One of the most notable and attention grabbing games currently in the App Store is X-Plane 9 from Laminar Research.  It is a true flight simulator where accurate flight modeling is a primary concern.  For true flight simulator fans, it's an iPhone gaming goldmine.  But there are those who find the notion of doing a little flying on the iPhone appealing, but are less interested in--or perhaps even put-off by--the accuracy and minute aircraft details of such a game.

To those gamers, we point to Bottle Rocket's recently released Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch.  This flight simulation title is far more simple, and perhaps more accessible and fun to the average gamer, than Laminar's release.  Wings 2 is much closer to a rather simplified version of Pilotwings 64 than to a traditional flight simulator.

Wings brings the fun, excitement and relaxation of flying to everyone, not just pilots. Wings’ flight visualizer and virtual worlds have the most beautiful terrains and environments available on the iPhone. Tailor your flying to have fun or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Play your own music from your iPhone or choose one of the built-in tracks. Go searching for salt flats and cruise through a riverbed canyon. Make Wings your own personal flying escape. Download it now and you’ll be amazed. This is a fun and entertaining way to pass time for anyone and is 100% safe for kids. Both relaxing and fun, Wings is the best way to get away.

This tilt-controlled game features both a Floating and a Flying mode.  The former is a very responsive and smooth mode that conveys a since of soaring like a bird, while the latter feels more like a traditional flight simulation title.  (It's hard to explain, you've got to try it to understand.)  According to the developer, Wings 2 features 50,000 square miles of terrain spread over four different environments and four different times of day and year.

While I am, and long have been, a big fan of true flight simulators, I find Wings 2 to be a fun diversion.  Its ethereal soundtrack mixed with its smooth control and flowing visuals makes for a relaxing bit of mobile gaming.  There are no missions or milestones, but that's usually the case with true flight simulation titles.  A particular criticism, though, is its rather short scenery draw-distance.  The draw-point of the distant horizon is always quite visible, which detracts somewhat from the overall feel of flight.

Anyone with a fondness for flight simulators may want to have a look at Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience.


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App Store Link: Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience, $1.99

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  • AIM-R8

    Looks interesting. May even have potential to be marketed as a nice relaxation tool.

  • AIM-R8

    Looks interesting. May even have potential to be marketed as a nice relaxation tool.

  • Oli

    This looks like it takes it's self much less seriously than xplane and is offered an a far more attractive price too.

  • Oli

    This looks like it takes it's self much less seriously than xplane and is offered an a far more attractive price too.

  • rich_952000

    Take a look at BattleSky it has a free fly mode like this, + 3 military modes. Multiple unlockable stated planes, 1st and3rd person view at any time. Also, calibration at any time. Auto generated 3d maps every time you play, never the same map! Did I mention it's a military flyer? Guns blow sh-t up!check it out. I will say wings has a more polished look. But that's it's only edge in comparison. Thanks Nicoteam!

    Sorry Arn for cheerleading on this games review.

  • rich_952000

    Take a look at BattleSky it has a free fly mode like this, + 3 military modes. Multiple unlockable stated planes, 1st and3rd person view at any time. Also, calibration at any time. Auto generated 3d maps every time you play, never the same map! Did I mention it's a military flyer? Guns blow sh-t up!check it out. I will say wings has a more polished look. But that's it's only edge in comparison. Thanks Nicoteam!

    Sorry Arn for cheerleading on this games review.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Blake, did you find the setting to increase the draw distance? It's in your devices Settings (the app will be listed there) rather than inside the app itself. You still see where the hills end, but it isn't as bad as the default setting. Lowers fps though.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Blake, did you find the setting to increase the draw distance? It's in your devices Settings (the app will be listed there) rather than inside the app itself. You still see where the hills end, but it isn't as bad as the default setting. Lowers fps though.

  • DreamPod

    I have X-Plane for "serious" airplane simulation, but this one's just great to zone out in (especially with its Zen-like music). The super-smooth framerate and controls just make it fun. I keep it on the medium viewing distance, that seems to be the best mix of distance and speed/framerate.

  • DreamPod

    I have X-Plane for "serious" airplane simulation, but this one's just great to zone out in (especially with its Zen-like music). The super-smooth framerate and controls just make it fun. I keep it on the medium viewing distance, that seems to be the best mix of distance and speed/framerate.

  • Arnold

    In the iPhone Main Settings under Wings there is also a setting to change viewing angles so you can fly reclined or even in bed. Also there is a sound "shut off" so that iPod music will play through over the game's audio. This is a really amazing update and makes Wings go from Good to Great. Good YouTube by the way.

  • Arnold

    In the iPhone Main Settings under Wings there is also a setting to change viewing angles so you can fly reclined or even in bed. Also there is a sound "shut off" so that iPod music will play through over the game's audio. This is a really amazing update and makes Wings go from Good to Great. Good YouTube by the way.

  • slappy

    This is coming along nicely. Very relaxing and fun. I hope cities will be included one day and birds when flying very low.

  • slappy

    This is coming along nicely. Very relaxing and fun. I hope cities will be included one day and birds when flying very low.

  • http://www.bottlerocketapps.com Bottle Rocket

    Hey everyone, 2.5 submitted to Apple last night.

  • http://www.bottlerocketapps.com Bottle Rocket

    Hey everyone, 2.5 submitted to Apple last night.