Run a modern airline, design unique airplanes and grow a run-down carrier into a globally recognized company that passengers practically beg to fly
User reviews: Very Negative (282 reviews) - 11% of the 282 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

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Includes 3 items: Airline Tycoon 2, Airline Tycoon 2: Falcon Airlines DLC, Airline Tycoon 2: Honey Airlines DLC


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"Really intense strategy game. I would highly recommend it, if you enjoy games like Civilization, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis IV or Total War."

About This Game

A decade after the best-selling Airline Tycoon comes the long awaited sequel to the legendary tongue-in-cheek economic simulation that puts players in the role of CEO of an international airline! Airline Tycoon 2 will challenge players to run a modern airline, design unique airplanes and grow a run-down carrier into a globally recognized company that passengers practically beg to fly. Airports worldwide are waiting to be explored, but beware– your rivals never rest! Crafty opponents are also working to dominate the skies… and they won’t let anything stand in the way of their goals!

Key Features:

  • Explore real world airports, from Moscow to New York, with realistic travel conditions and passenger volumes
  • Build your ideal fleet of planes – use the in-game editor to craft inexpensive mass-transportation „Greyhounds in the sky“ or unique, luxury jets that spoil the elite
  • Jump into the action as one of four playable avatars with unique strengths
  • Explore your home airport in full 3D, while bossing your employees around and expanding your blossoming airline; you might even meet VIPs at the airport lounge
  • Test your management mettle in a challenging business environment as you schedule flight plans, coordinate arrivals and departures and balance income and expenses – all to grow profit and enhance your airline’s global reputation
  • Random events bring variety to the game -- The Pope wants a special flight? Civil war in Russia? Volcanic ash clouds above Europe? If you act quickly, you can profit from these events!
  • Sabotage – annoy and slow down your opponents with devious actions. But beware; your adversaries may just pay you back in kind!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz Intel Pentium D / AMD Athlon 64 3000+
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space:
    • Video Card: Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon X 1800
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
98 of 112 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
I have nearly 500 games in my Steam account, and the vast majority of them are still unplayed. So now I'm dedicating an hour to each of these games and writing a series of One Hour Reviews.

One Hour Reviews - Game 5
Airline Tycoon 2
Purchase Date: 9/11/2014

Like a number of games in my Steam library, I came across Airline Tycoon 2 as part of a Humble Bundle. I really like Humble Bundle because not only do I get to donate to a good cause, but sometimes in that bundle I'll come across a really good game that I never would have bought otherwise.

Sadly, Airline Tycoon 2 is not one of those games.

Right off the bat the game scored a negative when I realized I'd have to login to play this game. Given that this is a completely single player game with no internet component whatsoever, I really don't see the point in forcing me to login. The only thing that kept this from being more annoying is apparently I've played some other game from Kalypso, so it remembered my login from that. So at least I didn't have to make another account.

Airline Tycoon 2 tries to inject some humor by presenting you with various cariactures of people like Albert Einstein, who is exactly the person that comes to mind when I need an airline mechanic. You know, cause he's smart. This is the kind of humor you get to look forward to in Airline Tycoon 2.

I played through the tutorial, which does a decent enough job of introducing you to the game concepts. It sent me around the airport to talk to various people, so I could meet all of the goofy characters the game has to offer. It doesn't sound so bad when I say it, but eventually you get tired of running around the airport to visit the mechanic or go to the personnel office to hire a pilot, or hightail it back to your office to plan an airline route.

Imagine playing a city builder except every time you wanted to build a new building, you had to run over to the mayors office and talk to a caricature of the Godfather so you could tell him you want to zone a new block of houses.

So once I talk to Albert Einstein to get my plane decked out, and talk to someone else to get my pilot and crew hired, and someone else to actually tell my crew which plane they are working on, after all that then I can find the manager, so I can rent a route to fly my plane on. They should have put out a version of this game for the Wii that is compatible with the Wii Fit balance board.

After all that, I can head back to my office to plan my flights for the week. It's a bit like setting up meetings in outlook where each route takes up a chunk of time for the day, so the idea is you slot in as many round trips as you can, with some occasional maintenance inbetween flights. You can also set the ticket price on your flights. As the day progresses you can check on your flights and get statistics on things like how satisfied your passengers were and how much money your flight made.

The tutorial did fine at showing me around and introducing me to people I'd rather not talk to, but it doesn't really explain much about the actual strategy in the game. For instance, there are a ton of different planes you can buy, and lots of ways to tailor how the plane looks, both exterior and interior. But I have no idea if it's purely cosmetic or if these choices somehow impact customer satisfaction.

That's really where I ended up at the end of my first hour, wondering how and if my choices affected anything. In the end, I realized that there's really only one choice that matters, and that is the choice not to play this anymore.

Overall Recommendation: Pass
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Suprisingly boring and overly comical. Much prefer Airport Tycoon
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
I really don't have much to add to the majority of other reviews posted--if you peruse them, you'll get a pretty solid and fair sense of the isues plaguing this game.

Sadly, they've taken what was a great, fun concept in Airline Tycoon (I've sunk at least a good 50 hours into that), and not only bogged everything down (loading screens for almost every screen change--seriously?) but also made the interface obtuse and the connections between elements confusing... even the tutorial stopped me cold a couple of times.

All of this topped off with DLC for elements that were in the first game, like stocks, last minute flights, etc.

Avoid. Play the original... it still holds up even all these years later. This sequel is an embarrassment.
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128 of 141 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Do Not Buy, not the base game not the gold edition.
Lets start from the top, airline tycoon 1 was a cult classic one among the best tycoon games, you are a airline owner and have to manage your airline on various mission along with 3 other competitors. The first game did this perfectly with great humor and a wonderful gameplay , incorporating REAL planes and what not , its a masterpiece.....

So come to the present , Balive releases this horror as the sequel to the first gods its horrible it totally ditched everything that made the first game great, Game runs on a rotten engine , doubt anyone would play it more than a hour, no Real plane names, No humor nothing just a bunch of guys with big Heads running around ackwardly.

To Pour more salt to the injury
-They implemented the suggestions made by the community as DLCs
-They are done with the game just repackaged it as gold edition , just check the forums the game is still horrible
-dont expect even cards for the game
-modding is bare minimum , a few exist but dont do much to improve the game

Avoid it , unless its on a massive sale if you want the real airline tycoon experience get the first game on steam.
Sad to see us the fans of classic get such a horrible sequel
Not so epic screenshots of the game...
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Wow... I am so glad this game was nearly free from humble bundle... It was worth the laughs of everyone in the room with HOW TERRIBLE IT WAS and my bumbling reations before ragequitting in the tutorial!

I honestly thought I was going be playing an Aerobiz type game and instead was greeted with one of the most confusing, USER-UNFRIENDLY game I have ever seen.

If your tutorial alone causes confusion as to what to do next and then causes rage quits, THEN YOU HAVE MADE A TERRIBLE GAME!


The voiceovers are terrible, the art is terrible, the user interface is considered a form of torture in most the civlized world.

I don't even think the people that made this know anything about airplanes... I don't even think they have ever flown on an airplane before!
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