In this simulation, the player works as the owner a large car park, on which the towed vehicles will be parked. A huge armada of different towing vehicles is ready to go. The trucks are on the road to find illegally parked cars. For each order you earn money, as being towed might be very expensive for the owner.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (134 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014
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About This Game

In this simulation, the player works as the owner a large car park, on which the towed vehicles will be parked. A huge armada of different towing vehicles is ready to go. The trucks are on the road to find illegally parked cars. For each order you earn money, as being towed might be very expensive for the owner. Most of the money could be earned by driving the truck independently and fulfill your hard job carefully.

Features

  • Huge city with dozens of parking slots, streets and parks
  • Hard city traffic with traffic lights and hundreds of cars
  • Various Tow Trucks with crane and ramp
  • Simulation of all hydraulic functions
  • 3 game modes
  • Realistic sound effects and atmospheric music
  • High score list for all game modes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2,4 GHz Pentium or 100% compatible CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6800GT, ATI Radeon HD 3650
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 3,0 GHz Pentium or 100% compatible CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 560, ATI Radeon HD 6970
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I spent 20 minutes trying to pick up an SUV. I got the crane and everything lined up perfectly but it just wasn't picking the damn SUV up.
Everything in this game is just horrible, the crane controls are slow as hell, the driving is horrible, NPC vehicles are horrible, the map/word is horrible and theres only like 3 trucks in the whole game.

I got this game because it was included in a bundle, and I paid about 3,50€ for the bundle (it included like 10 games or so).

For everybody who is thinking about buying this game, DON'T. This is a big waste of money.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I love simulator games, but Towtruck Simulator 2015 gave me a head ache, both as a simulation game and literally; I had to lay down and close my eyes for half an hour after playing this game.

The first thing that struck me was the un-responsivness of the controls. It feels like you are travelling through treacle all the time. Even though the speedo shows that you are doing 60kph, you feel like you are crawling, with no variation in the speed of the vehicle apart from when you first accelerate from stationary, and even that was unrealistic. All other vehicles on the road apart from looking remarkably similar (there was very little variation in color and only several different models of car, with no other HGV or articulated vehicles appaent in game), travel at the same slow speed; and, if you happen to crash into any car, despite driving a 5 or 6 ton vehicle at speed, the car appears to be glued to the road as it doesn't budge an inch when you crash into it . Cars appearing in the distance seemed to slide and even jump about , and movement when turning corners was erratic and unrealistic. Other vehicle simulators like Euro Truck Simulator 1 & 2 at least have some modicum of realism (apart from actual crash damage) when you crash into other vehicles.

The map showing you the placement of cars that needed towing isn't very clear and so far I've not found a key binding that will allow me to zoom in on the map, and on top of all these issues the whole environment looks drab and reminds me of what in game environments looked like 10 years ago, not next year (as in the games title Tow Truck Simulator 2015). Finally, try actually picking up a vehicle once you've found one, it's not impossible, but I tried and failed several times. There's a basic plan of the controls via the F1 key *see the last image link posted below), but there's no actual tutorial, so trying to actually pick up a vehicle for the first time is pretty hard to figure out unless you have a PhD in mechanical engineering. After playing the game for a couple of hours I had to gave up. (I did returned briefly to check on some points while writng this review) . In my opinion Tow Truck Simulator 2015 was a throughly unpleasant game to play.

Thankfully I got this game (twice) via both Bundle Star sim bundles, so can't really complain about how much I wasted as there were some decent sims games included with each of the bundles I purchased.

You can see some images (taken by me) and a You Tube video posted by WhyBeHere below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV_I79YGcIA

http://s2.postimg.org/d342odw95/Tow_Truck_Sim_001.jpg (sterile environment)

http://s9.postimg.org/vbp1s9fkf/Tow_Truck_Sim_002.jpg (Car park carash)

http://s9.postimg.org/vbp1s9fkf/Tow_Truck_Sim_002.jpg (stuck in traffic)

http://s4.postimg.org/nbmxk3cct/Tow_Truck_Sim_005.jpg (attempting to pick up a vehicle)

http://s28.postimg.org/9gsy59qfx/Tow_Truck_Sim_006.jpg (key bindings)


After checking out what the earlier version of this game (2010 version) played like, it seems the developer has taken a retrograde step in many of the game play features. You can check this out yourself by comparing game play from each game via You Tube videos. In essence I'd much rather be playing the 2010 version than the 2015 version.


e.g.

Other vehicles look like they travel faster, the cars can be knocked off the road if you crash into them which means if you get stuck in traffic you can at least plow a path through cars being driven along the roads if needed, wheras in the 2015 version, you easily get trapped between oncoming vehicles and vehicles behind you because of the cars being stuck to the road (see the third image above, I was completely stuck at this point after trying to extricate myself from the vehicle pile up ;......well, not really a pile up). The only way to get out of the game was to restart; game saves seem to be disables as I wasn't able to save my progress. Also the collision mesh leaves a lot to be desired, with my truck being able to partly drive through various inanimate objects like tree trunks.

