AirTycoon Online: Nothing but a money grab Review

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Nothing but a money grab
This game had the potential to be amazing but the developers decided to go the way of in-app purchases. As someone who really likes aviation and air travel, I was sucked in. The game is very detailed and offers a lot but it is IMPOSSIBLE to advance without shelling out HUNDREDS of dollars on credits. It wasn't always this way as the previous game, Air Tycoon 2 had an in-game bank that could make you loans. Consider that you could create the perfect airline, step away and let it run a couple hours (each turn takes 2 hours) and then come back to it and find your airline deep in the hole. You then either have two options. Quit and throw away days wasted on building your airline or buy a package of credits with real money and exchange them for game money. It completely takes all the fun away from the game. Even if you don't buy in-game credits, you find that you'll only barely make enough to function, while those who do buy credits are busy opening new routes and buying the newest planes. Once your planes start getting old, it'll then be impossible to continue without buying new planes. The other thing is that when you start a game, you are put into a channel with 200 other users who have already been playing and who have established airlines. That makes it virtually impossible to get an airline off the ground when all the routes are already served potentially by 2-3 other competitors. The last thing is that there are always one or two airlines who are just massive and who serve EVERY route with multiple copies of the newest planes. These always suspiciously seem immune to the ever-constant jumps in fuel price and drops in world travelers. Furthermore, I've noticed that these airlines sometimes get more range on the same aircraft and always seem to be able to obtain slots at airports that are maxed out with seemingly all the slots taken. I really love aviation and feel really stupid for spending so much money to make the perfect airline. My airline got to be as high as number 4 on the leaderboard but after I exchange my remaining credits, I'm done with this game. Maybe I'll go back to AirTycoon 2 but I can't continue to waste time AND money on AirTycoon Online. Signed, an ACTUAL player.
tsp83 on Apr 26, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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Great game. Needs fixing here and there
Great fun game but overtime there are too many players per game making impossible to really make money and expand. Game gets old because of that!
Righteous tofu on Apr 25, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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Duraed on Apr 25, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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They don't fix known bugs
Would love to give this game a high rating. Great concept, good gameplay. BUT, after several days of documenting a known bug, the development team doesn't investigate it and doesn't fix it. Maybe if I bought the in-game credits they would pay attention. No chance I will without better customer support.
ATO disappointment on Apr 23, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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If you love the other in this series...
Just get it. Challenging but fun.
Crapwreck on Apr 22, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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Awesome game!
Played for 20 minutes now, I love the game already. Looks beautiful, lots of options to choose from, very professional made! Good job guys! I think i'm addicted!
RobertdeBoer on Apr 22, 2013 for AirTycoon Online
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