Thursday, March 27, 2014

Airplane: Do-it-yourself lessons in plane flying

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When we do air travel we basically rely on the pilot's ability to safely transport us to our destination. As we are used to drive cars or bikes we know the complexities involved in driving the vehicle, but have you ever wondered how is it like to fly a plane? Or even further do you dream of flying a plane by your own? Well it is more difficult than you ever thought, but worry not, today I am going to tell you about a game which allows you to do just that with the ease of sitting in your home's couch.

'Airplane' game presented by developer Quantum design will let you fly various types of planes. This game is very light weight and loads in a jiffy. The game graphics although not spectacular are still good enough and gives you just the similar view as you see from the plane window. It feels really great when your plane starts running on the runway and just when the runway is about to end it lifts off and starts to ascend.

There is no background music in this game and all you can hear is the engine noise coming from the airplane which gives you a realistic feel. 

The launch screen allows you to start the game, access the options menu and a nice and quick tutorial.


Airplane: Launch screen
Airplane: Launch screen
Once you select the play option, the next screen shows the various environments you can choose from, to fly your plane. Not all the environments are available to you at the start except the "Day" environment. On the next screen you select the plane and the mission objective. There are not many planes available at the start of the game but as you keep playing and earning you can unlock some of them.

Airplane: Choose the environment
Airplane: Choose the environment
Game plot
The game plot is pretty simple, you have a plane standing on the airport ready to be flown. You just need to select the flight objective and the destination, fly the plane to the destination, land it safely and park it at the hanger. If you are successful you get coins.

Game Controls
You can either choose on-screen controls or tilt controls to steer the aircraft and there is a lever on the left side of screen to control the speed of the airplane. There are three meters on the screen showing various stats of your plane as: speed, direction and altitude.

You also get onscreen buttons on the right side of screen for pausing the game and for changing the camera view. As they say the most difficult part of flying a plane is the take-off and landing so, you also get an assist button to assist you in landing the plane but beware it costs you heavily.


Airplane: Safe landing is a tough job
Airplane: Safe landing is a tough job
The coins you earn by successfully landing the plane at the destination can be used to unlock few of the available planes. BTW there is no time limit to finish the flight objective so you can fly the plane at your own pace and you will not find angry travellers yelling at you if the flight gets delayed :).


Airplane: Earn coins to buy new planes
Airplane: Earn coins to buy new planes
Not all planes are same, they differ in size, in their responsiveness to the controls and also in speed. Some of the planes are so fast that you will have to prepare for landing just after the take off.


Airplane: Flying the fastest plane
Airplane: Flying the fastest plane
Pay attention and be careful at the time of take-off and landing. While take-off you should remain on the runway all the time and should have the required speed else you will find yourself in need of a longer runway. Similarly while landing the speed of the plane should not be too high and it should be accurately aligned to the runway, any mistake and you will meet the same fate as seen below :).


Airplane: Unfortunate airplane disaster
Airplane: Unfortunate airplane disaster
The zeppelin aircraft shown below is the most boring plane to fly, it is so slow that once you are in air you can take a long nap and still you will find it hovering at the same place. But then you earn a lot of coins if you land it safely at the destination port.


Airplane: Fly this plane if you have lots of free time
Airplane: Fly this plane if you have enough time to kill
Well, am I confident enough to fly an airplane now with my newly acquired skills? Of course I am (though only in my dreams :).


How much it costs you: Not a single penny. But it supports in-app purchases (IAP) if you like to unlock and try out all available airplanes.

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