Jalopy is the perfect game for anyone who has ever wanted to take a road-trip through some of the most depressing looking places in human history. While feeling it. The story and gameplay revolve around the player teaming up with their uncle to drive from Germany all the way to Turkey on a banged up old car while trying to survive on the buggy journey ahead.
Hyper Realistic Car Simulator
Jalopy features numerous different mechanics to manage as you go on your massive drive across Europe and each is thankfully more fun than the last. There are so many different things you can do and interact with that are downright amazing considering the game is literally about holding down the accelerator button while riding around in a soviet era soda can on wheels. You can upgrade and customize any part of your car while taking in dark, yet beautiful sights that really make you feel immersed in this downtrodden world. The story is interesting and you never feel anywhere near as bored compared to a real life car trip. The simulation aspects are also incredibly detailed as your vehicle behaves exactly the way a real car would. From the driving to the wearing down of components, everything feels perfect which makes this an incredible game to go through for fans of gameplay revolving around management and relaxation. Like an emo version of Euro Truck Simulator where everyone litters car parts on the side of the road. If it weren’t for the issues outlined in the next section, this game would be an easy recommendation and an outright hidden gem.
Hyper Realistic Agony Simulator
The downside is mainly that Jalopy in its current state does not work. There are so many bugs and glitches, it is downright impossible to play this game without having to go through a gauntlet of pain and heartache that tries to see how far it can push you before you finally quit. The game has multiple ways of breaking your game, crashing while playing, inconveniencing you when trying to have fun and occasionally even tricking you into driving around in circles. From story sequences not triggering correctly, to poor performance and just about everything else you can think of; Jalopy is not a game that can be considered ready for proper play. Another issue worth noting is how repetitive the world generator is. Everything is randomly generated which often leaves you driving down the same road with the same turns and trees over and over again without any changes. This can easily spoil any sense of immersion and leave you wondering whether or not you’re even making any progress.
The Good & Bad of Jalopy
- Excellent simulation mechanics.
- Deep upgrades and customization possibilities.
- Immersive world.
- Interesting story.
- Multiple game breaking bugs and glitches.
- Repetitive roads and environments.
Jalopy is an excellent game wrapped up in Soviet era pain and suffering which is as appropriate as it is disappointing. It’s hard to find enjoyment in this genuinely good game when it’s constantly trying to screw you over. Thanks comrade.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP