Now you can own and operate your own auto repair service with PlayWay’s Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 gives you the behind the scenes view of the daily dealings at local garages and dealership repair shops.
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Release Date: Jan 24, 2014

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1/4 Mile DLC features new tuning missions and a 1/4 mile racetrack, that will let you check the performance of the car you were working on.
4X4 Expansion Pack provides 20 new work orders for various repairs of 4X4 off road vehicles.

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About This Game

Now you can own and operate your own auto repair service with PlayWay’s Car Mechanic Simulator 2014.
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 gives you the behind the scenes view of the daily dealings at local garages and dealership repair shops.

  • Interact with car owners seeking repairs
  • Order parts and materials necessary to maintain inventory including used car parts to help keep consumer costs low.
  • Purchase repair manuals to enable you to work better, faster and earn more income!
  • Work on eight different car models including Town Cars, Compacts, Sedans, SUVs, Family Cars, SUVs VANs, and Limousines
  • Gain experience with over 120 different repairs including brakes, transmission fixes, body shop work, steering and alignment adjustments, chip tuning, diagnostic analysis, test drive pad, OBD scanning, oil changes, fix broken parts and engage in dozens of other tasks.

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a must have for auto mechanics and fans of the world’s most popular autos!

4X4 Expansion Pack provides 20 new F2P work orders for various repairs of 4X4 off road vehicles and is available at no cost to owners of the baseline Steam-enabled release.
The primary 4X4 car is a separate body frame with rigid, live front and rear axles. It presents unique new maintenance challenges far different from those in the base version of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. Once installed, new parts appear in the garage shop including front and rear axles, drive shafts, special off-road shock absorbers and a rear muffler. The new vehicle is also available in endless mode.
4x4 Expansion Pack features:
  • Brand new 4x4 car with new set of parts.
  • 20 new repair orders to complete

1/4 Mile Expansion Pack comes with new test track, where you can check the performance of tuned cars.
Enter the world of car tuners and equip cars with sport parts to increase their performance and meet your customers demands.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800GT or better w /512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForceGTX 650 Ti or better w/ 1024MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatble
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 9800M GTS / Radeon HD 6770M
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 3.0GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 650M
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
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panzaio
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
this is a good game and i like that ist cheap as hell
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Duncan Hunter
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I actually know a little about cars now. Nice.
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scottcopeland
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
good game i wish free mode was unlocked before u beat the game
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Reix_28
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Recommend 8/10
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Marhi *_*
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Kendini tekrar eden bir oyun.Başlarda sorunu söylüyor ama ilerledikçe sorunları bulmak size kalıyor.Araba hakkında bazı şeyleri bilmek lazım.Bazı işleri yapmak için internetten baktım.Meraklılar alabilir ama o kadar zevkli bir oyun değil.
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Goblin
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
The Game is Boring as sin, the music is terrible.. the graphics are incredibly dated even for the time period, and the MUSIC IS TERRIBLE!! its hard to endlessly unscrew and rescrew bolts with some of the worst music in a video game to date... i admit im not the target demographic for this game, but this my review and i say $6.99 could be spent better elsewere.
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truckinmatt
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I was really impressed by the fact that you can drive the cars, since I originally thought it was just fixing them in the garage. It is realistic to a point but way simplified, so if you know nothing about mechanics (like me) it's not an issue. Gameplay can get a tad repetetive at times, but I find a feeling of satisfaction when you know exactly what the problem is, can quickly fix it and get your payout and move on to a more challenging job.

