Can we build it? Yes, it’s actually pretty easy. Demolish and build company 2017 is the newest simulation game published by PlayWay S.A and was developed by Noble Muffins. You become the boss of a brand new demolition and build company, working your way up from the bottom taking small time contracts to begin with on your road to becoming the best and most revered business. Throughout your venture you will learn new skills and unlock more tools and vehicles that will aid you in growing into the most versatile of workers, managing workers will also be at your disposal when there just isn’t enough time for one man to do the deed alone or to give yourself a little bit of a break.
The main attraction or really only attraction game-mode wise is the standard career mode in which you start off with very limited funds, a pick-up truck and two tools, as you work through the various contracts you earn both cash and experience, the former allowing you to purchase more tools and equipment whilst the latter furthers your level which in turn once you reach the next level grants you new licenses for access to more vehicles as well as the opportunity to hire another worker.
Gameplay is very basic when compared to other games of it’s type, you can move around on foot or inside a vehicle, all of which have the usual drive, reverse and steer functions, whilst others have the ability to control different mechanics on each vehicle, like the bulldozer’s shovel or skip-loader’s jack hammer. A few of the big machines have the interchangeable parts too so they are not only used for one type of job, the skip-loader for instance can have a shovel, jackhammer or a lift. You have the option to change camera view although this serves no purpose other than for the different perspective, the inside detail of each vehicle is poor and the mirrors do not even work. Each vehicle is subject to fuel and durability meter’s, so you will have to maintain each vehicle and keep them fuelled.
Whilst on foot you can switch through all the tools you have using the number keys or scroll wheel of your mouse for each of access, each tool like the vehicles are used for different jobs so of course you can only take certain contracts based on what you have to work with which does bring some realism to the game. All in all the controls are very easy to pick-up as you have them displayed in the top left corner of the screen at all times unless of course you turn the help menu off, the tips displayed change dependent on if you are inside a vehicle or not and tailor to each specific vehicle too so you don’t have to go scrolling through various menus whenever you have forgotten how to raise the arm of your bulldozer.
In terms of the visuals, this game looks like it could have been released in 2012 and that’s on the ‘ultra’ settings, showing off flat textures with low detail doesn’t do anything positive for the experience, surprisingly however the game makes use of wind physics for the bushes and trees which produces a swaying effect in the presence of a thunderstorm and high winds, the issue with this is when the physics take effect on the grass, it only goes to show just how much flat textures have been used when the little grass that is there disappears when you see it at a certain angle.
The majority of the music is generic, very synonymous with the simulation game genre, up-beat melodies and chilled out vibes, but along the way it takes a rather creepy turn, for no apparent reason you will be treated to an eerie tune that truly feels it’s been taken from a horror survival game, not the best idea in all honesty. There is variety somewhat in the style of music when you are in control of heavy machinery, each vehicle has a radio that you can use to listen to four different stations each having a different style of music to play, ‘dozer core’ brings you club beats whilst ‘rock crash’ plays some classic rock tunes.
As far as simulation games go, Demolish & Build Company 2017 is very basic, but it still has enough features that makes it worthy of the title simulation, albeit not by wide margin, the controls are easy to pick up so it doesn’t feel like such a chore to playthrough which can happen with poorly designed sim’s. The visuals leave a lot to be desired and audio is very generic and somewhat mismatched. All in all, not something you should go out of your way to play but it’s certainly not a bad experience and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this series as I see a lot of potential in the theme.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary PC code was provided to Brash Games for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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