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Haven't seen a game like this before unless it offered some kind of action/arcade sequence to the game as well. Car Builder is exactly what it says and nothing more. It's all about designing, building and testing a car. You can change everything from the actual body of the car like how high the car should be, how long there should be from the start of the car to the seats and much more. The weight of the car will of course also change based on that but you can increase/decrease as you wish later on.
What I found was the funniest part was the change the height of the car in the middle of it so it almost looks like a tower driving around. And when you start to add windows as well to it you can get some really hilarious designs of cars. For the more serious car builder you can of course make your own car with exact details and use all these functions so they with the best on the car.
Once the car is done you can choose to test drive the car in either a wind tunnel or on the road. Depending on what you choose you will give you different comments like whether it has problems with maintaining the speed, whether it's noisy and much more. After the test you can go back and make changes to the design and then test again. This way you should be able to get exactly the result you want as long as you have the patience until it's ready. I should mention that both the sound and graphics are very poor but you must remember that the game is from 1982 and that it doesn't matter at all as you still get all the details on the screen anyway.
Car Builder is, as you may have guessed, a car design game. Created by "Optimum Resource, Inc.," a company with a rather reputable-sounding name, this game excels in giving the user control over the vehicle design process. A menu-driven interface allows even the very young to successfully manipulate the design of the car. Many different variations of engine placement, brake size and type, and even steering mechanism give the user the control to create their ideal car. Car nuts will appreciate the details provided, such as the ability to aerodynamically sculpt the car, while those not fascinated by cars may find interest in the automated track testing feature. Refining your designs is accomplished by visiting the testing facility. In the facility you can run both track and wind tunnel tests, which are graphically presented with comments on the results.
As an educational tool, this game is excellent. Accompanied by an instructor who knows what he or she is talking about, a child can learn quite a lot about cars. This game was purchased for me as a five-year-old as a way to channel my interest in cars into a constructive environment. I obviously enjoyed it, preserving it through many disks, then many hard drives, and now I can share it with you. Give it a try. It is a small, simple, and fun game in a unique genre Though its chunky CGA graphics are a bit dated, it still shines with gameplay a-plenty. I've included some "recent" cars of my own, so that you may see what can be done with the game. Enjoy!
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