Touch Mechanic

Hand me that tire iron, Grease Monkey

Touch Mechanic is a DS game that might make up for all those summers nobody%26rsquo;s spent fixing up their grandparent%26rsquo;s beat-up muscle car since the %26lsquo;70s. It takes the cut-it, stitch-it and carefully-apply-the-band-aid precision controls of games like Trauma Center and replaces the stylus-surgery with the exciting world of automotive maintenance.You%26rsquo;ll manipulate the stylus to cut metal, spray paint, change oil, replace engines and just about everything else you can do to a car, through 75 car-fixing scenarios.

You play the part of a young mechanic, whose best friend is killed in a tragic %26ldquo;accident.%26rdquo; Yeah, it sounds fishy to us too. Somehow, you manage to pick yourself up off the oil-stained floor and get hired at a local garage, where you get your first on-the-job training from the friendly mechanic Captain Bob. After that, you%26rsquo;ll work your way from grungy to glamorous (or maybe just less grungy), learning increasingly complex repairs, more uses for a belt sander and probably solving the murder of your friend along the way.

To advance you%26rsquo;ll need to prove you know the difference between a blowtorch and a screwdriver without having your boss there feeding instructions to you. The faster you work, the more you%26rsquo;ll get paid, which enables you to purchase parts and paint to customize your own car by earning money at your job. Then, when you%26rsquo;re satisfied with your car%26rsquo;s look, take it to a custom show. If you place well enough, you%26rsquo;ll be invited to work at a new garage.

There will be a huge variety of repairs throughout the game, including bodywork, engine work and under the car, but they%26rsquo;re unquestionably less greasy than their real-life counterparts.The game isn%26rsquo;t quite realistic enough to teach you how to do any real repairs (much like Trauma Center won%26rsquo;t make you a doctor). Still, it%26rsquo;s close enough that motorheads should have a great time when Touch Mechanic is up and running running in March %26lsquo;09.

Dec 19, 2008

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