PROS-
-Addictive, interesting gameplay
-A variety (albeit small) of environments
-Job satisfaction
-Fun problem solving

CONS-
-After a while, gameplay can get repetetive
-You can find yourself spending ages on one job, because you just can't figure out the problem.
-Some jobs are not specific enough, the might say "find the problem" and you also have to fix/replace all the parts to do with the problem, which was not clearly explained.
-Driving mechanics are not brilliant
-Controls can be fiddly when examining the car.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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Mordhaus
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Quite fun, I recommend it for anyone wanting to learn how to tear a car apart without being able to put it back together
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TheMasterBater (bananaCommando)
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
It's definitely a fun little game.
I aint no mechanic or something like that, hell! I hardly know anything about cars, and i managed to pull of a couple of missions. The gameplay is kind of boring though, but realistic. (THE ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ WHEELS, MAN! YOU HAVE TO SCREW THE BOLTS IN AND OUT 20000 TIMES IF YOU MESS UP)
Pros:
-easy, doesn't require experience with cars
-graphics are fine
-cool cars...
-...You actually get to drive them

Cons:
-Well, the only one i can think of = it's repetitive, but that makes it realistic, so the con is kinda weak
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lucasgrathouse
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
If you like cars the buy this. I know nothing about cars and thought maybe this would be a good way to learn. It's not.

10/10 would struggle to understand British cars again
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harrow12345678
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Its not usual that i think a game is bad and in this case to be honest its not bad, no its ♥♥♥♥ing dreadful.. if you buy this game you may aswell throw your money into the street and take a big fat sloppt ♥♥♥♥ on it because thats what this is id probably rather hang myself than play this game.

P.S. the reason i even bought this game is because i didnt need a ♥♥♥♥ at the time.
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Ateballgaming
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I have no idea what im doing.
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WildBIll
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Avoid this game if you have actually touched a wrench. atleast half of the game is completely incorrect to real life situations and how you would approach a fix. and the used parts dont even make sense, filters? really who would buy one used, no one thats who.
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ThatsMeWithoutYou
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
AWESOME! yes yes yes,I know,this isnt much of a review. when i got this,I didnt know what to expect and I wasnt hopeful. I now KNOW THAT THIS GAME IS WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR. heck to the 2015 version,its wayyyyy to expensive. this is worth it! trust me. its very fun. thats all i can say lol.
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rachaelslegs
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
I love this game! It's like a puzzle trying to figure out what needs to be fixed and how to do it with out spending too much money.
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Casper613
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Great Game i reccoment you get it but if you want a better game buy the 2015 version
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Mathew
( 27.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
very fun game brilliant for any car fan who loves tinkering with cars or who wants to be a mechanic but cant this is next closest thing you will most proberlly get.
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Deimenried
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
SHORT VERSION:

If nothing else this game serves well as a casual time-killer. It doesn't offer very much in the way of a compelling narrative, nor any real progression, but the basic game mechanics are sound if a little repetitive. A basic working knowledge of cars is helpful, but in no way neccessary as the vehicle components are condensed and simplified.

Overall I wouldn't reccomend this game, unless it is on sale. I don't think it's overy poor but I don't rate it as a game you should rush out and buy for being triple-A quality - in terms of gameplay OR graphics.

EXPECT:
Generic unlicenced vehicles, repetition, simple interface, solid graphics, lots of unbolting.

DO NOT EXPECT:
To feel blown away, variation, memorable moments, longevity, replay value, quality DLC, overly helpful job descriptions, absolute realism.

LONG VERSION:

For the first time since I started writing Steam reviews for games I find myself genuinely at a loss. The games I reviewed up to this point invoked something - whether it be emotion, nostalgia or a general sense of achievement. It's hard to convey feeling in analysing a simulator - by their very nature simulators are as far detached from human emotion as possible. They are clinical in their execution, even if they are not an entirely representative experience of their subject matter.

This is the problem that I found with Car Mechanic Simulator 2014. While it is different (in the sense that most simulators deal with the operation of vehicles, with maintainence being a one-click afterthought) this game suffers from intense repetition which far outweighs the initial novelty value.

Throughout the 'career mode' you are presented with vehicles in varying levels of disrepair. You are given some hints as to the problem (this is where a good working knowledge of what components do what in a car comes in useful), but in the end you have the tools to examine a car top to bottom and it all boils down to 'replace everything that's red'. There are diagnostic tracks and an on-board diagnostics tool, which are useful in quickly assessing the car's health or finding what you've missed. You can also test drive the car, though the car physics are pretty dull and listless, and a vehicle with inferior components seems to handle the same as one that has brand new parts rendering the whole process entirely useless.

