The world of simulator games used to be incredibly niche; back in the days when video games were looked down upon by the general public, even gamers themselves would often look upon simulator games with disdain. The genre has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years however – even though parodies such as Goat Simulator have become part of the gaming landscape, so too have more serious and genuinely engrossing titles such as Euro Truck Simulator 2 or the hugely popular and long running Farming Simulator series.
Yet there’s also a strange sub-genre that’s sprung up and catered for a very specific type of simulation: the mechanic sim. It seems that there’s a mechanic sim for pretty much any type of vehicle you can think of – and this isn’t just relegated to the darker corners of Steam; these games are also widely available on pretty much all console formats too. Though often low budget productions with some UI issues, they’re oddly therapeutic and somewhat relaxing, with unhurried gameplay and a sense of gentle progression that give a decent sense of satisfaction when you’ve managed to fix up a machine – the sense of a job well done.
Coming in 2021, Farm Mechanic Simulator takes away the actual agricultural tasks but keeps you on the farm in order to fix up the machines used in tending crops and bothering livestock. Players will be able to fix the hefty vehicles and take them for a spin to make sure that everything’s working correctly; as Rafal Jelonek, COO of Ultimate Games, says in the title’s press release: “It’s a unique title that will allow you to make a career as an agricultural mechanic in an accessible manner, while offering a whole array of attractions.”
An extensive ordering system, as well as the opportunity to repair and test a wide variety of machines and vehicles – along with the ability to upgrade your workshop – is what the game offers; though it’s a game that seems to straddle two different simulator niches (farming and mechanic), it should offer fans of both something to enjoy.
Releasing in the final quarter of 2021 on all consoles and Steam (you can check the game out and add it to your wishlist here), Farm Mechanic Simulator actually looks pretty impressive from a visual standpoint and, with more months of production still to go, it should improve even more by release. It may not be the most mainstream or immediately appealing title, but it looks like it should be a charming, relaxing and ultimately therapeutic experience, as is the case with many simulators of this ilk.
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