Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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The time management genre is one of my guilty pleasures. Ultimately I appreciate that each game is much the same prospect but regardless, I still love it. The latest Dash game however, Parking Dash, does add a slight puzzle based element to proceedings as well as the usual time management action that we've all come to know and hopefully love.
The concept doesn't sound immediately exciting admittedly. Players are pitted with the responsibility of running a parking lot. There's a neat tie in with Diner Dash with the first parking lot being the place to park for visiting Flo's Diner. Typical time management based tropes keep things flowing with players having to collect cars from visitors, park them, sometimes wash them and ultimately return them quickly.
The puzzle element lies in the fact that cars can block each other in. As some car drivers are faster than others, it's a careful balancing process to keep everyone happy. Much like other time management games, there's also the added ability to chain points and thus gain a higher score. This can be done by not only keeping the same colored cars on the same spaces but also by chaining up the same task such as collecting tips. Not all cars are the same either with some being huge limos that take up two spaces. There's also the provisioning of car ramps that mean cars can be moved out of the way, thus allowing others to get underneath.
All these simple elements form together to make a complex but compelling time management title. To add further depth comes an upgrade system which means that players can gradually improve the speed in which they wash cars or move, as well as unlocking extra tip bonuses.
While experts won't find completing levels that challenging, being able to 3 star each level is another matter and it greatly extends the longevity of the game. Fans of time management games will be really at home here with Parking Dash providing the same addictive experience that previous Dash games have offered.