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Oct 10, 2012, 11:05 PM
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NimbleBit has updated its game Pocket Planes [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-planes/id491994942?mt=8)] with iPhone 5 support, as well as launching a brand new Mac app [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id534220352?mt=12)] for the game that will fully sync with the iPhone and iPad apps.

Pocket Planes -- which has seen 2.5 million downloads to date from the App Store -- is a free-to-play tycoon-style game with premium currency, but it is easy to play and to advance without purchasing any currency. NimbleBit's Tiny Tower [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiny-tower/id422667065?mt=8)] works similarly, and is a perfect game for the taller screen on the iPhone 5.

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The Mac version is a near-identical port from the iOS version, complete with massive interface elements, though some parts -- like the flight map -- have been optimized for the larger screen on the Mac. The iCloud syncing between the iOS and Mac versions should make it easy for gamers to continue playing no matter which platform they're using.

Pocket Planes is a free download (http://appshopper.com/games/pocket-planes) for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-planes/id491994942?mt=8)]

Pocket Planes for Mac is a free download (http://appshopper.com/mac/games/pocket-planes) from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id534220352?mt=12)]

Article Link: 'Pocket Planes' Gains iPhone 5 Support for iOS, New Mac App (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/11/pocket-planes-gains-iphone-5-support-for-ios-new-mac-app/)



dogcowx
Oct 10, 2012, 11:41 PM
This is news, how?

OriginalMacRat
Oct 10, 2012, 11:44 PM
Advertisement pretending to be an article?

WildCowboy
Oct 10, 2012, 11:46 PM
This is news, how?

Advertisement pretending to be an article?

*sigh*

As with all of our posts, they didn't pay anything...we don't accept paid posts (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#Are_news_stories_really_advertising_in_disguise.3F).

It's a fairly popular game that now has some nice cross-platform syncing via iCloud.

Nimblebit is doing some nice stuff...Tiny Tower was Apple's iPhone Game of the Year last year.

So take it for what it is...a heads-up that a game from a popular developer has some nice updates.

Capattack
Oct 10, 2012, 11:53 PM
Game loads and then quits for me on the iPhone 5

chris.robison
Oct 10, 2012, 11:57 PM
Hurray! iPhone 5 update is great, I've been waiting for it to continue my game. It looks nice with the extra space and the iPhone 5's better color makes it look better too.

The Mac version is nice. Its basically the phone version on your computer, ha. It plays and looks great, though it isn't syncing with my phone quite as nicely as I'd like.

Eorlas
Oct 11, 2012, 12:01 AM
This is news, how?

It's news to the people who are interested in this game and are excited by this new development. If you're not, you can simply ignore it.

This is great. I really love pocket planes and now having it on both the bigger screen of the 5 and on the Mac is going to make playing this even better.

samh004
Oct 11, 2012, 12:29 AM
Not sure why the Mac version needs 10.8? iCloud syncing works fine for me on 10.7 (and I can't upgrade anyway as this Mac is too old)!

snappyfool
Oct 11, 2012, 01:29 AM
I bought this on iPhone just for the maps.

fortetfn
Oct 11, 2012, 02:02 AM
The graphics aren't too good, though the game play is great.

ibnsina
Oct 11, 2012, 04:10 AM
This is news, how?

Nobody forced you to read it... you clicked on it because you had an interest. :cool:

autrefois
Oct 11, 2012, 05:16 AM
Advertisement pretending to be an article?

Did you mean to post your comment in this thread (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/10/apple-posts-new-ipod-television-ad-bounce/) about the new iPod commercial? Because that definitely is an ad. Obviously Apple is paying Macrumors for preferential treatment in its coverage!

Or maybe this thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1464407) about a trailer for Crazy Taxi? Trailers are also actual ads. When will Macrumors stop taking SEGA's dirty money?!

Or any of the gazillion articles about Apple or third-party hardware -- phone cases, hard drives, game controllers...When will the madness stop?!?

And yet, little to no complaining about those articles being ads. It's almost as if Macrumors is just reporting on different software, hardware, and other news about Apple, and companies providing products for or competing with them. And this on a website about Apple-related news and rumors! :eek:

Except for all those articles about patents. Now those are obviously really ads for the patent attorney industry. ;)

Mad Mac Maniac
Oct 11, 2012, 06:49 AM
This is news, how?

Don't get your panties in a bunch. This is the kind of stuff that the iOS blog was created for.

guineapig
Oct 11, 2012, 07:10 AM
I read around the interwebs that this new version is quite buggy.
Anyone who updated can report on this?

Kaibelf
Oct 11, 2012, 07:23 AM
I read around the interwebs that this new version is quite buggy.
Anyone who updated can report on this?

Confirmed. Also downloaded the Mac version and it crashed twice in a row, so I deleted straight away. Pity too. I was hoping to get back into the game a little. Not interested now.

guineapig
Oct 11, 2012, 08:12 AM
I expected to see more planes, but just two rare planes have been added. Not a great shift in gameplay.
Also, I can resist a little longer with my nice layover bug still in place ;)

richpuer
Oct 11, 2012, 09:18 AM
Downloaded app for iPhone 5. Opened and it crashed twice. Deleted. Also it looks very pixelated like it was built for Nintendo or something

blinkin182
Oct 11, 2012, 09:22 AM
I bought this on iPhone just for the maps.

hehe

Having not seen the title of the article, I saw the screenshot, I thought it was a new version of iOS Maps...

the8thark
Oct 11, 2012, 09:52 AM
*sigh*

As with all of our posts, they didn't pay anything...we don't accept paid posts (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#Are_news_stories_really_advertising_in_disguise.3F).

It's a fairly popular game that now has some nice cross-platform syncing via iCloud.