In terms of progression, you start in a tiny dingy garage with limited facilities before you automatically get upgraded until you have a full-size facility with the opportunity to perform brake/suspension tests and ECU tuning. You have no say in how and when you upgrade, it just seems to happen. There is also a series of 'skill upgrades' which makes parts cheaper, gives your more money per job, get automatic analysis on random parts or unbolt faster. All in all, the game's progression does not stand up to most others in the genre and seems quite limited - you can't buy other garages, hire other mechanics or do any sort of empire-building which would enhance the experience or, in the very least, give it some lasting appeal.

It seems unfortunate that the gameplay can be condensed into two paragraphs, but honestly there is nothing else there. There are DLCs, which are thankfully free, which give a small extension to the experience. The 4x4 DLC will add the Bolthorn Wanderer (what appears to be an unlicenced Jeep) with some associated themed repairs (i.e. customers who've been off-roading and royally messed up the suspension) and the 1/4-Mile Drag DLC which adds jobs to make cars achieve a certain time over, you guessed it, a quarter-mile drag. That's it. The same dull physics plague the 1/4-mile test drives making the whole DLC uninspired (I got bored after 3 jobs).

Lastly I will touch on the graphics, which are fairly decent and do the job without any serious excitment. The interface is simple if a little clunky. The camera is nausea-inducing at times, moving around as you select and remove/replace parts making keeping it focussed on bolting/unbolting somewhat infuriating. That's it. Nothing else to report.

FINAL WORD

This was tough to write. There is so little content spread over a long game span with a lot of repetition. It is very easy to fall into the trap of the 'just one more job.. just one more job' mentality, but you won't feel any more accomplished than when you started.

This is very much a borderline game - I really wish there was something between Reccomend and Not Reccomend because this game embodies that grey area. It isn't offensively bad to play but I wouldn't urge you to go out and buy it either. Just wait until it's heavily discounted - your wallet WILL NOT forgive you. In that sense I will NOT reccomend this, if only to stress the importance of patience.
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mwolfe1969
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
I don't know if it is my commputer or not if u have a bad pc don't get it good pc get it
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
A customer asked me to check the air filter. It turns out I disassembled the entire car and have no idea how to put it back in one piece.

10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Pros:

Fun
Great Simulator (even though its the 2014 one)
Lots of Things to build and customise

Cons:

When you get stuck there needs to be a Tip or help Button (im not sure if thats in 2015 Game)

Overall Opinion Very Good Game

8.5 / 10

I would Recomment this!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Great Game i reccoment you get it but if you want a better game buy the 2015 version
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
wouldn't consider it a "simulator" game, feels more like a puzzle game.

Well worth the $1.39 usd i paid
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Dumb.

As an actual mechanic, i expected it to be far less complex than car repair actually is... but i never imagined it being this bad. The job where you have to do an obd scan on the car, i thought alright lets see whats wrong going on......doesnt even give errors or any info, scan complete, job done, same money as replacing a starter? Taking the intake mainfold off is just one click, but i have to wrench 4 bolts out of the airbox? Able to remove the fuel filter, which was located betweeen the fuel tank and body of the car, without removing the tank?

I realize that if the game were too in depth it would be too hard and boring for most people. But i think a happy medium is needed and this is far from it. Neglects to mention simple things that people should know like lug pattern tightening. Guy says needs air, oil, fuel filter changes... changing the oil filter but not the oil? When you need new parts for a car, no looking up making sure you get the right parts, all parts fit every single car. Spare parts laying around fit every car. Hit it with a hammer, brand new again.

I paid $1.69 for this game and im not even gonna request a refund since i got 54 minutes time waste outta it. Still i dont think its worth paying money to play. In fact even if they offered me money to play it i would still probably decline.

