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This article was published on April 7, 2010

Flight Control HD Comes To The iPad

Flight Control HD Comes To The iPad
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Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the web as an enabler of change. You can follow Kim on twitter - @kimheras

Firemint, the award-winning Australian developer of iPhone/iPod touch games has released an iPad ready version of its hit app – Flight Control HD

For those who don’t know, the game casts the player in the role of an air traffic controller in charge of an increasingly busy airport.

Flight Control has been an outstanding App Store success on iPhone and iPod touch with over 2,000,000 copies sold, as well as receiving wide games industry acclaim for its simple gameplay that created a new genre of “line drawing” games.

Flight Control reached the #1 paid app position in over 20 countries including US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada and Australia. Some of the many honors bestowed on Flight Control include iPhone Game of the Year from Pocket Gamer; Casual Game of the Year from Macworld’s App Gems Awards; Best Game – Game Developers Association of Australia; Finalist – Casual Game of the Year in the Interactive Achievement Awards; and Finalist – Handheld Game of the Year in the Game Developers Choice Awards. According to AppStore HQ, Flight Control was the most blogged-about iPhone app of 2009

Firemint CEO Robert Murray commented, “Flight Control HD is everything you love about Flight Control, re-imagined for iPad and packed with new features and content. We think this will be the best Flight Control experience yet – if you thought Flight Control was addictive before, wait until you play it on iPad!”

Flight Control HD contains everything included in Flight Control for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as many additions.

  • More ways to play, including multiplayer modes that take advantage of iPad’s innovative Multi-Touch interface.
  • Split-screen “versus” mode: play competitively by sending your planes to capture aircraft from your opponent.
  • Co-operative multiplayer on a single iPad: share landing duties with a friend on one of three HD airfields.
  • Multiplayer on two devices (selected from iPad, iPhone or iPod touch): land aircraft of your own color, and direct others off the screen for your fellow Controller to land.
  • More space to land your planes and bigger airports thanks to the large iPad screen, with three new HD airfields.
  • Beautiful high-quality graphics throughout, including an all-new menu and updated graphics for the Classic airfields from the iPhone version.
  • New Snow airfield with variable wind direction in addition to the four Classic iPhone airfields (Original, Beach, Carrier and Outback) and three HD airfields, for a total of eight single-player airfields.
  • Quirky “3D view” airfield brings Flight Control to life like never before – use red/cyan glasses to see aircraft floating above the iPad (3D glasses not included, widely available from retailers such as amazon.com at low cost).
  • Many more enhancements including all-new path continuation, improved collision warnings, a new “safe” fast forward function, and a longer version of that addictive Flight Control song we all love.

Being stuck in Australia without an iPad means I can’t test the app, but if it’s half as good as the iPhone version of Flight Control I’ll gladly pay the $4.99 price tag when iPads hit our shores.

Maybe in the meantime they can release an emulated version for my MacBook. Maybe not…

You can check out more info about FlightControl HD here

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