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Airport Mania: First Flight
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Airport Mania: First Flight is a time management game that allows players to take on the role of air traffic controller. Choose which runway planes land on and which terminal they visit. Help them receive maintenance and gas. Planes are happiest when they use a terminal that matches their color, so you'll need to plan ahead to keep them all organized and in good spirits. After each round, you'll be able to take your hard-earned virtual cash and buy upgrades for your airport. An iPad-only version called Airport Mania: First Flight HD is also available.
Is it any good?
AIRPORT MANIA: FIRST FLIGHT is a fun game that's just a little bit different from other time management apps. Each of the planes has a different personality, and it's fun to watch them as they get angry about delays. If you make a mistake, though, no one gets hurt. Angry planes just head off to a different airport. Occasionally, you'll get a plane with a special icon. You might need to quickly land due to a pregnant woman on board, or an organ for an organ transplant. Completing these tasks will nab you special awards in your trophy room. The only real flaw in this game is that it doesn't always recognize a tap on the screen (as tested on an iPod touch). There are 48 replayable levels, so the app will keep players busy for a while.
Talk to your kids about ...
Visit a major airport to observe airport personnel doing their jobs (not while rushing through to catch a flight).
Encourage your child's teacher to plan a field trip to a local municipal airport.
Ask your child to create a paper and pencil game based on their weekly comings and goings.
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