by Ant Pruitt
The developers of X-Plane are well-known for its incredible flight simulator program. Used by aviation geeks and pilots alike, X-Plane 10 is extremely fun and even more addictive, and worth the hefty $49.99 price tag.
The feel for this simulator is incredibly immersive. X-Plane players familiar with the PC version can attest to how realistic the platform is. This same gaming power has been packed into the mobile experience.
While playing X-Plane 10 you’ll immediately notice the quality of the graphics and the attention to detail. Your instrument panel is clearly marked with switches, gauges and levers just for a real cockpit. Plus, the view from the pilot’s chair allows you to pan across the screen so you can see surrounding areas as you fly. You never know when you have to look out for another passing aircraft or obstruction.
Different aircrafts are available, from single-engine planes such as the Cessna, to sky-filling commercial airliners like the Boeing 747. As you’d expect, the size, design and weight of the aircraft come to play when attempting to pilot these aluminum birds.
The in-app purchases were quite the sticker shock coming from legacy versions of X-Plane. I’m familiar with X-Plan 9 and the in-app purchases were ideal for different courses and upgrading your aircraft. These upgrades used to cost as little as $1. Now with X-Plane 10, you’re looking at a minimum $4.99 purchase price for a jumbo aircraft. In-app purchases for smaller aircraft range in price from $1 -$2.99. But, honestly, who wants to fly those? Most AV geeks want their hands on a jumbo jet or even a military fighter jet.
Don’t want to buy new aircraft? Fine. But you’ll be locked out of various challenges and courses. Some of them require upgraded aircraft beyond the Cessna.
Conclusion – Get This Game!
I can complain about the in-app purchases of X-Plane 10 all day. But ultimately all the upgrades are worth it. The visual and audible aspects of the game set a high standard in mobile flight simulators.
I recommend playing X-Plane 10 on your tablet while wearing headphones. The larger screen and physical form factor made it easier for me to fly. Be sure to have plenty of battery as the intense graphics can tax your device’s processor and GPU leading to high battery use. Adding the headphones upped the ante and isolated me from anything else in my room during gameplay. Warning, if you suffer from motion sickness while playing first-person view video games, this may trigger the sickness. Honestly, it’s that intense and immersive.
Ant is a tech pro and writes about support, modern tech and photography. When Ant is not snapping photos on his smartphone, he’s actively engaging the photography community. Ant writes for Tech Republic.