Some thoughts about PC Building Simulator – It’s probably not as awesome as you think it is…
System Requirements, price and what the game is about
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.
- An Intel Core i5 2500K
- A Geforce GTX 660
- 4GB RAM
- Windows 7
- 4GB HDD space available
Graphics, Sound and Gameplay
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.
Gameplay and Content
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.
- 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.
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!