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Firemint's Flight Control is one of the early games to support the 3.0 firmware's Bluetooth peer to peer gameplay. Prior to 3.0, players would have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order to play any local networking games. With 3.0, all you need are two iPhones (or iPod Touches) with Bluetooth.

When you set up a Peer to Peer game, you are sharing flight control duties with your friend. In this level example, one person lands all the red planes, while the other lands the yellow planes and helicopters.

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Seems simple but all types of planes still appear in on each screen and you need to divert them to the other player's screen still while avoiding collisions. You both share a common cumulative score for the session. A very exciting new use for the Peer to Peer gaming option in 3.0.

Meanwhile, it seems that Firemint is branching out into merchandising with a new shop set up to sell Flight Control branded mugs and steins.

To turn on Bluetooth, you have to go to Settings -> General -> Bluetooth and turn it on. Only the iPhone 3G, 3G S and the 2nd Generation iPod Touch can use Peer to Peer Bluetooth.

App Store Link: Flight Control, $0.99

  • http://napfekarl.de Napfekarl

    Seems that the bluetooth connection doesn't work on iPhones of the 1st generation. I get the message "bluetooth not active", but "bluetooth is definitly turned on. :(

  • http://napfekarl.de Napfekarl

    Seems that the bluetooth connection doesn't work on iPhones of the 1st generation. I get the message "bluetooth not active", but "bluetooth is definitly turned on. :(

  • drunknbass

    only new touches, 3g, and 3gs will work... apple locked out the og iphones lol

    • arn

      [edit: oops. yeah, chart says not on the original iPhone]

      http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3630

      arn

      • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

        Tried it out and definitely doesn't work. I get an error saying that the connection failed.

        That link is misleading Peer to Peer for the 1st gen iphone is checked... but it has an annotation that says:

        "2. The original iPhone does not support using Bluetooth for peer-to-peer connectivity. It can use Wi-Fi and cellular data networks for peer-to-peer connectivity."

        What a slap in the face. First AT&T takes away my data plan and won't renew my prepaid plan, then Apple drops the no BT p2p, no BT stereo, no MMS, no tethering bomb.

        Why is my 600 dollar phone now being treated like a red headed stepchild?

      • jon

        Do you honestly expect them to try and support everything on a two year old cell phone? I'd like to see one company that adds features to a phone as old as yours like Apple has.

        If Apple tried to support all the old hardware the OS file size would get out of control and the number of bugs would also skyrocket. And that's assuming it is even possible, which is probably isn't.

      • 1337brian

        I'm in the same boat as VengentTnT, this is BS! there shouldn't be any difference between the BT 2.0 on the 1st gen vs. the 3G... right?... =(

      • jon

        PS. it isn't a $600 phone, it *was* A $600 phone. At best a used 1st iPhone is a $100 dollar phone.

      • drunknbass

        this was the biggest lol when they had the 3.0 announcement and the q/a afterwards. when they asked an appletech why it was excluded and he said it wasnt supported at a hw level. everyone knows its bs, but what can you do.

      • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

        @jon

        It IS possible to support it as BT multiplayer has been done on the original iphone (it was some tetris clone but the name escapes me) just like video is possible on 1st gen iphones and 3g iphones. Apple is choosing not it give us those features as an "incentive" to upgrade.

        I realize that video on a 1st gen would never look as good or hit the same framerates as a 3GS... BUT the video is not bad at all. I used to use Qik all the time and the video was of decent quality. I know their are a lot of us with older phones that wouldn't mind video of lower quality if the alternative is absolutely no video at all.

        My iphone is jailbroken, has MMS, has video, and has internet tethering. If it's on my phone and working then why can't apple give me the ability to do it without jailbreaking?

        The point of putting the price was because I didn't buy a subsidized phone. I never signed a contract with AT&T and now they are FORCING me to sign a contract or lose service. Never has a phone company said "sign a contract or else" but that is now what they are doing.

  • drunknbass

    only new touches, 3g, and 3gs will work... apple locked out the og iphones lol

    • arn

      [edit: oops. yeah, chart says not on the original iPhone]

      http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3630

      arn

      • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

        Tried it out and definitely doesn't work. I get an error saying that the connection failed.

        That link is misleading Peer to Peer for the 1st gen iphone is checked... but it has an annotation that says:

        "2. The original iPhone does not support using Bluetooth for peer-to-peer connectivity. It can use Wi-Fi and cellular data networks for peer-to-peer connectivity."

        What a slap in the face. First AT&T takes away my data plan and won't renew my prepaid plan, then Apple drops the no BT p2p, no BT stereo, no MMS, no tethering bomb.

