We’d talked about Infinite Flight before and were impressed by the first images and videos of this game. But now we have decided to try it for you and to follow we offer our full review of what we believe could become one of the best flight simulators available in the App Store. Or perhaps the best of all?
Infinite Flight is a game that I would call “concrete”. Concrete because it focuses on realism leaving out those details that do not suit a real flight simulator. So don’t expect menus that are aesthetically pleasing or accessible controls. Infinite Flight is not Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy. Here you don’t have to chase after other fighters and fire as soon as possible. And it won’t be that easy to take off, stay in the air and land. It’s a full-fledged simulation and perhaps the most complete and faithful simulation you’ve ever seen on the App Store.
The initial menu is very simple but well structured. We find four main icons that allow us to select the type of aircraft, the location, the weather conditions and the time of flight. A first point against Infinite Flight would have been the lack of aircraft, but with the latest update, published just a few days ago on the App Store, the developers have increased the number of aircraft from four to twelve. Currently the list of aircraft includes the following models: F/A-18 Hornet, Airbus A321, Airbus A380, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Cessna 172SP G1000, Supermarine Spitfire, A-10 Warthog, Super Decathlon, Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo.
The (serious) limitation still present is the one related to the number of scenarios and airports that can be selected. Currently there are only two locations: San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. In total you will have about twenty airports for each territory. Even at the meteorological level, the settings are not very customizable: the user can only change the visibility (reported in kilometers), speed and wind direction. Currently Infinite Flight does not support prohibitive weather conditions (rain, snow, etc.). On the plus side, you won’t fly with turbulence, air pockets or anything else, but the sky will always be clear.
Now let’s get to the heart of the review of Infinite Flight. Of course what is most striking about this game is the graphic aspect: the textures of this simulator are really fabulous. Lights and shadows are reflected quite well on planes and this does not cause slowdowns on newer iOS devices (some small lags might be noticed on older devices). We are really at the levels of Flight Simulator and the like, at least with regard to the definition of aircraft. Different speech for the game scenarios, absolutely improveable.
The textures of the scenarios, as already mentioned, are instead very simple and definitely insufficient in the overall judgment of Infinite Flight. Taking into account only the graphics of the aircraft, Infinite Flight would have deserved a nice 8.5, but given the poor quality of the scenarios, the final rating drops by one point. Obviously in a simulator of this type the graphics of the ground is not of fundamental importance, but in the case of Infinite Flight you could certainly do better.
Speaking of game controls, the aircraft will be operated exclusively through the use of the accelerometer and buttons on the screen (which may vary depending on the model). Each new flight will ask the user to calibrate the accelerometer: this ensures high precision in the control phase.
Following a screenshot taken inside the cockpit from which you can get a more complete idea of what are the controls on the screen and the indicators of Infinite Flight. On the left is the throttle indicator, on the right is the altimeter, in the middle is the artificial horizon and the heading indicator. For some planes there is also a radar to visualize the position of the airports and of the runways for landing. At the bottom we have buttons for the map, to set the autopilot and to manage the HUD; on the right, instead, we find a quick link to the game menu, two buttons for adjusting the flaps, the switch for the spoilers, the control for the brakes and for the carts of the aircraft. Finally, the cloche indicator is always visible and will show the inclination of the device on the screen.
This is obviously not the only view in Infinite Flight. In addition to the classic cockpit view, there are some particularly striking external views (especially during takeoff they allow you to appreciate the fluidity and excellent graphics of the aircraft).