Drug Dealer Simulator Review

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Drug Dealer Simulator was released on April 16, 2020, and was published by Movie Games S.A and PlayWay S.A. The basic premise is what you’d expect from this type of game, you play as a drug dealer and try to make a living while in this business.

The game starts off with you waking up hungover from a night of partying and drinking. Right after you step out of the house you’re introduced to the city you live in. It’s very run down and destroyed and mostly sets the theme for this entire game. Right after that, you meet your only contact in the Cartel and your main provider, Eddie.

Graphically this one isn’t that impressive. The graphics often look dated and most certainly can’t compare with today’s standards. They don’t look horrible, but also have massive room for improvement. With that said I still give them some slack as it’s still an indie game and, to be honest, no one can expect AAA graphics from this type of game.

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As for the gameplay, the basic loop is pretty simple. You order drugs to be delivered to you and then sell them to your clients. You’ll receive your packages through designated locations on the map that are called ‘Dead Drops’. The only downside to them is that most of the time you have to be pretty quick or someone else can steal your package. After you get the specific package and are well-supplied, you can answer orders on your laptop through a service called Shadycomm. This is where you can also manage the prices of the drugs you’re selling at that time. Your clients send you messages regularly on what type and what quantity they want and you can package and organize all your orders from the comfort of your apartment. It’s always important to sell the right quality at the right price as your clients’ feedback matters a lot in growing your business. It’s also very important to always consider expanding your clients by giving out free samples when you’re outside. This process will soon enough earn you quite a bit of money, a portion of which you have to return to Eddie either by returning debt or buying more products. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Police are patrolling the city frequently and there are specific times during the day when you have to stay inside your apartment or go out without having any drugs on you. In case you get caught you have to escape an officer who’s chasing you with a teaser. The only issue with this is that you have limited stamina, so you have to be somewhat careful. As for your approach to everything in-game, you’re free to experiment with different types of drugs and even mix them together.

Overall I think the gameplay in Drug Dealer Simulator goes over some themes that were previously unexplored and feels unique in what it does. It’s not really a hardcore simulator like many of the other games published by the same teams, but it gets the job done in what it needs to do.

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The sound design is one thing I particularly like about this game. As you’d expect the music mainly consists of old-school hip-hop and the tracks featured here aren’t bad at all. The voice acting and dialogue also surprised me quite a bit, sure there’s a couple of lines that sound really out of place but, it’s mostly decent and frankly really tolerable for a game like this with quite the small budget.

The controls and accessibility aren’t an issue in this one, it’s super easy to play and complete offers. Getting around the map is also simple, as you basically get a compass that allows you to navigate to your objective easily.

As far as the replayability goes, I can’t say there’s much here. The only thing worth mentioning is the fact that there are multiple endings so your choices and how you play and how your business rises to the top effects the ending that you get. Other than that, it’s not really that replayable.

Drug Dealer Simulator explores uncharted territories as far as video games go. It may not be a hardcore simulation game, but it’s a solid experience nonetheless.

REVIEW CODE: A complimentary PC code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to editor@bonusstage.co.uk.

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Drug Dealer Simulator Review
  • Gameplay - 8/10
    8/10
  • Graphics - 6/10
    6/10
  • Sound - 9/10
    9/10
  • Replay Value - 6/10
    6/10
Overall
7/10

Summary

Drug Dealer Simulator explores uncharted territories as far as video games go. It may not be a hardcore simulation game, but it’s a solid experience nonetheless.