Airplane!

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Easier but less interesting than most flight-simulator apps.

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age 6+
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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Airplane! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Although the game isn't as hard as some flight simulators on the market, it's still far from easy -- especially when it comes to landing a plane. 

Violence

When planes crash -- and they do often -- they do so in fiery explosions. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can pay between $1 and $10 to unlock additional aircraft and features. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Airplane! is a flight-simulator app that removes some of the more difficult elements of other simulators but doesn't make flying easy. Young children will quickly get frustrated with the game, and older kids might as well. The game also locks most of the planes in its catalogue, which can be unlocked via in-app purchases or through currency earned in-game -- though earning enough to unlock the better planes takes a long, long time. 

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDecember. September 30, 2018

Not the best

Bad graphics not very realistic :(

What's it about?

Players won't have to worry about things such as a fuel gauge or keeping the yaw straight in this flight simulator, but they will still have to monitor a few instruments. An accelerator on the left side of the screen is used to control ground and air speed, and a virtual thumbstick on the right controls direction and altitude. Players will have to reach a sufficient speed for takeoff and then navigate to their intended destinations. Landing manually is hard, but players can opt for an autopilot landing -- although they'll only earn half of their pay by doing so. (That money is used to unlock additional planes.)

Is it any good?

Ratcheting down the difficulty of the typical flight simulator would seem to be an effective way of broadening this app's audience. But, rather than focusing on the thrill of flight, AIRPLANE! sucks the fun out of the process, making landings nearly impossible and the actual flights monotonous. The scenery rarely changes, which is particularly noticeable when your flights are thousands of miles -- meaning you'll stare at the screen for several minutes.

That said, the visuals are fairly well done (if not diverse), and, although, players won't get any real knowledge about what it's like to fly a plane, the app could spark real interest. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how flight-simulator apps approximate, but don't duplicate, what it's like to fly a plane. What are some differences you might expect with flying a real plane?

  • If you live near an airport, spend an afternoon watching planes take off and land.

App details

For kids who love simulation games and arcade games

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