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44 of 54 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
I love how I learned a lot about car parts and what it is that they do. For me, it's fun trying to figure out the problem. It affirms me that life is a set of puzzles that await to be solved. Every day is a new car to discover.

I imagine that after I fix cars here, I then go off to drive in my favorite wheels in the world of Gran Turismo.
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13 of 24 people (54%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Well made simulator, however you NEED to know stuff about cars to play this.

If you know nothing about cars, don't waste your time here. You are given 0 information how to do anything, need more be said?

However if you're good with cars, definitly worth the investment.
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354 of 373 people (95%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Before you ask, no, you won't learn how to replace your busted clutch or how to find that squeaky sound underneath your car- it's not that type of game. What you will find, however, is a great puzzle game that is a breath of fresh air compared to the thousands of other puzzle games out there.

The premise is simple: you own a mechanic shop, and people bring you cars (problems) to fix. You get a short blurb to tell you a bit of information, but the amount of information that you get can vary- going from "Hey, my battery is dead, can you fix it?" to "Something squeaks under the car. Fix it." Your goal is to find and fix the problem while trying not to run out of cash- you get an extra amount of cash for each order, and if that runs out, you can ask the bank for a loan that you have to pay back. To be honest, though, if you're careful about what you buy and aren't replacing stuff willy-nilly, you ought to be fine. Just remember- fix it if you can, or replace it outright if you need to.

And don't worry about losing parts- the game will not only make you remove items in order off the car, but it will also force you to put them back in order, as well- there's no need to worry about missing any parts- unless it's something like a starter or a plastic engine cover, but even then it won't let you mark it as done until the car is completely put back together.

Once each objective is met, you'll be able to mark the car as "fixed" and send it on its way.

There are over seventy problems in the base game alone- plus another twenty in the DLC pack that comes free with the game. There's another free DLC pack launching later this month with another pack of problems, and that will add even more value to it.

The problems I have with this game are actually somewhat slight- for one, some of the detection on th orders can be really, REALLY picky. If it tells you to replace the right front tire, then your new wheel must go on the right front- you can't just move a used wheel from the other side of the car onto there, because it's not explicitly a new wheel. It's smart to take big orders a step at a time for this reason- work on one region of the car at a time, and replace everything needed- or make notes as to what the busted parts were. There is nothing more swear-worthy in this game than completing a huge order, but being unable to continue because you didn't put some tiny part back in its right space- and then you have to pull the whole blasted thing apart to hunt for it.

The only other complaint I have is that you will want to hit the radio with a wrench and kill it dead after a half-hour of its awful music. If you need music, bust out an iPod or turn on an actual radio, because this one will make you want to take it out to the test track and drive over it a few dozen times. Would it have been too much to ask to get a simple MP3 player in there or something?

All in all, though, if you're looking for a puzzle game that isn't something about jewels, you'll enjoy this- especially if you have an interest in cars.
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915 of 1,050 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
Several notable annoyances, but this is an enjoyable "lite" simulator of working on cars!

I say lite because it is not a true simulation by any means. It's a moderate approximation of working on modern day cars, but plays more like a puzzle game. That said, what it does offer is quite enjoyable if you like cars or just problem-solving in general. You're given a car and a description of the problem, sometimes specific and sometimes vague, and it's up to you to figure it out.

Often this will involve poking around with a magnifying glass to see if something is glowing red, other times it will mean taking a test drive and seeing what rattles. Come back, take it apart, buy a part online or repair it, replace the part, there you go. Sometimes it'll be as straightforward as changing the oil or brake pads, other times it'll involve tearing down a significant portion of the drivetrain to get to a hard-to-reach part. It's not too complex either, with just the right amount of detail to be believable, but not *every* nut, bolt, and wire from a real car is accounted for. I find it very satisfying to be presented with a car that doesn't work for who knows what reason, poke around and inspect all sorts of parts, go shopping for new ones online, install them, find you need more parts, finish it off and finally take it for that successful test drive around the track. It also looks and sounds fantastic while you're doing it, which is not a requirement in this genre but it's a nice plus if you have the hardware.