        Why is my 600 dollar phone now being treated like a red headed stepchild?

      • jon

        Do you honestly expect them to try and support everything on a two year old cell phone? I'd like to see one company that adds features to a phone as old as yours like Apple has.

        If Apple tried to support all the old hardware the OS file size would get out of control and the number of bugs would also skyrocket. And that's assuming it is even possible, which is probably isn't.

      • 1337brian

        I'm in the same boat as VengentTnT, this is BS! there shouldn't be any difference between the BT 2.0 on the 1st gen vs. the 3G... right?... =(

      • jon

        PS. it isn't a $600 phone, it *was* A $600 phone. At best a used 1st iPhone is a $100 dollar phone.

      • drunknbass

        this was the biggest lol when they had the 3.0 announcement and the q/a afterwards. when they asked an appletech why it was excluded and he said it wasnt supported at a hw level. everyone knows its bs, but what can you do.

      • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

        @jon

        It IS possible to support it as BT multiplayer has been done on the original iphone (it was some tetris clone but the name escapes me) just like video is possible on 1st gen iphones and 3g iphones. Apple is choosing not it give us those features as an "incentive" to upgrade.

        I realize that video on a 1st gen would never look as good or hit the same framerates as a 3GS... BUT the video is not bad at all. I used to use Qik all the time and the video was of decent quality. I know their are a lot of us with older phones that wouldn't mind video of lower quality if the alternative is absolutely no video at all.

        My iphone is jailbroken, has MMS, has video, and has internet tethering. If it's on my phone and working then why can't apple give me the ability to do it without jailbreaking?

        The point of putting the price was because I didn't buy a subsidized phone. I never signed a contract with AT&T and now they are FORCING me to sign a contract or lose service. Never has a phone company said "sign a contract or else" but that is now what they are doing.

  • http://iphone.com2us.com Thorbjorn

    @arn
    "The original iPhone does not support using Bluetooth for peer-to-peer connectivity. It can use Wi-Fi and cellular data networks for peer-to-peer connectivity."

    you are right, but I think Napfekarl was talking about bluetooth PtP.

  • http://iphone.com2us.com Thorbjorn

    @arn
    "The original iPhone does not support using Bluetooth for peer-to-peer connectivity. It can use Wi-Fi and cellular data networks for peer-to-peer connectivity."

    you are right, but I think Napfekarl was talking about bluetooth PtP.

  • Trahannn

    dang, this sucks.
    i have the 1st gen iphone only because i didnt want/need any of the major updates of the hardware. but now i cant blueetooth p2p. I want that. And what sucks is that next year there is going to be an iPhone 3G S 2.0 or something and repeat. uhhh the money cycle. FML

  • Trahannn

    dang, this sucks.
    i have the 1st gen iphone only because i didnt want/need any of the major updates of the hardware. but now i cant blueetooth p2p. I want that. And what sucks is that next year there is going to be an iPhone 3G S 2.0 or something and repeat. uhhh the money cycle. FML

  • Henrique

    I wish every multiplayer game gets this. Even old ones. It's a pain to have to be near a hotspot or wireless router in order to play with my friends.

    • swarmster

      Yes, this is awesome...Galcon next, please!

      • azentropy

        X2!

  • Henrique

    I wish every multiplayer game gets this. Even old ones. It's a pain to have to be near a hotspot or wireless router in order to play with my friends.

    • swarmster

      Yes, this is awesome...Galcon next, please!

      • azentropy

        X2!

  • Vandam500

    Tried it last night with my little brother and it worked flawlessly!!! Really awesome and loads of fun. It is tougher then I thought it would, so now we just tell each other before hand where we will be sending the aircrafts (Top, Middle,Bottom) and it what numbers. It's awesome and adds more strategy to the game.

  • Vandam500

    Tried it last night with my little brother and it worked flawlessly!!! Really awesome and loads of fun. It is tougher then I thought it would, so now we just tell each other before hand where we will be sending the aircrafts (Top, Middle,Bottom) and it what numbers. It's awesome and adds more strategy to the game.

  • Krispod

    i hope they make this for 2xfootball, minigore(co-op), and maybe kill test..... and car games...

  • Krispod

    i hope they make this for 2xfootball, minigore(co-op), and maybe kill test..... and car games...

  • 1337brian

    @Jon, The 1st gen iPhone and the 3G uses the exact same bluetooth 2.0 chipset from what I'm reading. So yea it is BS that Apple decided to just leave the 1st gen adopters out of the loop, in fact I would imagine they did that intentionally for obvious reasons, but if it can be done, then why the heck not, right?...

