Flight Control is a traffic control game released by Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
“Keep the skies safe in Flight Control, the insanely addictive worldwide hit! It only takes a minute to learn but you won’t be able to put it down. Guide aircraft to their landing zones but don’t let them collide!”
The basics of the game, are you are given an airport to control. You need to plot paths for the incoming aircraft to follow to allow them to all land safely and avoid air crashs. The game continues until a crash happens and it is game over.
The game has a simple design and you basically have the goals of improving the score of landed aircraft for each of the 5 airports and to try and get the several achievements that are available in game.
There are several different aircraft that can enter the airport air space. They all have different speeds and can only land on a single landing area title, so you need to plan the routes carefully and make sure you do not get them too close to the edge of the screen, else you will not have time to dodge other aircraft entering the screen. Luckily, you can change the flight paths at any time and you will find yourself doing this often.
The game is controlled by touching the aircraft and dragging a path to the landing areas.
The graphics and sound are very good, although the music does not repeat on longer games, so you are left with only the sound effects.
I have played the iOS version of the game and it stands up well gameplay wise, it lacks one or two on the current iOS features, but in the main is complete.
On the upside:
- Fast and fun gameplay.
- Great mix of planning and strategy to avoid crashing the planes.
On the downside:
- An old title for the rest of the mobile industry.
- Lacks some of the features of its iOS counterpart.
Overall, this game has been around a long time now, but still as playable as ever. I am very happy to see Namco releasing it on the Touchpad and hope to see other titles in the future. If you like this style of gaming then Flight Control is still one of the best around, and at 79p it is well worth a look.
Size: 26.9 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.79