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Drive and Park
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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Like many arcade games, DRIVE AND PARK doesn't have a story. You have no idea why you're parking cars, or doing it in an unsafe manner. You also don't know why once you've parked a bunch of cars in New York City, you then move to Tokyo and other cities. As you earn additional cash from your parking maneuvers, you can unlock new cars that you can also park in future levels.
Is it any good?
Even if this arcade game wasn't overly simple, it would still be annoying for being so full of ads. In Drive and Park, you're behind the wheel of a car driving down a city street, looking for a parking spot. Except that, when you find one, you don't parallel park like a safe driver. Instead, you have to touch and hold your finger on the screen to slam on your brakes and turn the wheel sharply in an attempt to quickly drift your car into the open spot like Dom from The Fast and the Furious movies if he was a valet. Do it well, and you get money; do it badly (i.e. crash or don't get all the way into the spot on the first try), and you get arrested.
The biggest problem here is that, no matter how you do, 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. And that's all before you realize that parking in this game is the same every time, and once you memorize the pattern of when to start pressing and for how long, this game is a snap. Which is too bad since, if it was a bit trickier and a lot less ad-friendly, Drive and Park might've been more fun than trying to find a parking spot in Manhattan during rush hour.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can alk about marketing to kids. Do all of the ads in Drive and Park get annoying to you? Do you think you might play this more if there were no ads?
In Drive and Park, players have to tap and hold the screen to slam on the brakes and turn their car's steering wheel sharply to park...which isn't a safe maneuver, so do you think this game does a good job of showing you why this is poor driving?
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