Car Mechanic Simulator 2018
Simulation 21 July 2017
Pure Farming 18: The Simulator
An advanced farming simulator developed by Techland in cooperation with the independent studio Ice Flames. Similarly as in other games in the genre, in Pure Farming 17: The Simulator the player assumes the role of a farmer who must maintain his farm. The task requires him to perform various field activities like planting and watering seeds, gathering crops and selling them. Funds obtained in that way can be used for improving the farm and buying new vehicles and farming machines. The game offers many innovative solutions and mechanics that were previously unavailable in other games in the genre.
Cattle and Crops
Oxygen Not Included
A 2D science-fiction simulation game by Canadian studio Klei Entertainment, in which your task is to develop a colony on an unspecified planet. In Oxygen Not Included you're responsible for all the ways in which the base functions, from expanding it to managing every individual colonist and assigning their duties. A colonist can e.g. mine for resources, build constructions, conduct research, manage transport, and even cook; each of the activities can be prioritized to make our base function more efficiently. Moreover, you have to care for the basic needs of the colonists and ensure they have access to water, food, heating, and the eponymous oxygen, which distributed across the base by a complex network of pipes. The game features the studio's distinct cartoonish visual style.
My Summer Car
A simulation game developed by independent Finnish developer who uses nickname Royal John Love. The title enables the player to repair old and wrecked cars as a fan of 90s cars, who one beautiful summer decides to fix his old sports car. When the game starts, the player has only a tractor and a van useful when transporting larger parts. The pieces ordered by mail must be installed while focusing on details like selection of proper tools and correct combination of all engine parts. The player can also improve the car’s performance and even install a modern audio system. Complete vehicle can be used to travel through the open world of the game that recreates many aspects of the hobby, including irresponsible ones like drinking beer while driving.
Euro Coach Simulator
A coach simulator developed by experts at producing truck simulation games – Czech studio SCS Software, also known for 18 Wheels of Steel and Truck Simulator. In the game you become a coach driver, who begins a typical career – starting from a regular employee of a corporation, to finally become the owner of a prosperous transport company. The game takes you onto European roads, where you carry passengers from one place to another, thus earning money and unlocking new vehicles. The developers recreated around a dozen of licensed coaches – not only in terms of their appearance, but also things like the sound effects produced by different engines. In terms of visuals, the game is powered by the well-proven engine employed in Euro Truck Simulator 2, and features some new models created solely for this production. As a result, the game can boast realistic traffic and highly detailed recreations of cities with their iconic landmarks.
A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.
This is the debut production from Axolot Games. The game itself is a multiplayer-focused sandbox mechanic simulator featuring elements of survival. The player takes control of a mechanic sent to a fully automatized agricultural planet to fix and maintain the machines working there. As it soon turns out, the robots inhabiting the planet went insane and the protagonist's task is to make a good use of his knowledge of machines in order to survive the attacks of mechanical enemies. Scrap Mechanic offers two completely different game modes: survival and creative mode. The latter offers pure entertainment and allows us to build machines without having to bother ourselves with threats. The survival mode resembles games such as Rust or Hurtworld, focusing on exploration, resources gathering, building different machines for various purposes, fighting, and cooperating with other players.
Simulation November 2017
An open world submarine simulator created in Poland by Deep Water Studio. The game takes place during World War II and the player assumes the role of a captain of a German submarine who completes various missions inspired by historical events. Mechanics of UBOOT combine the features of Silent Hunter and Fallout Shelter and the main task of the player is to take care of the crew. One must consider physical and emotional limitations of his subordinates, assign functions to them etc. Each crew member has his own personality and different weaknesses which can be revealed if the captain fails to keep balance between discipline and despotism. As the game progresses one can upgrade the submarine, but our opponents obtain new technologies, such as radar, as well. UBOOT is a three-dimensional game but most of the time the action is shown on a cross-section of the submarine.
Simulation November 2017
A unique investing and building construction simulation game by Empyrean. You play as a businessman, who buys housings in need of renovation. As such property often features many nasty surprises, you have to refurbish, clean and furnish the flat, so that you can sell it for profit. This involves tearing down unnecessary walls, getting rid of any pests or fixing damaged wiring. In House Flipper you use various tools, including an irreplaceable hammer. Furnishing the housing involves buying furniture and decorations, which you then have to put in proper places.
Simulation October 2017
An online sailing simulator developed by the Ukrainian developer, Game-Labs, whose members worked previously on the STALKER and Total War series. The action of the game is set between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century - a period within the so-called Age of Sail. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of the enormous game world, where the players can trade, take assignments, and participate in realistic sea battles. The game features faithfully recreated weapons from the period, including various types of cannons, mortars, and carronades. One of the game's characteristic, and very realistic, features is the ship handling, as the player can control each sail separately and the crew management is also rather complex. The visuals are powered by the Unity engine, which makes the game look better than one could expect. Also, the creators' dedication to recreate the ships as authentic as possible deserves praise.
The Escapists 2
Simulation November 2017
A sequel to the 2015 game by Mouldy Toof which was a unique arcade 2D platformer with elements of logic and RPG productions. In The Escapist 2, the players assume the role of inmates locked up in heavily-guarded prisons, and their task is to work out the security system and to escape. To do so, we have to look for allies and items that can be crafted into useful tools while pretending that we tend to our usual prison routines. Compared to the original, the game features a myriad of enhancements such as new ways of spending spare time, a modified combat system, a possibility of creating previously unavailable items, and new ways of escaping. One of the biggest novelties is the introduction of a drop in/drop out multiplayer mode in which up to four players can play on a split screen or over the Internet.
