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Four games built around tinkering

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Have you ever wanted to build something that’s incredibly complex in terms of its mechanical or electrical components. Have you also been awash with fear that you might screw something up? Have you ever wanted to build something wondrous but don’t have the skills? Video games to the rescue! We’ve got a list of four great games that are available now to whip those lackluster mechanical, electrical and organizational skills into shape. If you like keeping track of digital springs, screws and metal plates, we’ve got your dream games.

Also, many of these games are currently on sale because of active Steam sales.

Let’s Go!

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018

Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 is a Building, First-person Perspective, Physics-based, Crafting and Single-player Simulation developed by Red Dot Games and published by PlayWay S.A., you take on the role of a professional mechanic who must rebuild and repair cars for a living. Every single car in the game can be broken down to its component parts, repaired and reassembled. If you’re already a seasoned gearhead, you’ll find a little bit to laugh at some of the mechanical layouts for the cars aren’t too realistic, but if you just want to rip some old clunker to pieces and rebuild it again, this is the game for you.

There are several dozen models to work with in Car Mechanic Simulator 2018, and all of them are beautifully modeled. You can hunt for cars at auction, junkyards and other places to then fix and flip them for profit in the games main mode. You’ll also level up as you play and gain access to new tools and parts as well as faster repair times.

Car Mechanic Simulator is available now on Steam.

Build and expand your repair service empire in this incredibly detailed and highly realistic simulation game, where attention to car detail is astonishing. Find classic, unique cars in the new Barn Find module and Junkyard module. You can even add your self-made car in the Car Editor.

Disassembly 3D

In the same vein as Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 is Disassembly 3D. With a reduced scale, but a much tighter focus on the objects you’re repairing. It’s not cars, but a wide variety of appliances and other objects that can be ripped apart to see how they work. You can start with toasters and work your way up to F1 racecars or an helicopter. There are dozens of items to pick apart. If you’ve ever wanted to rip apart a toaster or a claw machine, this is the game for you. And just for added fun, you can also blow everything to pieces if you want.

Disassembly 3D: Ultimate Stereoscopic Destruction simulates the experience of taking everyday objects apart. Remove screws, bolts, nuts and every single part with your bare hands. All with realistic disassembly physics! Love taking things apart? Seeing how things work? Destroying stuff? This game lets you do so! Plus you can blow it up at the end! Disassembly 3D: Ultimate Stereoscopic Destruction simulates the experience of taking everyday objects apart. Remove screws, bolts, nuts and every single part with your bare hands.

Disassembly 3D is available on Steam, iOS and Android.

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PC Building Simulator

PC Building Simulator is coming to Early Access on Steam in March, and as it says on the tin, it’s a game being developed around the concept of diagnosing and fixing problems with Personal Computers. IF you’re planning to build a PC in the near future, PC Building Simulator lets you experiment within the safety of a videogame ahead of the real thing. The game also features fully modeled PC components such as cases, GPUs and RAM modules.

Build and grow your very own computer repair enterprise as you learn to diagnose, fix and build PCs. With real-world licensed components, realistic pricing plus comprehensive hardware and software simulation you can plan and bring your ultimate PC to life.

Dwarf Fortress

OK, not quite like the rest of the list, but it’s genuinely one of the best simulation games out there. Dwarf Fortress is a part construction and management simulation, part roguelike, indie video game created by Tarn and Zach Adams. DF is one of those games that has a steep learning curve. It’s also the biggest and baddest fantasy story-telling tool on Earth. Dwarf Fortress tasks the player with managing a fortress of Dwarves and their daily lives. The secret sauce of DF is in the actual creation and execution of that fortress.

When you first embark on your journey, the game will generate a procedurally generated world down to the tiniest details. Every single lifeform, and their entire existence, is simulated and catalogued in the background as you play the game. And as you issue commands to your Dwarves, the carry them out in the most Dwarfy ways.

It’s completely free and is also the first game to have been included in the collection of Museum of Modern Art.

Dwarf Fortress is a source of infinite hilarity once you get a handle on the UI and controls. As the game uses ASCII art tilesets and text-based inputs, you better be up for the challenge  when it comes to this game.

Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world. Although Dwarf Fortress is still in a work in progress, many features have already been implemented.

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