I doubt I'll ever play this game again because I've got much better and more realistic simulation games to enjoy. Even GTA V (X-Box version) has a usable tow truck that operates much better and that's only one very tiny aspect of that particular game.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
The good:
The bad: Buggy game, precision required that is just stupid to achieve
Another terible simulation game that could have been much more.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is pretty bad. I regret buying it.

http://youtu.be/Dt3q-YDOlMA
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
First of all, let me start by saying that I would NEVER purchase this game by choice, the only reason I own it is because of a Simulator Bundle I purchased a while ago, and I figured that since I now own Towtruck Simulator 2015, I might as well give it a play to see what it's like. After less than 20 minutes of playing this game, I have concluded that it is nothing short of a joke.

Right off the bat it takes a huge nose-dive. There are no introductions, no tutorials on how to use the controls or hotkeys and the game is bugged horrendously, even the menus and dialogs are really bad. This is a very clearly unfinished game and the fact that it was released in it's current state is an utter disgrace. I honestly think that a group of 10 year old kids could come up with a more polished game than this in a shorter amount of time.

This is the perfect example of "Shovelware", the game is an unoptimised mess, the controls are clunky to say the least and very clear issues have been completely overlooked. It seems as though this game was never even tested before it's release, but that wouldn't surprise me. United Independent Entertainment have become famous for their unplayable games.

I didn't expect much from this game from the beginning, Towtruck Simulator doesn't necessarily sound like something I would enjoy, nor does it sound like a game with much promise, but this is just ridiculous and the fact that they are asking for £10.99 for it on the Steam page is even more ridiculous.

Do NOT buy this game, not even during the Steam Sales. The only reason any of you should ever own this game is from a Bundle Package like how I acquired it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
WTF is this?! I paid £1.99 for a random game off CJS steam key. WORST game I have ever played. First it crashed and then secondly, couldn't lift any car onto my tow truck as the car was too heavy. Thirdly, it took me 8 minutes for the crane to unravel and pick up the car. Put the car onto my tow truck and couldn't drive away.

Do NOT buy this game for £10.99 or even £1.99 off the random game place. PICK UP LITTLE CARS AND PUT THEM ON A PLANK OF WOOD, SAME SIMULATION!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
No controller or joystick support. Convoluted and sluggish controls. Terrible graphics and zero vehicle handling. The dregs of the simulation genre.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Tow Truck Simulator.

Sounds like an idea from the garbage can, and yes - it could have been a decent sim game (of which we recently had so many).

To say you the truth, it isn't a decent simulation - some of the controls are really messed up, like the crane. Even if you manage to load your truck, you don't get too far with it. Yes, the control is awkward, slow, and not very precise. It is ruining even the meager rest of fun you might get from trying to load one car on your truck.

The graphics are mediocre, and some of the higher settings use up a lot of processor power even on high end machines.

I can give only recomendation to people who really like that kind of "sims", it is not a game that will be a good sim collection start. And it surely is not a game for people with a low frustration threshold. It can drive you outright nuts, especially the control of the crane (the worst thing I experienced was when I tried to put the car onto the truck, and the game didn't let me because the tolerance of the programing was really, really bad).

Also there is some other issue, on my notebook the game crashes. There seems to be an issue with some graphic systems, mine was an older notebook nVidia onboard solution. On my normal PC though, there is not such an issue.

So buy this game only if you are a hardcore sim fan, who likes to simulate everything imaginable (I am still waiting for a "Stick in the mud"-Sim...) All others, get out of the line, it might not be worth your time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
WARNING: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

Don’t let my play time fool you folks, I’ve actually never played this game. I just sat at my computer clicking the “play” button until I had 5 minutes worth of time. Why? Because like so many others I have not been able to start the game. Don't believe me? Go look at the forums... I'll wait for you to return.

So now that you believe me, let's get a little more detailed here. My computer far exceeds the system requirements for this game. I have over 80 other games in my collection that run just fine. I have all the required addon software (Directx & PhysX) for this game, and even tested different versions. My drivers are always fully updated. The game just won’t start. I’ve even tried using different compatibility (and administrator) modes! It... won’t... start.

That said, there are some people out there who have been “fortunate” to get it to run. What do they report? Graphics are horrible, collision detection is bad, controls are stupid, and the game lags terribly for no reason. To sum it up, this game is absolute garbage! Don’t waste your money on this folks. Even if you think it might be interesting.

If you have the money to waste you would be better off going to the bank, withdrawing that $15, and using it as toilet paper. At least the money would have had a purpose.

