Laminar Research has just released X-Plane Helicopter Lite [App Store], a free, time-limited version of their helicopter flight simulator.

X-Plane Helicopter Lite includes all the aircraft of the $9.99 original:

  • Robinson R-22: The lightweight, efficient trainer
  • Bell-206: The turbine-powered mainstay of the helicopter fleet
  • BlackHawk: The massive military cargo and troop mover
  • Sea King: The huge land/sea rescue helicopter

...but restricts flights to 35 seconds only, with an on-screen badge that ticks off the in-flight seconds as they're spent.  The game does allow for an unlimited number of 35-second flights in a play session, however.  Anyone considering the purchase of the full, paid app should have a look at this trial version before making the plunge.

Laminar has also released a trial version of X-Plane Racing [App Store].

  • arn

    surprised apple let a 35 second per session time limit into the app store. But good for those debating the helicoptor app.

    arn

  • arn

    surprised apple let a 35 second per session time limit into the app store. But good for those debating the helicoptor app.

    arn

  • mrbass

    Terrible precendent. I have heard from so many developers who had to resubmit their lite versions since Apple deemed them demos (time limits). Now the can of worms is open and now we'll see 30 second time limits on tons of games. So yes Apple has just contradicted itself by what it does and doesn't allow for lite versions.

  • mrbass

    Terrible precendent. I have heard from so many developers who had to resubmit their lite versions since Apple deemed them demos (time limits). Now the can of worms is open and now we'll see 30 second time limits on tons of games. So yes Apple has just contradicted itself by what it does and doesn't allow for lite versions.

  • Mat

    at least give us a full minute you money-grubbing man!!!

  • Mat

    at least give us a full minute you money-grubbing man!!!

  • Adams Immersive

    Hopefully the can of worms isn't any more open than before: Apple has hundreds of people evaluating thousands of apps, with guidelines that are too vague and will always have gray areas. So contradictory decisions have always happened, and it hasn't meant precedent. I doubt this means we'll see a flood of timed demos. (Although it wouldn't be the end of the world--demos that are limited in SOME way will always be necessary.)

  • Adams Immersive

    Hopefully the can of worms isn't any more open than before: Apple has hundreds of people evaluating thousands of apps, with guidelines that are too vague and will always have gray areas. So contradictory decisions have always happened, and it hasn't meant precedent. I doubt this means we'll see a flood of timed demos. (Although it wouldn't be the end of the world--demos that are limited in SOME way will always be necessary.)

  • Mat

    i'm surprised he didn't sell the lite version for $0,99 HAHA
    austin, you really change for the better!

  • Mat

    i'm surprised he didn't sell the lite version for $0,99 HAHA
    austin, you really change for the better!

  • 1337brian

    Just tried it, LoL, I can't get more then 4 ft. off the ground!

  • 1337brian

    Just tried it, LoL, I can't get more then 4 ft. off the ground!

  • DieseliPhone

    Thirty-five seconds gives me just enough time to slide some buttons and crash, very badly, once!!!! DELETED LITE VERSION (which actually didn't take much longer than about 35 seconds :) )

  • DieseliPhone

    Thirty-five seconds gives me just enough time to slide some buttons and crash, very badly, once!!!! DELETED LITE VERSION (which actually didn't take much longer than about 35 seconds :) )

  • George

    defo not use friendly im afraid.

  • George

    defo not use friendly im afraid.

  • stargazer513

    this is so stupid...small fuel tank?? like any1 is gona buy the full version with this crappy lite

  • stargazer513

    this is so stupid...small fuel tank?? like any1 is gona buy the full version with this crappy lite

  • P0tent1al

    Oh dear.. A 35 second lite version.. Either someone has supreme confidence that this is enough of a glimpse to persuade people to buy the full game or a massive oversight! I'm thinking the latter.
    Armed with this knowledge, I will not even bother with the lite version.

    I can understand a racing game with a lite version offering a one lap race or a time trial, but that would give you at least two mins of gameplay.

    Some lite version offer too much content, but this is too extreme in the other direction.

  • P0tent1al

    Oh dear.. A 35 second lite version.. Either someone has supreme confidence that this is enough of a glimpse to persuade people to buy the full game or a massive oversight! I'm thinking the latter.
    Armed with this knowledge, I will not even bother with the lite version.

    I can understand a racing game with a lite version offering a one lap race or a time trial, but that would give you at least two mins of gameplay.

    Some lite version offer too much content, but this is too extreme in the other direction.

  • ex86

    So it took me about 7 minutes to download and install it. Then in the 35 seconds I was able to flip the chopper onto it's side, and then the other time to flip it upside down. First off, it's a terrible lite version, because you don't get to see any of the nice scenery that are in X-Plane (I have airliner and the original). If I had tried out the ones I owned for only 35 seconds, I probably wouldn't have bought it, it doesn't get fun until the planes are in the air. So I have a feeling that this lite version will do more harm than good. A better idea would have been to make a lite version with only 1 chopper and one location and limit that to maybe 5 minutes. Right now, it's a waste of time to even put it on your phone.

