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Airport City (Android Smartphones App)
When I bought my Android tablet earlier this year, one of the first things I did was have a look for some games on the Google Play Store. Having discovered that most of my favourite games from my iPod weren't available on Android, I checked out the list of top free games - which is where I found Airport City. The basic premise ... of Airport City is simple, and nothing new. You manage an airport, collecting passengers and fuel to send on flights, and earn money and experience points from those flights. You use the money to buy residential and operational buildings, and to buy more advanced planes in order to travel on longer flights (although where your airport is meant to be, I can't figure out - European, American, Asian and Australasian destinations appear in short and long haul flight lists).
Airport City, being a game for touchscreen devices, is played entirely using the touchscreen - no keyboard commands required. I find it very responsive on my tablet; sometimes too responsive as it opens up the properties of a building when I'm trying to scroll across the screen. To gather passengers, you tap on your residential buildings; to earn money and experience from flights, you tap on the planes.
Each flight you send out costs a certain amount of fuel and passengers, dependent on the type of aircraft - the larger it is, the more of both it requires. Fuel is replenished over time, but you do earn "top up" barrels by levelling up and completing collections.
Collections are made of items which can be collected from certain places - your own flights, guest flights, and buildings. I find it quite addictive trying to complete them - some are easier than others, and some items are very rare indeed. Most collections will only earn you money and experience once complete, but some give you special bonuses, such as gift boxes containing fuel, passengers or repair items, or bonuses to increase how much you earn from flights. In addition to collections, you are also given quests from various airport officials; examples are a pilot will tell you to fly to Sydney four times, an engineer will tell you to upgrade your repair building, and a stewardess tells you to collect items from destinations. These give you something to aim for in the game, so that you are not just sending flights off with no real goal.
When you first start playing Airport City, the turnaround on flights is very quick, so you can sit and play it for a while in one go. As you advance however, it becomes more of a leave-it-and-come-back-later game. I like games like this, that don't require a lot of your time, but it's not to everyone's taste. I enjoy progressing with my airport, building it up, collecting items and sending planes to new destinations. I find games like this mildly addictive: I like having challenges to aim for, quests to achieve, trying to reach the next level and have access to new exciting destinations.
The graphics on Airport City are very good, everything is clear and sharp even when fully zoomed in. It's not a massively "cute" game in terms of style - the planes do look like actual planes and not cartoony ones. I play this on a 7 inch tablet, and it looks like it might only be a tablet or large screen phone (i.e. Samsung Galaxy S range) game - having searched for it on the Play Store on my Samsung Galaxy Ace, it informs me that it is not compatible with my phone. Although this means not all Android users will be able to access it, it makes sense as I can't imagine it being very good on the more average (sensible) sized smartphones.
The game loads fairly quickly on my tablet, with a loading screen showing for maybe 15 seconds when I open the game. This seems a reasonable time to me, given that it is a fairly complex game for a mobile one. I've never had any problems with the game crashing or freezing.
There is, however, quite a large flaw in Airport City, which is apparent in many games of its type, but I have not seen it to this extent in any other game. Earning money is a slow process - the earnings from flights take a long time to build up, even when you get into the longer flights, and the amount of money required to build the next level of airport buildings takes a very long time to earn. Of course there is the option of paying for more airport money - a common feature of these free games.
In addition to the main coin currency of the games, there are airport bucks. You can only earn these by levelling up, and then you only get one at a time. It is also possible to purchase these - and in all honesty, you really have to in order to progress. Buying more land, for example, is necessary so you can have enough residential buildings to provide passengers, and space for terminals and larger runways. However, the first land extension is very expensive in comparison to the earnings you will be making from flights - but you can pay by airport bucks instead. I did this on my first extension, as I had reached level 10 and therefore had 10 airport bucks, which was the price of the land. The next extension was even more extortionately priced, so I chose to buy some airport bucks - during a sale when I got three times as many as normal. I now purchase airport bucks every now and then, always waiting for a sale which come along fairly regularly. But I'd rather not have to. I have purchased additional currency on games before, but it has always been more of a choice to do so, not a case of buy-or-don't-progress as it is in Airport City. For example, I always managed to fully enjoy and build in the various Pocket Gems games I have played, such as Tap Zoo and Tap Pet Hotel, without paying for currency.
