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BeamNG (2015) is a super realistic vehicle simulator where individual car components rather than just the driving experience are modelled. Play involves selecting a car and a location and then exploring how the vehicle copes with different environments. It's the Microsoft Flight Simulator of vehicular travel and stands out for sandbox creativity that inspires the fun of the playground and the film set.

There are a number of different modes and challenges you can take on. Can you complete a truck delivery request as fast and efficiently as possible? Can you outrun the police in a hot pursuit? Can you drive through the city without a single collision and in the fastest time? But the most popular aspect is the open-world modes.

The sandbox offers limitless ways to play because collisions and vehicle behaviour are different each time you take to the wheel. Central to this is what the developer calls soft-body physics. By this, they mean the way the game simulates each component of a vehicle in real-time. The driving experience isn't designed to be exciting or as knife edge as Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, instead, it aims to be true to life.

This has made the game very popular not only with those who want to take on racing challenges but with players who just want to mess around in the sandbox. This can be setting up different crash scenarios, inventing strange car designs, or even using the game as a way to create film-like set-piece videos or theatrical shorts.

As you progress you discover the hundreds of vehicles and the 12 sprawling open-world environments in which to play. Each of these offers a different terrain that feels diverse and affects the vehicles in different ways as you drive through tropical jungles, barren deserts, urban boulevards, fast highways, and downtown areas. You can then add other elements like high wind speeds or altering gravity.

The result is a driving game that embraces player freedom. It encourages a huge amount of creativity and imagination - if you can dream up an idea you can do it in this game. This takes things beyond just the vehicles to be a game about the expansive open world to play in. It's all supported by a welcoming and tight-knit Discord community that can help get you started or perfect a scenario once you have gained some expertise.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked BeamNG 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Creative, Race and Simulation game with Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 1 hour and 2 hours to play a round of this game. Players can spend hundreds of hours in the different creative modes of the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The sandbox nature of the game means that very young players can enjoy driving around, however, to get the most from the game you need to engage with the physics and realism. Being able to navigate the game world and use the different customisations. Also, engaging the imagination for different scenarios is useful.


BeamNG usually costs £20.99.

Steam Store PC £20.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/05/2015, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Creative, Race, Simulation and Traversal

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Beam NG (@BeamNG)

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