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Game #1830
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Mechanik    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Other sim

Rating: 8.17 (67 votes)

Mechanik box cover

Mechanik screenshot
Perhaps the world's only first-person train driving simulation ever made until Microsoft's Train Simulator and the superb simulator from Japan called BVE, Mechanik is a reasonably realistic sim made by a group of Polish programmers with a passion for trains. The game lets you play the role of a train conductor, driving a modern-day train from the first-person perspective, on tracks that crisscross rustic scenery. The controls are simplified, and driving the train doesn't feel very different from driving, say, a big truck (except you change gear a lot more often, and brake really means brake). But you still have to keep the train on the track (duh) and watch out for obstacles.

You're given a score based on how well you drive, but with only one train and repetitive scenery, Mechanik lacks long-term play value that would have made it a much better game. Worth a try for all fans of miniature railroads, just for the novelty of it :)

Note: the game has been made freeware, and it's highly recommended that you pick up the Deluxe version -- it allows you to drive the train on different routes, and adds changing weather conditions and day/night and more improvements. You can now also find a "route generator" program, which allows you to create all-new routes!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Alexander Madej & Robert Kowalski
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1997
Software Copyright: Freeware
Theme: Unique
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Compilation of custom routes, Web-o-Trains (in French)
If you like this game, try: Shortline Railroad, FunRun, AIV Network$

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