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Title: Airport Mania: First Flight
Manufacturer: Reflexive Ent.
Platform: WiiWare
Release Date: 2010
Part #: N/A
Rating: 4 out of 5
ESRB Rating: Everyone

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In a word, Airport Mania: First Flight is cute. I hate to say it, but it's true. Cheerful and cartoon-like, it's a fun game that creates an addiction to air traffic control. With multiple levels and a fully upgradable airport, this game has quite a bit to offer little kids (it's target audience judging from the cartoonish graphics) as well as their parents. But don't think it won't present a good challenge for all.

Originally a PC game, Airport Mania is deceptively simple, yet has enough options to make it a lot of fun to play. It's all about resource management and making decisions as an Air Traffic Controller. Which plane to land first, choosing an available runway, selecting a gate, re-fueling and repairs are all components to keeping your airport running smoothly. In other words you have to make quick decisions or your planes get pissed. No, really- they get angry little faces if you make them wait too long.

Airport Mania Game Play

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Get 3 friends and gather around the TV for a really slick 4-player game. You can start off with a tutorial mode that will show you all aspects of landing, taxiing, deplaning, refueling and takeoff. From there you can explore up to 15 levels at each of 8 airports. It feels overly simplistic at the outset, but as you upgrade your airport you'll soon see how complex this game can become. You'll find yourself cursing those cartoonish planes as they sit there smiling back at you. Grrrrr!

Many games that require pointing at objects on the screen are a tad janky - they usually evoke wobbles and blur on the screen. Airport Mania does NOT suffer this affliction. The pointer is dead-on and creates a great way to interact with objects on the screen. Everything is point-n-click from selecting planes, runways, gates, layovers and repairs. Click your "A" button to select a plane or location and use "B" to cancel it. This simplicity makes the busier times a little less stressful.

Holy shit! Check this out...
Complete all 48 levels to unlock the Paper Plane mode.
Instead of playing with regular airplanes your planes will be paper instead. You will be able to toggle it from the Options Menu.

After each level, you are taken to the store where you can use your earnings to upgrade everything from adding runways and gates to layover spaces. You can even buy short range radar... which you'll need to do in order to later get longrange radar. And don't think you're just responsible for the passengers aboard each plane. Some flights have special circumstances from carrying the President to transplant organs. These cartoon planes aren't fucking around. This shit can get real - fast :)

We found multiplayer games a little overwhelming since play is simultaneous. Having 4 cursors floating around the screen can be a bit much. Either way, airport Mania: First Flight will keep you on your toes and is a real gem at only 500 WiiWare points.

The only negative side we see really isn't a fault or problem with the game itself. The game's sound and graphics give it a decidedly childish look that will most likely make many people pass it over without giving it a chance to see how grand it is in terms of game play. It's cheap and a helluva lot of fun. Give it a try!

Airport Mania's Missing Elements

Airport Mania offers a lot of realism and would rightly be classified as a simulation game even though the planes smile cheerfully when treated well. However, anyone who flies frequently in the real world will quickly see some elements that should have been added.

Airport security is useless

Safety is the primary goal of air traffic control, but is limited to the planes themselves in this game. ATC personell are overworked, underpaid and have to safely monitor and assist more and more planes every year. These stressful tensions are well integrated into the often frantic pace you'll encounter playing this game.

Airport Mania: First Flight does a good job of putting the player in the control tower, but we all know that planes are only safe if the passengers have been properly groped, cavity searched and photographed in the nude.


Sorry for that long tangent...
We love Airport Mania: First Flight on WiiWare and highly recommend you dive into the experience and enjoy a uniquely enjoyable game.

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Final Judgement:

Reflexive Entertainment Airport Mania: First Flight

uses soothing music and cartoonish graphics that may turn off some players. If you take a more hardcore approach to your gaming, give this one a try anyway- you'll be surprised at the complexity and tension that lays behind those smiling planes.

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