Parents' Guide to

Airport Simulator: First Class

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Interesting concept hampered by pay-to-play delays.

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Kids may have a hard time keeping everything straight -- and might find it frustrating to advance fairly slowly at times, unless they buy extra in-app currency. Airport Simulator: First Class involves a lot of moving pieces. Kids build interior and exterior elements at the airport, each of which requires varying amounts of time to be completed. They have to click around different sections of the game to find what to tackle next, since there isn't really a singular dashboard where they can see everything all at once. Kids can also view a flight scheduling chart that lists available time slots, but they have to click out of that screen and go to a separate section with potential airline contracts you can sign.

It's clear fairly early on that there will be some pauses while playing. To fund most construction options, you need dollars or Sky coins. Kids earn dollars as they complete tasks, but coins tend to be less available. In addition to the resulting pressure kids may feel to buy packages of in-app currency to avoid seeing the pace slow down, they may find functionality issues make continuity challenging. Viewing the game on a phone can be difficult because of the small icons. It's easy to think you tapped something, yet have nothing happen -- and the process of putting new construction elements into place can also be tricky. In some instances, kids may find they can't locate a place to put an item -- and also can't click out of that screen. Kids can also run out of workers and have to wait until construction finishes -- or pay for it to -- to perform other actions. The insight into aviation-related elements is interesting -- and can also show kids that many layers are involved in business operations, in general. With the occasional bugs, though, and purchase-driven format, kids ultimately may want to ground their Airport Simulator: First Class experience and look for another game that will let them consistently advance without having to buy anything or wait around.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 23, 2022
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Publisher: Playrion
  • Version: 1.01.0304
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip or later, or Android 7.0 and up.
  • Last updated: October 25, 2022

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