Touch Mechanic

Common Sense Media says

Car mechanic sim with iffy role model, repetitive repairs.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Because the main character is initially on the run from the police, this create a negative role model. If he is innocent, why didn’t he bother trying to clear things up rather than be on the run.


Violent situations are referenced in the game and demonstrated with still photos, but nothing violent is controlled or created by the player.

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Mild language, like "damn," and  "ass" – but there are used very infrequently.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is a simulation game that puts you in control of a character learning the ins and outs of being an auto mechanic. Using the DS stylus, players will change tires, paint vehicles, add new mufflers, and even cut and replace panels on vehicles. The main character is scared and nervous of police officers because a friend of his was killed in a car accident and initially he hides from the cops.

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What's it about?

TOUCH MECHANIC puts the player in the role of a young car enthusiast with aspirations of working for a race stable. The mechanic has to start at the bottom and work his way up. Using similar controls to what was seen in Trauma Center, the player will be in charge of many facets of auto maintenance to begin, then move onto customizing his own car for entering in auto shows.

Players will sand, paint, and weld new parts to cars as well as perform regular maintenance such as air filter changing and tire changes. While this may sound tedious it's actually quite enjoyable and the rags to riches story will keep players interested and engaged.

Is it any good?


Early in the game, players are told what to do and how to do each step along the way. After moving past the first customs show, players must remember the tasks they've done before. Tasks do get quite repetitive as one can expect, with four tires each held on with four bolts – but the object is to learn new tricks like how to change over to a dual exhaust system or add a new bumper. These new tricks take some of the sting out of the repetitive segments.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of car maintenance, and what type of things go into changing a tire or painting a car. They should also discuss the main character and his desire to hide from the police, and how this is not the correct way to approach the situation.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:March 24, 2009
ESRB rating:E for Mild Language, Violent References (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byladyroxxy May 3, 2009

touch mechanie

play now he is amazin


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