1. cjvitek's Avatar
    Ever want to be a flight controller? The most stressful job (so I hear) ever? Well, if you want the fun, but don't want the stress, Flight Control is the game for you.

    With Flight Control, you play a flight controller who needs to guide planes in for a safe landing. You have two runways (red and yellow) and one helicopter pad (blue). As planes fly in, they are either red or yellow, indicating which runway they need to land on (helicopters can only land on the pad). Your job is to guide the planes to the appropriate runway while avoiding in-air collisions.

    Sounds easy, right? Sure it is...when there are only one or two planes coming in at a time. But as time progresses, more and more planes enter the playing field, increasing the risk of close calls and collisions.

    The process of guiding a plane is very simple. Simply tap the plane, and slide you finger along the path you want the plane to take. As you are creating the path, it appears as a dotted line. When you lift you finger, the planes path is "set", and it starts to follow it. Need to adjust a path? Just tap the plane and slide your finger to create a new path. Not sure you know where you want the plane to go? Draw it flying in circles or a big loop, and then come back to it later. Don't forget about a plane though! If a plane finished it's path and hasn't landed, it just keeps flying straight (pilots are sort of dumb like that).

    This game is really sort of cool, and there aren't any other games out there like it. The controls are very easy, making good use of the touch screen. The game warns your of potential collisions and incoming aircraft (which are offscreen so you can't see them). As with most games, I wish there were some sort of multiplayer or competitive option, but the game can get pretty hectic on it's own. The game's difficulty increases quickly - one or two planes on the screen is fine, but with 5 or 6 planes it can be very difficult to keep track of them all.

    I would love to see some different "airport" options - different layouts of runways and helicopter pads, so you could choose which airport you wanted. This would also be a good way to allow different difficulty levels. But the included airport is fun. The stats page gives you a nice rundown of your performance, including your average score, the most planes on the screen at one time, you highest score, etc.

    Pros: New game concept, easy game play

    Cons: No multiple airports

    All in all, this is a fun little game. It takes the iPhone and brings a new game concept to it (at least a concept I haven't seen before). The game design is perfect for the iPhone. At $.99 (current grand opening sale) the game is a must try. The normal price is probably going to be $2.99, and even at that price it is worth it. Four and a half out of five stars.

    Edit: Review Update.

    An update to this game was recently released, which includes multiplayer and two more airports. Given the long term enjoyment of this game, I now increase my rating to five out of five stars!



    Rating scale:

    * = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
    ** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
    *** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
    **** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
    ***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

    Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.
    Last edited by cjvitek; 06-28-2009 at 11:12 AM.
    03-31-2009 09:34 AM
  2. lgreenberg's Avatar
    Nice review.

    I purchased the game yesterday and I'm enjoying it.

    Although I'm terrible at it so far.
    03-31-2009 11:18 AM
  3. dooks88's Avatar
    nice game. I got to 97 so far. Cant wait for an update. Hopefully with more aircraft and airports.
    03-31-2009 04:13 PM
  4. lgreenberg's Avatar
    97! Holy crap. I can't get better than 7.
    03-31-2009 04:14 PM
  5. cjvitek's Avatar
    My record is about 18.
    03-31-2009 04:32 PM
  6. msbaylor's Avatar
    Here's mine, I have no idea how you got 97...

    03-31-2009 11:00 PM
  7. dooks88's Avatar
    Sorry, it was actually 96. Someone on an iTunes review said they were up to 150+!



    04-01-2009 01:13 AM
  8. cjvitek's Avatar
    Well, my high is now 40.
    04-01-2009 01:53 AM
  9. natanavra's Avatar
    I really like the game! it's awesome!
    nice review btw.
    04-01-2009 11:18 AM
  10. cjvitek's Avatar
    Just bringing this to the front to match the main page.

    My high score is currently 86. I got 82 once, but other than that I usually get bogged down around upper 60's.

    Chris
    04-11-2009 04:15 PM
  11. gerritf's Avatar
    my highscore was 21 and i was proud as hell! :-) nice app indeed!
    04-14-2009 08:10 AM
  12. APPCRITICal's Avatar
    I had 75, then got my iphone replaced. Now my highest is 73!

    UPDATE : JUST HIT 80!!!!!

    UPDATE : Bored day at work generates a 102!
    Last edited by APPCRITICal; 04-16-2009 at 06:42 AM.
    04-14-2009 09:28 AM
  13. sleeks's Avatar
    263 as my high so far...game gets crazy. If I get too much going on, i just make the plane do a very tight circle until I can get him in to land...

    Fun app. Everybody enjoys playing it.
    04-19-2009 11:51 PM
  14. lostonbroadway's Avatar
    263 as my high so far...game gets crazy. If I get too much going on, i just make the plane do a very tight circle until I can get him in to land...

    Oooh! Good tip! I'm sitting at 51 and have been forever so I'm gonna give that a try
    04-20-2009 04:44 AM
  15. jhamilton3's Avatar
    Tried this game a few days ago and am definitely addicted.

    Current high is 58
    05-03-2009 10:05 PM
  16. jhamilton3's Avatar
    made it to 87 just a few minutes ago.. craaaazy
    05-03-2009 11:41 PM
  17. nickpav's Avatar
    i played this on my friends phone. i didnt think it was good enough to spend money on though. i rarely buy apps though, so they need to be pretty damn top of the line for me to buy. it was a fun game though
    05-04-2009 06:25 PM
  18. cjvitek's Avatar
    My high score was 86, then I reset the phone - now it is 79.

    The spinning in place is something I use, but then I forget about the planes!!
    05-04-2009 07:22 PM
  19. jhamilton3's Avatar
    The spinning in place seemed tricky to me because there were so many planes on the screen it was tough to find good spaces - lol
    05-04-2009 07:42 PM
  20. Tropical Pixels's Avatar
    I love this game. Play it all the time but I haven't got anywhere near the top scores.
    05-05-2009 12:35 PM
  21. billinaz's Avatar
    Guy I work with has well over 100 (in the 140 range).


    How?... fast fingers I guess...
    05-12-2009 02:29 AM
  22. PlayCreek's Avatar
    Great game !!!
    05-16-2009 03:49 PM
  23. cjvitek's Avatar
    Just an update - the new update to this game has two more airports, and has multiplayer!!! I don't know how the multiplayer works (it is via bluetooth connection) because my wife won't download it so we can try. But the new airports are nice - a Hawaii airport with two helipads, and an aircraft carrier which Matt tells me is VERY difficult.

    Review has been modified to fit this new information.

    Chris
    06-28-2009 11:11 AM
  24. jhamilton3's Avatar
    Love the update.. its been out for about 2 or 3 weeks now I believe..

    The Hawaii one is my favorite now.. I haven't got past 10 on the aircraft carrier.. its very difficult.
    06-28-2009 01:55 PM
  25. SRJ's Avatar
    Original - 122
    Hawaii - 107
    Aircraft Carrier - 26

    I've seen someone get 1000+ at work.
    06-28-2009 08:55 PM
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