that’s now covered too. Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 [official site] launched last week with steam, diesel, and electric trains in need of a little love. TraMechSim devs Si7 Studio aren’t the folks behind the Car Mechanic Simulator games — that’s Red Dot Games — but they’re clearly inspired by it and the two sims do share a publisher, PlayWay. Have a look at this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

911 Operator: A Game About Being A… 911 Operator

I’ve said before that I want more games that place you into the interesting shoes of people with interesting jobs, just as Papers, Please dropped you into the role of a customs officer. 911 Operator intrigues, then; it’s a game where you play the person on the end of the phone when you ring the emergency services. From crimes in progress, to terrible injuries, to cats being stuck up in trees, you have to say the right things on the phone, dispatch the right services in time, and you can play on a street map of any real city in the world.

The game’s been on Kickstarter for long enough to already reach double its small goal, and there’s a video below.

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Another World/Flashback-A-Like The Way Out Now

The pitch of a “2D puzzle platformer game inspired by classic titles like Another World, Heart of Darkness and Flashback” got The Way [official site] successfully to its Kickstarter goal in 2014. Now it’s out, released on Friday. At first glance, The Way’s deference to those, especially Eric Chahi’s 1991 sci-fi classic, is quite striking, however I also get Universe and Heart of Alien vibes from this trailer. Check it out:

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Garage Band: Car Mechanic Simulator 2015

In the week that Project CARS released, I’ve spent far more time tinkering with the innards of motors than I have driving them. Just as I often prefer the time spent equipping and managing a squad of mercenaries to the bloody business of combat, it turns out I enjoy playing mechanic more than I enjoy the thrill of the race. During a weekend of ill health, I shied away from drama and spectacle, but did manage to fumble the lug nuts of Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 [official site]. It is absolutely delightful.

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Lube Your Engines: Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 Is Out

After a successful Kickstarter campaign and probably a seance where someone spoke Jeremy Clarkson’s name into a mirror three times, an extensively realistic simulation game about being a car mechanic – rightfully named Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 [official site] – is now out.

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Hard West Kickstarter Offers Turn-Based Cowboy Tactics

“In a nutshell, Hard West is a turn-based squad tactical with adventurous world exploration. Think X-Com combat with Heroes of Might and Magic world map.”

The idea of an elevator pitch is that it explains the concept of something in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Hard West’s Kickstarter pitch does it in the time it takes to travel between a single floor, and the rest of the page only cements my interest: it’s made by some of the same people who worked on Call of Juarez, it’s going for a “weird west” atmosphere, and the pitch video contains little snippets of existing game footage.

Is a wild west XCOM something you want? Watch the embed below.

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Another Another World: The Way Arrives On Kickstarter

Another World made such a powerful impact on my young mind that I’m willing to overlook the trials and errors involved, preferring to remember the grace of the animation, and the sense of alienation and companionship. I’d never played anything like it and can’t think of a similar game since that has lived up to those memories. The Kickstarter for otherworldly platformer The Way doesn’t require my Delphine-branded rose-tinted glasses. Another World is a clear inspiration – just look at the shields and the alien beast if – but the video isn’t reliant on flashbacks (reference very much intended). It’s a pretty piece of sci-fi.

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Kick The Tyres Of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014


For the purposes of this news post, I am going to run with the question that the Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 press release ponders: “Have you ever wondered what’s it like to own a mechanic workshop?” Yes. Yes I have. I long for the nuts, the bolts, the oil changes, and the satisfying clink of metal tools on metal bits. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of, but because of a horrendous allergy to the smell of pine, and a fear of breaking brakes, I am unable to be one. If only there was a way that I could have all the work of a car mechanic, but with none of the responsibility? If only I had a pair of trailers that would somehow lead the way, like a racing line to my heart.
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Fallow: Competitive Farm Machine Championships 2013

Hot DAMN.

It’s too much in an Olympic year. Can we really cope with the news that there’s to be a Farm Machine Championships 2013? A game depicting competitive events such as… potato planting?

Part of me wants to believe that products from the likes of PlayWay and Excalibur are a trick that’s being played on me, an elaborate ruse to make me look silly because I thought Old Village Simulator 1962 and Camping Manager were real things. But that part of me knows it is wrong. And the rest of me desperately wants to share the trailer for Farm Machine Championships 2013 with you. And then see if I can start a war.

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