Guide to collect junk virtually. But, wait… Why do that?
In these days there are simulators for everything from trains to cranes. Obviously, now you can experience what it takes to drive a garbage truck, while your team carefully collect the garbage.
Let’s face it, being a garbage man rolling down the streets with his big nasty truck is not the job most people have dreamed about. However, kids do not feel the same way. They do not understand that being a garbage man is not quite fun, and some of them point exactly this job when asked what they want to be in the future. Ninety eight percent of them will not become a garbage man and is not because they do not follow their dreams. They just grow up and make another, wiser choice of a job position.
For every product or service there has to be an audience. I won’t answer which one is the targeted audience with this game, but I will show you how to collect waste virtually, literally.
Don’t forget it is a simulator, not a game and don’t expect much fun of it, probably the garbage collection in real life is more fun. Yet,with some changes the game could have been more accessible. The missing tutorial – this means you will learn how to play it by responding to error messages. Like ‘you cannot begin the mission without a garbage truck’. But also, you can’t buy one as you have no money, so you have to get a loan from the bank.
In game control instructions are too mainstream. And therefore there aren’t any. You have to memorize your controls before you begin your first mission.You take control of three garbage collectors. One of them drives, and the two look after collection. The Enter key rotates between them. Pressing Space key will start or stop your truck, as well as pick the garbage and get it on the truck.
Real garbage collection is more fun
The graphics of Garbage Truck Simulators are reasonable. I can’t deny that the truck moves quite realistically. Moving on foot can be pretty bad because of the poor camera angles. The action mixes management of resources with garbage collection performance, but it’s so slow you would have to be a real fan of the business to enjoy it! Garbage Truck Simulator does what it says on the tin, but it could have been so much more intuitive if it featured tutorials and some character.
I am no game critic, but after friends shared the game with me, I just couldn’t let myself forget it and not share it forward. The reviews and the comments about the game are quite mixed and I will leave the final conclusion to you.
- Satisfaction - You can find something like ‘my son loves playing the game and it is great having to go through the city to pick up trash to earn money to buy more trucks’. I understand that, kids are kids.
- Disappointment - On the other hand you can find comments like ‘it has long loading screens between areas and after the third time I went to play it the pick up points for the bins were not showing up and therefore it was not playable’. What did you expect from a garbage truck simulator, man?
- Fun - Honestly, this one is my favourite review comment - ‘Unsurprisingly, once you remove the simulated simulation element from this concept it proves to be excruciatingly dull and after playing the game for less than 10 minutes I suddenly found myself drinking gin and listening to a Lana Del Ray album whilst staring at a photograph of a crying child’
My advice to the ones who still believe this could be a good simulator - leave garbage collection to the professionals and try to find a more attractive game to spend your time on. Try The Sims or EA’s FIFA depending on the gender, they’ve never failed me.