Airline Commander

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The further along you get in the game, the harder it gets. But there are lots of tutorials to help get the basic concepts across. 

Violence & Scariness

Some planes are shown in distress, with engine fires, etc. But there's no death, blood, or humans shown. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Players can buy credits with real money to open up more routes for their planes. They can also earn credits by watching in-game ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Airline Commander is a flight simulator game for iOS and Android devices. It lets players fly a wide variety of aircraft in a variety of locations. Players experience semi-realistic runways and cockpits and some real life perilous situations. There's no sex, substance use, or violence (though the threat of a crashed plane exists). And urges to spend money are kept to a minimum, unless you want to open new flight routes by spending real money. Players can also earn extra in-game cash by watching a video ad. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In AIRLINE COMMANDER, players pilot a variety of aircraft from many airports around the world. They'll learn how to taxi on runways, take off and land, and other flight techniques, including the timing to deploy or retract landing gear. As you successfully complete missions, you'll get cash and credits to increase the size of your fleet (and buy more advanced planes) and undergo the proper training to fly them. (More advanced planes have much more complicated take off and landing procedures.) Players will also experience in-flight emergencies, such as engine fires. 

Is it any good?

Flight simulators aren't for everyone, but this is about as all inclusive as these games get. Airline Commander is one of those rare games that appeals to people of all levels of expertise. Want to stick to small engine planes? You can. Want to advance to jumbo jets (and their complicated controls)? That's possible too. By breaking a flight simulator into a series of challenges (i.e. successfully taxi to your runway and follow the right flight plan for a certain distance), the app makes the gameplay accessible. It's a flight simulator for modern players who might not have long periods to play. The biggest issue that you may run into is that the difficulty ramps up pretty high further in the game, giving you a lot of things to juggle quickly to keep your planes in the air. Toss in some of the in-flight emergencies, and you'll have to try to stay as calm as possible as your flight starts to fall apart. But if you yearn to fly and don't have the time or money to get a pilot's license, Airline Commander might be the next best choice. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about positive life skills like perseverance. Do you know how hard it is to become a pilot? How would you keep yourself motivated through learning how to control these advanced machines?

  • Do you know how challenging it is to run a business? How difficult would it be to make decisions that affect your business and the people that work for you?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Chromebook
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 23, 2018
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 452.20 MB
  • Publisher: RORTOS
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.1 and up

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