Parking Mania is a driving game with a difference. You need to master your parking skills to park cars into the tightest spots in a range of different challenges.
Parking has never been so much fun
Parking isn't the most exciting thing about driving, and yet Parking Mania has managed to create an entertaining casual game out of it!
The aim of every level is to move your car into the specified parking spaces, and each of the more-than 200 levels (16 of which are playable for free in the demo version) has different objectives within it.
There are more than 80 different vehicles in Parking Mania, ranging from sports cars to huge trucks, all of which respond in a slightly different way. The settings are pretty varied too, ranging from parking lots to crowded main streets.
There are achievements to unlock in Parking Mania and online scoreboards for you to upload your world beating times to, if you need to be competitive!
Mastering control of your car
Controlling cars in Parking Mania is done by tilting to steer, and sliding your thumb up and down to accelerate, brake and reverse. It only takes a moment to get used to the controls, which are really well calibrated. You need a steady hand, but not the hands of a brain surgeon and if it's too delicate, you can adjust the tilt sensitivity.
Alternatively, you can switch the control system in Parking Mania and use an on-screen steering wheel, which can be either be controlled by dragging or turning it, depending on your preference. You can choose to put the steering wheel on the left or the right of the screen.
The graphics in Parking Mania are colorful and fun, although we noticed that the definition isn't as sharp as it could be (tested on a Nokia Lumia 920). Animation is smooth enough, and the collision detection is fair.
Audio in Parking Mania is hit and miss. The driving sound effects are good, but the looping soundtrack that accompanies the game becomes irritating very quickly (you can turn the music off, though).
Parking Mania is a more gently game than its name suggests, but it's surprisingly compelling and fun to play.