Historic Landings Review – Free Flight Simulator for iPad
It is the time of year when we remember those who fought in the Allied D-Day landings of June 1944 in the push that began the victory for the Allies in the Second World War. Coinciding with this event is the release of the World War II free flight simulator for iPad, Historic Landings. A popular genre, there are lots of free flight simulators available for iPhone and iPad, and we were keen to see how this latest release using the RORTOS flight simulator measures up.
The free version of the game is unfortunately restricted only to three levels as the developers are clearly out to enticing you to purchasing in-game upgrades. For that reason the levels have to be pretty special to convince you that you want to part with your hard-earned loot rather than simply move on to another free simulator. The main menu gives you a choice of the three available missions or a free flight. Loads of features become unlocked following your first in-game purchase, but we are here to review the free app.
Once you elect which mission you wish to attempt,you are given the opportunity to calibrate your iPad/iPhone’s position for comfortable handling and gameplay. A tutorial takes place as one of the missions and I must say that the gameplay is really well executed with a balance of using the accelerometer to control the plane’s position and tap and slide controls on the screen for flaps, throttle and landing gear. You can even choose how complicated you want the plane’s setup to be, a good thing for first-time users as handling of the in-game aircraft can be surprisingly tricky to start off with. It certainly took me a few attempts to master landings correctly on the runway without overshooting or blowing up the plane.
Another thing to note is that the graphics are really good with awesome vistas at sunrise and daytime, with quick rendering for an enjoyable experience. You can choose between cockpit view, behind the plane or pilot view with all screens displaying the aircraft speed and altimeter. Once I had mastered control of the aircraft it was hard to put down and tremendously disappointing when at the end of the three missions, i was asked to pay up to advance further.
- Fantastic Graphics
- Responsive controls utilising iPad accelerometer
- Different view modes for player preference
- Only 3 missions in the free version
- Reminders to purchase in-game upgrades
- Tricky to get the hang of (although is this bad?)
All-in-all you couldn’t really ask much more from a free flight simulation of the Second World War. The only real problem with the game is that you don’t get enough of an experience before you have to spend some money to upgrade to the next level. The great graphics and gameplay really entice you into wanting more so top marks for a review as a game, however the lack of features in the free version does leave you kind of disappointed if you don’t want to spend a dime.