As many of people who drive may confirm, finding a parking spot and successfully parking your car inside that spot is one of the least entertaining activities in one’s life. Yet, despite that, Say Games got an idea to make a game about it. Drive and Park is a simple arcade game, without any story, so you won’t have any idea why do you park all those cars and why do you do it in such an unsafe manner. Additionally, when you park enough cars in New York, you’ll be taken to Tokyo and then to other cities all over the world. By successful parking maneuvers, you will earn cash that you can use to unlock new cars to park all over the cities.
This game puts you behind the wheel of a car driving down the street, looking for a place to park. However, when you find the place you won’t rely on safe driving, let alone parallel parking. No, you slam your brakes and throw your car in a wild spin, turning your wheel so you can drift your car exactly into the spot, in style of Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious movies. If you manage to do it properly, you’ll get some money. If you do it badly, for example, if you crash your car or fail to park the car completely, you’ll get arrested.
Now, we aren’t saying this game is bad because it’s simple. The simplicity is a great thing if done properly, but there’s a couple of things that hinder the enjoyment. First of all, the parking in this game is always the same, and once you learn the pattern of the commands you have to press for the successful parking, this game loses the most of its appeal. And there are also ads. So many ads, the game is littered by them. No matter how good you play, you’ll probably see an ad. Or be prompted to watch an ad to get another car. Or you’ll notice the static ad on the bottom of the screen. It’s very annoying and takes away from the general enjoyment in this game.
If this game was a bit trickier, or at least more diverse concerning the parking spots, and less ad-heavy, it might be more fun than the actual real-life parking, which is really low on the fun scale.