Run a modern airline, design unique airplanes and grow a run-down carrier into a globally recognized company that passengers practically beg to fly
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Very Negative (330 reviews) - 13% of the 330 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

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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
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174 of 187 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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126 of 151 people (83%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
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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62 of 69 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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56 of 66 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Sold as a simulation but has practically zero depth and you can easily go around the whole game in a few hours. There are only 4 airlines to choose from, which are rigid and uncustumizable. The aircraft customization options themselves are laughable; only 8 aircraft to choose from regardless of any realism (the concorde becomes a short haul, high passenger, profitable aircraft) with very limited options. The indoor cabin design is a joke: the developers wouldn't bother to make the different indoor environment for the different aircraft, so the inside of your jumbo jet is the same as that of your small propeller airliner. Furthermore you just choose preset items for the whole aircraft and can't for example have multiple class aircraft, but this doesnt change anything anyway since the price for all tickets is always the same.

Also personel management is ridiculous: you hire people with the skills they come with and you can't train them further, so your only way to improve your staff is to fire them and get new ones. You can only assign one set of staff to an aircraft, so basically it's the same pilot flying that airplane 24/7 for a whole month. Call the worker's syndicate!!! For those of you who are politically minded it's also nice to notice here that the game is stereotipically sexist: all pilots are males and all flight attendants female.

The main part of the game and where you will spend the most time with is the scheduling; it looks intricate at first, but after a few hours you find out it totally lacks any realism. The amount of passengers only depends on the demand and you can program your flights at basically any time of the day, hello 2AM departures! Basically your sucess at the game just depends on cramming the biggest number of route and charter flights in the schedule rather than making regular flights (the flight numbering system is automated and wonky).

The user interface is atrocious in the whole game, you have to physically walk to different offices, with loading screens, to get going. While the idea is commendable, it will soon become a chore and you will soon give up booking charter flights just because they require constant walking outside your office (loading screen), to the elevator (loading screen) to the charter office so you can grab a few contracts, and then the same annoying way back so you can schedule them.
The options are so limited and not user friendly at all, the tooltips are inconsistent and unclear over the board. The scheduling board is extremely poorly designed. It's hard to place the flights with precision, the "repeat schedule" option, which is meant to allow you to hold regular flight is the most user unfriendly ever and simply doesn't work. Any flights that take off before midnight and land after midnight will break this feature. Also you are forced to do some makeshift workarounds, like setting the schedule you want to repeat for tomorrow, then waiting a whole day before deciding to repeat it, because the game doesnt let you modify today's schedule, but it only allow you to copy today's schedule, not another days... so user unfriendly it's a crime. And did I mention the annoying "clear flight schedule" button located next to other buttons, which will wipe all the work you did without a confirmation screen?

The game itself is also full of bugs. The schedule locks itself frequently for no reason, the text doesn't match your actual objective, you get teleported back to your office when looking at a competitor's aircraft, the tutorials (which are themselves rather useless) get stuck while in progress, so you have to repeat the same actions twice.

The game does have a cute little design feel to it with some pretty cool airplane models (the airbus 380 with full ringed wings and 8 engines for example, or the cute curvy concorde), but this doesn't save it from the abysmal depth, or lack of depth, that it sinks into. Most people play simulation games because they enjoy some variety and custom options. In this game:
* You cannot rename anything (airlines, aircraft, staff)
* There is only 1 airport interior, all airports in the world are the same
* There is only 1 aircraft interior
* None of your choices has any real effect on the game anyway.
* Regardless of which mission you are in, or sandbox mode, you start each day at 9AM with a speech from the airport director, the speech is always the same and he repeats it 3 times as well for each of your competitor airlines.

Playing this feels about as fun as groundhog day happening to you...
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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Really wanted to like this game. Was looking for a fun business sim type game, but this wasn't it.
You only "work" an 8 hour day, but schedule planes for 24 hours, so at the end of the day, you have to "end" even if you're not done with your day.
The game over complicates some things and other things it doesn't even give you an idea of how you're doing. The banking system charges outrageous interest rates for loans. The interiors of the aircraft are... unexplainable. The cost of aircraft is weird, the aircraft are weird, hiring aircrews isn't completely understood. There is a whole shady side to the game where you can cause problems on a competitor's airline, but it's not even clear what the point of that is. Simply stated, there's no balance to the game, it's just a poorly designed and executed game that should not have been released.

