Flight simulator players are something of a different breed. Flight simulation games can require hours of attention to what, for many people, is an extremely tedious (boring), monotonous (boooooring) task. But, the best simulators on the market are so good (realistic) that you can actually use them as part of a professional flight simulator. X-Plane (for the desktop) is that good.

Now, the Android game is no substitute for getting your pilot's license, but Laminar Research, the company that makes the game, promises "85% of the accuracy" of the desktop version. Which is amazing, considering just how much less hardware horsepower you're dealing with on a smartphone compared to a modern PC.

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X-Plane has been priced (for the most part) at $2.99 for some time now (it was $10 way back when it launched), with the option to buy additional planes and environments as in-app purchases. The developer of the game has decided to eradicate the entry fee altogether, and make X-Plane free to play. It's important to note that only the initial price is changing - you get no less content right out of the gate than you did when it was $2.99. Laminar is apparently seeing how it will fare on a free-to-play model that relies on post-install purchases. The game has already seen a massive jump in downloads, so this may just work out.

Anyway, if you're into flight simulators, or want to try one out (careful, they're a gateway drug to train simulators), you simply won't be able to do better on a mobile device than X-Plane.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1115811109 Mario Lara

    I was going to be offended at the gateway drug comment, then realized that I kinda wanted to play with a train simulator...

    Curses. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    wait, so it's not because of piracy? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

    It is now free because the maker got taken to court: http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/lawsuit/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I asked them that, but they specifically said it's not free because of that but rather because they like the freemium model.

      • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

        Interesting... I blame Reddit for my belief that it was because of the lawsuit! :P

  • None

    What's the point of the QR code on this page if it doesn't take me directly to the Play store on my device? Like having a page link back to itself. Pointless.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It goes straight to the Play Store on my One X using Google Goggles to scan the code. Not sure what the problem you're having is.

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Cool! I've hesitated to download it previously but I will now for sure...on a side note, an Android version of FlightGear is being work on too, I've noticed...can't wait to see how that turns out.