Become a boss of a construction company. Demolish old houses, flatten the ground, fill foundations with concrete and build new buildings - this is what you do. Sit behind the wheel of different construction machines - from trucks and diggers to huge cranes.
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Very Negative (251 reviews) - 11% of the 251 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014

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About This Game

Become a boss of a construction company. Demolish old houses, flatten the ground, fill foundations with concrete and build new buildings - this is what you do. Sit behind the wheel of different construction machines - from trucks and diggers to huge cranes. Win contracts and gather money to expand your company and buy or upgrade your machines.

Game Features:
  • advanced physics and interaction with environment
  • 8 different construction machine types
  • realistic handling
  • 20 contracts to fullfill
  • additional challenges and free play mode

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB GeForce 9600 GT or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    • Additional Notes: game will NOT WORK on Windows 7 64bit
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB GeForce GTS 450 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    • Additional Notes: game will NOT WORK on Windows 7 64bit
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217 of 241 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
No control options, horrible camera views, non existant physics. Equipment that should weigh tons bounces around like a go kart. Don't waste your time. I've been in construction my whole life so when I see something like this it makes me think my son would get to see a glimpse what it's like...nope. Pass on this junk.
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216 of 268 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Poor gfx, bad camera angles ( i couldnt see where i was going), bad controls
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240 of 307 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
*Un Bias Review 2.0!* Ok First off I would like to say I am sorry for my first review it was mostly because I was in a bad mood after buying the game. There are a few things that I missed on my first playthrough. 1 There is a settings menu, which is great! unfortuatly messing around with the resolution a bit broke the game, my second screen, and my steam, Some how it inverted the colors and filled the screen with dots. Even then the menu screens still were in the wrong resolution and had big black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, In game it fit the screen fine. The second problem I ran into was to do with the physics, I had alot of very bad clipping problems with a few of them resulting in my loader or what ever I was picking up flying into the wall. The third problem was that nothing had any weight or feel to it, it felt as if I was driving a hover loader picking up things with a anti gravity device or something, because they all just slid around on the floor. The fourth thing was the default music was way too loud. While looking in the settings tab I found you could import your own music *HOLY ♥♥♥♥* More games need to do that! I can see they were aiming for a realistic feel to the game but it was a bit off. When you are in the first person view you can't see very much so I use the free cam, the only problem with the free cam is most of the sounds are missing when you go into free cam *Engine sounds, Debris hitting the floor ect* The physics just freeze sometimes, the game is still running *rain falling and such* but the loader doesnt move at all. The game runs pretty choppy with fps drops about every 50 seconds. I will list my full pc specs aswell *16GB of RipJaw Z series ddr3 ram, Msi 970A G46, Amd fx 8350 Black Edition running at 4.0Ghz, Radeon 7870 Ghz Editio (Yes I know its bottlenecking right now I am saving up for another one but money is tight right now) and a 750W power suply* There we go I hope this review is less Bias :)
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132 of 166 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2014
Horrible game bad graphics could even get past the sign in part kept getting some kind error and i meet all of the requirements . DONT BUY THIS GAME
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105 of 136 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
Bad physics - and chunky controllers. Not a good game.
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66 of 93 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
Well I have played 4 hours of it upon writing this review. I am not quite sure where the complaints are coming from but here is my personal experience. Brace yourself it is not exactly short. This will more be a review for people who want a bit more detail of the game instead of just a "it sucks" type of review.

Press C and get into outside view, use left mouse button and can move camera any angle you like.
I could post the suggestion to maybe in the future put more camera control in all the views.

I have not seen an issue there either, when launching game it gives you options to change settings and so far am getting basically what I see in the trailer. If you experience lag, just lower your settings. It has its bumps and jolts here and there but nothing to make it unplayable for me.

(Will also add I am not sure how peoples CPUs and GPUs are overheating, Mine are all within normal temperature while running this game)

Challenging at times. But I enjoy a challenge. The game will require you to take your time and go slow at times, you are not a racecar driver. But if you do you can complete your challenges, I have been able to complete all them first try so far.

You can flip your vehicles over so be careful. To me this just gets you to be careful while playing and adds to the challenge.

Yes some things will bounce around, but I only seemed to have that problem if I went at it like a bat out of hell. It just convinced me to take my time doing it which honestly allowed me to enjoy the game more.

I find it to be a decent simulation, you are doing just as it describes. If the game made it too easy on you and were able to rush whole thing would not be any playablitity.

