If you miss the days of standing in endless lines at the airport only to be crammed into a tiny airplane seat for six hours, you’re in luck. AMC Games is set to release Airplane Mode, a simulation game that “explores the airline travel experience down to every last detail.”
This isn’t Microsoft Flight Simulator. You won’t be in the cockpit guiding the plane. Instead, you’ll be stuck in a window seat looking straight ahead. The game, which explores all aspects of air travel, including the contents of your carry-on bag and smartphone hard drive and the behavior of cabin crew and other passengers, was created by New York-based video game designer Hosni Auji.
Auji, who has been working on the game since 2017, first showed an alpha version during a livestream Desert Bus for Hope charity event in November 2019. He told CNN at the time that he wasn’t sure how people would react when he first started developing the game. Since then, the responses have been varied. Some see it as a “calming and cathartic” experience, while others view it as sheer torture.
Game features include IFC-produced flight safety videos, snacks, premium beverages and meal service, an onboard entertainment system that includes a flight tracker and classic films from the 1930s, an in-flight magazine with articles, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku, and a series of “randomized events,” like turbulence, bad Wi-Fi, delays, and crying babies. In essence, all the joys of air travel and more.
Players can choose between a long-haul flight from JFK to Iceland, or a shorter two-and-a-half-hour flight from New York to Halifax, Canada. Although the price and exact release date have not yet been announced, the game will be available on a PC and Mac.
According to Clayton Neuman, vice president of AMC Games, “Airplane Mode immediately stood out to us as something different — a totally deadpan, 90 percent earnest and serious simulation that’s 10 percent winking at the player.”
Given that between 33% and 40% of all people experience some form of anxiety when it comes to flying, according to stratosjets.com, this game might be useful for those looking to relax before embarking on their next trip. On the other hand, for those with a serious fear of flying, this just might be the most horrific game imaginable.
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