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Flight Simulator X

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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The latest Flight Simulator game is the best yet.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the recommended age rating of "14 and older" isn't due to graphic material -- Microsoft's Flight Simulator products are family-friendly adventures with no violence, sexual content, or inappropriate language. But this simulation is very challenging and not suitable for younger kids. And for parents who are concerned about post-9/11 sensitivity, you can't crash your plane in this game -- you actually right through buildings (in the default setting). If you want to turn on collision detection, crashing causes the mission to start back at the beginning.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDizzyrex May 2, 2012

Flight Simulator X For Ages 8 And Up!

I think that Flight Simulator X is a great way to experience flying expect not really flying on a real airplane. Take a noobish airplane to a massive jumbo jet,... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 year old Written bylrthomp April 9, 2008

Real-world planes and scenery, fun skill development

This game is a favorite in our house, with adults and our 9-yr-old son. The realism is what makes it so appealing - the planes, cockpits, scenery, airports,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWiki55 February 19, 2014

Microsoft Flight Simulator

This is a very good game that can be played as single player, or if wanted, multiplayer. I really recommend it for kids interested in planes.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymat5795 September 23, 2012

Recommended for all people who are interested in the fun of Microsoft Flight Simulator X

I think that Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a very good way for kids to learn about being a pilot. Any real simulation like Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a g... Continue reading

What's it about?

Microsoft Game Studios' ambitious FLIGHT SIMULATOR X lets gamers fly two-dozen commercial aircraft -- from the giant Boeing 747-400 to the deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane and the Bell 206B Helicopter -- with incredibly lifelike graphics that include authentically re-created cockpits, airports, and scenery (even cars and livestock). Players can even choose a season, time of day, the weather conditions, and more. In addition to free-flight modes -- either starting in the air or working with air traffic control to follow protocol and take off from a busy airport -- players can accept more than 50 challenging missions. These missions include successfully completing a transatlantic flight, demonstrating an Airbus A321 at the Paris Air show, dropping relief materials in the Congo, and landing a stunt plane on top of a moving school bus.

Is it any good?

Talk about attention to detail: the game lets you fly to or from more than 24,000 airports on seven continents. But be forewarned: Players must install two full DVD-ROMs on a Windows-based machine, totaling an incredible 14 gigabytes of hard drive space. What's more, installation takes about 35 minutes, and another 10 minutes to launch the first time you play. After this, however, it's smooth sailing.

Gamers can join other players online, where one chooses to fly the plane while others assume the role of co-pilot, air traffic control, and so on -- while chatting via a headset. If you don't own a flight stick peripheral, you can easily use a regular console-like gamepad. A recommended pick is the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows ($29.99). 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges commercial pilots face, including poor weather conditions, busy airports, and fuel management. Because you can fly to and from more than 24,000 airports around the world, not to mention take on more than 50 specific missions, families can discuss how important it is for pilots to understand world geography.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: October 18, 2006
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Everyone

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