Food Truck Simulator Review: Real World Simulator Forgets About Fun | Games

TThere are few things more frustrating than playing a broken game: maybe just playing a broken game with a promising premise. Food Truck Simulator, from the title alone, sounds like it should be a riot. Other cooking-themed titles, like Overcooked, or the long-running Cooking Mama series, have a fast-paced spirit, undermined by silliness or charm. Food Truck Simulator, however, even before it presents us with buggy glitches, has an oddly heavy tone.

Our protagonist inherits the titular food truck after his father’s death, and receives guidance from an almost motherly figure named Carol, who speaks to you through a long, humorless introduction. Coupled with the realistic graphics, which had the potential to be impressive, it’s a bit like driving a burger truck down an unnamed street in Los Santos from Grand Theft Auto. Driving the truck from place to place is shaky and occasionally fails jarringly – with a little more polish, it could have been a lovely mechanic.

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Recipe for frustration… Food Truck Simulator. Photography: Drago Entertainment

The cooking is highly procedural, but not satisfying: the first-person montage of burgers, pizzas, and sushi is sloppy. It’s not just ingredient management to consider, there are expiration dates and storage solutions. There are temperature issues to be aware of. All of this could have led to delicious chaos, but instead it all feels plodding and slow. Now, possibly because this isn’t a charming escapism job but rather a realistic simulator, the frustrating movement issues could be considered part of the challenge. But it really should feel like a game, rather than a job, and therein lies the risk of the real-world simulator. To be effective, the simulation must capture both pleasure and frustration.

The food you struggle to prepare should be the reward for this slow and finicky procedure; however, it does not look delicious. The interior of the truck you work on in the early stages of the game is not only rudimentary and in need of a little improvement, it’s dark and depressing, made all the more so by the gloomy storytelling. Some of this darkness could be attributed to the fact that I had no idea there was a light switch to turn on inside the truck, and the benevolent Carol never instructed me to do so, while I was obsessed with trying to cut the tomatoes it kept disappearing. from my grasp, missing nothing.

There is certainly potential depth here: an inherited food truck owner with a local rival, the struggle for success, the passion for food, but it all falls apart. All of these design ingredients have been used successfully in titles like Power Wash Simulator and Gas Station Simulator, but these games proved that a job simulator is more than just a wacky premise and level-up mechanic.

With a little more time in the oven, Food Truck Simulator could have been something really tasty. Unfortunately, in its current form, it’s sure to leave players feeling a little sick.

Food Truck Simulator is out now for PC, £15

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