Parking: Battle of the Sexes
One of the issues being discussed lately in the game development community is about how to make games that engage girl gamers. And while I cannot offer any insightful ideas on the subject, one thing I am sure of is that pitting the girls against the guys is a sure fire way to get everyone involved.
Parking: Battle of the Sexes is an excellent Flash game in the park-your-car genre that does just that. An advergame for the Zurich home and car insurance company in the UK, this well produced game has nicely polished graphics, an excellent implementation of soundtrack and effects, and a cute gimmick that keeps a running tally comparing the average scores of all the guys and all the girls that play the game.
There are three different parking scenarios of increasing difficulty, and you are given 60 seconds in which to complete parking your vehicle. Press the [Z] key on the keyboard to begin, then use the arrow keys for steering the wheel left and right, and for moving forward and back. Press [Z] again when finished.
It's a cute parking game with a unique twist that is sure to get people of both genders involved playing. And yes, the guys are better at parking cars. Is that surprising?