Ahhh simulator games. These super relaxing versions of real life jobs have kind of been taking the gaming industry by storm. These games have spanned farming, gas station, mechanic, the beloved power wash, lawn mowing and various other mundane tasks that would normally be annoying in a non-video game setting. But now we can electrician to that mix as well.
Breaking down the gameplay is a simple matter but it’s the little things that can make this game a relaxing time, or want to rip your darned hair from your head because you connected a cord the wrong way. The name is pretty self explanatory, you start as an up-and-coming electrician. My company was named Zip Zap Electric and I’m oddly proud of that name so do not steal it.
With that, you go on your computer to get jobs. These jobs range from simply changing a light socket, which will feel quite familiar if you played House Flipper, to installing lamps to uninstalling light switches. Most jobs are pretty simple with just highlighting and dropping the objects into place and then matching a few things from outlet to inlet.
The process of matching outlet to inlet is easy when you’re connecting lights for a plant grower in a basement, but can get much harder when you’re wiring new construction of a house where you have to keep track of cable running from the fuse box to the outlets, switches and lights. And if you mess one up you have to retrace your steps to figure out where. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice change of pace from the intensity of shooting aliens or slashing through hordes of armies, but it has it’s own stresses.
The game’s performance is great especially after the small post-launch patch released. It also has a fair amount of customizing as far as your house and garage go. Also, getting to missions and all is really smooth with lightning fast load times, even on my laptop. The backdrop music is some ultra chill lo-fi tracks that really fit the mood, unless you’re screaming at your screen because the cords won’t match up right.
Overall, I will say this game is a lot of fun with a decent number of missions before credits. If you’re looking for something to drive you a bit insane during total chill periods, Electrician Simulator is it, no question. If you’re looking to straight out just chill, Power Wash Simulator is still your main attraction.