Not exactly simple…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as designing airplanes that fly right has never been simple. The building controls seem like something I’m constantly fighting. I’ve spent a lifetime interested in this stuff, so understanding airfoils, dihedral effects, CoM vs CoL, etc….that’s spot on in this game. But stuff like…how do I turn the plane around if I somehow built it backwards? Why can’t I select more than one part at a time? Or can I? hitting Esc should clear the selected part (like so many CAD/CAM modeling programs) not exit you from the build interface. Like so many games I review, the problem seems focused on UX. Game designers rightfully worry about game mechanics, balance, bugs, graphics, etc…but they never seem to have anyone dedicated to making things easy to use. Good menus. Logical and common workflows. Intuitive stuff that mirrors what everyone is already expecting. The challenge should be in the puzzle or task, not the UI overhead. Hopefully they keep polishing because this can be a ton of fun if you can get past the hiccups.
I first began playing this game a few years ago on Mobile. I loved the sandbox style gameplay. I began making my own creations, and that led me to the SimplePlanes website. I discovered a whole new world beyond my small phone screen, and set off to Steam to get it there. compared to the mobile version, the controls and interface took some getting used to. However it was nice to be able to play with a HOTAS rather than just my fingers. Let’s also not forget to mention the expanded world compared to the mobile variant, this is much larger and interactive, and with a decent GPU, is utterly amazing. I’m going to keep playing and creating, and learning more about this game. Next on my list is SPVR for my Oculus. See you all in the skies.
Over 100,000 airplanes are available to download for free from SimplePlanes.com Find anything from old WW2 bombers to next generation fighters to sci-fi spacecrafts. You can upload your own airplanes and rise through the ranks from a bronze builder to a gold level builder. LOOKING FOR VR Are you looking for the new SimplePlanes VR? After you get to the bottom of this page, you can check out the list showing a quick comparison between SimplePlanes and SimplePlanes VR. DYNAMIC FLIGHT MODEL Flight simulation at its finest. Every little decision you make while designing will impact how you fly it. Weight distribution, thrust, lift, and drag are all calculated continuously while flying. Parts can break off in a spectacular fashion while you’re flying due to over-stress or by impacting something. The fun won’t stop there though. You can keep on flying even with a missing wing if you’ve got the skills.CHALLENGES Climb in to the cockpit of one of your craft and see how you fare piloting it in the challenges. The challenges will keep you entertained for hours. Land on aircraft carriers, escort bombers, dodge surface-to-air missiles, race through courses, and so much more.
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