Car Mechanic Simulator – Xbox One Review
Car Mechanic Simulator didn’t fill me with excitement when I first saw it and after having a quick look at it on the PC I found it was actually a fairly enjoyable jaunt into the ‘Simulator’ genre in comparison to the farming or construction options.
I was a little worried after seeing the recent Nintendo Switch port which was a basically a port of the extremely cut down mobile game, luckily the version we get on the Xbox is the full fat version.
Car Mechanic Simulator starts you off with a small budget and small garage, you’ll be able to take orders for work and earn some cash, as you complete jobs you will be gifted cases containing parts you can use on either your customers cars or on barn finds or even scrappers you pick up to restore.
As you work through the jobs you’ll come across story jobs that you will need to diagnose the issues on based on what the customer tells you, some of these can be a little frustrating if you miss a tiny part and have to strip the engine back down or complete rip out the brand new suspension you have just built, generally though if you are thorough you wont have too many problems.
Sometimes the fun can be found in troubleshooting the issues with the car in the first place.
Cars can come to you in varying states with anything from a few minors bits of rust to almost looking like they have been submerged in the ocean for a few months, it took me a little while to realise that any damage to the vehicles seems to take the form of rust, even when your customer says they have hit a huge pot hole and ruined the suspension all the damage is just rust.
Using this you can find the problematic parts fairly easily unless they are made from plastic or rubber where they just take on a camouflage type damage effect, if in doubt change all the rubber bushes has become my motto.
You will also unlock skill points you can use to extend your garage and open up new facilities for you use such as the body shop, repair table or paint shop etc.
You will also open up barn finds on the map that you can go to and buy knackered old vehicles to restore and sell, there is something quite satisfying about complete restoring a car to its former glory, especially when you build a V8 Supercharged engine from scratch.
Overall the controls are pretty intuitive once you get used to them and on the Xbox One X this looks pretty good, longevity wise I can’t see it keeping people playing for as long as the Achievements want you to play for but its certainly accessible and fun and there is plenty of length to the game if you want it.
With thanks to Koch Media for the review copy.
Developer: Red Dot Games
Publisher: PlayWay SA