Gaming Reviews

Published on July 13th, 2016 | by Neil Jordan


Take Off: The Flight Simulator

Greetings & Salutations Everyone!

Today I once again have the good fortune to present a game review to you for your consideration. The latest flight simulator available for mobile platforms. ‘Take Off – The Flight Simulator from Astragon Entertainment and JuJubee. Currently available in the iTunes Store and optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 and platforms released following those models, ‘Take Off’ provides an open world environment where the player takes on an array of missions and challenges that any skilled pilot could potentially be challenged with from their beginnings in flight school to that of a seasoned professional.

With a selection of 14 incredibly detailed planes ranging from propeller driven small planes to large jetliners which you can customize as your career and experience progress, the game offers the player the options of free flight mode in the skies over Hawaii with wonderful views of islands with exceptional views. What better place to start a career huh? You begin your career as a pilot in training. As you complete the basic missions you upgrade your license as well as your aircraft. As you progress the missions become more challenging and range from commuter trips to sightseeing flights to rescue missions as well as the chance in higher levels to potentially establish your own airline and set up hubs in cities like London, New York, Sydney, and Los Angeles. You will also be challenged with problem solving missions ranging from flying in bad weather to engine and ruder failures which require you the player to engage in emergency landing operations. The game provides an array of view selections from 3rd person to cockpit view mode.

From the perspective of a beginner, I played this game for about 4 hours straight (with breaks obviously to not strain the eyes). I found this game to be quite engaging while being able to stop and pick up my progress later. The challenge level progresses at a comfortable pace to were you don’t feel overwhelmed but at the same time, it wasn’t an easy walk through. The game itself is free but offers in-app purchase to make your progress go faster. The graphics were also impressive. Very much along the lines of those photos you can download off the internet that were taken by civilian satellites. Not ‘crystal clear’ but quite good for a mobile game. My only suggestion is that you plug in the power cord when you play because it does take up quite a bit of juice.

I’d most definitely give this game 4 out of 5 stars. This is a game that’s safe for kids and adults. I’d almost suggest requiring it on tablets that they issue in schools to help students practice eye coordination and problem solving skills. It’s definitely a fun game as well as educational. By far the best flight simulator available for mobile platforms that I’ve seen so far. Outstanding.

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