Do NOT buy this game!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
i spawned in a parking lot without cars but then a bunch of cars appeared inside my towing truck and sent it flying

2/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
this game has absolutely no listed controls and tells you you can go pick up any car with a red dot, and whenever you go up to one it is either too heavy or it is parked correctly so you shouldnt pick it up. this game BLOWS
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265 of 308 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
First look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqVgd2yAtyg
This 2015 version of Towtruck Simulator seems to only have marginal additions over Astragon's 2010 version of Tow Truck Simulator, but at the price of some things that made the older version fun. It makes you wonder why UIG even bothered.
In the past you could drive like a maniac with your car hanging off the side, rushing around to get all the cars back to your lot, just left to your own devices to do as you please. This time you must do everything prim and proper until you're even allowed to drive the truck away. I never got that as far as to drive away with the car on the back as I couldn't figure out how to get the truck moving again and in that time the car I had put on the truck had somehow slid it's way off. They focused so much on the physics of the hydraulic stabilizers it seems they didn't have time for much else.

There is no tutorial to guide you through each bit, you're merely given a control screen (controls cannot be customized) and you just have to figure out what to do from there. It doesn't explain things such as what you have to do for the game to trigger to allow you to do the next bit. It's a pretty big thing to overlook really considering the linearity of the game. You're wrapped up in cotton wool to avoid you being silly but doesn't really tell you how to be a great tow truck guy either.

This game is graphics glitches galore. As you view cars in the distance it looks like a scene out of Tokyo Drift as they seem to be sliding down the road at an angle until they come into your draw distance and dissolve away revealing the car that's meant to be there. Everyone on the roads drives at 2mph, yet the sounds in the game would make you believe you were in the middle of Manhattan. It's not uncommon to see the same car several times in one scene, in fact you can even see that in the screenshots! The only thing that differs between them is some cars have shadows and some do not. Spooky!

This game has a star style wanted level system taken straight from GTA. I don't know why it's there or what it does though. It just made a police siren sound and that was it. Not a cop in sight.

I can't tell you if it has replay value or what the rest of the game is like as I couldn't figure out how to get that far. It feels rushed and hastily put together. If you want a tow truck simulator game just find the older version made by Astragon in your local charity shop or on ebay.
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79 of 93 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I thought I would try this out for a bit of a laugh, not really my cup of tea, but boy was I disappointment way more than what I expected.

I will probably NEVER play this game because of the poor quality. It is a shame, but they have reasonable graphics, but a lot of the time you find you have the car on the truck, but the game refuses to accept it and you just waste your time trying to resolve the issue. Some of the physics in the game are so bad also, for no reason the truck will just flip upside down. The driving control is bad and there is absolutely no way to remap the keys in the game at all. Just going into the options shows the sheer lack of settings.

There is no tutorial in the game, so you spend about an hour trying to work out how the bloody thing is supposed to work before you get a grip of the controls and then find out it ignores the fact when you do things right also. There doesn't seem to be anyway of knowing your progression also, just says pick up cars marked with RED dot, then half of them are too heavy and no way to know how to earn a larger truck.

Very POOR game in my opinion and certainly one for the masses to AVOID. When you think ONE GUY created Banished, what was the organisation thinking of to launch such a game in todays market place?

It is a shame that Steam does not offer a "Game Guarantee" for satisfaction of a game for valued customers like myself to obtain a refund. If a member of staff reads this review, then please consider it, or at the very least remove this game from sale and save other customers the traumer!
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106 of 141 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Save your money; dont buy this game.
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75 of 97 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Defiantly one of the worst game's I have played. Very buggy , poor controls , poor guidelines. Defiantly do not buy.
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87 of 119 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Waste of my money
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
You will have more fun using chopsticks to pick up grains of rice than you will playing this game. My full review is at:

http://youtu.be/y-15WFtuqnk
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
WOW!!!! I never ... realy ... NEVER played a game like this!!! Its the biggest fail 2014! Screens locks better then the full Game lol!!!

Pro:
Support Screen Resolution 1980x1080
Best April Fools Gift
Gift it to peoples you don`t like

Contra:
Bad Controlls
Bad Music
Bad Graphic
Full of Buggs
And many more!!

Trust me, I played a lot of Simulator Games, but this Game get the Award for the Crap Game 2014!! Don`t buy this Game, its not Worth 1 Cent! Even Free is too much for this Game!!!

Cant understand how this Game can be released on Steam!

if you spend 1€/$1 on this Game, you will feel like scamed!

DONT BUY THIS CRAP PLEASE!!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Just don't bother with this piece of ♥♥♥♥, I can't even understand the controls and graphics are really bad and somehow this game makes my PC run hotter with fans screaming, don't waste money on this game
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
The tow truck shown on the "cover" or "box" of this game, isn't the same type of tow truck in the game. The game tow truck is a lift - maybe Euro style? The cover shows a ramp n chain style tow truck.....was hoping for multiple trucks, but only thing they give you is lift. :( Would have liked to see Hook n Chain, boom style for Semis, ramp n chain, etc. Not worth the buy at this time. Seems like a Beta.....
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