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Airplane Mode

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Available on:PCOct 15, 2020

Developer: Bacronym

Publisher: AMC

Genre: Simulation

This is a game where you play as a window seat passenger for the real-time duration of a long-haul commercial flight across the Atlantic. Airplane Mode's gameplay explores the airline travel experience down to every last detail—from the design of your seat and the seatback in front of you, to the contents of your carry-on bag and smartphone hard drive, to the behaviors of cabin crew and other passengers. The circumstances of your flight will change every time you play. Simply put, Airplane Mode is the most realistic flight simulation ever created. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. FEATURING: Taxi, take-off, and landing. Fairly accurate satellite imagery of your flight path. Snacks, premium beverages, and meal service (incl. fish option). Carry-on bag with a book, headphones, pen, and charging cable. Overhead reading light and complimentary aircraft information card. Inflight safety video produced by IFC's in-house team of expert air hosts. Randomized events on every playthrough, such as turbulence, bad wifi, and delays. Authentic ambient noise—whose baby is that???* Inflight entertainment system featuring a flight tracker and hit movies of the 1930s. Our award-winning magazine, Stratospheres, filled with articles, crosswords, and Sudoku. From AMC Games, IFC, Bacronym, and the NYU Game Center Incubator. *Crying baby not guaranteed on every flight.

Airplane Mode Critic Reviews

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Airplane Mode might be the most hyper-real gaming experience that I’ve ever had. Unfortunately though, it just captures a super boring part of real life. Outside of maybe actually sleeping, this has to be the craziest idea for a sim I could ever think of. I wonder if they’re working on “Sleep Mode” next. I had just as much trouble synching my headphones to Bluetooth as I do in real life, so the authenticity of this experience is worth commending overall, but I think Airplane Mode is a case of keeping it TOO real.

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In a different year, Airplane Mode would be a nothing more than a nice joke, a strange experiment forgotten in a couple of days. In this strange 2020, AMC's first game is instead a sort of relief from the lockdown we are living in. If you miss being stuck in an uncomfortable chair, bored to death for hours, this is the game for you.

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Airplane Mode is everything you'd expect from a well-crafted flight simulator where you're not in control: Boring, hopeless, and a dangerous invitation into the depths of your own unhinged psyche brought on by a high altitude prison that you paid to be incarcerated in. It's almost the end of the year, and I think I've just found the winner of the best horror game of 2020.

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Airplane Mode would have probably been a better game if it also included the check-in process and some extensive and tension-filled passport control moments. It should also have worked harder on the humor angle.

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