- Most cyclists prefer riding on a virtual app instead of playing digital cycling games.
- But a new title from Polish studio, Punch Punk, could engage with riders who like fixing their own bikes.
- This new PC and console game is all about running a bicycle workshop and keeping customers happy.
As winter approaches, outdoor training sessions are replaced more frequently with screentime.
And although you can tally huge mileages on the indoor
trainer, Zwifting your way through an evening, some riders are also gamers.
Cycling games have struggled to create a lifelike experience with quality gameplay. Most riders prefer to simple avatar their way through a virtual training experience.
But what about those industrious DIY mechanics? You know the kind: those riders who only visit the local bike shop, as a last resort.
If you like to learn (or struggle) your way through home bike maintenance and repair, there's a new PC and console game that will appeal. It's from Polish studio Punch Punk S.A.
Be the mechanic hero - at home
A true-to-life game, Bike Mechanic Simulator 2023 is all about life in the service section of a local bike shop.
It might sound boring to most gamers, but if you are the audience nice – a gamer that likes wrenching bicycles – this new title will appeal.
Bike Mechanic Simulator 2023 builds its gameplay on repairing, servicing and assembling an assortment of bikes.
Lots of tools. That won't go missing
A selection of workstations and tools are part of the game, with the challenge being to repair bikes and fulfil orders.
If you have always thought you know better than your local bike shop owner, and mechanic, this game is your chance to prove that. Digitally.
The new simulator will debut in early 2023 on PC and be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.
Slow but meticulous gameplay
"This is the first project of its kind in the gaming industry," says CEO Manager Games S.A., Tomasz Sobiecki. "We highly appreciate realistic and relaxing gameplay. We approach the mapping of specific bicycle parts and repair processes with an excellent level of detail.
"That said, in some respects, Bike Mechanic Simulator 2023 will also be simplified, because we want to provide players with a high level of playability."
Learn to do it better, with a game
At its core, Bike Mechanic Simulator 2023 is about becoming a career mechanic and expanding your workshop.
The challenge is to avoid customer frustrations and disappointment, by repairing and building bikes correctly.
And it’s much better to practice your DIY mechanic skills with a game. Instead of trying to learn in the real world, accidentally stripping bolts on your own bike.