Bootant's flying game BiiPlane, which we previewed earlier in the week, has appeared in the App Store [link].

BiiPlane is a bullseye flyer in the spirit of Nintendo's acclaimed Pilotwings and as-yet unreleased Wii Sports: Airplane--but is a much simpler game, overall.

BiiPlane places the player in accelerometer-based control of a bi-plane (bii-plane?) flying through a series of canyon mazes filled with hot-air balloons dangling star cubes and star rings suspended in mid-air.  The goal of the game is to gather star cubes by flying directly through them.  If aim is not true and either the hot-air balloon or the chain the star hangs from is hit, the star cube will drop to the ground, making for a perilous pick-up scenario as impacting the ground or walls of the canyon inflicts damage upon the plane.  For every star ring that is successfully bullseyed, the player can swipe the screen, which flips the plane 180-degrees to aid in collecting missed star-cubes.

Being a fan of this genre (I pray nightly that Nintendo will go ahead and release Wii Sports: Airplane), I find BiiPlane to be a fun diversion that offers smooth, sensitive control.  (That's not to say that keeping off the canyon walls in some of the more zig-zagged levels is an easy task.)  I do, however, wish there were more expansively designed levels.  As the demo video illustrates, despite texture changes and route shape changes, level-to-level the game is much the same.  It would offer greater replay value if there were more varied terrain to fly through.

While BiiPlane is a game in the spirit of Pilotwings, it is nowhere near as complete a title.  But then, at $3.99 [App Store] it's one tenth the price of the Nintendo classic.  Fans of the genre may want to have a look.

Game Details
Name: BiiPlane (v0.9) Price: $3.99 [Buy]
Developer: Bootant Size: 6.0 MB
BiiPlane is a very simple flying game that challenges the player to bullseye targets in a narrow canyon course. It can be a fun challenge if you like the genre, but don't expect a full mobile Pilotwings from this basic title.

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  • Danny

    does the plane always go so fast or can u control the speed?

  • Danny

    does the plane always go so fast or can u control the speed?

  • Tony

    @Danny

    Nope, you can't control the speed, but it's not so hard to control the plane even with that speed. :)

  • Tony

    @Danny

    Nope, you can't control the speed, but it's not so hard to control the plane even with that speed. :)

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    The game is easier to play than the video illustrates. Holding an iPhone at arms length while hugging a tripod with a camcorder in your face is a far cry from the typical BiiPlane gaming experience...

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    The game is easier to play than the video illustrates. Holding an iPhone at arms length while hugging a tripod with a camcorder in your face is a far cry from the typical BiiPlane gaming experience...

  • SalsaMD

    @blakespot

    "For every star ring that is successfully bullseyed, the player can swipe the screen, which flips the plane 180-degrees to aid in collecting missed star-cubes."

    Can you better define this? 180-degree flip in what axis? Z? X? Not clear how this helps. Does this mean you turn around to fly in the reverse direction? I didn't see you swipe at all. Thanks!

  • SalsaMD

    @blakespot

    "For every star ring that is successfully bullseyed, the player can swipe the screen, which flips the plane 180-degrees to aid in collecting missed star-cubes."

    Can you better define this? 180-degree flip in what axis? Z? X? Not clear how this helps. Does this mean you turn around to fly in the reverse direction? I didn't see you swipe at all. Thanks!

  • arn

    salsamd: it's to turn around.

    Just another opinion on this. I didn't like this game. I didn't find it to be very fun. Though I'm not generally a fan of this genre.

    arn

  • arn

    salsamd: it's to turn around.

    Just another opinion on this. I didn't like this game. I didn't find it to be very fun. Though I'm not generally a fan of this genre.

    arn

  • f e a r l e s s

    I don't like the balloons in this game and the engine sound is annoying. Would buy it if all it had was loops and stars and what not to collect.

    I bought BiiBall also and then an update that included flowers and then piano sound effects killed the game... I'm guessing same will come of this game with updates... :(

  • f e a r l e s s

    I don't like the balloons in this game and the engine sound is annoying. Would buy it if all it had was loops and stars and what not to collect.

    I bought BiiBall also and then an update that included flowers and then piano sound effects killed the game... I'm guessing same will come of this game with updates... :(

  • Oliver

    I like the flowers. The piano sound is in fact killing the game. How can one have the idea that such depressive sounds make the game more fun?

    Overall, it seems that Bootant has some decent programmers, but no one who thinks on gameplay and how to make something polished.

  • Oliver

    I like the flowers. The piano sound is in fact killing the game. How can one have the idea that such depressive sounds make the game more fun?

    Overall, it seems that Bootant has some decent programmers, but no one who thinks on gameplay and how to make something polished.