Sorry, but I cannot recommend this game.
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
I was really excited about the sequel of Airline Tycoon. So I've bought this game a long time ago. And I don't know where to start. The nice thing about the first Airline Tycoon was the nice balance between realism (stats) and fun (dialogs). You got real planes with real stats, the flight managing was fast and intuitive. But AT2 is the opposite of this. You have a little ammout of fictional planes (yes, they are customisable, that's a nice feature, but that's all). All of them are really ugly. Dialogs are boring and you can feel the failed attepts to make a joke.

And that's not enough! Without both DLCs, you're gonna miss features from previous AT like shares, last-minutes, cargo and so on... What the hell is this logic? These features are something that made oroginal AT fun. Basic AT2 without DLCs is just boring and the DLCs are not worth the price, because it will make the game's value higher to get the features that should be in the base game already.

And don't even ask about the performance. I'll tell you just two words - it's terrible.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Couldn't get it to work with Win 8.1. Didn't even work in Win 7 compatible mode...

EDIT: Received official word from tech support that game is not certified to be compatible with Win 8 and later... Oh, well...
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
What a piece of crap! Take one of the best Tycoon games, take everything out that made the first one good and you get this.
Definitely not Recomended, (not even when on sale!) sadly. :/
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39 of 51 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
You know what'd be great, Steam? If there was a way for me to know before buying that in order to play this game I'd have to sign up for some really sketchy third-party email list! So I idled on the "MAKE A NEW ACCOUNT AND GET ALL OUR WONDERFUL OFFERS" page for 5 minutes so Steam would allow me to even post this review. I was jonesing for an aerobiz-like experience, but I don't really want to play this game enough to sign up for even more stupid spam in my life. Of course there's no such thing as refunds et cetera, but what can you do? Lesson learned, I guess.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
I'm dissapointed in sequel of Airline Tycoon. This game while have some nice feature proved to be spec "heavy" without any reason. Gameplay almost doesn't change. Unfortunately, you have to navigate between dialouges to ask something. It's frustating to say the least.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: September 6
I liked it but can't stand how long the loading times are EVERY TIME YOU GO IN/OUT OF A ROOM
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4.6 hrs
Posted: September 2
Bought this game years ago on Steam and wanted to replay it. Says my key is already in use.

Total rip off. Don't spend a dime on this ♥♥♥♥.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
this is just terrible

i love tycoon games but its just one of thous black stains in the genre

Please dont buy
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Sea Monkey
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
Bought this game to experience the nostalgia of "Airline Tycoon - First Class", ended up to occasionally touch this game after couple of hours.

  • Newer 3D graphic engine compared its previous game
  • New character selection
  • New scenario

  • This game is same like its predecessor "Airline Tycoon", just with enhanced graphic engine and fantasy plot / scenario
  • No more Airplane based on real passenger aircraft
  • Campaign mode simply monotone, lacks of surprise element. Knowing this game is a sequel
  • FPS have some jitter issue
  • Not so friendly GUI, you may have some difficulties findings an option to quit, skip, or forward chat dialogue or even the task window itself.

Overall Rating : 5/10
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217.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
I liked it. Still like it, what I dont like is the stupid security crap that keeps me from playing it anymore.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
So bad.
Hurts trying to play this game waste of a few quid.
Buy the first one
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
This is absolute RUBBISH!
it won't let you play unless you register with your email address.
it takes ages to load
total ♥♥♥♥.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
the only game i have ever regretting buying from steam..
never made it past the tutorial
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6.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
Avoid this game like the Plague. I got mine through a bundle and I wish they would have kept it out. Seems to be the only way they can "sell" this POS. If you spend actual real money on this abomination, you are a fool. Better to take the cash you would have spent on this and flush it down the toilet. Don't even accept it if it is free. The tutorial gives less than bare minimum info on how the game works. Once in game mode, you will find game mechanics tedious and boring. I have 6 hours invested in this game I wish I could get back. The frustration level has reached its peak, and I will ignore this game being in my library forevermore.
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54.6 hrs
Posted: July 27
why not use the cheap stuff
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