I can't even remember how long ago I bought this game, but it has recently become available on the Apple 'App Store' - so while it is downloading. I thought I would reminisce on how much fun it is to play!
--OBJECT OF GAME--
The idea behind this game is that you are one of 4 airlines operating out of an airport of your choice from around the world, and in campaign mode - the aim is to create an airline that can launch passengers to the moon over the space of all of the missions. Alternatively you can play an 'endless' game and this continues until you get bored (for me this happens once I buy over all the other airlines and own a large fleet of aircraft)
You can make money for your airline by three different methods...
-Charter Flights, this is the easiest method and relies on your character going to a board and committing to fly X amount of people from country Y to country Z
-Freight, same as above but with freight instead of passengers
-Buy Routes, eventually you will be able to buy routes between different countries and can fly your own flights, hoping they will be popular to turn a profit.
There are many aspects to the game that make it quite complicated to understand, I wont go into all of these but they include:
-Aircraft upgrades to make passengers more comfortable
-Aircraft upgrades to make aircraft safer
-Sabotage on other airlines to make them less popular
-Sabotage on other players to make their computer break (now in my version of this, it resulted in the game crashing however hopefully this is just a bug in the game)
-Buy oil to save on petrol at later points
-Buy shares in other aircraft companies to try and buy them out
-Buy new aircraft from either a seller or a museum to increase your fleet
Now all of these are really good features, but the one that I spent most time playing with is the 'Create Your Own Aircraft' feature - with this you could decide on the body, wings, engine, cockpit and tail of an aircraft to create your own models. This is a really nice feature of the game and one that really makes it stand apart from other Airline Sims that are out there
--Is it worth buying?--
Well, yes and no - it is currently available on Amazon for under £5 and any game that is that price is really good value for money, and because it is a pretty old game - it will run on most modern computers (you will need to select compatibility mode though). It is also available on the mac AppStore, but here it costs £14 - but if you manage to get hold of the demo and really like it then of course its worth it.
The only reasons that you might not want to buy it are that firstly, a second game is apparently coming out in October so it might be worth waiting for that. Secondly, with the PC version - the validation to make sure you are not pirating the game is one of the 'what is the 3rd word in the 5th paragraph on page 34 of the instruction book' type of things, which can be a bit annoying if you lose the instruction book
I've spend a useless amount of time playing this game in the past, and now that it is out again in the AppStore, I've got a feeling that it will take up even more of my time now - defiantly worth getting if you like this type of sim game - you wont be disappointed
I really am very fond of the tycoon series of games as I love the way they are able to make business simulation fun. The airline tycoon evolution game for the PC is no exception to this as it still possess that business simulation gameplay. At heart this game is a strategy and as I previously mentioned it is a business simualtion game meaning that you make all the calls! As the title suggests you are in control of your very own aiport! At first I was wondering how easy the gameplay would be etc but it turned out to be great fun to play and very easy to play also.
I loved how as your airport develops you can build more runways, developed and expand your aiport and even buy new contracts for your business. It is such a realistic game which even has news reports. It really is great fun to play and for that reason alone I would really recommend it. The game can be enjoyed for many hours I found with a whole array of different scenarios to play on. The graphics could be improved, however, they don't comprimise the overall experience as such. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
Airline Tycoon Evolution is the latest of the Airline Tycoon series that has been developed by the then developer Monte Crystal. This game, as the title demonstrates, gives the player control of an airline owner. But his is not a serious simulation game, but a game that is in the mode of Theme Hospital, so you know the game is not taking itself to serious.
There are two different types of game mode that can be played, these are mission games and the sandbox mode. The mission mode, plays at three different levels, ranging from easy, normal to hard; but player can not chose the levels at which they want to play, but must start at easy and built their way up. This allows a player to built up their knowledge of the game, in a way a tutorial in all but name. The types of mission that the player can expect to tackle, start from taking a certain number of passenger, weight in freight, transporting aid to other countries and an out of this world mission.
The normal way a mission starts is with a briefing with the airport manager, who will set out the aims of the levels and acts as score keeper, at the start of each day the airport manager takes a briefing to give the updated score so far, also mentioning if any unusual activity has taken play the day before. The airport manger also helps in establishing new offices in other countries that allow more airplane bookings to become available.
There are a number of ways that charter flights can be booked to be used for your aircraft, this can be chartered, last minute, freight and through any branches in other countries. The types of flights that are available depend on the home airport that the player chooses, as the smaller the airport the lower the available income, whereas the bigger airports have longer flights which will bring in more income.
An important element of the game is the cost elements, such as maintenance of the aircraft, staffing of the airplane and any branches overseas. But the aim of the game is the not just make a profit but to crush you competitors, either make them bankrupt or buy them out. This can be done through the stock element; which adds a new dimension to the game.
A good element that can be found within the game is the ability to sabotage the you competitors, these can range from the minor to the serious, but are done in a comical way, but does not go as far as crashing a plane, as this would not be in keeping within the game, and therefore the Airport Manager always find out, either fining you or throwing you out of the airport, thus making you restart the game.
In the sandbox mode, the player has an open ended game, thus they can play the game any way they wish, as there are no aim or objects to complete but to make your airline successful. The problem with this mode, is the game loses some of its appeal, as there are no are no short terms aims; which can make the game tiresome and make a player lose interest.
The game itself is not of the latest generation, thus will not need a power house of a computer, as it will run from a Windows 98, up to Windows XP which I play the game on, but I am unsure about Windows Vista. Although the game is of the older generation, I believe the graphics are bright and lively, although there are is not a lot for the computer to generate, as the whole game takes in the airport. A good point for this is that the computer will not struggle to keep up.
I would recommend this game to any person that enjoys simulation games of the economic genre. But do not pay over the odds for this game, as I only purchased this game as part of a three for £10. I would not look to be paying more than £5 for the game, due the games age, but a problem is the availability of the game due to the developer stopping manufacturing long ago. I enjoy this game, as it is easy to pick up and play, but the problem with the game is that I tend to lose interest after a while of playing and do not play for while before picking it up again. It is for this reason that I would advise not paying more than £5 for the game.