Review: Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips (iPhone)

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a multi-tasker? Reckon you’re a guru at time-management? Or do you just like playing fun, absorbing and challenging games? Answering “yes” to any of those questions means you need to get Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips, the fantastic sequel to the App Store’s 2009 #1 game: Airport Mania (which has a very nice port currently available on the Nintendo DS and Wii download services). Reflexive Entertainment have delivered a game full of entertainment, for all ages, that will keep you playing for hours and hours.

The cute little planes are back!

This game has no real storyline to speak of but it’s an aspect that can easily be overlooked because it’s made up for by bright, colourful graphics, quirky sound effects and brilliant gameplay. Your job is to take control of an airport and make sure that things run smoothly. Bring planes in to land, allow passengers to disembark, refuel, repair and restock your planes and then get them back in the air, all the while making sure to keep the planes themselves happy and on time.

Offering a huge variety of planes, mastering which ones to focus on and when to get them into action is the key to success. Combinations of planes coming in to land or taking off will get you the most points while taking quick care of “special” passengers will also earn you medals. Featuring 79 levels to play as well as the extra challenge of getting high scores, this fast paced game will keep even the best of gamers busy. Added to that, you can unlock 18 different aircraft and earn over 50 awards so there’s no shortage of entertainment and replayability.

As you start off the expectations are reasonable and the further you progress in the game, the harder it is to get that elusive “perfect” score. The start of each level offers a handy hint in terms of gameplay and when you start earning enough money you can buy extra features for your airport, ranging from an extra layover spot, to a spray-painting service to change the colour of your plane to even having the option to keep your planes happier with in-flight movies and beverages.

There’s something for everyone in Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips and it’s the perfect iPhone/iPad game because you can play it for only a few minutes on the train or spend hours playing on your couch. Keeping focused is important as different sized planes are worth different amounts of points and even the colour of the plane has an impact on your score. Colour schemes are also customizable so that you don’t get too confused between the different colours. From basic scores to perfect scores, and awards galore, any level of gamer will be able to enjoy this game. The cute graphics and funny sound effects will entertain and amuse while the speed of play will ensure that your fingers tap furiously away at the screen.

Some of the environments are right out there

Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips is worth every cent in the App Store and is a must-have game for your Apple device. A tantalising combination of beautiful graphics, challenging gameplay and rewards aplenty means this app will appeal to anyone and everyone for a variety of reasons. Be prepared to play this one with a smile on your face as you take off into the skies for fun.

– Dom S

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