This game I think is suitable for people into this genre of games, you must be willing to accept this genre before enjoying it. It will not be for everyone.

As for anyone having crashes or not starting here is some things I personally found that helped if I ever get an error.
1) Do windows updates
2)Restart computer
3) Launch settings instead of game, click save and play. I have had this fix errors even if I didn't change the settings, is this gamebreaking? Not really as it is a 2 second solution. (If this is your problem. Not saying it will solve everyones but solved mine.)

Is the game perfect? No, I am not saying it is, it has its flaws but what game doesn't?
The developer has also been quite active with the community to take in feedback which is a plus. Just give him your feedback if you see something, at least this game has an active one.

As for the price range, it is only $15, it is not like it is a $40-$60 AAA simulator game. I think the price range for this and how the game plays out is quite worth it for that range for people interested in the genre.

If I encouter any game breaking problems I will post it as well but so far my game is still running fine with the exception of the couple things I mentioned, all minor to me.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
Controls cannot be reconfigured.
Machinery has self-centering steering even when stationary which makes it almost impossible to drive.
Machinery has no suspension and the 4WD works intermittently making your machine remain stationary with wheel spin and then launch forward.
I gave up in the 2nd mission when you're meant to pickup bricks but the bricks magically bounce back out of your loader bucket when you stop.

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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Poorly optimized, graphics aren't too good and are covred up with intense lighting. I couldn't play the game because it was so laggy. I was sporting a hard 60 fps sitting in the tractor, literally as soon as the bucket hit the bricks, my fps dropped to 5 fps. Awful, just awful. I would get a refund, but it came with 3 other games for 99 cent, and one of them is actually fun.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
8 out of 42 players like this game.

Graphics are okay assuming you have high end SLI'd GPU's.

Controls aren't good enough to be considered, ARCADE; this game should not even be under the category of simulation.

40 pound rocks can make the Bulldozer flip over; no exaggeration.

No speed range. There are only 2 speeds: Fast and Out of Control.

Running over 40 pound rocks can cause you to loose what you just scooped up from the ground; no physics at all.

I am seriously thinking about reporting this game to the Better Business Bureau; it should be banned from America.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Horrible game, I'm a heavy equipment operator and its nothing like this. You can't see nothing with the EXTREMELY limited view, not even worth the time for a free to play and I'm disappointed I wasted money on it.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
Boring and unrealistic physics engine.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 24
- Inexplicitly bad camera angles.
- inability to change screen resolution to fit the specifications of your current monitor resolution.
- Horendous controls accompanied by not so good explaination of said controls.

- Musical masterpeice by unknown virtuoso.
- Graphics were scrum-diddly-umpshous.

If you wanted to work in construction your entire life buy it. #DreamBig

#TrashORBooty #TrashORTreasure

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4.7 hrs
Posted: July 24
Runs in Windows 7 64-bit, just need to set Windows XP (service pack 3) compatibility mode. If only i could make Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search And Rescue to work as well, that would be a charm.

It's quite fun; i would probably play more of this. Despite its fun factor, one has a better appreciation of the people who are in this profession. They make it look too easy.

Frame rate is ok; just need to adjust settings in the launcher to suit your system capability. I can get more than 60 fps if various options are set to very low on my potato PC notebook. Keyboard is used for avatar and vehicle movement while mouse is for camera. Camera views are rotatable and zoomable for external view but the cockpit view is tied to steering motion so it's a bit inconvenient to use.

1st job:

Update - 2nd job

While the first job is easy depending on how you want to play it 'coz you can just push everything into the pit, no need to carry them in the bucket. The 2nd job is needlessly difficult. For one thing, you're supposed to load bricks onto the truck. That is fine and good BUT the bricks are scattered all over the place, not in piles as you may expect but in single pieces.

Simulation detail level
To exacerbate the task, the boom arm motion is jerky and the vehicle motion is also jerky in that it has ridiculously quick acceleration. Initially, the quick acceleration was fun in the first job but not in the this one as it makes moving the bricks frustrating 'coz it tends to bounce and fall off. Incidentally it's very difficult to scoop and carry more than one brick at a time as said before the bricks tend to fall off. Even though some bouncy motion is probably normal for Wheel Loaders, it seems excessive in this simulator; there isn't enough damping IMO but this may be due to my choice of physics realism. I will try again with the most realistic option and update this review if there is improvement.

