Having previously picked up some decent acclaim on PC through Steam, Rover Mechanic Simulator has now arrived on console, with Xbox One and Series X|S players able to go deep into the Martian rover.
Available to purchase and download right now, Rover Mechanic Simulator has been created on the back of NASA technical documentation to bring something a little different and slightly niche to the console market.
Priced at £11.74 from the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, with PS4, PS5 and Switch versions due to arrive in the following months, Rover Mechanic Simulator has being put together by the Polish studio, Pyramid Games S.A., before being published on Xbox One by Ultimate Games S.A. (Ultimate Summer and Farm Mechanic Simulator). And with backward compatibility support in the house, it also works on Xbox Series X|S.
But what do we have? Well, in Rover Mechanic Simulator, players take on the role of a mechanic who repairs and maintains rovers in the first Martian colony – the title pretty much gives that away. From there though the gameplay focuses on carrying out different assignments, familiarising yourself with the problem at hand, analysing it, finding a solution and carrying out the entire repair process.
It won’t always be straightforward though and sometimes it’ll be necessary, for example, to create a new part using a 3D printer. The gameplay is additionally diversified by, among others, hidden retro mini-games.
Expect to be found utilising several types of rovers (Sojourner, Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit) and the helicopter drone Ingenuity. Each of these models has been recreated in detail based on NASA’s technical documentation; the Curiosity rover in Rover Mechanic Simulator consists of 437 different parts, alone.
“Our game combines relaxing gameplay and educational elements. The individual models of rovers are distinguished by a high level of realism. Our graphic artists have spent many months studying the documentation of the actual equipment to reflect its construction as accurately as possible. Of course, some gameplay-related simplifications were necessary. For example, you have to remember that rovers are designed with a one-way journey in mind, and here we can repair them and fully restore their capabilities. Due to this, we have replaced the original rivets with screws” – said Jacek Wyszyński, CEO at Pyramid Games S.A.
With a variety of tools at hand, including a crane, shredder, soldering iron or 3D printer, you’ll find that progress in Rover Mechanic Simulator also goes hand in hand with the character and skill development system, which is based on the experience points you earn. As the developers indicate, the simulator offers a total of about a dozen hours of relaxing gameplay.
But what about key features? Well, Rover Mechanic Simulator on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S has the following…
- the career of a Martian mechanic;
- relaxing and educational gameplay;
- faithfully reproduced rovers;
- character and skill development system;
- varied and engaging assignments.
We’re currently working through a full review of Rover Mechanic Simulator on Xbox and will be sure to let you know how it plays out as soon as we can. For now though grab a copy of the game from the Xbox Store. You’ll also find it on Steam.
“Welcome to Mars! Rover Mechanic Simulator is a game in which you are a mechanic working on one of the first Martian colonies. Your main tasks include the repair and maintenance of Mars rovers, so that the remaining crew can collect detailed information about the structure of the planet.