Simulation February 2018
An advanced farm simulator with RPG and life simulator features. The title was developed by Toplitz Productions. The player assumes the role of a rookie farmer who inherited a farm after his deceased grandparent. Protagonist’s task is to lead the ruined farm to prosperity and to earn enough money to modernize it. Farmer’s Dynasty features a vast, open world that can be freely roamed (on foots and by using various vehicles; in addition to the inherited tractor the player can use more modern and advanced vehicles). The main pillar of the game is tasks that push the story forward. Among them there are objectives unrelated to farming – sometimes player must also repair some tools or modernize a specific building. The player’s duties also include breeding animals, trading surpluses of the crops. Later in the game the player can create a family and raise offspring.
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.
My Summer Car
Simulation April 2018
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.
Pure Farming 2018
Simulation March 2018
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.
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.
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.
Cattle and Crops
A farming simulator developed by a German studio – Masterbrain Bytes. The gameplay revolves around running a farm, which requires the players to prove their skills in many agricultural fields. Because of the realistic weather system, on has to tend to sowing, soil fertilization and the crops’ condition – if, during a longer period of drought, one does not irrigate their crops, they will wither in an instant. In order to handle the virtual farm in the most effective way, the players have to learn how to operate agricultural machinery (the vehicles implemented herein are counterparts to machines of such makes as Claas, Horsch, Dammann, and Mercedes-Benz). This is not easy – the bed’s condition affects how these vehicles behave. Animal husbandry, on the other hand, forces the players to take care of the feed, tidy the farmhouse, and prevent diseases. Luckily, with time the players are able to employ workers, who handle some of the responsibilities and at the same time gain experience, becoming even more efficient. Those among the players who are new to this kind of simulation games can make use of a number of facilitations and adjust the difficulty level according to their preference. Apart from the single player campaign, Cattle and Crops offers a Sandbox Mode - in which one can manage his farm with no limitations - as well as a multiplayer mode allowing players to work together.
Simulation March 2018
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.
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Ultimate Fishing Simulator
An advanced fishing simulator developed by Ultimate Games in cooperation with PlayWay. The goal of the developers of Ultimate Fishing was to create a game that would recreate all the appeals and nuances of this popular hobby. For the purposes of the production, seven varied fisheries were prepared on the basis of actual fishing spots in Panama, Russia, Canada, or the United States. In each one, we can fish in various ways and encounter different kind of fish that require us to adopt the right approach and equipment. Virtual fishermen have a wide range of rods, reels, hooks, baits, and other components at their disposal. The gameplay is made more attractive by changing weather conditions and the day-and-night cycle which, in combination with realistic water physics, makes fishing more varied and unpredictable. The game features an extensive multiplayer mode and an editor that lets us create our dream fishery.
PC Building Simulator
Simulation 31 January 2018
PC Building Simulator is a unique production that is more of a training app than a game, where we will try ourselves in building a Personal Computer or learning how to do so. It was created by a single Romanian programmer known as Claudiu. When we start our adventure with PC Building Simulator, we have a simple PC case at our disposal and we have to put the motherboard, the power supply unit, the GPU, and other PC components in the right place. After doing so, we will have to connect them with the right cables. The game uses a simple and intuitive interface. The creator of PC Building Simulator was authorized by the leading manufacturers of PC parts to use the likeness of their products. Thanks to that, we will use PC parts that we can actually buy in stores.
Stationeers is a simulator set on a space station with certain elements typical for survival games. The game has been developed by a small team comprising sixteen people called RocketWerkz led by Dean Hall - the creator of the original DayZ. In the game, a player assumes the role of a space station manager tasked with constructing and attaching new modules to the station, as well as overseeing the life support systems (e.g. food production and producing a breathable atmosphere). In Stationeers, one can play alone; however, the game gains impetus in both the cooperative and multiplayer modes, in which players can share the responsibilities of running the space station. The game features colorful and original visuals resembling the style of another popular game - Minecraft.
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.
Police Simulator 18
Police Simulator: 18 is a simulation game where we play as police officers, developed by Bigmoon Entertainment and published by Astragon Entertainment. The game takes us to a fictional city inspired by the American metropolises. We can patrol the city (or simply explore it) on foot or by using various vehicles. Our primary objective is to catch criminals and bring them to justice. As we play, we will use your typical police equipment: handcuffs, radio, and a wide range of firearms. In addition to that, we will also take part in car chases and firefights, just like in the classic action movies. The game can be played alone or with other players in the cooperative multiplayer mode.
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.
Bus Simulator 18
Simulation April 2018
Another PC game belonging to a series of bus simulators published over the years by astragon Entertainment. Developed by StillAlive, the game includes vehicles from such brands as MAN or Daimler Buses, and gives an opportunity to explore one of the German towns. Apart from driving as such, the player also has to interact with passengers (selling tickets for instance) and cope with various random occurrences. The career mode rewards being professional, being on time in different places, and driving with respect for law. The game can be experienced both solo or in the synchronous multiplayer included. Bus Simulator 18 offers a game world two times larger than its predecessor - Bus Simulator 16. This new installment utilizes the worldwide acclaimed Unreal Engine 4, which was created by Epic Games.
On The Road
On The Road is a truck driving simulator developed by the German studio Toxtronyx. The game allows the players to travel across more than 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 terrain is based on 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, realistic 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.
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.
Simulation 26 December 2017
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.
Simulation March 2018
Firefighting Simulator is another game from Astragon Entertainment, a studio that specializes in simulations. 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 aftermath 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 equipment as the real firefighters, including the Rosenbauer TP3 Pumper firetruck. The game uses Unreal Engine 4 which makes its visuals truly stunning.
Professional Offroad Transport Simulator
A game by an independent studio dev4play; it is a simulator placing the player in control of specialist vehicles used for transportation of resources in rough terrain. The player drives off-road vehicles, trucks, as well as an excavator - one's task is to load the vehicle with rocks, water bottles or wood, and afterwards to transport the cargo to another location. The game includes two maps filled with narrow trails and forests. Nonetheless, the effort put in executing subsequent assignments earns the player benefits in the form of money, which can be spent on new machines or upgrades. Additionally, it is worth noticing, that Professional Offroad Transport Simulator fully supports modding.
Flight Sim World
Simulation May 2018
A flight simulation game from the developers of such titles as Euro Fishing and Train Simulator 2017. Like in other games from Dovetail Games studio, Flight Sim World tries to simulate real life as closely as possible. Besides advanced physics the developers took care of details that make each vehicle different in how they are handled; another thing that influence it are changing weather conditions. The cockpits of all machines are recreated with even the smallest details and are fully interactive. This means that all buttons and levers are used for something and using them requires prudence and knowledge. In Flight Sim World we can fly in Free Flight mode or fly together with other people. The game also has an editor that allows us to create our own missions. Flight Sim World uses advanced modeling and rendering technologies and because of that the game offers good graphics and recreates planes with the smallest details – both outside and inside.
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.
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 the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the history 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.