As evidenced by the many videos released for the game, the title revels in its silliness.
The creativity - and utter wackiness - that comes out of the video game-making community never ceases to amaze us. We've seen some weird games in the past, but My Summer Car takes things to a whole other level. It's like a cross between The Sims and Forza Horizon, where you're tasked with not only building a beater car from scratch, but also keeping your digital character alive.
My Summer Car, which was released this week and is available on PC, was created by Finnish developer Amistech Games. As evidenced by the many videos released for the game, it revels in its own silliness. Building your vehicle isn't as simple as finding an engine in your garage and plopping it under the hood - you have to find the right pieces, assemble everything, make sure it's all in place, and then hope you haven't forgotten something along the way. Even the engine itself has to be assembled from scratch.
The "real life" stuff, meanwhile, is complete nuttiness. You need to eat, drink, and stay rested, just like in real life, but according to the game's description on Steam, "sausages, beer, and sleeping will do just fine." In fact, the amount of scenarios in which beer shows up in the game's videos is astounding. Related to that, there's even a "urine" bar in the game's head-up display, which you have to keep at a healthy level by, well... urinating.
Although we've yet to play My Summer Car, the trailers have us thoroughly intrigued.
In order to make money to buy food and fuel, you'll need to complete odd jobs. You'll have access to ready-made vehicles, which you an use to get groceries or tow your work-in-progress. The game takes place in Finland, and the environment has dozens of kilometres of roads that include AI traffic, and there are rally events the player can participate in. Heck, there's even support for gaming steering wheels, if you're hardcore into the racing game scene.
Although we've yet to play My Summer Car, the trailers have us thoroughly intrigued. As fun as it looks, though, the developer himself says in his own broken English that "I am making this game because this game needs to be made. This is not made because this is fun game, but because it is NOT!" Oh, and the official website for the game is old-school hilarity - you have to check it out.
If any of our readers have tried My Summer Car, we'd love to hear if it's as funny and frustrating as it's being touted. In the meantime, we'll stick to off-the-rack Lamborghinis and Ferraris in Forza, thank you very much.
Source: Amistech Games