On The Road
On The Road is a truck driving simulator developed by the German studio Toxtronyx. The game allows the players to travel on over 1400 kilometers of highways and around 300 kilometers of trunk roads. Players can also visit a dozen or so cities, like Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund, or Munich. What is interesting, the lay of the land is based on the satellite data. The day/night cycle and variable weather conditions make the game more diverse. Gameplay focuses on doing the most profitable jobs where we have to deliver the assigned cargo to its destination. Mastering the game's hard, simulative driving model is the key to success. Developers of On The Road formed a kind of partnership with MAN. Thanks to that, all of the vehicles we drive in the game are designed with the highest attention to detail. It can be said about the interior of our truck, all kinds of semitrailers we will use, or even the used technology, like the TipMatic gearbox. Sadly, the game's visuals are not as good as one would want them to be. They are mediocre at most.
Flight Sim World
An unusual simulation game developed by one of the former developers of the F1 series. Jalopy takes us to Eastern Europe of the late 80s and early 90s, just after the fall of communism. In the game, we sit behind the wheel of a fictional car called Laika 601 Deluxe, which was modeled after the famous DDR’s Trabant. The player’s task is to use the economical inequalities in various European countries in order to earn money quickly. It includes trading with various goods by buying them for next to nothing and selling them in places where people are ready to purchase them for large sums of money. Transporting some items abroad, we have to take border controls into account, which often forces us to smuggle. Apart from the economic aspect, Jalopy offers an extensive simulation mechanics that involve maintaining our car (refueling, repairing, and not overloading it) but also the driver, who has to eat, drink, and sleep, among other things. The title features simple vector graphics and brownish colors that emphasize the grim atmosphere of the period.
A realistic online fishing simulator developed by keen anglers at Fishing Planet LLC. The game is free-to-play, although it offers optional DLCs to purchase. We can go fishing on one of seven faithfully modeled fisheries with different climactic conditions, terrain shape and vegetation. There is also a large variety of professional fishing equipment available at our disposal, including boats and kayaks. We can hone our skills alone or in the multiplayer mode by participating in online fishing tournaments, inspired by their most famous real life counterparts. One of the distinguishing features of Fishing Planet is the advanced artificial intelligence of 40 available fish species, closely correlated to the current conditions. An undeniable advantage of the game is the high quality of its visuals, offering realistically modeled water surface, year and day cycle, as well as dynamically changing weather.
The Sims Mobile
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the histories of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
Simulation December 2017
An original mix of simulation and logic game from the British developer Spiderling, which lets players construct inventive siege weapons that will help them annihilate enemy troops and fortifications. The game puts you up against various challenges, starting with crushing ordinary civil buildings, to besieging heavily fortified strongholds defended by brave knights. In order to succeed you have to use the available parts to create a unique siege weapon able to crush your opponent’s resistance and resist enemy counter-attacks. Players’ creativeness is restrained by nothing; all it takes is a bit of imagination to go from constructing only standard medieval siege weapons, to flame throwers, tanks, simple flying machines, and anything in between. The game features full 3D graphics, and its relatively low system requirements were achieved by reducing the field of view to the nearest area.
Simulation September 2017
Automation: The Car Company Tycoon Game
Automation: The Car Company Tycoon Game is the debut of Camshaft Software. The game combines elements of strategy and simulation and casts the player in the role of a car-production company's owner. The game begins in 1946 and ends in 2020; the player's main goal here is to transform their company into a car industry giant. The gameplay as such is based on two pillars. The first is constituted by managing the company, which requires mainly to build new factories and develop the existing ones, as well as to adjust to the game's dynamic car market and its trends. In contrast to the majority of tycoon games, in Automation the player can design their cars from scratch. Not only does the player decide about exteriors, colors and equipment, but also deals with technical parameters and plenty of details.
Firefighting Simulator is another game from Astragon Entertainment, a studio that specializes in simulation games. This time, we take the role of a firefighter and take part in various rescue operations where we have to put out fires and take care of the results of other calamities. Action is presented from a first-person perspective. We do our job in many various locations: detached houses, mansions, public buildings, and factories. Firefighting Simulator was created in cooperation with Rosenbauer Group, one of the leading manufacturers of firefighting equipment. Thanks to that, we use the same equpiment as the real firefighters, including the Rosenbauer TP3 Pumper firetruck. The game uses Unreal Engine 4 which makes its visuals realy stunning.
Police Simulator: Law Enforcement
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China
Simulation September 2017
An arcade flight simulator set in Southeastern Asia during the Second World War. It was developed by Ace Maddox - a Swedish game-making studio. The plot is based on historical events and the game tells a story of a secret combat squad of volunteers standing up for China against Japan's aggression. The game is characterized by arcade flight physics, focusing on spectacular aerial acrobatics and shooting in the TrazerTime mode which slows down the passage of time. Faithfully recreated Far-Eastern setting and a set of fighter planes belonging to the American, British and Japanese air forces are definitely strong features of the game. It is also worth noticing that the game offers dynamically changing weather conditions, which affects the air battles. The game features a standard single player campaign and several multiplayer modes for up to 16 players in one session.
Another unusual simulation game and the debut production by indie studio Sunken Places, developed for VR headgear. In Classroom Aquatic you play as a diver, who is also an exchange student in an underwater dolphin school. As everybody knows, dolphins are highly intelligent, so tests are not much of a problem for them. Not so for you, so in order not to make a fool of yourself, you have to sneakily glance at you classmates' tests and copy the right answers. You also have to be careful not to get noticed by either the teacher or the other students, who may expose you. The game utilizes a first-person perspective and features humorous cartoonish visuals.