Nimblebit is doing some nice stuff...Tiny Tower was Apple's iPhone Game of the Year last year.

So take it for what it is...a heads-up that a game from a popular developer has some nice updates.

I will take it for what it is:
"An app the MacRumors staff like."
I see these kind of topics as a nice indication of their favourite apps.

RaggieSoft
Oct 11, 2012, 10:32 AM
The graphics aren't too good, though the game play is great.

I think that they were going for retro game style. To me, it looks like the old days of DOS gaming :)

nutmac
Oct 11, 2012, 11:57 AM
I loved, and still love, Tiny Towers. I've tried to like Pocket Planes but the game just isn't addictive nor fun. The fact that you have to micro manage everything adds to frustration.

guineapig
Oct 11, 2012, 12:05 PM
I loved, and still love, Tiny Towers. I've tried to like Pocket Planes but the game just isn't addictive nor fun. The fact that you have to micro manage everything adds to frustration.
I'd say that Tiny Tower is rather mechanical and repetitive, yet really addicting (I've unlocked all floors). Actually you can never lose in TT.
In PP, the choices you make (which planes, which airports, which passengers) have a great impact on your progress (read income) and development of your airline.

Zach Vega
Oct 11, 2012, 12:07 PM
I love this game, and now it works with the 1136 x 640 screen. Awesome.

coder12
Oct 11, 2012, 12:27 PM
I think that they were going for retro game style. To me, it looks like the old days of DOS gaming :)

Thinking the same thing here. Reminds me of playing RISK back in my youth on DOS. I really like the graphics.

STiNG Operation
Oct 11, 2012, 01:37 PM
This is news, how?

I'm with you lol. Pocket planes isn't exactly a game that makes you want to play it since it was released.....

Navdakilla
Oct 11, 2012, 07:51 PM
Don't care about this app.. Devs need to update all the other major apps that I use. Hopefully within the next month

Battlefield Fan
Oct 12, 2012, 05:11 PM
After reading this article I downloaded the iPhone, iPad, and Mac app. It's awesome how the data automatically transfers between all the versions!!! And it is really fun! Kinda glad MR posted this!:D

saotomefirst
Oct 14, 2012, 07:55 PM
I liked this game too, and although I appreciate the idea of a Mac version, I think they could use the bigger screen better than to just maximize the game UI to fit it.

Anyway, I'm looking to become member of a big crew to try and earn some prizes. Anyone?

boomer0001
Oct 14, 2012, 11:06 PM
I saw MR post the update for the Mac App and dled it. Immediately loved it and got my wife playing too, and she loves it!

I liked this game too, and although I appreciate the idea of a Mac version, I think they could use the bigger screen better than to just maximize the game UI to fit it.

Anyway, I'm looking to become member of a big crew to try and earn some prizes. Anyone?

Touch Arcade is the biggest crew with over 10k people in it. If you want big prizes, join them.

njp
Oct 15, 2012, 03:12 PM
Thanks - did not know about this game, and it's fairly cool!

thasan
Oct 16, 2012, 12:25 AM
I read around the interwebs that this new version is quite buggy.
Anyone who updated can report on this?

Buggy, slow and unresponsive in 4s :mad:

guineapig
Oct 16, 2012, 12:56 AM
Buggy, slow and unresponsive in 4s :mad:

Even after 1.0.5.01 ?

saotomefirst
Oct 16, 2012, 08:12 AM
Touch Arcade is the biggest crew with over 10k people in it. If you want big prizes, join them.

Thanks, I already joined them. But I'm actually looking for crew where I can get to meet everyone, maybe chat a little - not just accumulate some deliveries. If you hear of any crews like that please let me know.

Buggy, slow and unresponsive in 4s :mad:

Man, it now syncs through iCloud, so it may take a while to start the game. However, when it does, the game runs pretty fast. Try giving it about 10~15 secs before giving up on loading it. ;)

thasan
Oct 16, 2012, 12:24 PM
Thanks, I already joined them. But I'm actually looking for crew where I can get to meet everyone, maybe chat a little - not just accumulate some deliveries. If you hear of any crews like that please let me know.



Man, it now syncs through iCloud, so it may take a while to start the game. However, when it does, the game runs pretty fast. Try giving it about 10~15 secs before giving up on loading it. ;)

Tanks mate.but i don't know why, but my passengers don't want to board easily. I need to keep clicking and sometime, they decide to board etc...:confused:

Dhelsdon
Oct 16, 2012, 03:29 PM
The Mac app has been working great for me, aside from the crashing every half hour or so.. I never expected it to be perfect that's for sure but I find it tough to play on the 4S now that Im used to playing it on a bigger screen.

hamkor04
Oct 16, 2012, 09:08 PM
Advertisement pretending to be an article?

yeap

rocknblogger
Oct 16, 2012, 09:13 PM
The graphics aren't too good, though the game play is great.

How far can you play without buying in app ”Plane Bux"?

guineapig
Oct 17, 2012, 12:44 AM
Never bought any, currently at 7000+, already exchanged 4000, playing since release in average half hour a day.

saotomefirst
Oct 19, 2012, 12:11 PM
How far can you play without buying in app ”Plane Bux"?

You can basically play FOREVER. In fact, I found out that you are more likely to buy those at the beginning of the game, especially if you want to bypass the 'boring' part where you can only fly to a handful of cities with 1/2 seat planes - ok you can't buy levels but you can buy more planes so you lvl up faster.

Tanks mate.but i don't know why, but my passengers don't want to board easily. I need to keep clicking and sometime, they decide to board etc...:confused:

Let me guess, this bug is in your iDevice. After they launched an update for the iPhone 5 bigger screen this issue appeared for me. They already launched an update to correct this issue, and it now works fine for me.