Red Dot Games Studio is back with another piece of the unique Car Mechanic Simulator simulation. Three years have passed since the last year, ie despite the dates in the title of individual parts, this is not one of those series that would be published year after year.
In such games, frequent criticism is often too similar to the previous year (randomly FIFA, WRC), which in the case of Car Mechanic Simulator and its three-year cycle could and should fall away. But apparently even three years are not enough for a proper evolution…
If you have spent tens of hours with Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 like I do, then this year, after the first start-up, you will be practically not surprised by anything. Sure, you won’t change much in the garage and jack, but as soon as you start to delve deeper into everything Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 has to offer, you’ll find that there’s a lot of news.
Everything you had in the workshop before is back. Tools for extracting the engine from inside the vehicle, devices for changing and shoeing tires, balancing them, disassembling shock absorbers, draining oil… And this is more or less complemented only by machines for wheel alignment and light alignment, a special device for repairing brake discs or automatic exterior washing i interiors.
Renovation of the soon breathtaking thoroughbred can begin.
Otherwise, everything is more or less the same. You accept one order after another, and as you become more experienced, information about what is wrong with the vehicle decreases. But you will always screw one hundred and six and look for which of the thousands of parts causes knocking, creaking, impairs the handling of the vehicle and so on.
Initially, you can rely only on your eye and information from the customer, later, thanks to a badly squeezed slag, you can buy various diagnostic devices or a straight test room, which will help you to detect insidious goblins, saving you some unnecessary screwing.
With the help of money, you will expand your workshop with a new jack, paint shop, dynamo and other parts, which will later make more complicated orders available to you, promising even greater earnings. And only at the moment when you start accumulating money and orders due to its routine gameplay, ie after many, many hours of frantic screwing and repair of the hundredth brake system, you will get to the best that Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 has to offer – renovation.
From an ugly duckling to the lion king
There is nothing better than when in the twilight of an old barn you will find an immovable, ruffled, but otherwise very well preserved piece of American classic, which you have transported to your garage for a considerable amount. There you will completely dismantle it, grind the chassis, and return it to its original shine, repair the original parts with the help of a new unimaginative mini-game, buy the missing parts and after a really honest work, a polished stallion with five times the value will appear in front of you after a few tens of minutes.
You will then drive it along the local circuit and then, if you have it deep in your pocket, sell it with a heavy heart, earn a royal money and go to a junkyard for a change or to auction for another neglected car, which you embellish in a form comparable to a car leaving the production line.
The Car Mechanic Simulator excels in this, and because it contains just over 70 vehicles and more can be purchased through DLC (non-branded electric cars and Nissan cars, the game’s first licensed cars), you have a lot of renovation fun for many evenings. Especially when you include tuning parts, which further beautify cars not only on the outside, but you will also drool over the dazzling parts of the exhaust system.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 is simply a paradise for car lovers, who are not only interested in driving them, but also in the view under the hood, under which there are four additional types of liquids that you will change until you go crazy, along with a box full of fuses. they will leave there. Here and there you are also bothered by some rusty screw, which is enough for a few drops of the legendary WD and the screwing continues.
Let’s keep going
But the renovation has already been here and little news is nothing to push the boundaries. No, the continuation of the car mechanic’s simulation really doesn’t bring anything revolutionary new. I wouldn’t be afraid to say that it’s just a slightly upgraded version of the game from 2018, basically a remaster that is, really, really nice to look at and adds a few more mini-games to refresh the playability of the easy game, but it goes away. It’s just not enough for three years.
I am sorry, for example, that although I can disassemble the car to the last screw, there is no detailed description of each part to really learn something while playing and not just do blind routine tasks without realizing what the part is for and what causes its wear. .
What are these soap bubbles hiding?
At the same time, the management layer, which is completely missing here, would be very appropriate for the game. From start to finish, you are the only mechanic who has to cut everything off himself, while the large garage with several jacks directly encourages the hiring of employees and the start-up of the business to the fullest. For example, do a workshop focused only on repairs, only on renovations, only on tuning…
There is room for innovation, but instead the creators decided not to change what worked last time, and give it to players in a more pleasing jacket only with new minigames that you can count on the fingers of one hand.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 is, despite the absence of innovation, a really great game, despite how incredibly repetitive it can be. Despite the huge number of parts, you will always do practically the same thing – disassemble old, worn parts and replace them with new ones. But for lovers of simulators and cars, it is a great experience. There is something very relaxing and satisfying in the endless replacement of spark plugs and disassembly of the entire engine. You immediately see the work done and look forward to what other car and in what condition it will pass through your hands.
No more worn windshields!
In addition, if this year will be the first for you, then you will get a really nice package, in which you will not be interested in any excessive resemblance to the previous work. But I can’t miss it, and I’m very sorry that the creators completely fooled the new part from the point of view of innovation, and instead of moving the series somewhere, they only ensured its stagnation.
Even so, it is a game in which you can easily drown tens of hours of free time due to the syndrome One more move and I’m going to sleep, which you may know from games such as Civilization. Instead of a move, it’s another car, of which there are five in the end, while the last one turns out to be a project for another half an hour…
Yes, dear developers, once again you have proved to us that you have a really solid and fun base in a series that has no competition. But next time, re-releasing too similar games will not work for you!
Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.
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