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