Flight Control is a highly addictive game from developer Firemint that puts you in control of the skies over a commercial airport. The premise is simple: using your finger, guide an increasing number of planes to their respective runways, trying to avoid them crashing into each other.
There are three different aircraft types to maneuver – a small prop plane, two airliners and a helicopter & each has different flight characteristics. The game starts out fairly slowly but gets increasingly intense as time goes on – more and more aircraft fly onto the screen, and it becomes harder and harder to safely redirect them to their runways.
The scoring is very simple, you get a point for each aircraft that you land successfully – but there are no “levels” in Flight Control. You just keep going as long as you can. The controls are simple – tap on an aircraft and drag a flightpath to the correct runway. You get a visual warning when a collision is imminent or when a new plane is entering the screen which helps you to micromanage all the incoming aircraft.
The graphics are clean and attractive, and music-wise, you have the option to choose between in-game tracks and your own iTunes playlists, which is a great feature.
Flight Control comes up a bit short in the game options department – there is only one airport and one level – but it’s a great game for casual gamers. It’s easy, pick-up-and play fun.
Flight Control requires the 2.0 software update and is compatible with both the iPhone & iPod Touch.