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  • Summary: Have you ever wondered what’s it like to own a mechanic workshop? Now you can check that out! Car Mechanic Simulator gives you an unique chance to see what’s going on behind the scenes of a car workshop. Deal with customers, order and repair car parts to mount them in various car models. A must have for all car maniacs. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    80
    Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a realistic simulator like no other ones on the market.
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    75
    Reaching newer car models or chip tuning takes much too long but Car Mechanic Simulator’s detailed visuals look good for a low budget title and the game offers a chance to learn something really useful. [04/2014, p.61]
  3. Feb 3, 2014
    55
    "Letdown" and "lost potential" are two key phrases that fit Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. The game suffers from repetitiveness and monotony - after a while there are no surprises and various ways of solving problems. The game has a lot of interesting ideas, and the theme is original, but all in all there's not enough attention to detail and not enough gripping gameplay.
  4. Feb 24, 2014
    53
    Maybe you need to be a lot more into cars than I am to get something out of CMS2014. Objectively though, it just doesn’t seem like a whole lot of fun.
  5. Mar 20, 2014
    50
    More of an "encyclopedia of car service" than a game. Still, it has its good moments.
  6. Apr 3, 2014
    50
    Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 lacks the variety to entertain for very long, or the depth to succeed as a simulator. It’s nothing more than a series of one note puzzles.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    I will start my review saying...
    That basically this game is one of the best simulators around.. and if your still learning and want to know
    more about working on cars then this is the game for you!
    I only just started playing this game the other day, and quite frankly, I love cars and the whole idea of modding them and doing them up, is just fantastic. I just have no experience whatsoever on how to do this! So what i decided to do with most new games i try out is, have a quick blaze before we start, just to the game that bit more exciting (that way the last thing on my mind is repetitiveness). And well I just fell in love with it too be honest! I cant really say too much else about the game as I hope and insist you to try it out for yourselves. So what are you waiting for my friends, get to it.

    This is based on my opinion entirely, everyone is entitled to their own opinion

    Thank you and have a nice blaze.. i mean day! ;)
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  2. Jan 26, 2014
    10
    10/10 can simulate working on cars. This is the best car simulator of its kind I have seen be done. I like how it resembles what it's like to work as a mechanic. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2014
    10
    Buy Car Mechanic Simulator

    I think this is best way to start my review i have played my fair share of simulators on and off Steam and Car
    Mechanic Simulator is one i have been craving for very long time i have been around and working on cars since 12 years old so i have good knowledge of cars and there workings.

    First appearance of the game when we start up is clean and simple which are good but some option need to be added which they will in upcoming patch.

    We start career mode and get under way graphics are good for simulator maybe little heavy on the reflection nice chrome texture we get first job you have job sheet which gives you rough idea what issue maybe and you need to find and fix this issue in start this can be little tricky but there are some things you can use to help make game play easier with high lighted parts etc

    Controls are very nice and smooth once setup feel great no major issues

    Test drive mode is low on scale but does help in sourcing the issues same with the scanner etc

    mission do slowly get harder and harder but for some people they might find it repetitive but i liked it its not to hard so some one with no car knowledge could play it

    It took me around 20 hours to complete the game which is good for simulator and developers have been more than helpful when facing an issue and im looking forward to DLC and possible 2015 version its a game which as lots of space to grow and become bigger i hope the developers run with that and build on what they have.

    Some people wont like the game and some will and for what the game is the price is right

    my rating is 10/10
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  4. Jan 28, 2014
    5
    This game is kind of interesting for 3 or 4 jobs and then you realize it's actually fairly shallow.

    The graphics are adequate, this isn't
    the kind of game that really demands anything amazing, so no complaints there.

    You can flip between a few radio stations to listen to some tunes while you work but they all sound fairly similar and are of the techno/rock/dubstep variety. A "load your own music" option would have been amazing, or at least a few different genres of music (with maybe some licensed songs?), but I understand this is an indie/budget game so not all things are possible.

    The controls and mouse feel a little clunky, like there's a slight delay in the look speed. Not a huge deal since precise mouse control isn't really necessary, but could definitely be better.

    Now let's get down to the nuts and bolts of what really matters: the gameplay.