My biggest issues: sometimes it's far too vague and makes a lot of assumptions about what you know. If you don't have a basic knowledge of car parts and their locations, too bad, you're going to be stumbling around a lot since it doesn't tell you where most things are or how many of them to look for. It's also not initially very clear *how* exactly to get to the parts you need to repair, even if you can see them, which is made worse by the camera being finicky. Also, some jobs are insanely picky, like one where you have to replace an ignition wire with a new one: the game gives you the option to replace the wire with used ones, but nope, it has to be new (or over some ambiguous percentage of quality) even though it doesn't tell you this. It is also incredibly easy to screw yourself out of money, since there is a way to upgrade your abilities in the game. If you spend too much on these upgrades before finishing a job, you may not have the cash needed to buy the parts to finish it, leaving you stuck.

I'd still recommend it for sim enthusiasts and the car-curious though, as the price seems *just fair enough* for the amount of enjoyment I've gotten out of it! However, it's lacking in some areas as far as accessibility, clarity, and variety in things to do. It's not as in-depth as some previous games like Gearhead Garage, but it's not nearly as simple as some of the flash games I've played either.
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425 of 531 people (80%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
This game inspired me to repair my car. After a day of hard works, I realized that, unlike the game, 1. no one will pay me to repair my own car. 2. My car wasn't even broken in the first place.
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124 of 132 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
Educational & Relaxing // Perfect For Those Looking To Learn

+ Skill upgrades and store discounts are available via in-game surplus, allowing one to improve their performance when working on repairs
+ Wear and tear is visibly rendered
+ Occasional, subtle humor found throughout many of the repair orders
+ Educational and engaging; excellent tool in self-teaching the basics of automotive function and repair
+ Limited, but enjoyable soundtrack
+ Adds depth by use of a feature which allows one to inspect parts for damage or decay; parts inspected are then color-coded for convenience (this feature can be toggled, thankfully)
+ Test drives do much to help one determine what is not performing optimally; game uses nuances of sound and handling in a very polished fashion
+ Includes 2 free DLC packs and an 'unlimited' repair mode; in particular, the 'unlimited' repair mode helps to increase the chances that one will occasionally return for casual bouts of auto repair (highly likely, as the atmosphere of this title is very relaxed)
+ Sound bytes and crisp visuals make for an immensely satisfying experience
+ Diagnostics tests and chip tuning further add to a feeling of immersion; this becomes more pronounced as your garage is 'upgraded' throughout the central 'campaign' (for lack of a more convenient term)
+ Customer description of problems helps one to correlate malfunctioning componenets with their likely presentable symptoms

- Poor optimization; game runs in a way that is inordinately taxing
- Parts shop has no search feature
- Camera can become frustrating in certain circumstances (namely when working with exhaust systems)
- Not enough variance in cars or basic design; problems, therefore, become predictable a bit early on

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293 of 365 people (80%) found this review helpful
364 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I take good parts off of customer's cars and replace them with bad ones.

10/10
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519 of 690 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
Video First Look Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYnJF_35Yx4

I'm going to say that I recommend this but I think it's worth pointing out some things first, as it's definitely not for everyone but I think there are some people that will like it so I'll explain why.

Basically the aim of the game is to order in parts from the computer, then go and find where those parts are on the car and to take them off and replace them, then run some checks. There isn't that much more to it.

The major part of this game that is worth pointing out is that apart from the very first level, you're left completely on your own. If you don't know where something is or how it works you may find yourself stuck. I spent a great deal of time trying to find where the fuel filter was despite me knowing where one belongs on my own car in real life. However because of this fact, I do feel that makes the simulation part of this game rather accurate. I am not a mechanic and obviously I don't know how to work on a car all that much, and you do kind of feel that way when you play this game. Is that really a sign of a good simulator game though? Should the simulation of menial tasks in a video game make the game almost as boring as real life? I think the prospect of at least tinkering and having a go in the comfort of your house without getting dirty is what may warm some people towards this game. Perhaps namely, the teenage car enthusiast / wannabe mechanic market.

