Last week, gaming developer Firemint released their newest iPhone game into the App Store called Flight Control [App Store]. Yes, the same Firemint that has been hard at work on the impressive Real Racing iPhone game due later this year. For their first self-published release, however, they focused on a simpler time management game which involves routing incoming airplanes to their proper landing strips.

While the game seems incredibly simple on the surface, the company has managed to hit upon the winning balance of easy pick-up gameplay, ramping difficulty and tickling the need to try "just one more time".

Flight Control presents you with a single map with two runways and one helipad. Airplanes and helicopters fly onto the screen and your job is to simply direct each plane to their respective landing pads (designated by color) while avoiding mid-air collisions.

Airspeeds vary by aircraft type. The large red airplanes travel the fastest which can cause some timing issues when coordinating landings with the small red airplanes.

The intuitive controls of the game, however, are what tie everything together into an addictive package. By simply swiping a path from the plane, you can quickly redirect a plane. You may choose a longer or shorter path depending on the desired timing, and planes can be redirected at a moments notice.

The developer provided gameplay video shows how it works:


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

While we're big fans of the game, we should be clear that this is a rather simple package with a single map, 4 types of aircraft and a single goal. Still, as always, gameplay is king and we feel it's easily worth its $0.99 introductory price.

Those looking for a more in-depth Air Traffic Control experience could consider the other two options in the App Store: iATC [$1.99] and ATC 4.0 [$2.99] -- as they try to offer more depth but with arguably less of a "fun" experience.

App Store Link: Flight Control, $0.99 (introductory price)

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  • antonioj

    Have anyone tried airportmania??? Its very good...and looks better than this one...

  • antonioj

    Have anyone tried airportmania??? Its very good...and looks better than this one...

  • arn

    Airport Mania is a very different but more traditional time management game like Sally's Salon and Cake Mania.

    arn

  • arn

    Airport Mania is a very different but more traditional time management game like Sally's Salon and Cake Mania.

    arn

  • Carlos Luz

    This one also looks interesting, will take a look.

    I purchased Airport Mania and I absolutely LOVE it. Graphics are really nice, but the gameplay is the best thing about Airport Mania, it's absolutely spot on.
    The tutorials and hints are very helpful and having played a total of about 4 hours and judgding by the amount of levels still left, the lasting factor is very good. I highly recommend it.
    Having said that, I'll definitely try this one as well, as I love this type of game.

  • Carlos Luz

    This one also looks interesting, will take a look.

    I purchased Airport Mania and I absolutely LOVE it. Graphics are really nice, but the gameplay is the best thing about Airport Mania, it's absolutely spot on.
    The tutorials and hints are very helpful and having played a total of about 4 hours and judgding by the amount of levels still left, the lasting factor is very good. I highly recommend it.
    Having said that, I'll definitely try this one as well, as I love this type of game.

  • Carlos Luz

    ...btw, the progression in Airport Mania is like some Gameloft games, you have different cities/airports and you have to complete several levels on each location. Also, you can upgrade several items of your airport...and the best things, it's also €0,79.

  • Carlos Luz

    ...btw, the progression in Airport Mania is like some Gameloft games, you have different cities/airports and you have to complete several levels on each location. Also, you can upgrade several items of your airport...and the best things, it's also €0,79.

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  • Alex

    While Airport Mania is certainly an excellent game (that I still play very often) and is only a dollar, Flight Control is awesome. This game certainly keeps you coming back for more. It's simple, the graphics are great, the music is good, and most importantly, it's fun and has a sense of nostalgia.

  • Alex

    While Airport Mania is certainly an excellent game (that I still play very often) and is only a dollar, Flight Control is awesome. This game certainly keeps you coming back for more. It's simple, the graphics are great, the music is good, and most importantly, it's fun and has a sense of nostalgia.

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    Thanks for the review. I didn't pick up this game at first because the screenshots didn't impress me. The video however won me over :)

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    Thanks for the review. I didn't pick up this game at first because the screenshots didn't impress me. The video however won me over :)

  • boardopboy

    Cool! This is gonna stack up to be one of the best 99 cents I have spent in the App store!

    Thanks again!

  • boardopboy

    Cool! This is gonna stack up to be one of the best 99 cents I have spent in the App store!

    Thanks again!

  • spiffyone

    It should be noted that, technically, while this game is Firemint's ]first self published iTouch/Phone game, it is not the first one they've developed and had released for this platform. That honor goes to Fast and the Furious: Pink Slip (http://www.firemint.com/pinkslip.htm). And since that game is, IMHO, one of the top 3 racers on this platform (behind only Fastlane and Ferrari GT), I expect a high quality experience with Real Racing.

    Wasn't interested in this one, but since users of this site are giving it good marks I guess I'll give it a go.

  • spiffyone

    It should be noted that, technically, while this game is Firemint's ]first self published iTouch/Phone game, it is not the first one they've developed and had released for this platform. That honor goes to Fast and the Furious: Pink Slip (http://www.firemint.com/pinkslip.htm). And since that game is, IMHO, one of the top 3 racers on this platform (behind only Fastlane and Ferrari GT), I expect a high quality experience with Real Racing.

    Wasn't interested in this one, but since users of this site are giving it good marks I guess I'll give it a go.

  • arn

    @spiffyone true. updated to reflect that.

    arn

  • arn

    @spiffyone true. updated to reflect that.

    arn

  • Carlos Luz

    Alex,

    it wasn't my intent to minimize the excitement around Flight Control. I just wanted to provide my opinion in reply to antonioj. I may have overdone it 😉

    Having said that, I have tried Flight Control and really liked it 😀 So we have 2 excellent flight controlling games!