    It has a nice aesthetic to it... each part can be highlighted by mousing over it and will glow green, yellow or red depending on the condition of the part, making it easy to see if a part needs replacing.

    You receive work orders from customers that give you a clue as to what needs to be repaired. Sometimes it will only say something like "the steering feels loose" and then you can dive in and figure out why. Other times the customer will pretty much spell it out for you like "it's shifting funny, I think the clutch is bad." I found that all too often the hints were too obvious. Most of the time a person taking a car to a mechanic isn't going to know exactly what needs to be replaced unless it's something obvious. That kind of takes the thinking aspect of it away and simply turns it into a tedious checklist to complete.

    Actually working on the cars is where I think I had my biggest complaint. There are essentially 8 "hubs" that you can work from: each wheel, the engine, the undercarriage (front and back) and the interior. The problem is that you can often see parts from any of these hubs while working through another. For example I had to replace a clutch... well in order to access the gearbox you first have to remove the drive axles from each wheel. Well I was currently working through the "engine hub" and although I could see the drive axles and actually mouse over them, it wouldn't let me work on them until I backed out of the engine hub, walked over to the left wheel hub, remove the wheel, then remove the drive axle, do the same for the right wheel, then go back to the engine hub and remove the gearbox. In short, it just wasn't very intuitive unless the idea is that you wouldn't be able to remove a drive axle in real life unless you remove the wheel etc. It should either let you work on any part of the car at any time, or only show you the parts you can work on through that hub, that way you're not confused as to what parts can be accessed through what hubs.

    Another thing that was confusing was part repairs. The only thing the tutorial shows you is how to do is use the car lift. Nothing is mentioned about repairing parts. So when a customer wanted a starter replaced for $100, I went to my parts store and saw that a new one would cost well over $100. So instead I checked the used parts store and found one for under $100. I bought it and went to install it then realized that the used part I just bought had a condition of 7%, so it was useless. That's when I realized you can actually repair certain parts at the work bench. So I spent another $90 repairing the part I just bought and actually lost money on that job. Would have been nice if they could have mentioned that parts can be repaired in the tutorial.

    Some jobs require you to perform a test drive. This feels like it was arbitrarily thrown in just to provide a different gameplay aspect. Every time you test drive you must do an acceleration check, brake check, slalom and rumble strips. The problem is that I never noticed a difference when, for example, driving a car with loose steering through the slalom. Nothing could be learned or diagnosed by performing these functions, it's just a pointless checklist to complete and it handles the same regardless of what problems the car has. It also got boring after the first time I was forced to do it.

    For labeling itself a simulator, it also could use a lot more variety. All of the cars are front wheel drive, they all look the same under the hood, and although it includes all the major components of what makes a car run, it never gets down to the nitty gritty parts of the engine, etc.

    All in all it's not a terrible game, especially at a budget price, but fairly early on you realize it's just not that deep of a game, and after 4 or 5 jobs it was already becoming tedious. Might be worth $5 or so but I can't recommend it for $20.
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  5. Jan 26, 2014
    4
    The idea is good, but too simple as a simulator.
    You can disassemble Just drive system, many parts have been omitted.
    It is only possible to
    repeat simple puzzles again and again without a story. Expand
  6. Feb 8, 2014
    3
    Nice idea but only if you're someone who has never worked on cars before, otherwise this is way too basic. The camera controls are annoying most the time and most of it is quite repetitive. Expand
  7. Feb 22, 2014
    0
    What a fu**ing waste of time!
    I wanted to play it, I really did, but I couldn't. It's so frustrating!! Undo every bolt, look around the car
    hopelessly, what am I a fu**ing robot?? They could have atleast managed to make an in-game hint list or something, but you got nothing. If you know fully how to disassemble a car from all the angles, good for you, however, for those who don't know - f**k you! The game gives you one lousy tutorial, in which you repeat the same s**t all over again and it doesnt even teach you the basics. Every moron knows how to operate a mouse! Click fest! I did not enjoy any of it. At all.

    Avoid this game, it's horrible..

    Better do mechanics in real life, it's more interesting.

    "It's so bad it isn't even funny"

    Ever wanted to play a game so bad you just went out and bought it?

    Well, I did. And it didn't end well. It was a disaster right from the start.

    DON'T BUY IT!
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