While I usually don’t give much attention to new currently ‘trending’ games, this time a game called PC Building Simulator struck me. A game that lets you build computers and repair them sounds great, right? Well, this article is here to answer exactly that and whether you should save or spend your money.
System Requirements, price and what the game is about
The menu for PC Building Simulator. Don’t worry too much about the stated system requirements because they’re a gross overstatement.
PC Building Simulator costs $/€20 and it’s currently on sale (a 10% one at that) so it won’t be breaking your bank. It’s coded in Unity and it’s made by one teenager who started it out as small project last year which ended up becoming very popular.
Once you go to its Steam page, the first thing you’d probably check are its system requirements which are pretty high in my opinion for this type of game. The stated minimum requirements are:
An Intel Core i5 2500K
A Geforce GTX 660
4GB HDD space available
While they are somewhat high, the game ran at about 25-30FPS on low settings at 720p on a laptop that packs in a Core i5-3230M, a Radeon HD 8750M and 8GB of RAM so don’t take these requirements too seriously.
As the title suggests, in the game you’ll be building computers (modern ones at that). You’ll also be repairing them if you opt to play in career mode, which as you’ll soon see, isn’t quite as intriguing as it sounds
Graphics, Sound and Gameplay
Due to the fact that this is not a full review but more of an article in which I tell you my thoughts and perhaps save you $20 or (somehow) convince you to spend them, these 3 aspects will be combined in one section.
First off, let’s start off with the graphics. Putting in mind that this is an indie game, the graphics aren’t half bad but they’re not anything to write home about. They’re somewhat generic but they’re quite detailed at places where it matters such as PC parts so the game isn’t an eyesore.
The room itself as uninteresting as it could get but the components do look nice when the graphics settings are maxed out.
The worst part about the graphics is that there’s NO anti-aliasing which leaves jagged edges even on the highest setting. Talking about quality levels, there’s little difference in visual quality and performance between Very Low and Fantastic (the highest setting) so the game will keep on looking like a game straight out of 2009-2012 regardless of your hardware.
I didn’t really care much for the sound tracks included but the sound effects are what you’d expect from a simulator game in which you build computers, not really interesting but nothing that’ll make your ears bleed. My personal suggestion: Turn off the music and play something better in background like I did!
Gameplay and Content
The rest of the room is pretty boring bar some posters on the other side of the wall.
Now, perhaps this is the area in which I felt the game lacked the most. I would dare say that this area is the reason why I wrote this article in the first place.
When you play the game, you’re presented with two different game modes:
Free Build mode in which you can, as you’d expect, build a PC yourself and ‘benchmark’ it.
Career mode in which you’re a computer technician that has their own business from what looks to be their house.
The free play mode is as you’d expect quite mundane after your first or second rig unless you have a very big liking for modern PC hardware. Yes, the hardware available is all modern (oldest stuff is from around 2013) so don’t expect to see any retro computer stuff!
In the career mode, you run your own business and you do this:
Scan and Benchmark PCs —> These are pretty boring tasks that could make you wonder why you’re playing this game in the first place.
The game is choked full of hardware manufacturer logos so you’d think it’s a catalogue for a computer store rather than a game at times!
Fix PCs by replacing broken hardware —> Standard hardware replacements with modern cases. Don’t expect anything fancy such as soldering components on failing hardware in a mini-game.
Sometimes, you’ll have to diagnose computers that aren’t working properly
Connecting and disconnecting lots of cables till you purchase upgrades to make the game do this on its own
‘Shopping’ online for parts
Managing your business’ finances
As you’ve probably made out by now, the game play is somewhat boring and you’ll likely get tired of it after an hour or two, like I did.
I sat through about 1.5 hours of career mode before I called it quits because well, it gets repetitive very quickly and there isn’t much of an incentive to continue playing since there’s no real end goal. OmegaOS isn’t really all that interesting either…
I’m personally not a big fan of simulation games with no real end goal, bar for a few exceptions such as SimCity and PowderToy, so that may be a factor but the problem is that there’s no real satisfaction if you get further in the game. You’ll keep on doing the same things over again until you get bored.
This section, which is arguably the most important one, is the one in which the game falls short in because after my playing session, I only had one thought in my mind which was “Had I not been listening to some music I like, I would’ve wasted 1.5 hours“.
As I don’t consider this to be a proper review but more of a mini-review, I won’t be giving a detailed score but I’ll let you know what my final word on it is.
The shop you buy from is pretty crude so there isn’t much to look at here. There isn’t a calculator on your computer so you have to use your real-life smart device to do calculations about prices without using Alt-tab every few seconds!
Final thoughts: If you’re really hyped up about building PCs with the latest specifications and are a real fan of simulation games and new case designs, then go for it. For anybody else, I would advise against it unless it gets discounted to $5 or less (Humble Bundle-esque deals) OR it gets some content that interests you, such as some soldering mini-games and retro hardware/software for me. Perhaps, this game would be better on a mobile device where you’d play the game in short bursts. Maybe this game shouldn’t get as much good press as it’s getting…
Final verdict: One of those games that could have some potential with a lot of work and content that you specifically like. Otherwise, it’s not a great way to spend your time in its current state!
This game is a little like a soft drink. You play it and after the initial period of satisfaction, you’ll probably forget about it!
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