  • Carlos Luz

    Alex,

    it wasn't my intent to minimize the excitement around Flight Control. I just wanted to provide my opinion in reply to antonioj. I may have overdone it 😉

    Having said that, I have tried Flight Control and really liked it 😀 So we have 2 excellent flight controlling games!

  • Fantasmo

    Really good clean fun :)

  • Fantasmo

    Really good clean fun :)

  • Steve

    Just bought it. Looks very fun. I'll try to post a review on it on Youtube later tonight.

    Steve

  • Steve

    Just bought it. Looks very fun. I'll try to post a review on it on Youtube later tonight.

    Steve

  • Finch

    that game looks so happy and cheerful and makes air traffic control look pleasant and easy.

    As an amusing contrast I'd love to see a "Game Over" screen where two planes full of kittens and puppies crash flaming into an orphanage or something.

    I'm always amused at games where you cause horrible disasters and it just says "whoops you had an accident, try again"

  • Finch

    that game looks so happy and cheerful and makes air traffic control look pleasant and easy.

    As an amusing contrast I'd love to see a "Game Over" screen where two planes full of kittens and puppies crash flaming into an orphanage or something.

    I'm always amused at games where you cause horrible disasters and it just says "whoops you had an accident, try again"

  • Ahiru

    this game is great... very well polished and incredibly fun!

    how about a high score name entry? or more airport maps (different layouts)??

  • Ahiru

    this game is great... very well polished and incredibly fun!

    how about a high score name entry? or more airport maps (different layouts)??

  • Hkiphone

    Read review, saw video, bought it, loved it, now cursing it because I only landed a pathetic 44 planes!!!
    Now trying again and again and again... Slot more playable and addictive than you would think!

  • Hkiphone

    Read review, saw video, bought it, loved it, now cursing it because I only landed a pathetic 44 planes!!!
    Now trying again and again and again... Slot more playable and addictive than you would think!

  • nooooddy

    Bought this game on a whim after glancing at the review and absolutely love it.

    Nice graphics and simplistic but highly addictive gameplay make for a winning combo. I just hope we get a new map every few months to keep things fresh.

  • nooooddy

    Bought this game on a whim after glancing at the review and absolutely love it.

    Nice graphics and simplistic but highly addictive gameplay make for a winning combo. I just hope we get a new map every few months to keep things fresh.

  • WhySoSerious

    f'ing AWESOME!!!!!!!! give me more airports tho, pls! get this game; so fun!

  • WhySoSerious

    f'ing AWESOME!!!!!!!! give me more airports tho, pls! get this game; so fun!

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  • http://www.atcgame.com Maxx

    I've been hooked on ATC 4.0 (http://www.atcgame.com) for quite some time now. Like this game as well but the I'm sticking with ATC 4.0 as the most fun ATC game out at the moment!

  • http://www.atcgame.com Maxx

    I've been hooked on ATC 4.0 (http://www.atcgame.com) for quite some time now. Like this game as well but the I'm sticking with ATC 4.0 as the most fun ATC game out at the moment!

  • http://www.yubby.com rvw

    This game blows away all other games on the iphone. Simple and highly addictive.
    This can have the same impact on gaming as tetris in the 80's.

  • http://www.yubby.com rvw

    This game blows away all other games on the iphone. Simple and highly addictive.
    This can have the same impact on gaming as tetris in the 80's.

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  • http://www.bhalpin.com Brian

    Excellent game and one of the best $99 yet. I think we can all unanimously agree it just needs more airports and another objective than beating one's highest score. The possibilities for this to grow are huge.

    • dean

      also easy, medium, and hard. and a way you can slow down any aircraft.

  • http://www.bhalpin.com Brian

    Excellent game and one of the best $99 yet. I think we can all unanimously agree it just needs more airports and another objective than beating one's highest score. The possibilities for this to grow are huge.

    • dean

      also easy, medium, and hard. and a way you can slow down any aircraft.

  • Tim

    I’ve posted some FlightControl tips on my site:
    http://timbonicus.com/flightcontrol.html

    My high score isn’t tremendous yet, though. Now that 1.1 is out we can see the global high scores - one of which is 3000+!

  • Tim

    I’ve posted some FlightControl tips on my site:
    http://timbonicus.com/flightcontrol.html

    My high score isn’t tremendous yet, though. Now that 1.1 is out we can see the global high scores - one of which is 3000+!

  • Roman

    Yeah - a great little game - but after playing it on my iPod for about 10 days it has suddenly become really difficult .... after I have landed about 20 or so aircraft they come flooding on to the screen and I end up with about 18 aircraft to try to handle at the same time .. what has changed ?

  • Roman

    Yeah - a great little game - but after playing it on my iPod for about 10 days it has suddenly become really difficult .... after I have landed about 20 or so aircraft they come flooding on to the screen and I end up with about 18 aircraft to try to handle at the same time .. what has changed ?

  • http://the-best-for-my-iphone.blogspot.com/ Godysseus

    Really great game. I dont wanne loose it.

  • http://the-best-for-my-iphone.blogspot.com/ Godysseus

    Really great game. I dont wanne loose it.

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  • stevenmaxwell

    does anyone agree that hot air is more addictive than flight control?

  • stevenmaxwell

    does anyone agree that hot air is more addictive than flight control?

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    I have this game almost since it was published and I still play it several times a week. Together with Angry birds it is by far one of my favorites!

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    I have this game almost since it was published and I still play it several times a week. Together with Angry birds it is by far one of my favorites!

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