Parking Mania (WP) Reviews

  • UltimusOUltimusO96,186
    28 Dec 2012 03 Nov 2013
    10 5 16
    Parking Mania was one game that I had played on a friend's iPod Touch around 2-3 years back and I'd loved it. Naturally, I've long awaited this one on my phone and once I saw it, I snapped it up.

    GRAPHICS: 5 / 5
    I love the graphics. All the cars looked cute and the trucks looked great. All the other cars, too, were good looking and driving them around was fun. The bikes were kinda skinny though and I didn't like them much.

    SOUNDS: 3 / 5
    The three is considering that some people find it boring when a game has only a couple of tracks to play. However, in my opinion, they were fun enough and I didn't tire of them.

    GAMEPLAY: 5 / 5
    This one has lasting value and creates enough frustration for you to feel like throwing the phone or wishing someone else would complete a particular level. The controls are good and the variety may help a few players. I prefer the steering wheel and the accel-bar. The accelerometer is a pretty challenging way of steering your car.

    BUGS:
    1. Some levels are unplayable. Once you find them, just skip them and continue. Some of them are 174, 175, 176, 194. I'll update them if anyone finds any more. I don't remember all the levels.

    2. Game crashes are still frequent even with an update that was done quite a while ago. Some people reported an ok experience, some haven't. I have tried with my Lumia 920, and even if I force quit the game, it seems to not have crashed. Is this crash specific to devices? Sound off in the comments below.

    3. If you purchase the game before deleting the trial you won't get find 1 coin or get 3 stars on 1 level achievements unless you repurchase the game. So it is recommended you delete the demo before you pay.
    EDIT: Thanks to TVX Python for the reminder.

    ACHIEVEMENTS
    Actually all of them are pretty easy and it becomes easier to unlock once you start towards getting all three lives unlocked. As a note, purchase them as soon as you have the money. Don't save up for the achievements. You'll earn the achievements in the regular course of the game. As an example, when I had to get my last achievement of completing 160 levels, I had more than $750,000 in the bank, after buying all three lives.

    Also, on a side note, levels 91-100 are quite short and easy money once you get the hang of the controls. So you could try them once you are through with around 20-25 levels :)

    SUMMARY
    All in all a great game.
    1 Negative for the glitched levels as it spoils the experience
    4.0
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    UltimusO117 seems doable. Editing review to remove it from the "impossible" list. :)
    Posted by UltimusO on 17 Feb 13 at 03:36
    oMikeGreat review, can you please mention a small achievement glitch.
    If you purchase the game before deleting the trial you won't get find 1 coin or get 3 stars on 1 level achievements unless you repurchase the game. So it is recommended you delete the demo before you pay. Thanks and +1 on the review.
    Posted by oMike on 17 May 13 at 01:59
    UltimusO@TVX Python
    Added the glitch in the bugs section under the review, with credit :)
    Posted by UltimusO on 17 May 13 at 03:59
    L1ttlemikeMight want to add the deleted all progress glitch is still happening , I've had my progress deleted twice in the last week once at 153 levels complete and once at 136
    Posted by L1ttlemike on 16 Jun 13 at 10:57
    SENTINAL 107Are the glitches specific to W7 or W8 or both
    Posted by SENTINAL 107 on 04 Oct 13 at 19:34
    UltimusOThe glitches aren't specific. Faced it on both my handsets.
    Posted by UltimusO on 04 Oct 13 at 19:57
    Snow MarleyI've lost my saves today, so this bug isn't fixed!
    Posted by Snow Marley on 18 Oct 13 at 07:04
    grex9101Glitchy levels, it's wiped my progress once, some levels are just damn unfair (particularly those with trailers to tow). The only way to manouvre some trailers is to essentially exploit the game to enable you to turn sharply.

    I've had trains/trams appear out of nowhere, traffic coming to a complete stop and not moving unless I restart the level, all sorts of crap.

    If this comment stops one person buying this utter piece of shit, I'll be happy.

    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. It's fucking terrible.

    EDIT: Oh, and my progress was deleted after buying extra lives (achievement didn't unlock either). Not sure if this was just coincidence or not, but worth bearing in mind...
    Posted by grex9101 on 02 Nov 13 at 22:08
    UltimusO@grex9101, a mention of glitchy levels was provided to help people manoeuvre around them. If you have a list, you could list them here and I will gladly add thme to the review with due credit. :)
    Posted by UltimusO on 03 Nov 13 at 05:38
    DeviSlatorDisagree with the content of the review but each to their own. The graphics are decent but there are parts where the lines don't match up. I would give 3.5/5 for that. I disagree that the gameplay has lasting value as it is pretty much the same thing over and over for 200+ levels. A bit of variety such as timed challenges or races would've been appreciated. I'd give 2/5 for gameplay. Enjoyable enough for $1 though.
    Posted by DeviSlator on 19 Nov 13 at 10:26