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Handyman ’em up House Flipper released

The thrills, chills, and plaster fills of DIY have come to PC today in House Flipper. The daddification of video games not quite being at the point where we get games about dads replacing fuses or painting the nursery, House Flipper puts a small business spin on DIY by having us renovate and fix-up houses for clients or so we can sell 'em on for…

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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…

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

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…

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Feature: Back from the shop

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 passes its MOT

I spent a few pleasant but troubled days with Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site] just after launch, reporting that it was a great game saddled with significant technical and interface issues. Since that time, the developers have released approximately eight million and twelve patches (not to mention a feverish mea culpa for the game's launch woes), so it's time to take it back to…

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Feature: A car game for people who don't do cars

Car Mechanic Sim 18: a truly lovely game that you must avoid for now

Consider this piece to be 'what I somewhat think', or perhaps a demi-review, if you don't go in for our larky terminology. I've spent a day and a half so far with Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 [official site] and, though I really do dig the core experience, enough's enough. It's a hot mess (as the developers themselves admit) - enough of a hot mess that…

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Car Mechanic Sim 18 devs: “Please give us a chance to fix our faults”

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…

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DeLorean DLC Rumbles Into Car Mechanic Simulator

Is this a 'meme'? Another car game has added a DeLorean DMC-12. Are you 'memeing' on me? It is mighty strange that two games are so interested in an obscure failed car. Am I being 'trolled'? Even more strange is that this one comes heavily modded with sci-fi pipes and lights, just as Rocket League's DeLorean is. Are you 'trolls'? The newest Car Mechanic Simulator…

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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…

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Feature: Manifold reasons to buy

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 review

Here in the UK we have an annual ritual called the MOT test. Once a year, owners of automobiles over three years old, report to their local garages to have their holiday plans torpedoed, food budgets slashed and Christmases ruined. The oil-smeared cutpurses doing the torpedoing, slashing, and ruining are called 'car mechanics'. This is their game.

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Parts & Labour: Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Demo

A brief history of my car maintenance attempts: 1) Reinserting a loose spark plug cable by hand, then driving 80 miles. This caused one of the engine's valves to meet its maker with such ferocity that the exhaust partially detached while the vehicle was in motion. Apparently, at least. It could have been a double-whammy of coincidence/ineptitude. 2) Topping up the engine oil but forgetting…

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