This game is different to the usual game with "simulator" thrown at the end of the name though, although maybe that could be due to the fact for the most part, games that have simulator in the title generally set the bar quite low other than a few of the major players in the simulator genre. I do feel like this one actually gave it a go. It feels like there has been some thought put into it, it doesn't feel half-arsed as you may initially think. When you compare it to other simulator games, it does actually have a lot of things to do, and the way the gameplay works it means you won't ever run out of things to do if you were to find yourself continuing to enjoy playing the game. It's not linear or working to a dreadful storyline, it's just completely honest. Here is a car, here is a list of jobs, go buy the bits, go change them. Admittedly though this will probably get monotonous rather quickly.

As for the feel of the game, the graphics are actually rather pleasant. Nothing was too garish and nothing of low quality popped out at me, it all felt quite warm and had a nice charm to it. The cars are kind of all the same. They are all generally front wheel drive European style cars. However they do look rather nice, and clearly take inspiration from real life cars but with a few twists and tweaked badges to perhaps avoid any legal issues. The driving aspect is pretty dreadful, the handling is terrible and it's definitely more of a very small almost mini-game function of the game rather than a key element.

I think it's reserved to perhaps car enthusiasts who want to try a car game that's different to the norm, but I wouldn't expect a huge amount of game time. Maybe in the future this game will see a modding community as seems to be the case with a lot of car games. I think this game would appeal most to the typical teenage car enthusiast, but not much more.
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111 of 124 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
It's not a tremendously accurate simulation by any means, but it's great fun nonetheless, and it might even teach you some of the basics about how cars are put together. The repairs themselves usually follow a standard plot: run diagnostics (test drive, OBD checker, etc) or examine the parts yourself until you find the one or two parts that are bad, remove as many parts as are necessary to remove the bad parts, buy replacements for the bad parts from your garage computer (or repair them if possible), then install the new parts and replace everything else.

At least, that's how it's *supposed* to go. If you want to go a different (*cough* chop shop *cough*) route, you can make use of the otherwise mostly useless used parts store also on your garage's computer.

Say your job is to replace some bad brake pads. To get to those pads, you'll also have to remove the tire and the brake caliper. The parts that you don't need to replace for a job are usually in pristine condition, meaning that if you sell them, you'll get a much higher price for them. All you have to do is go to the used parts store and see if they have a working caliper and tire for that car that's in okay condition (as long as it's better than red condition, it should work). Of course, they might not have a barely working caliper or tire for that car, but they might have an exhaust manifold that will be just perfect. So, remove the original exhaust manifold too. As long as it's in better condition than what the used parts store is selling, you'll profit. Sell off the originals, buy/install the used parts, and pocket the difference. Your clueless customers will drive off happy, and you will have sold off perfectly good parts of their car for a tidy profit.
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151 of 190 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 is a game where you play the role of a mechanic with your
very own workshop/garage.

There are two modes available, Career Mode and Endless Mode, though Endless Mode isn't
available until after completing the main Career Mode.

In Career Mode you'll be given an invoice, one invoice at one time,
(There are a total of 75 in the game)
and this invoice will usually detail the job that needs done to a vehicle in question.
For example someone might want their brakes changed out.

As you play the invoices because increasingly more difficult, albeit with a little play
in them.. meaning you might be given a fairly difficult job in one invoice, then the next
one could be just changing some brakes again.

The jobs you can be give can range from changing brakes, as mentioned above,
or changing oil, air, and fuel filters, to changing the entire transmission/gearbox/clutch.

You can also test-drive vehicles, take them on a track where their braking and suspension
is tested, as well as tuning them to increase their performance.
Though I quickly tired of test-driving vehicles, since I could never see the issues that
were described in their invoices.
For example the invoice stated rattling coming from the front of the car when driving,
but I couldn't hear anything.
Or the invoice stated that steering was loose, but it was kinda hard to tell
since the steering mechanics of the game aren't the greatest.

