Cranes are powerful machines that pick up and carry extremely heavy objects at construction sites and in junk yards. Becoming a crane operator takes a lot of training and requires a lot of skill. Playing crane operator games online can help you to experience crane operation without all of the training and with none of the risk.
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"Crane Simulator" is perhaps the most realistic crane operator game on the market. You operate a tower crane, which is a crane on top of a tall building used for building high rise skyscrapers. Two joysticks can be hooked up to the game to control horizontal and vertical movement independently. However, the game can still be played with one joystick or even the keyboard. You must carefully pick up construction material while competing against real world condition such as wind, thunderstorms and realistically simulated inertia. Complex controls and realistic physics make this a much more difficult game than other crane operator games. Luckily, you can change your angles by pressing a button. This can make precision placement more simple and exact. This game is available for free download at TowerCranes.com.
"Crane Wars" is a semirealistic crane operator game with a twist: cutthroat competition. You play a unionised crane operator just trying to finish up his construction job. However, on the construction site right next to you is a non-unionised work crew that hates your guts. They will stop at nothing to ruin your construction job and your reputation. They will use their own crane to steal your materials and will even throw cars at you to disrupt your work. Luckily, you can steal their material and throw cars right back. If it's a war they want, then they got it. Underneath this silly premise is a very realistic physics engine that rivals "Crane Simulator." The control is very simple. All you need to use is your mouse. Click it on an object and hold the button down to hold it. Release the button to drop the material but be careful. Inertia can ruin your day. This game is available for free play at Blurst.Com.
'The Junk Yard'
If the last two games involved realistic physics and realistic situations (besides the crane to crane fighting) "The Junk Yard" is a much more light weight game. This doesn't mean it is any less fun. Rather than focusing on crane construction and realistic physics, it features a junk yard crane stacking piles of destroyed cars and presents a puzzle game feel. You have to carefully balance the correct weight of cars in a single stack. Stack too many cars or stack them poorly and the stacks will collapse, ending your game. Stacking the cars correctly moves you on to more difficult levels. Use the mouse to click on destroyed cars and click it again to drop them. You crane sways slightly in the wind, adding an extra layer of difficulty. While it is definitely not as difficult as the last two games, its lighter feel can be incredibly addicting and leave you playing for hours. It is available to play free at TheGamesList.com.
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