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You stink in the parking lot is a Happy Volcano top-down racing game where your goal is to race through tracks full of obstacles and park your car.

In each level, you drive your car using the WASD keyboard controls or a control stick and R2 until you reach a parking spot, then brake. Sometimes the challenge is parking accurately, but more often it’s getting to the parking spot in one piece and not getting hit after parking. Each level features a time limit and fuel gauge that prevents you from going too slow in an individual park, keeping the game hectic.

Controls are consistent but plodding, and you’ll find yourself spinning around corners while avoiding or using the game’s many physics-based obstacles. Things like jump pads, ramps, electrified walls, and magnets keep the game interesting and challenging throughout its runtime, and many of the levels mix these up cleverly.

You stink in the parking lot it is structured similarly to a puzzle game. There is a hub world within which you will find a series of themed levels. Once a level begins, there are two to five parking spots that you try to park in. Once you park, you are given a new car at the start of the level and pointed to another parking spot. Once you fill all the spots or run out of time, you get credit for your parking and the level ends. New hub areas are unlocked by completing more parking spots, so you’re encouraged to do your best, and even Mastery challenges are unlocked by completing a level in as few cars as possible.

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There is the required leaderboard to compare skills with your friends, and while I don’t like leaderboards, I still found satisfaction in completing each level well. The game is quite difficult and can be frustrating, but that’s the fun of it. You die a lot trying to figure out the best path through the level, then you complete it and feel great.

You stink in the parking lot Currently, it only takes a few hours to get through the levels, with the developers promising more content as part of the live service game’s future. There is currently a season pass with a free and paid track, with more seasons to come, as well as paid cosmetics in the store. I didn’t get to try out the multiplayer mode where you compete with your friends, and I also didn’t try to max out the battle pass, so I can’t comment on how long it takes.

It’s possible that the game’s $20 price tag and the additional $12 for the season pass will help the developers fund future content for the game, as promised in the roadmap. But there is never any guarantee, and there is a high chance that the developers will go bankrupt or something. As it stands, the base game has quite a bit of light content for its price, which makes paying even more for the season pass feel questionable.

Right now, You stink in the parking lot is a cute little runner that reminds me of Flash games of the past, only much more polished, with cool music and some nifty levels. I really had fun with him, and he does what he wants to do well. If you like to beat your times and try all the hard levels, you will have a lot of fun, and the game and season pass might be worth it for you. But if you’re just looking for casual top-down racing, I’d say wait and see how many levels are added, or play on Game Pass.

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You stink in the parking lot launches September 14 for $19.99 on PC, Xbox, and Xbox Game Pass and is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation in 2023.

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