Developer: Strange Flavour
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Kind of like an Endless Flyer but with much more of a structure to it, Any Landing is a pretty fun game once one digs under the surface. The problem is that requires a bit of patience and figuring things out; something that regular iOS gamers just aren’t used to doing.

The core idea behind Any Landing is easy enough. Players must fly a plane across the screen, ferrying passengers around, and landing (safely, hopefully) in various airports. Along the way new upgrades can be gained and superior aircraft unlocked. The problem is it’s kind of vaguely explained.

anylanding8There’s a tutorial that explains the basics behind the controls. Solely using tilt controls, Any Landing requires some refinement. I found cranking up the sensitivity to maximum was the best solution, as anything lower just didn’t quite cut it. Once on the maximum setting my urge for a virtual d-pad subsided and Any Landing proved to be quite simple to control. Alongside the tilting is a brake and accelerator lever, activated through a drag of a finger.

A lot of Any Landing involves staying in the air safely, keeping the balance between not going so fast as to wreck the engine but also not going so slowly as to stall. Landing is the trickier part though and something that’s essential to progress here. One must land at various airstrips to pick up new passengers, and that’s where things get a little harder. It also gets more vague, given that the tutorial doesn’t explain such things as well as it could. Experimenting is the key to Any Landing and it’s how one comes across quirky additions such as kittens that must be saved and collected – plus the fun of acquiring new and moody passengers.

anylanding5The much discussed Play Nice system also needs to be mentioned, easily proving that fairer in-app purchases are actually possible to implement. It’s a nice touch and once one gets further into the mechanics of Any Landing, the urge to throw some money the developers’ way is certainly there.

In need of a bit more figuring out than most, Any Landing might unfortunately dissuade some of the more casual gamers out there. It’s worth learning though as underneath that simple exterior is a pretty charming and entertaining game.


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