Control a never-ending stream of aircraft in this insanely addictive worldwide hit from Firemint! You’re an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport; just point and drag aircraft to their landing zones with your mouse or trackpad. Sounds easy? It isn’t!
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Very Positive (388 reviews) - 91% of the 388 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2010

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Control a never-ending stream of aircraft in this insanely addictive worldwide hit from Firemint!

You’re an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport; just point and drag aircraft to their landing zones with your mouse or trackpad. Sounds easy? It isn’t! You’ll need nerves of steel and smart strategy to keep the chaos under control. Flight Control HD has been especially redesigned for PC and Mac, with updated graphics and an even tougher new challenge – the Steam exclusive Stunt map where you can increase your score by flying through the gates before landing!

Flight Control HD is insanely addictive – easy to start, but impossible to stop, so get it now and find out what everyone is raving about!

Key features:

  • Enjoy 9 maps of varying difficulty to suit players at all levels
  • Steam exclusive “Stunt” map for players looking for a challenge
  • Unlock achievements, compare with your friends on Steam
  • Global leaderboards and rankings through Firemint’s cloudcell.com community site
  • Fast-forward mode for advanced players
  • Retro styled graphics inspired by the golden era of aviation
  • Infinite replayability as you chase ever higher scores!
  • Steam Cloud support – pause your game and continue from anywhere!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista and 7
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: 64MB
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 90MB
    • Sound: Directx 9 compatible card
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista and 7
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: 64MB
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 90MB
    • Sound: Directx 9 compatible card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1GHz (Intel Only)
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: 64MB
    • Hard Drive: 90MB
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:2GHz (Intel Only)
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: 64MB
    • Hard Drive: 90MB
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Briefly: Flight Control is a decent, casual flight control simulator in 2D.

Now, Flight Control HD has little to do with flight control. Surely, there are planes, helicopters and airports and surely, you don't want aviational vehicles to collide with each other. Other than that, it's just fun and casual management of emerging chaos in pastel colours.

Planes on a plane!

You do get to control colourful planes. They randomly appear from the edge of the screen (with a convenient warning). If you wish, a handy tutorial will show you the ropes, but controls are fun and easy: just drag a path for the plane with mouse. Ideally, the path would end up in an airport, because points are scored for landing planes successfully. Each plane has a specific airport to land coincident by their colour.

You lose if two aircraft collide with each other. Since the game is in 2D this is hard to prevent for long.

While waiting for the inevitable, you can speed up the game. Conveniently enough, if two aircraft are on a collision course the game slows down to normal pace and highlights the two aircraft.

Even though this is nice, the highlighting backfires when there are many aircraft on collision course at once. It becomes difficult to see where the most urgent flying machine is. So you lose. And try again.

Dispelling the illusion

Initially I tried to do nice and pleasant-looking arcs and long-winded landings with the planes but I quickly noted that the planes can actually do 180 degree turns, which dissolved the simulation aspect.

Still, with a large enough number of planes to control, it does become difficult to manage. Different planes travel at different, albeit constant, speed with many having the same airport to land in adding to the complexity. A single game lasts just a few minutes at a time.

There are 9 different levels with varying difficulty (size, variety of planes) and even a couple with special features, e.g. wind that closes up certain airports. Special features are nice but they are only in place in few levels. There's a minor random element in most levels of slightly changing positions of the airports, of course coupled with a randomized appearance of planes.

A word on music: there's the same jolly, easy-going tune in most levels. Just a couple of levels have a special tune to fit their special theme. While the song is fine, it curiously stops after a while and doesn't resume for some time leaving you alone with the minor sound effects of collision alert and successful landing celebrations. Which are fine. It just weirds me out that the music is off for so long.

Conclusions

Even the nine levels do not last forever. There's content for a few hours of fun. For myself, 3 hours were spent on achievements, which were actually very well thought and enabled additional meaningful challenges. Then I spent an hour or so trying to beat my friends' highscores, regrettably without success. Consequently, leaderboards may or may not generate a few more hours of gameplay for you if you are so inclined.