Airport City is a fun game, exactly the kind of simulation/management game that I enjoy, but it is so badly hampered by this currency issue that I have decided not to check out any of the other games by the developer, because they all look similar and will presumably have the same currency situation. I am going to continue playing Airport City, as I enjoy it and don't mind occasionally buying currency, but it irritates me that I need to in order to progress, and definitely something to bear in mind if you consider downloading the game - better not to bother than start playing, enjoy it, and the find yourself in a position where you almost have to shell out money in order to continue playing the game to its full scope. I'd probably give other games of this kind four stars (the abovementioned Pocket Gems games) as buying currency in them is beneficial but not essential - although it's annoying that you miss out on things if you don't buy currency, it's not necessary to progress. Airport City is just as fun to play, but needs an extra star knocked off as the currency problem is even more pronounced.
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Airport City (Android Smartphones App)
Airport City is one of the "free" apps that you can find in the Play Store in android phones. The game itself is free to download but you can also use your real money to purchase "airport cash" to upgrade the items in the game. - What the game is about- In the games, you get to build your personal ... airport and send flights into the sky. Apart from building the airport, you also get to build the city to support it.
Besides, you also get to manage the airport by arranging different flights to land on the runways, send flights to different areas of the world to collect items and complete challenges.
- So what do you actually do?-
In relation to the supporting city, what you need to do is similar to other games of the same type. You clear the land, building the building and collect earnings and passengers from the buildings. The same apply for the airport, you get to build the hangers, runways and control towers, etc. You need to continue upgrading the buildings so that you can accommodate bigger and more modern planes.
In relation to the flight themselves, you have to send your planes to different destinations. Before you send off a flight, you have to get enough passengers and certain type of aircraft and items to fly to a certain destination. In return, you can import rare items and money.
- What I like about this game-
They have a good collection of destination places. The collectibles in the city are also reflecting the features of different cities. The sounds and graphs are also of decent quality. Controlling is also easy.
- What I don't like about this game-
It takes a long time to load the game (I am using HTC XE sensation which has a dual core processor and I have no problem running other apps).
Earning coins from the game was hard. You can only get tiny amount of coins from the buildings and the flights and upgrading the buildings are extremely expensive. Besides, you need a lot of special items (which are only available if you have the airport cash) to upgrade the items or to repair the flights! And repairing the flights is extremely important in the game. There is a time that all my aircrafts were broken down and there's no way I can proceed the game anymore because I don't have the items to repair the planes!
I am giving this game one star because you can never make any progress until you pay real cash.
Unlike many other games of similar type, which you can earn a small number of "airport cash" (or its equivalent) by achieving higher levels, you can't get any airport cash unless you pay for them. It means that you will basically get stuck in a certain level of the game unless you play. And up to that point, I stop playing the game.
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Paradise Island: Exotic
I thought the time was about right for me to review another of my many game Apps that are currently residing within my iPod. I'm always on the lookout for another great game App, so this time I've decided to review one I've been playing for a while. If you enjoy playing games in real time this one may be for you. It's called Paradise ... Island and it didn't cost me a penny, it was totally free.
Paradise Island was developed by Game Insight LLC in 2010 and it's currently a free App on iTunes for the iPhone/iPod, the game is also compatible with the iPad. The game is played in real time and is suitable for any age to play.
So what's it all about?
The idea of Paradise Island is to build your very own island village on an exotic beach. The game begins with a deserted beach and broken pier. I had to build my island village up from nothing. However I did have help to get going, as I chose to go with the short tutorial in the beginning. As I progress through the game I've noticed I have more and more to do. This to me is a good sign in a game because it doesn't get boring. There is always plenty to do and now I'll explain the game to you in a little more detail.
Paradise Island Explained
The beach is bought in regions, when I started I was given a region on which to start building my exotic island village, this however was not classed as region one, I had to wait until I had accumulated enough dollars in order to buy the first region. This is how I am able to extend my village, making it bigger and better so therefore bringing in more money. There are a lot of regions to get, but they do get very expensive to buy. The currencies used in the game are dollars and gold piasters, the latter are worth a lot and buy me a lot of good things, however they are not easy to get. There is an option in the game to buy extra dollars and gold piasters for real money. I don't go that far though I just wait for them to build up on their own. Along with the buildings comes experience and once I have gained enough experience, I will move up a level and get rewarded at the same time with one gold piaster, some dollars and more buildings become unlocked.
