Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator 2021 Review
Don’t let the name fool you, this is a brand-new game out now for the Nintendo Switch. Sure, it’s a port of the 2021 version for PC, but don’t let that stop you from having a good time and getting your grease monkey on.
The game’s overall premise is pretty simple, you are a budding mechanic with big dreams to create your own custom bikes. But in order to gain money and a solid customer base you start off doing smaller jobs tinkering and repairing bikes but as you progress you gain more tools, and more options along the way. It’s basically the same exact game as Car Mechanic Simulator but ya know with bikes instead.
As you start the game you have a bare bones garage with minimal tools and gadgets in it to do the most basic stuff, as you progress you can buy new technology and stuff for more complex repairs and builds. It is 100% advised that you should start with the tutorial, if you don’t know your way around a motorcycle, it will definitely help you learn a lot of the different parts and where they are.
This game isn’t a simple click the tire and replace it, you have to remove all the other parts along the way to access the tire to remove it. The game is definitely authentic in that sense. I will say however the tutorial did help, although not too much navigate the frustrating control scheme on the Nintendo Switch.
Unfortunately, a lot of the times these ports of sim games were created for PC, and little thought and time go into the control adaptation for the console releases. I did however eventually discover that if playing handheld, the touch screen does make things a little bit easier to handle. Later in the game you are tasked with more complex issues that you would need to diagnose yourself vs the game just telling you to change the oil or whatever.
The visuals inside of the garage are decent especially for the Nintendo Switch. However, there are issues when you leave the garage and test the bikes out on the track, there is a lot of clipping in place and honestly it runs pretty poorly.
The loading times are also insanely long considering what the game does. Thankfully when you are in the garage and just puttering away, there are no load screens going on. The other issue is I did have the game crash on me a few times, so I think despite being from 2021, this game needed some more time and care bringing it to console.
I don’t want to be entirely negative on the game though, I will say when you are just working on the bikes it can be rather relaxing and enjoyable to experience. Definitely a good way to unwind at the end of the day.
All in all, if you are really into bikes and are just looking for something to relax with, it’s worth checking out. But I would suggest if you had the option, to play it on PC instead where it is a much more enjoyable experience.