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New iPhone App Puts You In The Control Tower

FlightControl 1.0 Offers Simple Premise... But It's Not Easy!

A brand-new iPhone application from Firemint gives users a taste of what it’s like to work as an air traffic controller, sequencing and directing aircraft in your airspace to safe landings.

The "playing field" is an overhead view of an airport traffic area. As aircraft enter your airspace, you are to direct their flight path to a runway for landing: airliners to the long runway, small planes to the short runway, and helicopters to the helipad.

The game starts out on a fairly simple level, but of course things quickly get more challenging as the amount of air traffic on your screen soon increases dramatically. The game ends with the first mid-air collision.

Firemint provides background to the game’s origin on its website: "Flight Control started as a personal project for Firemint CEO, Robert Murray, but was soon followed up with assistance from Firemint developers Jesse West and Alexandra Peters.

"The game began as a design and development exercise over Rob's Christmas break. Christmas holidays are one of the few times of the year when the entire studio shuts down for a week or so and it's a great time to get creative. Sometimes you even stumble on something really cool!

"The game has obsessed much of the Firemint studio, along with their significant others and friends. When we saw the buzz it was creating in the studio, we couldn't wait to share it with everyone else."

"I downloaded this game a week ago, and I still keep coming back to try to get a new high score," Cnet blog author Jason Parker wrote. "Flight Control is both incredibly challenging and very addicting, and definitely worth the 99 cent price tag."

FMI: www.firemint.com/flightcontrol

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