It’s been in Early Access for nearly two years, and now it’s finally ready to break out of the iron curtain. Fuel up, as Jalopy is releasing next week.

Most driving games like to fulfil a fantasy that involves some manner of racing with high-end cars in exotic locales. Jalopy fulfils a completely different, equally valid fantasy: taking care of a dilapidated car while driving through Eastern Europe during the time of communism. It’s one of those strangely alluring ideas you’ll only find in indie games, and now, it’s going to be fully realised next week.

Jalopy will release on 28th March, according to a Steam Community post by the devs. That’s this coming Wednesday, if you’d rather not check your calendar. The release will be only on PC. As the developers mention in the post, a Mac version was planned, but did not work out.

Have a look at the last-released trailer for the game, which was back when the roads of Turkey were added to the game:

Jalopy is being developed mainly by one-man team Minskworks, which consists of Birmingham-based developer Greg Pryjmachuk. There have been more contributors to the project over its 3+ years of development, and the game is being published by Excalibur Games.

Here’s a blurb for the game, straight from the Steam page:

Upgrade, maintain and care for your Laika 601 Deluxe motor vehicle. Keep close attention to everything from the state of your tyres, the condition of your engine and even the space in your trunk. Repair each aspect of your scrappy little car and install unique upgrades to deal with the changing world. Everything from cargo weight to the condition of your carburettor will determine how your car performs on the open road.

The rise of capitalism brings an economical conundrum. Scavenge for scraps to make a small return of investment, or become a baron of the open road and smuggle contraband under the eyes of border patrols to make a sizable profit.

Can’t get enough of the vroom-vroom? Check out the Upcoming Indie Driving Games of 2018. Also check out the fabulist adventure Kentucky Route Zero, which takes you on a road trip in America.

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