We all have car issues, well those who actually have cars do, and repairs always seem to cost so much more than it actually should.  It also doesn’t help that the mechanic suggests things to us that we are very uncertain of us, just to drive up that price.  Have you ever wanted to know what that feeling of power is like?  Sounds like Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is perfect for you.  Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 puts you into the shoes of a car mechanic starting out in a little garage.  As you progress through the jobs, you move to bigger and better garages doing harder and harder work.  Using a strong balance of intelligence and simply looking around aimlessly to find what you were looking for, you can complete each task and putting the almighty dollar in your pocket.

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This is the job that needs to get done.

The game starts up with one of the most impressive menus I’ve seen in a simulator game.  It’s colourful, energetic, and simple, all at the same time.  There are two play modes, Career and Endless.  In the career mode, you start in a small garage and you do jobs working your way up in the world of car mechanics.  Once you complete a certain amount of jobs, you are then promoted to the next garage with better diagnostic tools.  Once endless mode is unlocked, you start out in the best garage and just keep taking jobs.  Visually the game is great.  There are different models of cars that resemble their real life counterparts.  Muscle cars, compact cars, and even luxury vehicles are all to be found in your garage.

Each job starts with a clip board displaying the tasks that need to be completed, some comments left by the customer, and how much money you will receive upon completion of the job.  Some jobs provide very straight forward instructions, check oil for example, or are much more generic that require much more in depth work, such as a client saying that their car won’t start.  This is where the investigating starts.  Say you need to replace the brake pads on a car.  You would head over to one of the tires, remove the tire by removing the bolts and the tire comes off and appears in your inventory with the durability percentages attached to them.  This is the main way to see if a part needs replacing.  Once the tire, and the brake calipers have been taken off, you can now take of the brake pads.  Now we move on over to our computer, load up either the new or used parts shop, and online shopping has never been so easy.  You purchase something and it automatically arrives in your inventory with no wait time.  Come on Amazon, get it together.  You now go and put together the mess you’ve made.  If everything is done correctly and all the parts are back on the car without any extra screws hanging around, you can progress onto the next job.

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Sometimes it comes down to the nuts and bolts of it.

There are three different views for you to do your work.  The tire area view which looks at suspension, brakes, and tie rods.  There is the under the hood view which looks at the top side of the engine compartment.  This area has your car battery, starter, and dip stick as well to check your oil.  The final view is under the car.  You press a button and the hydraulic lift system lift the car into the air so you can do work under the car without having to lie on the floor.  This is a great way to check your exhaust system.  Knowing where certain parts are in the vehicle are vital to completing an objective in a good amount of time.  Depending on the job, you can be only in one of the views, or could be in multiple views to make sure the job is done correctly.

The sound in the game is very well done.  Each car has it’s own unique sound while it’s out for a test drive, and the radio feature is a very unique way for the player to change music style.  You can simply walk up to the radio, click on it and the radio changes stations between rock and electronic music.  No menus required.  There are some sounds that I wish were put in the game.  Bolting up a car wheel without the sound of air tools seems like a miss to me.  Walk into any mechanic shop and you will hear the sound of air tools doing work.

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It looks nice, but functionally the test drive mode doesn’t add to the gameplay.

There are a couple things that I would suggest changing but they do not affect the overall game play of the game.  The first one is the test drive system.  In some of the jobs, you are asked to take a car on a test drive.  The issue with the test drive is that it does not provide any more information to the mechanic.  It simply reaffirms what the client said.  Another item I wish they would fix is that the mouse is not locked to the screen by default.  This generates a problem for users who have multiple monitors.  When I was playing, I play all my games on my left most monitor and if i moved the mouse to the right, it would minimise the game.  There is a setting in the options that allows you to lock it, but it’s a simple annoyance that it isn’t enabled by default.

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Review: Turning the bolts in the right direction
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is an excellent simulation of what it takes to be a mechanic; minus all the dirt and oil stains. It creates an experience that isn’t seen on the market today, and is done correctly. For all the simulator buffs, like me, out there who are looking for a new experience, Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a great game that makes you think about what a mechanic goes through on a daily basis.
The Good
  • Easy to pick up, hard to master.
  • Well thought out and designed menu systems.
  • Great mixture of jobs to keep you on your toes.
The Bad
  • Auto lock mouse not default setting.
  • Missing the sounds of air tools.
  • Test drives seem unnecessary.
8.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)
7.3