It’s always nice to find a game that not only adheres to my reckless nature and love of destruction and chaos but always encourages me to just do it. So naturally when I got onto Demolish and Build I was really in the zone to begin tearing up the world and creating my own Fallout type apocalyptic wasteland. Unfortunately the game also encourages you to build, which I don’t really care for, but hey ho, each to their own!
Demolish and Build Company 2017 was released back on October 18th on Steam, it’s published by PlayWay and was developed by Noble Muffins. The game is a simulation role playing game where by you take the lead in owning and progressing your own demolition and building company. I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t really expecting much, but the game took me completely by surprise.
When you first start your new career you’ll be outside your HQ. You’re best buddy, who I named Mitch because he just looks like a Mitch, will give you a quick call and tell you that the companies in debt, so go get your hammer and smash some stuff up to get money. You’ll have to get into your truck, drive to the location and take down some pillars and move some canisters, after which you’ll get some cash. If you really want to make the game realistic, then do what I do, have 3 cups of coffee whilst your there, smoke a 20 pack of cigarettes and tell everyone it’s going to be longer than anticipated. Then when it’s done, ask for more money, and if they don’t give it to you then steal something from their building site (joking of course).
After you’ve done your first contract you’ll start to learn more about how the game works. Although you have your trusty hammer to smash up stuff real good, you’ll probably need some big and bulky machines so you can start really causing some havoc, but whoa there cowboy! They don’t just don’t give those machines to anyone, you gotta earn it.
As you keep doing more contracts, you’ll earn more money and be able to buy more things, but doing these contracts will also earn you more experience and grant you a level up. Once you get a level up, you’ll get a new license which means you can buy different tools and vehicles to help you even more. Sounds good huh?!
The game sort of resembles a Grand Theft Auto type vibe to it, obviously you can’t go around splitting people in half with a buzz saw, but it’s got very similar aspects in that you drive to the next contract, finish it, earn money, go to the next one etc. And as you continue you earn more perks and tools and everything, you can even take taxi’s to a previously visited destination, if you don’t feel like driving around in your truck and listening to some sweet rave music that is.
Eventually, you’ll earn more and more money through contracts, which will allow you to buy more tools and vehicles and after a bit of playing you’ll be able to start building your first property (yay). In order to do this you need to go through development stages, stage one is usually prepping the land for development, so removing tires, moving sand, stuff like that. Once done, you’ll earn some regular revenue from that particular property, although further down the line you can buy more and more things to earn more money! (Great!!!)
As you begin to level up, you’ll unlock workers, which will allow you to assign them to a particular task or activity. The only downside is that those workers will need the required number of stars to be able to do that job, so don’t try giving them too much to handle straight away!
Once you unlock certain points in the game you’ll be able to view further information from the menu. This gives an incredibly detailed oversight of what’s going on in terms of contracts, properties that you’re managing, workers that you can hire, buying new parts for your vehicles or just hopping in a taxi to your next destination. The game makes it incredibly simple, and simple is enjoyable when it comes to this.
The game is incredibly realistic, even to the point where you would go to the store to buy tools. There’s some aspects which aren’t obviously, like you can’t get hit by falling debris and claim workmans compensation for 6 months, but you receive phone calls, get contracts, pick up new skills, earn money, drive around, buy tools. You even have to repair your own vehicles if they get damaged! What more could you want?
The sound is amazing. I’m loving the opening music on the title screen, and what’s more you even get radio stations whilst your in the car, so you can listen to a wide selection of music. It was a great excuse for me to tune into some hardcore demolition techno music whilst doing 50 over the speed limit and shouting “YEEEEE HAWWW”. On a separate note, me and my girlfriend now need to have some conversations about restricting my sound, but that’s for another time. Even the sound effects are well put together.
The graphics are incredible, granted they’re not the most amazing in the world, but for a game of this caliber they’re incredibly realistic. The demolition part of the game looks great, and I really do enjoy getting in my bulldozer and smashing the hell out of a while to see all the dollar signs float in the air. Further more, the environment and scenery looks great, the machines and tools are well detailed and quite realistic.
My only downside to the game is that it’s repetitive. The game does what it says on the tin, it’s a demolish and build game, and it sticks to that, very very well. It doesn’t really need to do anything more because it’s hitting a specific niche of people that want to play this kind of game, so it’s not really fair to say “it doesn’t do anything more than demolish and build” but just for the purposes of the review, if you are expecting more than that, don’t because you will be disappointed.
If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot from Demolish and Build Company 2017, but I’m glad I played it. Whenever I write a review, I always try to give a score based on the game itself and how enjoyable it is and I can say that I actually had quite a lot of fun with this game. The game is great and really has some enjoyable moments. I had lots of fun driving around in my pick up trick, smashing walls, moving tires and listening to builders techno music.
For anyone who enjoys simulation build and destruction type games like this, you will not be disappointed, it’s a great laugh and really enjoyable. It’s incredibly realistic and has you doing all sorts of things that you would in everyday construction environment, so go ahead and give it a try!
Quote: “Get your hard hats on and get smashing with Demolish and Build Company 2017”