Parents' Guide to

Airline Commander

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sharp, detailed flight sim soars into the wild blue yonder.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

Good fun

Basically a flight simulator for commercial aircrafts that focuses on the landing and taking off. It's not a 100% realistic simulator (of course), but good enough. You do not have to watch any Ads unless you want an additional 30% of the payoff after each successful flight. Progress can be really slow with 3 new flights every 30 minutes in order to earn $ to unlock new licenses and planes. Unless you want to pay, of course. Only complaint is the occasional usage of the word "damn" by the flight stewardess when the passengers feel extremely uncomfortable with your barrel rolls.
age 10+

Informative, fun -- but definitely addictive

My 11 year old son loves this game. He has a tough time, though, turning it off. There is always another license or another route to finish. That said, there is no violence and the game play is more on the intellectual side, rather than other video games that excite the amygdala with shoot-em-up scenarios. He just asked for $2 or $5 to purchase flight credits which buy "licenses" so that seems like a red flag to me and I will be keeping an eye on things to make sure there is not constant upselling going on. (One of my friends had a 7-year-old run up a $50 debt on candy crush - the child did not understand what she was doing but still...) Anyhow, with reservations, I think the game is among the better choices for video games.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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 (e.g., 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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Chromebook
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 23, 2018
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Publisher: RORTOS
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: February 11, 2019

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