Everything I need in order to keep building is easily located on the game screen. Everything I want to build is neatly organized and gives all the information I want in order to decide if I want to build it, or indeed if I can afford to build it. The road sections are free so I can place these wherever and whenever I choose. I have gradually built my little exotic island village up, but I do still have a fair way to go yet. Once I've chosen and placed what I want to build I then have to wait, sometimes hours before my building is complete, but once it is finished, I start receiving income from it. Then I'm given the choice of upgrading the building which will make me more money. For each individual building there are five levels of upgrade, if I manage to get all my buildings to level five I make a lot of money from them. I'm not doing too bad at the moment as regards upgrading to higher levels but it does annoy me when I start to run out of money because I have to wait for income from my other buildings before I can do anything, I seem to spend it faster than I make it, a bit like real life really. All the buildings vary in price but the more expensive ones bring in a lot of money so they are worth building when I can afford them. When the time comes to collect the income from my buildings little gold dollar signs appear above the buildings and I really enjoy whizzing round my village picking up all the money. If however I wait a little longer, the dollar signs turn green and I pick up almost double the money, I try to leave them, but they do look very tempting once they first appear all gold and shining. I just have to try and restrain myself and wait.
Another thing my little island village needs is power, so I have had to buy windmills and place them within the village, these can be upgraded to generators but again this all costs money, so I'm personally seeing how long I can manage on the windmills. I just keep adding another when I need it. But I will only be able to do that for so long as I think I can only buy about seven or so windmills, I think I've also upgraded them as much as I am allowed, I guess it's the generators next for me then. When I can afford it I will be buying the solar power plant, it apparently takes up hardly any room and is the best option and the most expensive, and that's available for power.
There is one main building which is there at the start, this is the Administrative Building and is the most important building on my island village. This building tells me how many staff my village has and how many I will need when I build my next attraction or shop or whatever I choose to build. This means upgrading this very special building which takes ages and costs a fortune, this is the only building that can be upgraded more than five times, it can in fact, be upgraded seventy times and I dread to think how much that upgrade is going to cost! I obviously don't need staff for the cabins which are the accommodation units, but I do get income from them, I've found it worthwhile building lots of these.
There does come a time which is quite frequent, when my buildings need to be repaired, when this is the case a set of spanners will appear above it to let me know. It does cost to repair each building, but it's just one of them things that have to be done.
Watch as the Village grows
As I've progressed with my village, I have noticed more and more little people arriving and it's quite comical to watch them walking around my little island village. I can change my mind about a building if I choose and have it demolished, I personally think this is a waste of time and money but I have done it once, but it was an accident, I touched the wrong thing and down it came, I was gutted as I had meant to upgrade it not demolish it! But all was not lost because the game has an award system which rewards me when I achieve certain things within the game. Demolish a certain amount of buildings is one of the awards, so I may just have to go and knock down a few more. I can change my village around if I want, I can move everything but the Administrative Building and totally change my island village if I get bored of how it looks.
Definitely my Sort of Game
I do enjoy playing this game as I love to play games in real time, knowing that when I close the application, the game keeps going without me and when I reopen the application, I am usually greeted with lots of dollar signs. The only downfall for me while playing is the waiting, for things to be built, because the further into it I get, the longer I have to wait for things to be finished. I try to start a big build before I close the application for the night or if not I will usually use the time to check out the awards list and see which one I can try for next there are over 130 awards to go for. Or I will change the flowers and trees around to make my village look more interesting and inviting, I can buy trees etc. but there are quite a few dotted around the screen anyway so I have dragged them into my island region and used those, this just adds a little extra personal touch and as I watch my little island village grow, I'm really pleased with how it's looking. It helps because the colours are so clear and bright, this makes the whole thing really nice to look at and the sounds are good too, every so often I hear a foghorn in the distance, I really like these little extra touches because I can lose myself within my game totally. I haven't come across any bugs or glitches within the game, it has all ran smoothly for me right from the start, I just make sure I get all the updates for the game to keep it as up to date as possible. There is so much to keep my eye on as I play, I don't get bored and sometimes I don't realize just how long I spend in my little exotic island village.
I actually found this game on iTunes by chance, as I was looking for something else but when I spotted this I decided it was right up my street and I think anyone who likes to play real time/time management games would enjoy this, all it really costs is your time, it's worth having a look at, it's a good game with beautiful graphics. It does recommend an internet connection but it doesn't need one. I think the internet connection is so you can connect with friends via face-book etc. I have no interest in doing this and play the game totally by myself, but the option is there should I change my mind.
If I have missed anything important, I do apologize
I think I've covered just about everything, I may have missed out a thing or two along the way, like I didn't feel it necessary to go into detail about every building that's available to buy. If you choose to download this App, I think it will be more fun for you to find out for yourself what's available. . All in all, the game is very easy to play and anything I may have missed will make the game all the more enjoyable for you to find out for yourselves. Everything in the game becomes clear very quickly and it's all very easy to understand, why don't you download it and see what I'm talking about.
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