The iPad version of Flight Control introduced a mechanic that allows users to safely fast-forward the game, essentially snuffing the "every plane has a destination" slow-going doldrums. A new update to the iPhone / iPod Touch version appears as if it'll do the same.

According to a recent post on developer Firemint's blog, the creator has pushed out a new update to the handheld version of Flight Control that adds the fast-forward mechanic introduced in the iPad version of the game, as well as a new map, more "vibrant" visuals, and enhanced sound options.

Firemint describes the new airfield as a "winter wonderland," but it could easily be dubbed a nightmare. Runways will close and open due to manic bursts of wind, ensuring a frantic play experience.

Users can also give themselves a hard time on even the base map by over-utilizing the two-speed fast-forward mechanic, which can be activated by the press of a button. The first tier gently speeds up the game but will automatically slow down if planes get too close to each other. The latter option ignores warnings and stays fast regardless.

While it's true that the colors are more saturated, the visual update isn't an overhaul. Its utilitarian purpose is to make flight paths more pronounced, which it certainly does.

Firemint's post also makes mention of a performance update alongside all these goodies. Without a side-by-side comparison, we'll just have to take the developer's word on that one. Or better yet,  your word. The update is just as free as you are to comment on this post.

App Store Link: Flight Control, .99

  • NapMan

    Maybe I'm crazy but I swear the iPhone version of the game had the fast-forward feature all along.

    • law684

      Yeah it did.

      • law684

        but now the fast forward reverts to normal speed if two planes are about to crash.

  • NapMan

    Maybe I'm crazy but I swear the iPhone version of the game had the fast-forward feature all along.

    • law684

      Yeah it did.

      • law684

        but now the fast forward reverts to normal speed if two planes are about to crash.

  • http://www.onlineavram.com Avram

    How does this game rate to Harbor Master? Or are they both pretty much the same?

    • br!an

      Both are excellent. They're so cheap, you should really have both.

    • swarmster

      This is the game Harbor Master copied. The original is much better.

      • jimny

        Flight Control was the first, Harbor Master is a copy.

    • Mister Mumbles

      I definitely like FC a lot more than HM. Having to worry about outgoing traffic as well in the latter makes it too complicated for my taste. In other words FC is perfect in its simplicity. It's the original and still the best of its kind, in my opinion.

      • http://www.onlineavram.com Avram

        Okay - thanks for the recommendations! I think I'll get it!

  • http://www.onlineavram.com Avram

    How does this game rate to Harbor Master? Or are they both pretty much the same?

    • br!an

      Both are excellent. They're so cheap, you should really have both.

    • swarmster

      This is the game Harbor Master copied. The original is much better.

      • jimny

        Flight Control was the first, Harbor Master is a copy.

    • Mister Mumbles

      I definitely like FC a lot more than HM. Having to worry about outgoing traffic as well in the latter makes it too complicated for my taste. In other words FC is perfect in its simplicity. It's the original and still the best of its kind, in my opinion.

      • http://www.onlineavram.com Avram

        Okay - thanks for the recommendations! I think I'll get it!

  • Mel Swelenerenrenengegen

    Flight Control is my favorite game hands down on iPad or iPhone. It's just polished to a mirror finish. The entire production just oozes quality and care. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    I also like Harbor Master very much. If forced to choose, I'd take Flight Control, but Harbor Master is also excellent and, as someone mentioned, there's no reason not to own both. They both offer unique and highly entertaining game experiences and both feature a level of polish and care seen only in the greatest apps.

  • Mel Swelenerenrenengegen

    Flight Control is my favorite game hands down on iPad or iPhone. It's just polished to a mirror finish. The entire production just oozes quality and care. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    I also like Harbor Master very much. If forced to choose, I'd take Flight Control, but Harbor Master is also excellent and, as someone mentioned, there's no reason not to own both. They both offer unique and highly entertaining game experiences and both feature a level of polish and care seen only in the greatest apps.

  • Vaxin

    Harbor master may have its charms but at the end of the day, if you had to choose one, I would recommend Flight Control as the core gameplay mechanic is better by its simplicity and also because of its perfectly polished presentation which keep the game way ahead of any clone.

  • Vaxin

    Harbor master may have its charms but at the end of the day, if you had to choose one, I would recommend Flight Control as the core gameplay mechanic is better by its simplicity and also because of its perfectly polished presentation which keep the game way ahead of any clone.