APP OF THE DAY - Flight Control (iPhone, iPad)
As the fat finger of destiny moves steadily across the capacitive touchsreen of life, there's only one thing that could possibly make the journey even slightly bearable - yes, you've guessed it: Pocket-lint's App Of The Day.
Now, admittedly, this is an awfully popular iPhone app already, and there are definitely plans to bring the game to Android, so forgive us if you've already heard of/downloaded it. However those of you who haven't are in for a treat, welcome to the wonderful world of Flight Control.
Flight Control by Firemint is an absolute must for anyone looking to waste a few hours/days/months/years (delete as applicable) on something fiendishly simple yet ultimately pointless.
The aim of the game is to guide an assortment of aircraft safely onto their respective runways, whilst avoiding mid-air crashes. As you progress through the game aircraft get more numerous, and given the different speeds at which they all travel it can prove quite tricky.
And that's basically it. However it's in the nice touches and responsive controls that make this game a real star.
Guiding the aircraft is done with a swipe of the finger; drawing a line from the vehicle to the runway, which is all very precise. There are handy warnings for when your aircraft get too close and also a very handy speed-up mode for when you get more proficient, meaning the early stages of the game can be advanced through at a fairly brisk pace.
There's also a wide variety of different airports, and the recent 1.8 update for iOS 4 adds an extra blustery-type airfield and a "safe" speed-up mode.
As ever you can share your scores with the online community if you wish, but if you want to get anywhere near the top you're going to have to put in some serious hours.
Brilliant game at a bargain price.