Vague Simulation fans have found a new home gas station simulator, a niche sim that has quickly become one of the best-selling games on Steam, sitting comfortably in fifth place at the time of writing.
Sure, that new home is a rare gas station in the middle that’s in dire need of a paint job, but it’s a fixer-upper, darnit. And getting things right is a big part of the appeal of Gas Station Simulator. Painting, renovating, furnishing – there’s so much to do, and we haven’t even gotten to the gas part.
Gas Station Simulator challenges you to breathe new life into an abandoned pit stop on Route 66, and delve deep into the fine-grained details. You have cars to fuel, customers to attend, employees to hire, snacks to stock up with, and more. What will go in the ice box? How much fuel do we need for the week? Who’s going to take out the garbage? Also, what’s up with the biker driving the teddy in the trailer and the straight-up flying saucer?
Developer Drago Entertainment is leaning into the vaguely oxymoronic fun of these types of sims: improving your efforts slowly over time, and savoring the catharsis of a process that may seem tedious to those out of place. If you’re not sold on the idea, you can always give free introduction a game.
This has certainly struck a chord with some people. This review from Steam user Pumpkin Luna has this to say about the opening: “After thinking I could watch it for half an hour before bed, I ended up playing it by about 4 p.m.”
Together Alaska Truck Simulator Still in our rear-view mirror, now is a good time for an oddly specific SIM.