We’ve all had our chances at trying a version of a flight simulator (which was most likely the Microsoft Flight Sims), but now one of the best flight simulators for mobile handsets, X-Plane 9, is now completely free of charge in the Play Store. X-Plane 9 features 21 different scenery regions along with a whopping 53 plans to take charge of. That is not all that is featured in X-Plane 9 though. The game also has Wi-Fi multiplayer, simulated system failures, and even bird strikes! A lot of flight simulators, I would say, are not that enjoyable. X-Plane 9 specifically, is a fun title though.
X-Plane 9 was previously $2.99, but this extremely powerful mobile simulator is now entirely worth it due to the recent change to free-to-play. The free version of X-Plane 9 will be offering you 6 different scenery regions and 10 planes to choose from. If you wish to unlock the other regions and various plans, you will have to make an in-app purchase to do so. Honestly, if you aren’t into flight simulators, I would highly recommend giving X-Plan 9 a shot. Besides, it is now free-to-play, what do you have to lose? If only Torchlight II would make its way onto the Android platform. At that point and time, I think my life would be nearing perfection.
On another note, X-Plan 9 is supposed to be one of the most flexible and realistic simulators on Google Play and your standard desktop. The developers claim that they offer realism that is unmatched by any other simulator, which to an extent, I would agree is entirely truthful. X-Plane 9 really does offer a unique experience due to the way they handle things. The only problem I have with the game so far, is that, there just isn’t any sort of cockpit view, which is really essential to most Flight Simulators. A radar to view the nearest airports would be really awesome to have too. While that isn’t a game changing feature, it would definitely be helpful to have on the right corner of your screen or something.
Aside from all of that, this specific simulator is really smooth, and has a lot of realism to it (as stated above). I guess the other thing that would be nice to see is 3D structures. The developers have seemed to not take on the full potential of what Android can handle. Of course, we could be seeing the full potential down the pipe line, but currently things are just “ok” in terms of graphics and such.
Android users who want to take advantage of this awesome new free application can head on over to Google Play and give it a download. Of course, to download the game you are going to have to have Android 2.2 Froyo or above. It won’t work on anything below that (as was stated on the Google Play description page of X-Plan 9).
Here is some of the features you can expect to see in X-Plan 9 if you haven’t played this title before:
- 6 scenery regions included (15 more available for purchase)
- 10 different aircraft of varying types (43 more available for purchase)
- Fly Dawn, Day, Dusk, Night
- Fly in VFR/IFR conditions from clear skies to overcast.
- You control the weather!
- Simulated system failures!
- Bird Strikes!
- Multiplayer over WiFi!
- Installs right to your SD card (Froyo/2.2 support required)
Has anyone played the game yet? Are you enjoying it? Let us know in the comments below!
source: talk android