Park Rush HD for iPad Has Potential but Falls at the First Hurdle

Park Rush HD

Park Rush HD Rating: ★★☆☆☆

There are plenty of quality time management games in the App Store at the moment and many that focus on cars so when another one hits the App Store it’s going to have to something pretty good to make tracks on the existing ones.

Luckily Park Rush HD does bring something new to the table in the form of the environment that you get to play in, namely parking garages where you take the role of a parking attendant moving cars for many, many busy patrons.

While the premise may be a good one with a lot of potential unfortunately the game is let down by some basic features that will frustrate and annoy until they are hopefully fixed in a future release.

The graphics don’t specifically bounce off of the iPad screen and the sound effects and music aren’t going to win any awards but the major problem with Park Rush HD are the controls and more importantly the implementation of them.

The controls should be simple enough, tap the person who’s car you wish to park and the car appears, tap the car and your character jumps in it. Then you need to select a parking space and that is achieved by simply tapping the parking space you wish the vehicle to be parked in.

This is done repeatedly as the line of customers of your parking lot gets longer and longer, we’ll skip over why your customers aren’t actually in their cars and are lining up on the sidewalk, and get angrier and angrier. As soon as you’ve parked their cars and they disappear they reappear again where you’ll have to deliver the car back to them.

The parking lots get bigger and bigger and extra obstacles are added along the way including parking lifts that lift the cars above the parking spaces allowing an additional car to parked beneath it. All this put together has the potential of being a major hit which brings me back to the flaw.

The controls; tapping on the screen to move your character should be simple enough and it is, however the movement of your character is sluggish, jerky and is never direct meaning that your character walks the long way round to each and every place you tell them to walk to which considering that time is of the essence, it becomes more and more frustrating as you progress through the game.

As I’ve mentioned previously this game has a lot of potential and could be a huge success if this major flaw is addressed and the graphics are sharpened up a little. The developers claim that they are keen to hear from players about future improvements and so I hope they are listening as I would love to come back to a tighter version of this game.

Pros

  • Excellent premise

Cons

  • Poor controls
  • Under par graphics
  • Frustrating gameplay

Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Updated: Aug 04, 2010
ReviewedVersion:1.2
Size: 90.6 MB
Language:English
Seller:TapTomic, Inc
© TapTomic, Inc
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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