Watch a real Wheel Loader at work and see if you agree:

Flawed mission design
So if we are going to struggle to load one brick at a time, what's the point of using a heavy lifter? A human being could do a far better and quicker job; just throw the bricks onto the truck! Anyway i'm gonna try to finish this job 'coz i hate myself. No really i just want to see what's up next and next and so on.

The 2nd job shows the range of atmospheric and time effects. It takes place in dark rainy conditions. The ground is wet, shiny and slippery so it isn't just eye candy, there are physical effects on vehicle handling.

Career Progression
There's continuity and a persistent world in that the construction yard is in the same mess as you left it before in the previous job so that's an interesting twist of small strategic element. Your previous vehicle remain the same color and you can choose a different color for your next vehicle. I presume that in advanced stages you could either have color coded fleet or uniformity for your fleet.

Avatar function
The avatar doesn't seem to have any useful function to manipulate objects so that the mess you made can be rectified and re-arranged neatly or to kick objects into the pit. Even if you could kick or bump objects around, its awkward movement and control makes it impractical. It's only purpose seem to be to personalise the career mode. Perhaps it can be used to corral the bricks into sizable heaps so that the Wheel Loader can pick it up more easily.

Incidentally the avatar's jumping motion isn't smooth nor believable but it's funny and it has some semblance of MJ style of moonwalking when walking backwards. No side-stepping in 3rd person view.

...Third update (regarding the Flawed mission)
My bad, the bricks are larger than the common red bricks found on non-loadbearing brickwalls; it's too heavy for a man to lift. I tried kicking it... wouldn't budge so we are back to scouring the ground for scattered bricks. Therefore it's still a flawed mission IMO.

... 4th update (Flawed mission - not really)
Ok so i was a bit hasty with preconceived notions that it would be too difficult or tedious. Reason is twofold. First it wasn't so hard once realistic physics is applied and you take advantage of a bit forward momentum when scooping bricks. 2nd reason is that you needn't collect all the bricks lying on the ground and enough bricks are around to practice scooping techniques.
...End of 4th update.

End of update (about 2nd job)

Bought this in PlayWay Sim bundle so it's a good deal. Haven't seen any game breaking bug. Of course it's a little too early to tell as i have not completed the game yet. Most of the time was spent trying to find the right settings for my notebook PC.

Only 1 minor bug encountered in the beginning during the short tutorial; the mouselook was inverted when on foot in first person perspective. External vehicle view has no problem rotating the right way. Had to delete profile and recreate a new one for the problem to disappear. I hope it doesn't recur later in the Career,

So far no regrets buying at this low price, Worth it i think. You can even customize your own music playlist but it has to be in ogg format. So if you want to squeeze a bit more performance, you can use a lower bit rate for the music files.

Despite its quirkiness, it's a fun game with refreshing and upbeat music, the likes of which was heard in Capitalism Plus. Its clunky handling can be mitigated somewhat by careful use of movement keys and bucket loads of patience.

Score? hmm maybe 6.5/10... revised to 7.5/10 after completing job #2.

Here is a recently updated video of what was mentioned about the 2nd job.
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[S.T.M.I] - Ridho
0.5 hrs
Posted: June 8
Bad game
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CPT Quirk
0.3 hrs
Posted: April 9
Probably my most waste of money on Steam. Why? I can't even get the program to run at all!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: March 28
It stinks 0/10 would not not recoment terrible interface do not buy.
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Obey the Fist!
0.1 hrs
Posted: March 25
I would like to recommend this game - equipment simulators are often sincere, dedicated to their simple premise, and deliver on a lowball promise to replicate the experience of using these machines. It's not flashy, or dramatic, but much like model railways, there's an enduring interest in simulation.

Certainly, all the stuff you expect is in this game - a variety of machines, even a first person view as you run around your machine, check it out, and jump in your vehicle, steer, drive, operate the bucket with simulated levers. Doing jobs earns you money, which you spend to buy better equipment, so it has a nice progression/career system.

In the case of this game, however - the technical settings let everything down. No support for 4K means the game is now effectively dead for all machines of the future. I'll be happy to review my review if they ever fix it, but until then, gaming moves on, and the developers have chosen, through inaction, to let Construction Machines 2014 stay behind.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: March 18
This game is crap!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: March 7
Got this game for my boyfriend and he said it was too cheesy they do not give any jobs out and you cannot build on as a career. Not worth the money.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: January 27
The controls are choppy, everytime you make a turn with the loader all of the boulders fall out. The missions are boating and repetive. Just all arround a terrible game
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