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.
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Very Negative (243 reviews) - 15% of the 243 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Very Negative (243 reviews)
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The Arch Bishop Of Banterbury
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game makes me want to kill myself
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Sludgemonster Von Crapenstein
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
It's bad. I bought it in a bundle. It's bad. Bad.
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Ryka Sank FR
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
> Install the game ( obtained in a bundle )
> Lot of negative review , but why not try ?
> 10 minutes for understing how the crane work
> Touch the car with the hook
> Car fly away
> 2 minutes for try to understand what happened
> Delete the game
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Dat Boi
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
It was like playing a claw game for a few minutes.

'Game saved'

Restarted game, oh look, no game save.
If you press down for a while you'll flip over and lose.
No real instructions, tutorials, or anything. Just the F1 menu that takes some time to figure out, but other than that there's nothing.

0/10 don't even
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acidbuster1982
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
I bought because it looked intresting, wished I had not. It's crap.
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kingdude89
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I couldn't figure out the controls for the towing system, so I just started a towtruck demolition derby.
Still not worth the price though...
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trash panda
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Product received for free
I "won" this game in a raffle but I'm beginning to suspect I lost the raffle.
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TrainDevil
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Got it from a bundle. Couldn't run it on my XP. Got my old gaming build fixed, couldn't run it on my Windows 7. Ran it directly from the source in compatibility mode, finally started. 13 minutes later, magically got deleted off my hard disk.
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Hakulaku
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Really bugged game, feels like an Alpha release. No updates from developer. Should not be sold by Steam.
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TheUnbornSilent
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Dont need to play this for a second longer to tell you this is complete trash.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
It was like playing a claw game for a few minutes.

'Game saved'

Restarted game, oh look, no game save.
If you press down for a while you'll flip over and lose.
No real instructions, tutorials, or anything. Just the F1 menu that takes some time to figure out, but other than that there's nothing.

0/10 don't even
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I bought because it looked intresting, wished I had not. It's crap.
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291 of 339 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
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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87 of 101 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
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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118 of 154 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
Save your money; dont buy this game.
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81 of 105 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
Defiantly one of the worst game's I have played. Very buggy , poor controls , poor guidelines. Defiantly do not buy.
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91 of 124 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
Waste of my money
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
This game is pretty bad. I regret buying it.

http://youtu.be/Dt3q-YDOlMA
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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