Platform: Pc, Steam
Developer: Games Incubator
It's time to roll up your sleeves, grab your trusty tools and destroy to your heart's content.
What does Ship Graveyard Simulator 2 entail?
Ship Graveyard Simulator 2 is a continuation of the first instalment of the game that was well-received by its audience. The game allows the player to manage the destruction and recovery of materials from shipwrecks. This latest game version features new and larger ships and improved gameplay mechanics and features. Additionally, the game includes familiar mechanics from the previous instalment that have been significantly enhanced.
The primary goal of the game is to dismantle ships into smaller components. Although some ships may be effortlessly taken apart, larger and more complex vessels will require the assistance of skilled labourers. You can use various tools to break down the ships into smaller pieces, including hammers, saws, and torches. Your ultimate objective is to gather as many pieces as possible, expanding your enterprise.
You can order new ships for demolition from your home computer, and upon receiving a new ship, you'll also be assigned a new task. Make sure to gather all the necessary steel, aluminium, or copper parts; even the small ones are valuable. The game offers various types of ships categorized based on size, some colossal.
You are doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Many dangers are waiting for you, such as gas leakage, electric shock from cable, and poisoning toxins in unsecured rooms. So safety first!
What is gameplay like?
The Ship Graveyard Simulator 2 game is easy to understand and play. It is recommended to do the tutorial at the beginning to learn how to use the tools efficiently. The tutorial provides helpful waypoints to navigate the new yard effortlessly and comprehend the game mechanics.
When dismantling ships, the game provides detailed instructions on using tools such as hammers, metal cutters, blow torches, a crane for large objects and bombs. The tools can be upgraded using scraps obtained from the ship. Upgrading the tools will be useful in the later stages of the game.
After dismantling the ship, the scrap is collected in a truck and taken to a recycling centre. To empty the truck, the player must play a mini-game to sort the resources into the correct piles. Accuracy in sorting rewards bonus money helps buy newly upgraded tool blueprints. The mini-game is a nice break from the constant destruction in the game.
Apart from the dismantling and recycling centre, there is a hut where the player lives. The laptop in the hut is used to purchase new ships. There are also areas to buy new blueprints, sell spare scraps, and upgrade tools in the workshop.
Regarding graphics, the developers have opted for a more realistic style, which I found visually pleasing. The map design is well-suited to the game's theme. However, I did notice that the voices of NPCs in the shops sounded like they were generated by artificial intelligence. I think the developers could have put more effort into this aspect by hiring a voice actor for the short lines of dialogue.
Pros and Cons
Starting with Pros:
- The tutorial is clear and concise.
- Mini Game is fun.
- There are bombs!
- You can chuck scrap into the truck from a distance. So, no running back and forth constantly.
- The addition of upgrading tools.
- A good selection of ships to deconstruct.
- It is a relaxing, chilled game.
Now for Cons:
- Other than seeing the blow torch melt through the bars, there aren't any destruction animations.
- There is no challenge to the game.
- Outside of deconstructing the ship, other than upgrading and selling, there isn't anything to do.
- It does become tedious and repetitive.
- NPC sound like robots.
My Overall Opinion
At first, I found the game to be quite straightforward and enjoyable. Breaking down ships in a chaotic manner was entertaining, and I particularly liked the mini-game at the recycling centre. However, after playing for three hours, I found it to be repetitive and uninteresting.
While it was satisfying to see the ships disappear, there wasn't much of a sense of reward beyond getting paid. Additionally, the blueprints for better tools you buy with the money are slow to use when you progress to larger ships, making the game feel tedious.
Despite this, the game offers hours of gameplay, and even the smallest ship took me an hour to destroy entirely. I may not play it continuously, but it's a great game to relax with, especially after a stressful day. Ship Graveyard Simulator 2 is a calming experience similar to Zen meditation, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys games like Powerwash or Lawn Mowing Simulator. Therefore I give it my stamp of...