Over the last few years, I think I’ve virtually simulated just about every job from mowing lawns and being a pretty awesome strong-armed police officer, as well as a firefighter, builder, chef and restaurant owner, but now it’s time to put my hands to work on some fault wires in a quest to become an electrician.
Falling into a sub-category of “Repair simulators” Electrician Simulators will feel quite familiar to fans of Car Mechanic Simulator and PC Building Simulator, as you unscrew, remove and replace dodgy components in a quest to fix the latest challenge and earn enough money to improve your business and further your career.
as much as I enjoyed both previous titles, one area that Electrician Simulator stands out is the wider range of items you’ll be working on, It doesn’t matter how new manufacturers are released in Car Mechanic, or which brand your Graphics card is on PC Building Sim, most cars are pretty similar and once you’ve replaced one tire, or stick of RAM future jobs can start to feel a little repetitive.
With Electrician Simulator, things are mixed up considerably as you start your career as an Electrician under the watchful eye of your father. You’ll start off with some VR goggles allowing you to try out rewiring a plug socket or changing a light bulb, and soon enough you’ll be out in the real world (or stuck at your work bench) fixing up homes and items for clients as you become the electrician of your dreams. (if you dream about that sort of thing).
General gameplay is split into two main categories, there’s on location work, where you’ll go to a client’s house and might have to find and turn off the fuse box, before fixing whatever jobs they need tending to, such as repairing damaged plug sockets, or re-wiring plugs. Then there’s workbench tasks, where you’ll be handling a smaller job such as working out what’s wrong with a game controller that might have been thrown at the wall one too many times.
Both areas of the game feel rewarding and different enough but I found the workbench jobs my personal preference, taking apart a carbon monoxide alarm, to repair components and replace batteries, might sound quite similar to doing the same for a retro games console, but the unique items, their internal structure and boards, feel far more varied than those PC motherboards on PC Building Simulator.
While your workbench game will centre around your garage at home, you can head inside to the fridge to chance the time of year which will change the scenery, sadly this isn’t just optional it’s near essential if (like me) you start off with the Winter setting, (maybe the time of the year) because there’s one specific job where the on-site snow causes an invisible wall which completely blocks your progression.
Thankfully there is a workaround, some have told me the above in-game time change works, but I opted to change my console date and time to summer, which removed the blockade and allowed me to continue through the game.
There was a few more shortcomings, such as certain items you will need to complete tasks, after the first half an hour or so I had my first hiccups, as I took on a job but couldn’t afford the essential tools required to finish it, after restarting from the beginning twice, it was un-requested exploration where I finally found a screwdriver which meant I could carry on with the game, working on smaller jobs to then build up the funds for more expensive equipment.
This could be a one off, maybe I made a few bad decisions, but if at any point finding a screwdriver in your house is essential to progression (just as that invisible snow-wall) I’d really hope the developers would have thought about addressing the issue before you get to it.
Complaints aside, Electrician Simulator isn’t a bad repair sim at all, I have enjoyed my time with the game and while there’s not really enough to warrant retreading my steps and replaying it again, it’s still quite unique to most other repair simulators, so well worth considering, if you’re ready to move on from replacing a flat tire, changing oil or replacing a hard drive for the 400th time.
Electrician Simulator isn’t a bad repair sim at all, I have enjoyed my time with the game and while there’s not really enough to warrant retreading my steps and replaying it again, it’s still quite unique to most other repair simulators,