The vehicle repairing game has been around since 2014. But with the Car Mechanic Simulator console version released, Xbox One and PS4 owners can also practice their spanner skills.
The Car Mechanic Simulator series is developed by Polish studio Red Dot Games and published via PlayWay and Koch Media. Obviously, it centres around repairing and fixing various cars. The latest PC version, Car Mechanic Simulator 2018, enables you to go through a career in automotive repair including locating rare vehicles at auctions, junkyards and in the new Barn Find module.
It’s a fun way to potentially learn a bit more about how real and virtual cars actually work. Although we wouldn’t necessarily use it as the only reference for a real garage project – it might inspire our younger family members to give us some help.
And with the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the latest edition, you’ll now be able to enjoy a total of 48 cars (including Jeep and Mazda licences), more than 1000 parts to utilise, and the chance to build from a small workshop to a large 3-lifter example.
If you enjoy the task of repairing and restoring virtual cars, then it’s an ideal game. There’s an endless amount of randomly-generated missions and gameplay, and you can modify everything from license plates to engines.
And you also get more than 10 tools to play with, including things like a battery charger, wheel balancer, and a shock absorber tool. You can even build engines and cars from scratch – and there’s plenty of options for the visual side with a Car Paint Shop.
But there is still some driving to do. The locations including a Path Test for suspension analysis, a Test Track for the condition of the car, and a Race Track to try out the performance after your latest tuning.
There’s no release date for the DLC appearing on PC and console versions, but Red Dot has already revealed the official licensed brands which will appear. They include Mercedes, Maserati, DeLorean, Pagani, Bentley, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Ram, and Lotus alongside Jeep and Mazda. So there should be plenty of desirable cars to fiddle with.
Want a physical copy? Game has the PS4 version of Car Mechanic Simulator in stock for £24.99. Or you can order both the Xbox One and PS4 versions via Amazon for the same price. And you can get the digital downloads from the official Xbox and PSN services.