We’re very excited to announce that APPControl 2.3 for iOS did hit the AppStore earlier this week. This was a bit later then we expected, but some hiccups during the review process delayed it for a few days. This version contains two new features, a small but very often requested one, and ont that we look like to as a major step.
First, the score and number of successfully controlled aircraft are displayed during the game. If you play in 25 aircraft mode, the number of aircraft will start at 25 and decrease, and in unlimited mode, it will start at zero and increase.
Many of you asked how the scoring system works, so here’s a simple explanation. Each flight is created equal, with 5000 points. One point is subtracted at each update cycle, and the remaining points are added to the score when the aircraft reaches its destination. This means that most direct routes and higher speeds are the best ways to get more points. The scoring system is not affected by the simulation speed (1x, 2x, 5x, 10x).
The biggest change in version 2.3 is the possibility to get more airports from our servers, without having to update the app. Four of them are already available: Tokyo, San-Francisco, Geneva and Tenerife South. Just click on the “Get more airports” button and pick the one you want in the list. As the list is downloaded from our servers, the process of adding new airports is much easier than before. No need for a new version, just touch “Get more airports” and see what is available. An alert is also shown when new airports become available on the servers.
This is a first step towards more interactivity and online features for APPControl. More surprises will come soon, but we’ll also stay true to the initial versions and keep APPControl playable offline, on your iDevice of choice.