Developer: Dmitriy Glebenok
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Sometimes there’s an app that goes the extra mile and does a little bit better than the competition. Parking Lot! is a sliding puzzle game where you must safely navigate your car out of a maze of jammed packed vehicles. Parking Lot! may remind you of other object puzzle games like Square Master, and Blocked but that’s where the similarities stop.
Parking Lot has lots more content. There are 12 packs and more than 450 puzzles. You’ll be busy for hours upon hours. Packs are the different types and numbers of cars in the maze. Puzzles are the different configurations of the cars in the maze. The most challenging part of Parking Lot is trying to get the car out in the least amount of moves.
Parking Lot has quirky graphics with crisp cars and a slightly hand-drawn background. The soundtrack is okay but a little more variation would be appealing. One of the more interesting aspects of the game is that it doesn’t have a progressive difficulty. You can have one puzzle that’s hard. Next, you can have an easy one and then another of medium difficulty. It does give you the option to go back and play a puzzle again.
There are some things that might improve the gaming experience. The ability to listen to your own music might help extend game play. Silence can be a bit boring and the built in music can get old after a half hour or so. It would also be nice to have a setting to permanently turn the music off.
Parking Lot! also doesn’t have a score board. For a game that’s particularly challenging, it's a shame that it doesn’t offer users the opportunity to record their successes or gloat over their triumphs to other players.
Overall, Parking Lot! is a stellar iPhone game. This app is fun, challenging, and addictive.