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Car Builder

DOS - 1982

Year
1982
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Educational, Simulation
Theme
Science
Publisher
Optimum Resource, Inc.
Developer
Optimum Resource, Inc.
4.39 / 5 - 39 votes

Description of Car Builder

Offering educational, simulation in a world of science, Car Builder is an abandonware developed by Optimum Resource, Inc. and published by Optimum Resource, Inc.. Released in 1982, you wander around in a perspective.

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!

Note: the developer Optimum Resources is still very much alive, and updating new versions of Car Builder to boot! Check out the official game site for the most recent version you can buy :) [thanks to Marc J. for the info]

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

#13034

Baldy Old Fart added this comment on 2014-09-01 :

READ THE HOW TO PLAY ABANDONWARES just below the "Send Comment" Button - It will send you to:
http://www.myabandonware.com/howto/
Where you will discover that DOS Games DO NOT RUN IN WINDOWS! - You MUST have a DOS Emulator such as DOSBOX - which is linked to from the page above.

#11301

19 added this comment on 2014-04-18 :

DDD your running windows 8 right?

#9499

mo added this comment on 2013-12-22 :

He dit is echt een leuk spel hoor maar hij cool

#8627

DDD added this comment on 2013-09-28 :

shit.. i apologize. i didnt realize that the file was made for a different operating system.. my bad folks.. Will comment later if a problem arises later on.. Carry on

#8620

DDD added this comment on 2013-09-28 :

so i downloaded it and the application: CAR. opens a window that cannot be full screen and i get 3 errors on just that alone and then nothing happens after that.. what do i do?. I extracted the file and then tried to open it, am i missing something? please help.

Email: dowens1231@gmail.com

#7624

stacey added this comment on 2013-06-25 :

what is the game like

#7439

CJR added this comment on 2013-06-10 :

Works on a BBC Master 512

#4320

notbenh added this comment on 2012-08-17 :

Thanks works great via DOSbox on OSX 10.7.

#4010

paperbrain added this comment on 2012-07-16 :

Are you for real? Unzip the file with a archive decompressing program such as winzip, winrar, or 7zip. There IS a program file in this archive, just unzip it before you try to play it.

#3497

Me added this comment on 2012-05-08 :

I downloaded it and all it gave me was a .zip file. what do i do with it? there is no program in the .zip file
email me at danielmaksymiv@hotmail.com

#1700

µA added this comment on 2011-06-27 :

Used DOS Box, 0.74, worked fine. Thanks, been looking for this for a while but for Apple IIe, didn't think there was a PC version until AutoDuel didn't work on VirtualApple.

#1341

JFS3 added this comment on 2011-03-02 :

Yes it does work I have it running on Windows 7 using D-Fend Reloaded. it is a dos emulator that lets you play our old dos games in the newer versions of windows. Just google search "D-Fend Reloaded"

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