I have recently been invited to test and wrote up a review for an upcoming iPhone application called NRMA Car Park Challenge by NRMA.
Car Park Challenge Review
Car Park challenge is a game you are challenged to drive a car using a top down view which brings back fond memories of GTA 2. The idea of the game is to navigate around 10 different environments with tight corners, range of different obstacles and other vehicles while performing difficult maneuvers and attempting to avoiding collisions with surrounding obstacles and vehicles. Each time you cause a crash or bump, you will rack up a surprisingly realistic repair cost to your car. The game also features data from NRMA Insuranceʼs Research Centre to simulate estimated repair costs for any damage to the car, adding a level of realism to the simulation. The game is well made with vibrant and top quality graphics. The damage to your car looks incredibly realistic. Controls are comprised of two sets of controls. One being a steering wheel to turn left and right and an acceleration pedal to control your forward and reversing speed. At first the controls felt a bit tricky, especially while driving down the screen which causes the controls to be inverted however a couple of tries and the control feel so natural and forget the initial awkwardness.
According to NRMA Insurance data, 1 in 7 collisions happen in car parks. Most car park bingles in New South Wales happen on Thursday, and the least on Sunday. More than half of collisions involve other vehicles (60%), followed by collisions where no other party is involved e.g. colliding with a pole or shopping trolleys*.
*Based on NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance claims FY 09/10.
- Car Park Challenge is available as a free of charge download on iPhone, iPad and Android
- The game was designed using digital photographs of real world miniatures, which were used to create the game’s rich levels, detailed cars and unique look.
- The application has been authored in Flash and optimised specifically for use on mobile devices, including touch screen controls and the developerʼs own tiling and physics engine
- View interesting tips about car crashes and insurance
- The game also features data from NRMA Insuranceʼs Research Centre to simulate estimated repair costs for any damage to the car, adding a level of realism to the simulation.
Overall the game is well made and very well polished. You will be challenged round after round and you will find yourself playing for hours trying to improve your previous scores. The game is free which is impressive since there appears to have been a large amount of effort in developing the iPhone Application.