Big machines, loud noises, and a job well done get my juices flowing. As such, I probably should work in the construction field. However, I don’t, so I need to scratch these urges in a virtual world. Accordingly, when I saw Construction Simulator advertised, I jumped at the chance.
Developed by Weltenbauer and published by Astragon Entertainment GmbH, this is a realistic simulation title. What’s more, it utilises finance and business management mechanics and has a rich and rewarding story to explore. This version of Construction Simulator is much bigger than its predecessors and comprises a plethora of real-life brands.
Construction Simulator will take over your life.
Now, I love simulation games as they are absorbing and all-consuming beasts. However, I normally lose interest as they become too complicated, too quickly. Luckily, Construction Simulator doesn’t fall foul of this trap. Instead, its in-depth gameplay is always manageable, and interesting, but mighty time-consuming. Consequently, this isn’t a casual experience!
Thanks to its 2 unique locations that comprise 2 different stories, there is plenty to see and do. You can visit a German-inspired village or a stereotypical city in America. Both locations offer a wide range of jobs to complete, some fantastic landmarks to discover, and some interesting characters to help.
The aim of the game is simple; run your company, turn a profit, and help each town to flourish. En route, you’ll hire or buy new equipment, learn new skills, improve your hero, and create some amazing buildings.
A wonderful experience.
I had a feeling I’d enjoy Construction Simulator, but I wasn’t sure just how much I’d like it. Thanks to its straightforward gameplay, easy-to-master mechanics, and awesome machinery, I was hooked. Almost immediately, I was amazed by how realistic and balanced it was. Subsequently, at no point was I overwhelmed or frustrated. No, instead, I plodded away, completing every task while improving my business.
Your career revolves around the main contracts that must be completed. These jobs are often long-winded, and complex, and will test your ability. However, they are also extremely rewarding when you complete them. Doing so opens up further tasks while rewarding you with XP and cash to purchase goods and new machines.
So much to buy.
No construction game would be complete without some massive brands and big machines. With 90+ vehicles on offer, you are spoiled for choice. You can compact loose soil, bulldoze dirt, excavate massive holes, lift heavy goods, create new roads, and more. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy using some of the best brands on offer; Bobcat, BELL, Kensworth, Caterpillar©, and more.
It’s truly fascinating to get to grips with some of the best machines. However, what’s truly spectacular is that the developers don’t focus on time-consuming elements. Subsequently, you can choose how much time you choose to invest. If you wish, you can drive to every job site or simply fast-travel for a fee. This was phenomenal as you don’t have to waste time moving machinery. This is particularly important when undertaking complex jobs. Here, you’ll use masses of equipment, and it would soon become tiresome. Fortunately, the fast travel option keeps things moving and the action flowing.
The same approach applies to every building material. If you wanted, you can manually lift every item onto trailers and transport them to each construction site. However, if this doesn’t appeal to you, you can get the building yard to deliver every item to save time. This is how every simulation title should perform, as it maintains realism without unnecessary and tedious noise.
Construction Simulator looks good, but not great!
Unlike its peers, Construction Simulator lacks a high-class finish. This isn’t to say it’s horrible to look at, because it isn’t. However, it is a little rough around the edges, the cinematic lacks polish, and the background isn’t as realistic as I’d hoped. Yet, it’s pleasant on the eye, while being colourful and fun to explore. I particularly liked the stereotypical locations and the variation of building designs and backdrops.
Strangely, the audio has a high-energy and aggressive edge to it. Furthermore, it had undertones of danger and risk, and it didn’t work. I’d have much preferred a selection of basic songs on an in-cab radio. This would have been perfect, as it would have been more realistic. Talking of realism, the sound effects are fantastic. The roar of the engines, the scraping of metal on the soil, and the crunch of wheels on the tarmac was amazing. This part of the audio was incredible, and I never tired of it.
Complex machines, but easy controls.
I expected Construction Simulator to be an absolute minefield. With so many machines to use, I doubted I’d master any of them. Yet, thankfully, an excellent tutorial talks you through the fundamentals. Moreover, the fantastic UI and well-labelled submenus ensure you never pick the wrong equipment.
Simulation games are renowned for their replay value. Luckily, this is no different. With 2 massive maps to explore, 90+ vehicles to try, 90 contracts to complete, and much, much more, this will absorb you into its virtual world. On top of this, there is a massive achievement list to devour, and you’ll enjoy multiplayer action for up to 4 players as well.
Construction Simulator is incredible.
If you adore the genre, this will tick every box. With masses of things to do, plenty of machines to master, and a deep management model to explore, it is incredible. I have few complaints, and therefore, I can easily recommend you to buy it here! Can you run a perfect construction business? Grab your tools, hire some machines, and make your surroundings shine.