Cyberpunk 2077 was a disappointment in many ways, but the biggest disappointment for me? No robots. At least, not enough robots. Sure, people have robot arms and robot cars, and there’s those robot sparring partners you sometimes see at the gym, but if it’s half-a-century in the future and Boston Dynamics hasn’t come out with a giant death machine capable of leveling a city block while doing the macarena? I don’t wanna hear about it.
Luckily, there’s Mech Mechanic Simulator to give you all the same sci-fi futurism while also satisfying that urge for giant stompy robots. The good news is in Mech Mechanic Simulator, you don’t need to fight the giant robot! In fact, they’re already busted and it’s your job to fix ’em.
Mech Mechanic Simulator comes by way of Polyslash, a small dev team majority-owned by PlayWay. You might recall PlayWay as the “life simulator” developer known for such titles as Car Mechanic Simulator and Sim Bus.
Mech Mechanic Simulator is pretty much built along the same lines as Car Mechanic Simulator, but cooler because it’s all about fixing mechs. Use your futuristic scanner doohickey to scan for broken parts, then click and drag to remove those parts one by one. Once removed, parts can be repaired or replaced, depending on your inventory, cash reserves, and skill as a mechanic.
There’s a certain zen-like quality to going through and removing bolts, disconnecting wires, and then taking off panels to get at Mech’s internal components. And then once you finally fix whatever is busted you gotta figure out how to put it all back together. It’s one-part puzzle game, one-part mech porn, all tied together with some expectedly crunchy rock music and an annoying little robot helper with the same stupid jokes played on a loop.
As your garage grows in reputation, you’ll go from repairing the loaderbot down the street to fixing up military-grade destructo bots that can probably blow up your place of business if you cross the wrong wire.
The game just came out with a free demo you can download from Steam, and there’s going to be an extended “Prologue” that’ll arrive later this month. After that, Mech Mechanic Simulator has plans to release in Q1 2021, with the devs reporting that it’s “almost done.”
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