Airport City HD: iPad App Written and Video Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really like micromanagement games. In fact, we’d say it’s one of our most favorite genres for iOS. We’ve played everything from SIM City clones all the way to Mars Exploration arcade games. However, our new best toy is Airport City HD for the iPad 2, which comes as a pleasant surprise in an otherwise staling genre. All in all, we’re very impressed with what the game has to offer, and for our full review, you need only to scroll on down below the break. Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
If you have ever played a micromanagement game before, then you’ve already got a solid handle on how the app works. Essentially, the app has you starting with nothing but a few buildings and enough space to build a few runways. From there, you’ll be running flights, collecting passengers, and managing crude oil resources to get enough planes in the air to turn a profit. These profits you then take to build more runways, buy bigger planes, train pilots, construct control towers, build suburbs for passengers, add more content . . . and on and on and on.
The point is, there’s a mountain of stuff to play through here, as is the case with almost all of GameInsight’s games. The concepts themselves aren’t necessarily new or inventive (though they’re definitely fresh) but rather the amount of material that’s fun and engaging to poke at is what keeps Airport City HD afloat. We genuinely loved building up our airport and unlocking new items to construct. In fact, there’s a certain amount of addiction that’s inherent to these titles that we’re absolute suckers for. All in all, we can’t get enough of this propellor-head romp through the genre.
Design and Graphics
To be honest, Airport City HD looks a bit more than just a lot like other Game Insight games. However, we see this more as not fixing what isn’t broken—if that’s grammatical. You see, the graphics are essentially the same, but the graphics in their other titles were good to begin with. What has changed are the menu and quest animations, which are now sharper, quicker and more engaging. In other words, the substrate that put the company’s titles on the map is retained, but refined into a shiny polish. We have to hand it to the developers, this strategy worked like a champ.
And at the end of the day, Airport City HD is completely free in the App Store. That makes it an absolute bargain for just about any fan of the genre, including us. Sure, you can buy in-app items for money, but as with the developer’s other titles, you don’t necessarily have to. To sum the whole mess up, you’ll get a lot of gameplay for absolutely no money down. And if that’s not the definition of value, then we don’t know what is!
Airport City HD requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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