Personally I don't have much experience with car mechanics in general..
I worked on semi-trucks for a short during in my teens, but never really learned much hehe.
However regardless of the complex nature of mechanics this game was surprisingly easy
to get into, and I found myself learning a lot.

From the way you get around in game, to how you inspect parts, both with in-game
visuals such as worn out parts being dirty, to the color-coded Inspect Mode;
the game was quite easy to learn and get into.

A lot of things are simplified and made easier than in real life..
you don't have to go scrounging around for the right sized wrench..
your jack automatically is placed under the vehicle when removing a wheel, etc.

However there's the other side of the same coin; about halfway through the game I began
to realize the game was becoming too easy.

Money was piling up and in jobs where you're supposed to be stingy and only replace a
few of the broken parts I was like 'what the hell' and replaced all the broken parts just
for the heck of it, because I wasn't concerned about profit.
Which is quite contrary to in real life.

Another thing became quite prevalent as I was breezing through the missions.
I started wishing there was more.. more everything.

By the time I completed the game I knew every part modelled in-game inside and out
and have replaced every part many times, sometimes even replacing every part in one job.
I was starting to wish I could do more complex things, and more mechanical things
in general.

This is both the games blessing and it's curse.. that you'll love the game for it's ease
of learning and it's fun factor, but then once you become a pro there's just not enough
meat on the bone.

Luckily it seems over the course of the next year or so (possibly longer I'm not completely sure) the developers are planning DLC and patches, some of the DLC I believe is free as well.
Personally, being the impatient person I am, it couldn't come soon enough, I can't wait
to see what depth will be added to the game, as it can only improve upon it.

Overall this game was a great experience, taking me 16 hours to complete the main
campaign, and though there's still Endless, I have a general feeling of
'been there done that' when it comes to replacing any parts in the car at this point.
Though at the same time if there was more meat to the game I'd be gulping it down
like my pet cat gulps down chicken. ;)

Sound 7.5 (Overall good sound quality, but occasional hitches/pops in the sound)
Gameplay 8.5 (Easy to learn and get into, but by the end of the game it's too easy)
Graphics 9 (In some places slightly muddy textures, but for a simulator it looks darn good)

Overall 8.5
Great experience with it's only real downside being it leaves you wanting for more.
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101 of 118 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
After reading several reviews and noticing it was on sale, I decided to give this game a try. I have a Quad Core 3.8ghz AMD, GeForce 730 2gb Graphics Card, and 8gb DDR3 RAM. As soon as I loaded up the first vehicle in the game, I experienced low framerates. I exited and changed the video settings to Quality High, Resolution 1280x720, VSync OFF, Antialiasing DISABLED (These are the same settings I use for DayZ, which gives me 40+FPS). I now have 0 drop in framerate, and the game still looks beautiful. I've been an experienced mechanic for over 10 years. I am a certified CNC Machinist, as well as a certified Mercedes-Benz Technician. I've been a gamer since the NES days. The graphics are really good, and I haven't experienced any noticeable bugs, glitches, or clipping issues. The sound is ok, but nothing to brag about. I did listen to the radio, but had turned it down 50% before I even started. I never found it to be annoying. Movement around the shop environment is pretty smooth. No issues there. The game starts every level with a worksheet that explains what the customer wants you to check for or replace. Great thing is, you can refer back to this worksheet at anytime. Most of the parts can be visually inspected without removing them, but a lot of parts can only be inspected upon removing something in front of it (i.e. a timing belt before inspecting the water pump). The electrical components must be checked using the OBD Scan Tool. You are also able to test drive vehicles in order to diagnose bad parts, and the physics are good. Right clicking the mouse opens a menu allowing you to install parts, remove parts, turn the chassis transparency off/on, and turn the parts color, such as red, yellow, and green corresponding to the condition, off/on. Some of the parts can simply be removed, others must be unbolted and bolted back on. Everything must be installed in the reverse order of removal. Yes, you can forget to install parts, but you cannot give the car back to the customer until you fix your mistakes. The game automatically checks tasks off your worksheet as you complete them. After a little over an hour of playing, I found this game to be very fun. I'm impressed that any developer would tackle a game like this, and with such detail. Don't expect it to be 100% realistic, such as every nut and bolt, accurate pricing, names of cars, etc. I don't think anyone could learn the basics of car repair from this game, but I do think someone can use this game to understand the overall concept of automotive repair. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about this game. I wish the concept of this game would've implemented on Forza, Grand Turismo, or Need For Speed a long time ago! If you're interested in automotive repair, get this game now that it's on sale.
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56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
I largely bought this game as a joke since I tend to buy all the simulator games on Steam, but was pleasantly surprised to find a great puzzle (?!) game with lots of potential. If you told me I'd completely finish this game and its two (free) DLC addons I'd have laughed in your face.

