- System: PC
- Publisher: The Irregular Corporation
- Developer: Claudiu Kiss, The Irregular Corporation
- Release Date: Mar 27, 2018
- Pricing: $19.99
- Raiting: NR
- Players: Simulation
- Genre: 1
- Official Website: https://www.pcbuildingsim.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
PC Building Simulator is a rather simple game to explain. Players are thrown into a new business venue where they play as a PC repairman who must take on jobs and work their way up making their business stronger as they complete jobs. PC Building Simulator also acts as a teaching tool to show people how to maintain their PCs and upgrade them as well. One of these elements works quite well in PC Building Simulator while the other one falters slightly. Unfortunately, the part that does falter is the simulation part itself.
As a PC repair guy, players work in a small shop and take jobs via a PC that shows emails from clients who need different things done with their rigs. For example, some client might need his/her PC cleaned and virus scanned as well. Then other clients might need to have upgrades to their PC which means you must buy the parts, get them shipped to your shop and then begin the job. This whole system is easy to grasp as PC Building Simulator holds your hand by showing you constant checklists of what you need to do and what elements you are missing. Most of the time we didn’t find ourselves confused even though we aren’t too well versed with how PCs are fixed and upgraded. However, players must adhere to earning money to keep their shop open as you have bills to pay every month and you’ll want to upgrade your shop with more benches to do more work at the same time.
Now the reason why PC Building Simulator doesn’t work gaming wise is that while the sim element is solid in terms of how it works, it begins to feel like work quite quickly. Repairing PCs and upgrading them all comes down to clicking pieces, buying parts and repeating the process dozens of times. No gamer wants to feel like a game is actual work, but PC Building Simulator has an air of a job more than a game. This could have been fixed by providing things to do like leaving the office and roaming around or maybe mini games but PC Building Simulator is just about taking orders and completing them to make money. We aren’t saying that everyone will dislike PC Building Simulator, but at its core, this is a game that truly wishes to be a teaching tool with sim elements and that won’t be for everyone.
Luckily, PC Building Simulator does work in one regard perfectly, teaching how PCs work. We went into PC Building Simulator fearful that it would be too complex for some of us who aren’t tech savvy. However, PC Building Simulator teaches players with helpful tutorial modes what parts go where and how to even access them. These elements transition well into the sim game itself—thus why we recommend hitting the tutorial first before playing the base game—as you’ll find the knowledge useful. We don’t think PC Building Simulator is 100% accurate as we know it simplifies some elements of PC building but by the end of our playing PC Building Simulator, we walked out with a genuine knowledge of different PC part companies—as many of the parts in game are based on real manufactures—and how to build PCs or at least change some parts.
Finally, let us talk about the graphics and music for PC Building Simulator. Graphically, PC Building Simulator isn’t overly special but it does provide a nice level of detail in the PC parts themselves and even the way the player interacts with software and such. Just don’t expect high end graphics for PC Building Simulator as it isn’t trying to blow people away in the graphics department. The music for PC Building Simulator is actually really good at least for the first few hours. In game, there are 4 songs that will replay and while they start off catchy and great for helping you building PCs they begin to get annoying once you hear them for the 100th time. We recommend muting the music after a while in PC Building Simulator and putting your own tunes on.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Interesting way of teaching beginners how to build PCs
- Simple gameplay mechanics that hold your hand initially but then becomes increasingly difficult as you progress
- Simulation mechanics are solid and give you the experience of a PC repairman
- Good music initially
- Feels like work most of the time
- At times it is a bit too simple in how PCs are repaired
- Songs get repetitive very quickly as there is only 4 of them
- Bland environment
- Repetitive gameplay that changes very little after the midway point