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Review of Workshop Simulator

- review of workshop simulator
Have Hammer, Will Travel

When I started playing Workshop Simulator by Reddeer Games I expected to get a relaxing game about tinkering in your workshop. I didn’t expect a visit from my grandpa’s ghost. But that’s essentially what happened. Grandpa used to make things from wood and nails when I was a young boy. And Workshop Simulator let me get a glimpse into what that must have been like. The opening cinematic of a young boy asking his grandfather to fix his wooden airplane is spot on. It sets the tone for the whole game.

- review of workshop simulator
I would have been a child playing on a video game system similar to this while Grandpa was alive, tooling in his garage.

Fixin’ Stuff

The game really starts when “you” have grown up and are watching over your grandparents’ home. Everything is pretty run down so you start by doing odd jobs around the property, like repairing the mailbox. And you start taking jobs from people who need their old key holder fixed up. They mail you the thing they need to be worked on, you take it into your shop and work your magic and then mail it off to them. You can walk the property and explore the house but most of the game takes place inside the workshop. Fixin’ stuff.

- review of workshop simulator
Just like fixing a computer, the first step is to take it apart.

Take It Apart, Then Put It Back Together

Every job follows the same basic workflow. Take it apart. Clean the parts. Paint them. Then put them back together. Here’s a pro tip, when removing the nails or screws you can hold Alt to highlight ones you may have missed. A feature they probably don’t have in real life.

- review of workshop simulator
Painting the pieces before putting them together is my favorite part. You don’t have to paint it the way it was, be creative!

Progress, In An Old Timey Way

In the beginning, you have to do everything the slow way. Like painting with a brush. But after you’ve done enough jobs and saved up enough money Workshop Simulator lets you buy bigger equipment. Like an airbrushing machine. That gives you a nice sense of progression. The game is a super chill experience, but it’s nice to get paid for your work and upgrade the shop.

- review of workshop simulator
In the end, it all comes together, when you put it all together.

It’s Cozy

This game has been described by others as “cozy”. And that really is the best word for it. This is about relaxation. It’s about calm. If you like other super chill simulation games, like maybe Lawn Mowing Simulator, then Workshop Simulator is for you.

Todd Sullivan

Todd Sullivan

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