IGN Preview of Touch Mechanic
Aspyr, the publisher best known for its Mac ports of popular PC franchises, will be producing a handful of Nintendo DS games in 2009. The first dual-screen portable title out of the company will be Touch Mechanic, a game that's more than a little inspired by Atlus' Trauma Center. But instead of saving people's lives, you're fixing up a series of automobiles – and in our early hands on with the game, the concept works pretty well.
You play as a up-and-coming mechanic with a dark history, who's set up as an apprentice at Captain Bob's auto repair shop. Captain Bob will push you to fix and trick out a huge assortment of cars, and the money you earn can be applied to a set of wheels of your own.
There are several dozen different "missions" within Touch Mechanic, and each gets progressively more difficult than the last. You'll have to change tires, add spoilers, fix bumpers, replace parts, all by using the touch-screen. Everything, from ratcheting bolts to sanding down the body work is handled by the stylus on the touch screen, and the better you do without making mistakes, the higher you'll score.
The game features a slick interface and some smooth and detailed 3D for the cars – you'll be able to see every angle of the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Touch Mechanic has a bit of a European feel to it, probably due to the fact that the game was built by French developer Kando.
Watch for Touch Mechanic's release in early 2009.
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