Gas station simulator review: lose track of time while managing a gas station (PC)
I don’t think many would see working at a gas station as a dream job, but having to do all the chores involved can be soothing to the brain, at least virtually. Gas Station Simulator doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet I had to take my job very seriously to be successful.
As the name suggests, Gas Station Simulator puts you in the shoes of a lone owner of a decrepit gas station on Route 66. With the exception of a few very old buildings and an even older bulldozer, there is nothing else on the property you bought with the money you got from selling your car that drove you there.
Since you spent all you had to buy the gas station, your uncle borrows money from you to get the tools to fix what can be fixed and buy what needs to be replaced or is missing. Going forward, the game feels like a race to the end due to the addictive gameplay loop that requires increased micromanagement of your gas station business.
Even if you will start the game by selling gas, you will have to grow your business if you are to survive. Adding a workshop where cars can be repaired and turning one of the old buildings on your property into a warehouse will be the first things you do with the money you earn.
Filling your gas station with snacks, drinks, ice cream, alcohol, and tobacco means you’ll be adding another chore to the list of things you need to do when running a gas station. I spent most of my time in Gast Station Simulator behind the cash register serving customers. Being a cashier can be both boring and calming, depending on whether or not you decide to turn your brain off.
The object of the game is to improve your gas station to the highest level, but before you can do that you have to complete various challenges. These aren’t big goals, just time-consuming goals like serving 100 customers, fixing 15 cars, and selling gas to 20 people. On the positive side, you will be doing these things anyway to try and grow your business.Of course, they are aliens!
Speaking of growing your business, every time you upgrade your gas station you get access to new gaming features and new products that you can sell. You can also upgrade your other buildings to make them more efficient. For example, you get more space to store products in your warehouse or you can replace more auto parts in your workshop if you upgrade it. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a serious gas station simulator without customization options. Painting your gas station green or red will not attract more customers, but it will surely make it stand out.
But what will make your business unique is Dennis, an eccentric character who will visit your property every now and then and paint graffiti on your gas station. Just make sure you don’t leave your warehouse doors open or Dennis will rob you.
Even though the game warned me to be ready, the thing that took me by surprise happened right after I turned one of the locations in front of the gas station into a bus station. Instead of hordes of customers, I was “overrun” by … dancing aliens. Well let’s just say these were people wearing alien masks. It’s a fun and hugely lucrative event since the “aliens” buy just about anything you have at your gas station: snacks, drinks, tobacco, alcohol, etc.
Gas Station Simulator gives gamers a taste of what it’s like to run a gas station. It is true that you will probably spend more time being a cashier or fixing cars rather than refueling cars, but the game will eventually allow you to hire employees to do the tasks you don’t like. .
You can’t really screw up the game, yet it’s entirely possible to get addicting, at least for several hours. The progression is well thought out to keep you going even though at some point things can get monotonous. Overall, Gas Station Simulator has its problems (bugs, glitches), but it hits all the right notes as a gas station simulator.