Airport Madness 3D is a time management game where you have to make sure that planes land safely, timely and without incident.
It is also an airport simulation game as it perfectly captures the attributes of an airport and presents it in this game format, letting you experience the hustle and bustle of what makes an airport a successful one!
Gameplay consists of you trying your best to manage air traffic. The loop starts with you telling a plane to go to a certain take off lane. It starts heading in that direction, and if it needs to cross other lanes it will wait for you to give it the signal to do so. Then it slowly gets into position; you can expedite this process.
As it is ready to go, it will wait for you to give confirmation for take off, and if it should do it faster than normal. Afterwards, it goes to the designated line, gets in position, and flies away. As it returns, you will see the designated path the plane is planning to take. You can tell it to do it faster, slower, or to extend the approach, which makes the plane make a slightly longer turn. You use these predefined flight paths to avoid collisions with other planes.
Once it is approaching, you can no longer tell it to extend the path, but you can tell it to go around. That makes it start the pathing all over again; useful for cluttered skies, of which there are plenty in this game. Once it finally lands, you can tell it to park normally or to do it faster. The plane can only park if there is room for it to do so, and once it does it will start loading people to start the process all over again.
At any point during this process there can be complications, mostly due to the fact that you never have enough lanes for all the planes coming in and out. When a plane has finished landing, you have to be careful it will not crash with other ones landing as it crosses the lanes to its designated one. As they are getting ready to leave, you might need to wait for other planes to land.
But if you do not prepare enough planes for take off, the landing planes might have nowhere to park. All of these complications can lead to a line of planes, almost like a supermarket line. The slower you do things, the worst it gets, until inevitably planes crash. And those deaths are on you.
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Adding to the level of stress the game offers (and the challenge that comes with it), the game has included a feedback system for you to know how people feel about how you handle things; both passengers and workers alike.
There is an actual, literal stress bar that as it goes higher you get more complaints. This gets raised mostly due to people having to wait: having to wait to land, having to wait for take off, etcetera. Your pilots usually complain about the safety of the skyline: how close planes are from each other, how many turns they have to do before landing, how many speed differences there are.
All this feedback is given to you via made up twitter posts; an original way of displaying it.
The game’s art aims for realism, which is par for the course since it is a simulation game. Since you are so high on the tower, you will not see people walking around, however the planes are very well realized and you can see the little cargo cars going around; the smallest model in play.
The airport itself has plenty of detail as well, and it depends on which part of the world you are, the types of structures that you will see. Some airports are located on islands, so you can see the far horizon being drawn on the water’s surface. Others are in big, buzzling cities, and here the sound design is what makes a stellar difference.
Beyond background noise, the sounds of planes taking off and landing are incredible, and the soothing relaxing music is a necessity since the game can get quite nerve wracking at times.
Airport Madness 3D is a game that can get quite hectic, but if you get on the flow it can actually be very relaxing. Turning a chaotic airport into a well-oiled machine can be incredibly satisfying, and it is an experience you should not miss.
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