Move Over Microsoft Flight Sim, This is the Most Realistic Airplane Experience - Prima Games

Move Over Microsoft Flight Sim, This is the Most Realistic Airplane Experience

by Morgan Shaver

Simulator games are often designed to either be realistic, like Microsoft Flight Sim, or funny like Goat Simulator. Airplane Mode from developer Bacronym Games and publisher AMC finds a nice middle ground between both.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert pilot to enjoy Airplane Mode. In fact, you don’t have to be a pilot at all because you aren’t flying planes, you’re riding in them as a passenger.

Move Over Microsoft Flight Sim, This is the Most Realistic Airplane Experience 

COVID-19 has made airplane travel unappealing, to say the least.

If you find yourself missing the feeling of being packed into a tiny seat next to strangers for several hours, you’re in luck, because you can relive that experience in safe, stunning detail in Airplane Mode! 

First Class isn’t offered in Airplane Mode because, let’s face it, few of us get the satisfaction of parking our butts in those comfy leather seats.

Instead, Airplane Mode sticks you in Coach but hey, at least you get a window seat! 

If you’re wondering how realistic Airplane Mode is, here are some features that’ll help immerse you in your virtual flight:  

  • Taxi, take-off, and landing.
  • Fairly accurate satellite imagery of your flight path.
  • Snacks, premium beverages, and meal service (incl. fish option).
  • Carry-on bag with a book, headphones, pen, and charging cable.
  • Overhead reading light and complimentary aircraft information card.
  • Inflight safety video produced by IFC’s in-house team of expert air hosts.
  • Randomized events on every playthrough, such as turbulence, bad wifi, and delays.
  • Authentic ambient noise—whose baby is that???*
  • Inflight entertainment system featuring a flight tracker and hit movies of the 1930s.
  • Our award-winning magazine, Stratospheres, filled with articles, crosswords, and Sudoku.

You get to experience every part of the airplane travel process from the obnoxiously long amount of time that it takes to taxi and take-off, the feeling of eating snacks to stave off boredom, and even the signature experience of pretending to read through the aircraft information card to avoid social interaction with the person next to you.

You can choose flights from two to six hours long, depending on how much torture you want to inflict upon yourself, and no two flights are ever the same.

Cheers for replayability.

As awful as it can be to fly in real life, Airplane Mode has the unique appeal of being set in an alternate reality free from COVID. You just sit in your seat, pass the time with some in-flight movies (all of which are from the 1930s for some reason) and wait for your plane to land.

You won’t experience any back pain from hard, uncomfortable seats, or neck pain from trying to sleep in a chair you can’t lean back. Or sleeping with the assistance of your tray table. 

Even if you experience a little turbulence you get the comfort of knowing the plane won’t crash, and you won’t have to worry about any Langoliers either.

If you get that joke, congratulations, you’re as old as we are. We like to have fun here.

Anyway, if you’re itching to board a plane with questionable Wi-Fi, you won’t have to wait too much longer. Today, AMC announced the official release date for Airplane Mode and it’s only two short weeks away. 

That’s right, on October 15, you’ll finally be able to play Airplane Mode on Steam

A price has yet to be announced but we imagine it’s cheaper than your average plane ticket. Worth it.

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