Parking Lot 3 is a game based on… that’s right – parking a car. One of the most tedious and irritating parts of everyday life has been turned into a game! Thankfully, as a flash game you do not have to run the risk of doing real damage to your car or have to run deadlines or traffic wardens when you park. Parking lot 3 is in fact an enjoyable spin on parking – if such a thing is actually possible.
You control a car from a top down view. You play over a series of levels where the object is to park your car in a parking space while navigating obstacles including the side of the road, other cars, potholes, moving cars, ice among other things. To spice up your parking, the difficulty is increased by making the route to the parking space more difficult, or by making you drive in the dark, in the fog, in the snow and ice, and against a host of obstacles.
Thankfully controlling your car is easy with the use of the cursor keys to go forwards, reverse and steer. You also benefit from the top down view which gives you a birds eye view of exactly where you are going and the dimensions of your car. Not to mention the lack of people giving you advice! If only parking could be so easy in real life.
The difficulty curve of the game is relatively shallow, and you will find yourself getting through the levels fairly easily without any incident. It is only towards the later levels where the parking becomes really tight, and there is a host of obstacles that there is a real challenge. Thankfully you do get a lot of chances to park, and the time limit is fairly generous.
The graphics of the game are solid, and accurately reflect the hit boxes of the obstacles and your car for precision parking. It will run on a slow computer just fine, so you can practise your parking at any time. The music gets very repetitive after a while, and I recommend that you switch it off if you want to avoid it going around your head when you leave the computer.
The gameplay is enjoyable for what the game is. It is not a super addictive game or a killer flash game that will have you playing for hours and hours, and it does not pretend to be. It stands as a perfect little flash game where you can spend a few minutes a day completing another level to progress your parking further. You can save your progress so you do not have to go through all the early levels again, and you can just set yourself against the challenging parking spaces.
For those who could not imagine myself playing a game revolving around parking, you may be pleasantly surprised at this Parking Lot 3. It does provide a challenging distraction and is well worth trying out. The fact that this game has spawned several sequels shows its popularity.