Computer Repair Simulator 18.104.22.168 Beta New
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
Gamification is one of the new buzzwords in education. Boiled down to its essentials, the concept is that you can motivate people to do things they normally wouldn't want to do if you make it more like a game. You use the same sort of leveling wheel that MMOs are famous for, but you apply everything to real life. It's a shame, then, that there are so few good games that really take the concept and run with it. One promising title that seems like it might do so is Computer Repair Simulator, a game that's unsurprisingly all about repairing computers.
Not Really a Game But a Fantastic Teaching Tool
This program gets off to a strong start by understanding what it is and what it is not. This isn't a shoot 'em up or RPG - this is a game about repairing computers. It provides quite a bit of information to the new user and assumes very little about a base skill level. If you play the game long enough, you'll figure out how to conduct some basic PC repairs and probably know enough to build your own computer. It's not perfect, but it's still more fun than watching a repair video.
So, what's the downside? Honestly, the worst part about this game is that it barely qualifies as a game. If you love repairing computers, this is an awesome simulation. If you want to learn more about computer hardware, this is a fantastic teaching tool. As a game, though, it's not exactly going to set the world on fire. Advertising it as such is a disservice to the real product, and one that will likely cost it users in the future. This isn't exactly something that's going to compete with the deluge of other indie titles that are already on the market.
It's also important to stop and talk about the Alpha state of this project. What users are going to get now isn't just early access - it's a stage before that, one that's naturally going to be full of bugs and ideas that won't make it to the final product. That's great for those who like to be early adopters, but it's not so fantastic for those who are looking for a stable, full-featured product. Since it won't cost you anything to download the game, it isn't a huge issue - but if you go into the experience expecting something that's completely done, you're going to be disappointed.
If you understand that this game is more about learning that entertainment, you'll find a fantastic new tool in Computer Repair Simulator. You won't get much excitement out of the project, but it's a good way to learn more about computers and to keep your skills sharp. With more development, it might also become a great tool that allows users to work on modifications to their own systems without ever putting a real PC in danger. The only down side to the product is that it's marketed as a game - you'll have to look beyond that to find its real value.