If you like cars, puzzle games, and dubstep radios, get it. I hope to see a CMS 2015 because there's loads of potential in this one that just doesn't go far enough.
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I repair cars for a living (Voke school)

I bought this game since I was:

1) Intreged by it
2) To help me "freshen" my skills

This game is accurate for the most part, and it is addicting. Some inaccuracies is that V-6s are vertically split, not horizontal (due to game mechanics, I can see why they did this). Plus, most oil filters are at the bottom of the engine, not next to the dip stick.

Like i said, mostly accurate, addicting, and fun, makes this game its own original series.

Final Rating: 9/10
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76 of 93 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
So as a trained mechanic and a general gearhead, I figured I just had to pick this up.

However, after going through the first four or five jobs, I gotta say:

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Pick it up if it's on sale - it's fun to fiddle around with and see how fast you can find the problem. But the game is far, far away from simulating the really important things about being a mechanic.
I guess if the devs implemented a few more challenges like stuck bolts, and the need to use the right amount of force (and maybe to pick the appropriately sized tools for the task), this would be much more challenging. I'd love to see that implemented, maybe by dragging the mouse to keep a "torque bar" in the green area or something.


Pros:
+ you get to learn about lots of car parts and what they do
+ it's fun to figure out what the problem is
+ sometimes you get one symptom with several causes - just like in real life. Very good.
+ sometimes, you can fix parts instead of replacing them. That's something many real life garages seem to have forgotten.

So why am I giving it a thumbs down?
Well.

Some of the most basic and most important things about fixing cars are missing. The game reduces disassembly and assembly to clicking a few bolts:
- No torque requirements for bolts in sensitive places.
- No stuck bolts that you can break off.
- No need to pick the correct tool for the task.
- No caveats where order of disassembly is important because of the mechanics or the electrical systems. You're either prevented from making mistakes, or the things that would be mistakes in real life don't matter. The worst I've seen so far: I can rip out the starter without even disconnecting the battery - now there's a recipe for disaster.

Other cons:

- the real life challenge of saving time by disassembling as few things as possible in order to get to the damaged part is missing. Maybe it comes in at a later stage of the career, but as far as I've played, you can happily rip apart the whole car if you feel like it without any financial repercussions.

- Different versions of the same part for different model years? Multiple vendors with different price and quality levels? Delivery times? Everything that makes the "parts" part of a mechanic's business challenging is missing.
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1,200 of 1,850 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2014
I expected something in the vicinity of gearhead garage but it truly wasnt. I had been looking forward to this game and perhaps therefore my expectations were a tad too high. This game seems hastily thrown together, all the cars look like ssangyongs or toyotas, they all seem to be mostly front wheel drive, front engined, there are no v8s, there seems to be no variation what so ever except a few exterior details.

Yes the fact that you could drive the cars to diagnose them would have been a nice touch if it didnt feel like I was driving a maxed out clown car propelled by rubber bands with suspension made out of matches.

The worst part is that I dont seem to get to buy my own car, fixing it up and trying to turn a profit but rather grind my way through repetetive tasks with a bunch of whiny women who are not able to change their oil or even their own air filter.
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