The price is pretty good but since it is already an older game (almost 6 years old as of writing this), I'd recommend getting it on sale.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2013
Good thing real traffic controlers got an extra dimension to deal with. I'm sure its quite handy at times.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
TL;DR Synopsis: if you have an Android or iOS Tablet, get the game on there for 1/5th the price it is on here and it will have more content to boot! Otherwise wait until this game gets picked up for a 80-90% off sale.



Fun little game is good for passing. I don't think this game is really worth the $4.99 price it's listed on here for the following reasons:
1) Game is over 4 years old
2) is just the base game (I don't think it's been updated with any of the content that the CURRENT iOS or Android vesions have) so we are paying 5 times more for a port of the older version of a game that is on on Google Play and the Apple App Store.


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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
Fun little casual game of managing an airport with planes that need to land in a particular airport. Match the colors and receive bonuses and don't let the passengers become unhappy. I love the cartoony graphic design for this game and the way you can trace the paths of your planes so they don't crash into each other is easy, intuitive and fun to use. Be careful though, it's still easy to crash. Easy achievements as well for those who like to get 100% completion.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
Game for improving your micro skills
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
I had doubts whether this would be worth the upgrade from the iPhone version, but they've been mostly soothed. The new levels are neat and the mouse controls feel just as good as touch. I'm really not sure if I'd be willing to pay more than a dollar for this, though.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2010
May be a nice iPod/iPhone and/or flash game, but for a buyable PC-game it offers too less.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is a game made mainly for touchpads. Its a funny little game to bust some time with. Try to land as many aircrafts as you can without any of them crashing mid flight.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
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a common Killing-time Casual Game.

but, It have some problem it is designed for Cellphone. It dosen't fit with a Mouse well.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is about directing planes for ants. Very nice music, it sounds like it was ripped from Toy Story. Really easy to get 100% achievements. Buy if you have some extra cash and want a really chill game.
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[WC] Pee Pee Raymond
11.8 hrs
Posted: September 7
This is a nice casual game you can pop in and play for a few minutes. It starts out easily enough and gets progressively more difficult as the minutes go along. The music is catchy, but gets old after the thousandth time. (You can turn it off though.)
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faposaurusRex
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 7
It's a simple game but damn, do I love it! :)

There's something really relaxing about landing planes and choppers for an hour or two.
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Huxley Pig
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 7
CLASSIC game.
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Kluka1
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 4
OK FIRST ALLO THE GRAPHICS ASRE NOT UP TO PAR WITH THIS C PU SO I NEED TO BUY 10000 CPU CARD JUST TO PLAY THIS GAME
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Gh0stW4r ♻
0.8 hrs
Posted: July 26
Well “Flight Control” may not be the most engaging game ever made; but it is a fairly addictive title! It feels very much like a mobile/tablet game that would be perfect for a train journey! The objective of the game is simple land the various types of aircraft in the correct lanes while not having them crash into each other in the air… It may sound easy but when there are ten pink planes coming in and only one pink landing strip; let’s just say it can get a little messy! I was actually quite surprised how much I enjoyed playing this; I thoroughly expected to hate it… However, as far as casual coffee break style games go, this was really quite awesome!
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Jinx
2.7 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 4
I actually like this one, would be better on a tablet or touchscreen though.
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BIRTHDAY(OCT1ST) Daniel1389
5.6 hrs
Posted: June 13
It's a great game where you just tell which flights can land and something you partly control is how everybody will die as lots of people will.
It also has tonns of features like:
Planes that you can't change the path of.
Wind that changes which terminals can be used.
Slower and faster planes.

I would like to see a map editor and a pause button so you can figure out a way to organise before everyone dies.

Overall a great game!
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Cremo
10.0 hrs
Posted: May 27
A really good arcade game

Game is fun, but you can tell that it is made for tablets and smart phones on the first look. If you want to give it a try, pick it up on a sale.
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parkbenchi
6.2 hrs
Posted: April 19
Pick up and play joy. Cute graphics, beautiful music, addictive, polished gameplay.
One of the best conversions of an app I first played on a phone ever.

I come back to it year after year, if only for twenty minutes at a time. Fantastic.
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