Flight Control (video game)
Flight Control iOS icon
March 5, 2009
August 18, 2011
November 18, 2010
February 2, 2011
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Co-operative Multiplayer (PSN Only)|
Flight Control is a game for the iOS, WiiWare, DSiWare, Android,  and Windows Phone 7 developed by Firemint and first released for iOS on March 5, 2009. The app was a number one bestseller on the App Store in 19 countries simultaneously on April 6, 2009 and has sold over 3.8 million copies. The development and publishing of Flight Control on non-Apple mobile phones is being handled by Namco under license.
An HD version of the game called Flight Control HD was released for the iPad in March 2010 and for the PlayStation 3 on the PlayStation Network (supporting the PlayStation Move controller) on September 15, 2010. The PlayStation 3 version supports exclusive additional features including a stereoscopic 3D mode, 1080p resolution, four player co-operative multiplayer, as well as an exclusive new map, Metropolis, which features a day and night cycle. Flight Control HD was also ported to the Windows and OS X operating systems and made available through Steam. These releases are similar to the iPad version aside from the addition of a new airfield. The Mac version was released via the Mac App Store on July 21, 2011.
Flight Control started out as an individual, personal project by Firemint CEO Robert Murray over his Christmas break. Later contributions were made by fellow Firemint employees Jesse West (art) and Alexandra Peters (cabin crew).
Players assume the role of an air traffic controller at an extremely busy airport. The airport features a runway for large red jets, a runway for small yellow planes and a helipad for blue helicopters. Players draw paths along the field to direct each aircraft to its designated landing zone. Each successfully landed aircraft scores the player one point, and as the player's score increases, so does the number of aircraft that will appear on the screen simultaneously. The game ends when two or more aircraft collide. Players receive a high score for the most planes landed, which can be uploaded to online leaderboards using Firemint's cloudcell technology as well as to those in the iOS Game Center. The 1.2 version update includes four additional types of aircraft and two new stages (a beach and an aircraft carrier). The 1.3 version update includes the use of Bluetooth to enable multiplayer via a second device. The 1.5 update includes a new Australian Outback map which includes airplanes from the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia that cannot be redirected.
Update 1.7, released on May 11, 2010, completely overhauls the graphical engine to add higher quality animations and more vibrant detail to the game. For fans of the Flight Control theme song, the 1.7 update extends the length of the title screen melody. A new fast forward feature called 'Safe Fast Forward' has also been included. Safe Fast Forward slows the game down to normal speed when a plane crash is imminent, allowing the player more time to prevent it. 'Windy Airfield' is a newly added airfield which only allows the player to land planes on runways that face into the wind. Runways that face the same direction as the wind are closed until the wind changes. A windsock indicates which direction the wind is coming from. The latest update brings the playable runway total to five.
Flight Control has been the number one downloaded paid application in over 20 countries. It has sold over 3.8 million copies worldwide.
Flight Control has received generally positive reviews. IGN gave the game 8 out of 10, praising its long lasting gameplay. Pocket Gamer also gave the game 8 out of 10, complimenting, "if you could put Flight Control in a needle, it'd be considered a Class A drug. That's how simple and addictive it is."
- Arnold Kim (October 20, 2010). "And So It Begins... Flight Control HD Coming to Mac App Store". MacRumors.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- App Store - Flight Control
- Flight Control - Android Market
- Flight Control
- Mac App Store - Flight Control HD
- News - Product Updates
- "Flight Control is coming to Windows Phone 7". 1800PocketPC. 14 September 2010.
- Firemint partners with Namco for Flight Control Mobile
- Flight Control On App List
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- Coastal or Carrier: Flight Control 1.2 Update
- IGN Review
- Pocket Gamer Review
- App Store - Flight Control Rocket