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Ever wanted to own an airline?
Airline Tycoon Evolution (PC)
Member Name: mikecrabb
Airline Tycoon Evolution (PC)
Advantages: Get to run your own airline and make your own aeroplanes
Disadvantages: In the PC version - the product validation is annoying
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
Summary: Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking...buy this game!