  • ex86

    So it took me about 7 minutes to download and install it. Then in the 35 seconds I was able to flip the chopper onto it's side, and then the other time to flip it upside down. First off, it's a terrible lite version, because you don't get to see any of the nice scenery that are in X-Plane (I have airliner and the original). If I had tried out the ones I owned for only 35 seconds, I probably wouldn't have bought it, it doesn't get fun until the planes are in the air. So I have a feeling that this lite version will do more harm than good. A better idea would have been to make a lite version with only 1 chopper and one location and limit that to maybe 5 minutes. Right now, it's a waste of time to even put it on your phone.

  • 8bitgeorge

    Randomly, I played X-Plane today (don't know which version, I was flying a plane) and couldn't even figure out how to fly off in 2 minutes, less alone 35 seconds.

    Hope this one with helicopters is easier to control, else 35 seconds will accomplish NOTHING.

  • 8bitgeorge

    Randomly, I played X-Plane today (don't know which version, I was flying a plane) and couldn't even figure out how to fly off in 2 minutes, less alone 35 seconds.

    Hope this one with helicopters is easier to control, else 35 seconds will accomplish NOTHING.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    @8bitgeorge The helicopters are far more difficult to control than winged aircraft in X-Plane. I have the full version of X-Plane on the Mac (which includes many aircraft + helicopters) and find it notably easier control with a PS2-style USB dual analog control pad than on the iPhone. Though the iPhone control of the winged aircraft is great.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    @8bitgeorge The helicopters are far more difficult to control than winged aircraft in X-Plane. I have the full version of X-Plane on the Mac (which includes many aircraft + helicopters) and find it notably easier control with a PS2-style USB dual analog control pad than on the iPhone. Though the iPhone control of the winged aircraft is great.

  • dannys95

    +1 Blake.

  • dannys95

    +1 Blake.

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

    Wow that was awful...

    What does a gameplay video of the light look like??? Oh right, there is no gameplay.

  • http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/04/upcoming-space-trader-game-based-on-quake-3-engine/#comments alex

    Wow that was awful...

    What does a gameplay video of the light look like??? Oh right, there is no gameplay.

  • http://www.appmania.webs.com Yourofl10

    I will be downlaoding this and give it a shot. I like flight sims like these.

  • http://www.appmania.webs.com Yourofl10

    I will be downlaoding this and give it a shot. I like flight sims like these.

  • GreyDawn

    35 seconds? Hahaha, only this guy.

  • GreyDawn

    35 seconds? Hahaha, only this guy.

  • currymutton

    I find out they have put up a LITE version of Racing too. No wifi to d/l it for now. (I have the EXTREME version)

  • currymutton

    I find out they have put up a LITE version of Racing too. No wifi to d/l it for now. (I have the EXTREME version)

  • Hkiphone

    I tried both lite versions. Heli REALLY tests your patience. You need to slowly lower the left control so slowly to lift off gently, using up 15secs before you're actually in the air. How you land is another matter!!!
    If you choose the F15 in Racing, I found that you can glide for another minute after the fuel is gone, if you head straight up after takeoff. The others are too slow to build up speed.
    I think Austin might have received more favourable response if the lite versions only had one vehicle but longer time limit (say 2mins).

  • Hkiphone

    I tried both lite versions. Heli REALLY tests your patience. You need to slowly lower the left control so slowly to lift off gently, using up 15secs before you're actually in the air. How you land is another matter!!!
    If you choose the F15 in Racing, I found that you can glide for another minute after the fuel is gone, if you head straight up after takeoff. The others are too slow to build up speed.
    I think Austin might have received more favourable response if the lite versions only had one vehicle but longer time limit (say 2mins).

  • Lost

    I usually play all the xplane games for iphone, but this one is nearly unplayable...

  • Lost

    I usually play all the xplane games for iphone, but this one is nearly unplayable...

  • djasmith

    It looks like the lite versions have been pulled ?

    They're no longer available on the UK App store.

    Make what you will of that.

    I tried out Helicopter Lite last night and was also disappointed with the 35 seconds worth of fuel limitation.

    I was up for a heli sim after playing some rcphoenix yesterday.

  • djasmith

    It looks like the lite versions have been pulled ?

    They're no longer available on the UK App store.

    Make what you will of that.

    I tried out Helicopter Lite last night and was also disappointed with the 35 seconds worth of fuel limitation.

    I was up for a heli sim after playing some rcphoenix yesterday.

  • Ballpeen

    Yeah, what would it hurt to make it 1 or 2 min?? If people like it most will cough up the small price.

  • Ballpeen

    Yeah, what would it hurt to make it 1 or 2 min?? If people like it most will cough up the small price.

  • mat

    i wonder if we'll get a better lite version soon? this one was a joke!

  • mat

    i wonder if we'll get a better lite version soon? this one was a joke!

  • Alexander

    35 Second? Jesus. 10 Minutes are better.

  • Alexander

    35 Second? Jesus. 10 Minutes are better.

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  • http://www.coolerthanme.info/ One Foot Out The Door

    mike posner cooked up a rly cool track wit cooler than me! dat song make me reminice abt my university days lol.