I love flying, and I love flight simulators, but the problem is…my small netbook doesn’t have the screen resolution for a flight simulator (I know this from downloading a demo of Microsoft Flight Simulator X – it wouldn’t open because of my screen’s resolution, even at maximum!). So, yeah, with no disc drive it looks like no flight simulators on the laptop for me :-(.
But – good news! With an iPod Touch, I can buy a $5 flight simulator on the Apple store: X-Plane Airliner. X-Plane Airliner is a simple and limited but fun flight simulator for iPod Touch and iPhone, where you can fly 9 different jetliner planes: the Boeing 777, 747, 757 and 787; the Airbus A380 and A320; the MD-88 and the retired Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, as well as the supersonic Concorde. (*breath*)
Sure, this program doesn’t have 3D buildings, it only has nine planes, and limited places to fly, but it’s still a great game for five dollars. If you’re looking for some fun flying for a low price, X-Plane Airliner is as good as it gets for the iPod Touch or iPhone. And – there are different versions, too – X-Plane Glider, X-Plane Helicopter, even X-Plane Space Apollo. There is also X-Plane 9, which is also what the desktop version of X-Plane is called. This version has various types of airplanes, not just commercial jetliners. And, if you have an iPod Touch or iPhone fourth generation, you can buy a $10 app called X-Plane HDEF which has the graphics for an iPad and is a combination of at least five other X-Plane apps (including Airliner). This app has extra features and is exclusively for iPod Touch and iPhones fourth generation, and it works for iPad, too.
Yes, I only have the Airliner version, but there are countless X-Plane apps on iTunes for so many different tastes. Here are some screen shots of the Airliner app in action.