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Air Traffic Chaos - Nintendo DS
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- Use touch screen to safely manage takeoffs, landings and air traffic
- 3 difficulty levels each with 5 stages
- In depth tutorial to teach you how to be an air traffic controller
- Keep track of 7 unique airplanes and 14 airlines
- View and share high scores with up to 7 friends in the ATC library
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On the easiest difficulty, you'll have maybe two planes in the air at any given time, with one or two on the ground waiting to take off. Landing the planes is easy, just move them to an empty gate, provided there isn't a plane on the runway blocking you.
On higher difficulty, especially on Expert, the game throws more planes at you that are trying to land, while also giving you a full airport with planes waiting to take off. Can you keep an eye on those planes flying over the airport? Can you adjust their speed in time so they don't crash into each other? On the ground, will the lanes get clogged with traffic? Can you recognize which plane should leave first so as to maximize the amount of points you get?
The later airports (which act as stages) give you more gates and more runways to deal with, and each airport can be played on 3 difficulty settings, each setting with a different goal. All in all, about 12 stages, which provide around 10-15 hours of gameplay if you want to beat all of the stages. I'm sure there are people that will enjoy playing the stages over and over again, as well.
Some things are frustrating, like there are times when you can't issue an order to a flying plane, like 'speed up' or 'slow down', and it never gives an explanation as to why it does that. Sometimes the plane is just flying and not doing anything, but I can't issue orders. This has led to several mid-air collisions for me.Read more ›
Loads of fun early on. Impossible later though. Good for a few hours of fun, and maybe only interesting to those in the aviation community. Maybe even more so for those in Japan.
But then I read the other review here, and gave it another chance, and I love it.
Now I want to add another star. Looks like another irreversible decision.
I'll leave the description to the ATC reviewer, but this game is just a lot of fun. It takes place a little faster than a real-time pace, which presumably makes it more fast-paced than the actual job, but there is a lot of leeway on how to handle situations. But you do have to plan ahead, because there are very few instances where you can rescue a bad decision. Even so, this game somehow avoids being frustrating--not once have I felt the urge to throw my DS while playing this game.
With a little bit of practice and patience (for us non-ATC's), this game is excellent, even with the cutesy characters.
Now I want to add another star--another irreversible decision, I guess.
Right away you can identify that it is a Japanese game -- w/ the Anime-styled artwork and the fact that all the five airports are in Japan (or loosely based on real airports in Japan.) Thankfully, this game had a very clean interface and a series of in-game tutorials to help you get the hang of everything and to maximize the use of all the information available in the interface. Before I knew it, I had spent 4.5 hours at my shifts as an ATC. The game has a very casual feel to it and you never feel frustrated -- even if the pilots are getting testy with you.
Though there are only 15 "levels" (5 airports x 3 difficulties), the airports vary greatly w/ complexity and the difficulties really ratchet up the pace -- especially when dealing with wild wind, runway restrictions, gates packed like sardines, and planes stalled on the taxiway! The levels are infinitely re-playable as well since they are random on every play-through and you can always try to find more and more efficient ways to manage inbound/outbound traffic to maximize your score.
Bottom line - this cart has spent a lot of time in my DS and I would say if you are remotely interested in airports and a new type of simulation game, you can do a heck of a lot worse than Air Traffic Chaos.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game seemed like it would be easy, but I find it difficult to manage the departures and arrivals without causing collisions! Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by toomuchfun
The game is enjoyable, however the graphic are less than desireable, and it repetative game play, causes the game to get old.Published on July 22, 2010 by Aaron D. Haynes
I bought this game while in paris. read about it on some game web page. this game is fun as crap. for $10, i'd buy several. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by frenchy
I'm happy with the game however the sound is lame. I can't hear the radio communciations because the music is so loud. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by Richard E. Rader
Air Traffic Chaos is equal parts fun and frustration. The biggest disappointment is that with a few simple game play tweaks it could have been much better. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Wing
I really like this game. It's not a super fast paced game or anything, but it's one that is addictive once you start playing it.Published on March 28, 2009 by J. Landis
Yes this game has maybe the worst box art ever. But still I picked this up when I saw in a retail store, hoping it would be like Aerobiz which was an awesome game back in the old... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by mark twain