    • DivX

      hell yeah, as if i would buy me a new iphone just for the new bt p2p feature... *sigh*

      • 1337brian

        don't forget video, mms, stero BT, and compass.... AAArrrggghhh what is Apple trying to do to us?! Now I'll have to go from 2 meals a day to just one... =(

  • 1337brian

    @Jon, The 1st gen iPhone and the 3G uses the exact same bluetooth 2.0 chipset from what I'm reading. So yea it is BS that Apple decided to just leave the 1st gen adopters out of the loop, in fact I would imagine they did that intentionally for obvious reasons, but if it can be done, then why the heck not, right?...

    • DivX

      hell yeah, as if i would buy me a new iphone just for the new bt p2p feature... *sigh*

      • 1337brian

        don't forget video, mms, stero BT, and compass.... AAArrrggghhh what is Apple trying to do to us?! Now I'll have to go from 2 meals a day to just one... =(

  • matt

    this would be great! if only apple would fix the WIFI and bluetooth problems that came with 3.0 OS upgrade... instead of attempting to hide it.

  • matt

    this would be great! if only apple would fix the WIFI and bluetooth problems that came with 3.0 OS upgrade... instead of attempting to hide it.

  • Cyberdude

    The lazy bastards, why didn't they add proper multuplayer to it? Like you control the planes on the "same" screen, you know, instead of just sending the planes to the "other" screen.

    Yawn.

    • swarmster

      First of all, I don't think anyone knows what "proper multiplayer" means when it comes to these chaos games, since...none of the other ones have multiplayer?

      If you want to play on the same screen, the game supports multi-touch just fine. If you on different screens trying to control the same plane it would just get annoying.

      • Cyberdude

        Well, if I would name the two different multiplayer modes, I'd call one of them "lite".

        Actually, it would be more interesting I'd say, it feels a bit odd to send off planes to another airport, right? I'm not saying it should be a simulator, but in real life there are several people directing planes on a single airport.

        The fun in FC is the chaos, and it would be more chaotic that way.

        And cmon, several people playing on the same screen? That's just a bad idea.

  • Cyberdude

    The lazy bastards, why didn't they add proper multuplayer to it? Like you control the planes on the "same" screen, you know, instead of just sending the planes to the "other" screen.

    Yawn.

    • swarmster

      First of all, I don't think anyone knows what "proper multiplayer" means when it comes to these chaos games, since...none of the other ones have multiplayer?

      If you want to play on the same screen, the game supports multi-touch just fine. If you on different screens trying to control the same plane it would just get annoying.

      • Cyberdude

        Well, if I would name the two different multiplayer modes, I'd call one of them "lite".

        Actually, it would be more interesting I'd say, it feels a bit odd to send off planes to another airport, right? I'm not saying it should be a simulator, but in real life there are several people directing planes on a single airport.

        The fun in FC is the chaos, and it would be more chaotic that way.

        And cmon, several people playing on the same screen? That's just a bad idea.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    very cool, can't wait to give this a spin.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    very cool, can't wait to give this a spin.

  • Cousin Dirk

    It makes no sense that the original iPhone doesn't support many of the new iPhone OS 3.0 features. It should be technologically capable of supporting MMS, Peer-to-Peer bluetooth gaming etc.

  • Cousin Dirk

    It makes no sense that the original iPhone doesn't support many of the new iPhone OS 3.0 features. It should be technologically capable of supporting MMS, Peer-to-Peer bluetooth gaming etc.

  • Jim

    The peer-to-peer implementation in Flight Control is pretty lame. I can't imaging why they wouldn't use the Game Kit. GK is so much more streamlined (auto enabled BT, better peer picker, etc). I can only wish they rethink their choice in the next update.

  • Jim

    The peer-to-peer implementation in Flight Control is pretty lame. I can't imaging why they wouldn't use the Game Kit. GK is so much more streamlined (auto enabled BT, better peer picker, etc). I can only wish they rethink their choice in the next update.

  • http://www.revjuegosiphone.com Anibal
  • http://www.revjuegosiphone.com Anibal
  • cookiemonster

    this is a good start, but they couldve done so much more...

  • cookiemonster

    this is a good start, but they couldve done so much more...

  • TheCuber

    does the ipod touch 2g even have bluetooth?

    I bought mine last year and have upgraded to 3.0

  • TheCuber

    does the ipod touch 2g even have bluetooth?

    I bought mine last year and have upgraded to 3.0