Dark simulation fans have found a new home in Gas station simulator, a niche simulation that quickly became one of the best-selling games on Steam, sitting comfortably in fifth place at the time of writing.
Sure, this new house is a rickety gas station in the middle of nowhere in desperate need of a paint job, but it’s a repairman, damn. And fixing things is a big part of the appeal of Gas Station Simulator. Painting, renovating, fitting out, there is so much to do, and we haven’t even tackled the gas part yet.
Gas Station Simulator challenges you to breathe new life into an abandoned pit stop on Route 66, and it gets down to the smallest detail. You’ve got cars to refuel, customers to hang out with, employees to hire, snacks to stock up on, and more. What will go in the cooler? How much fuel do we need for the week? Who will take out the trash? Also, what’s up with the plush biker and flying saucer right in the trailer?
Developer Drago Entertainment takes a look at the vaguely oxymoronic fun of this genre of sims: seeing your efforts slowly improve over time, and relishing the catharsis of a process that can seem overwhelming to those outside of this niche. If you are not convinced by the idea, you can always give the free prologue a piece.
It certainly struck a chord with some people. The opening of this Steam Pumpkin Luna user review sums it up: “After thinking I could check it out for about half an hour before bed, I ended up playing until almost 4 hours of the morning.”
With Alaska Truck Simulator still in our rearview mirror, it’s a good time for weirdly specific sims.