With Parking Mania 2, the classic series of parking games continues, adding a few refinements and some extra challenges. As before, you are in charge of a car that you must maneuver into its proper parking space, without causing any damage and without going over the time limit. It sounds like a simple goal, and put like that it is - but in practice, it's a lot harder than you might think! You'll need to have perfected the art of driving at a fairly high speed, but very cleanly, if you are to win through to the later levels.
The basic control setup here is very straightforward - all you need to think about are the four arrow keys, which control your car's acceleration, braking, and steering. The car handles quite well, certainly compared to the one used by this game's predecessor, which should allow you to have a good amount of confidence in its behavior as you maneuver it around each level's parking lot. If you prefer, you can also use the mouse to click on the large arrows at the bottom of the screen. This is an unusual feature, and can take time to learn, but it's nice to have the option.
Although it's a sequel, Parking Mania 2 sticks close to the relatively simple underlying formula of this series. There are few sound effects to distract you, and while the graphics are bright and clear, the emphasis is very much on your own car, rather than the general environment. There is also no time limit, as such, although the time you have taken is kept track of, and shown in a running display at the top of the screen. These factors make this game one which will appeal most to players who are attracted by the puzzle element of parking games.
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