Conquer the skies in
Aviation Empire Platinum
Released in January this year, Aviation Empire Platinum is a strategic airline simulator mobile game. You’ll start in 1919, the year KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched their first flight, and you’ll need to build, invest in and connect destinations around the world to soar to success.
Starting with the story mode is recommended. You’ll begin with a small airport setup in Amsterdam. You’ll have to connect to other major cities around Europe including London, Zurich, Copenhagen and Paris. The game will provide objectives as you play which form tutorials. As you progress through the objectives, you’ll gradually be introduced to some of the games more complex features. I’d recommend playing through story mode until the late 1960’s before moving across to the second game mode; Investor mode. There are over 145 cities around the World for you to invest in and build, as well as three categories of aircraft; Short Range, Mid Range and Long Range. Combined that’s over 30 aircraft to unlock.
When you feel like you have mastered the Story Mode, Investor mode is ready and there is a great, deep management engine operating under the surface of the game. The further through the decades you progress, the complexity increases. The single objective in Investor mode is to make enough money to continue investing in new planes, landing rights, upgraded buildings and additional routes. If you cease to make money, you’ll need to re-evaluate your current empire in a bid to return to making profit, allowing you to continue investing. Investor Mode becomes a full simulation title, and doesn’t attempt to hold your hand.
There are in-app purchases available in Aviation Empire Platinum. However, there is nothing for sale that cannot be gained by simply playing the game. You can earn additional Dollars and Gems by watching adverts (normally 20-30 seconds long). Again however, you don’t need to.
At present I have made it to 1974, with 121 aircraft serving 28 cities. I’ve over $8,500,000 in the bank (I got lucky with an early connection that was profitable) and just over 100 gems. I won’t lie, this is my second attempt at investor Mode, but neither time have I spent any real money.
Key features of Aviation Empire Platinum include:
- Developing your own flight paths & creating connections around the world to 145 different cities.
- As the decade’s tick by, your airline company develops. Bigger and faster aircraft become available. Airports can be upgraded including VIP Departures, Hotels, Theme Parks, Security, ATC (Air Traffic Control to you and I) and much more.
- In-depth in-game analytics and statistics to really help you manage all your connections and cities.
A really great feature of the game (if you happen to travel a lot for work) is the ability from within the game itself, to check into Airports around the world to unlock that destination in the game. You would need to be regular traveller or have a lot of Air Miles saved up to take advantage of this, but it’s still a nice touch.
A drawback to the clever and complex management system of the game, is that after about 60 minutes’ continuous play, the game can suffer from stuttering, freezes and even crashes. I’d advise you to keep saving manually. Although this is a negative point, the team at Little Chicken are actively looking into potential memory leaks to discover a way to resolve this problem. We love pro-active developers who continuously work to fix bugs, so that’s a big thumb up from us![wp-review id=”1809″]