Aerofly 2 is a flight simulator for Android that picks up where Aerofly 1, which we recently reviewed here, left off. Set in the San Francisco area, Aerofly 2 is a more advanced and fully-featured approach to flight simulators on Android, including a new Flight School to teach players how to fly and the ability to change all sorts of atmospheric details to raise the bar. This isn't a free app, but as such it comes with a handful of planes including the F-18, Learjet 45, C172, Baron 58, ASG 29 glider and the Pitts S-2B biplane. There are over 70 different airports included here, and there are even more airplanes that can be unlocked as well. With realistic physics, high-resolution aerial maps of the San Francisco area (giving you over 40,000 square miles to fly over) and the ability to view your plane from every angle - inside and out - there's loads to play with here, and those looking for a comprehensive flight sim on the move might have just found one.
Just as with Aerofly 1, you'll need to download Aerofly 2 from the Play Store, and you'll come to the main menu when you launch the game. Unlike Aerofly 1, version 2 is not a free game, but you'll soon see why from the main menu.
The headlining feature, at least for me, in Aerofly 2 is the Flight School. If you felt a little lost with the first game, this is a great way of getting used to the controls and generally experiencing - even if in some small way - what it's like to pilot a plane.
The Flight School part of the game is not just an afterthought, it's an integral part of Aerofly 2, and it shows. When you start a lesson, you'll be treated to a softly-spoken and easily understood voiceover as well as onscreen prompts to teach you how to play the game, and more importantly how to fly your plane.
All of these lessons are great fun, and they're detailed enough to give you an educated idea of how to fly the plane using Aerofly 2, as you progress through lesson-to-lesson you'll end up with more knowledge of how the plane works and behaves.
Once you've passed through the flight school, you can get started for real, choosing your own flight. There are 70 or so airports to choose from in this game, and this aerial shot should give you some idea of how big an area that is to fly through.
As usual, you can change a number of things about your flight, including the conditions in which you're to take off in.
I've taken to the skies in my little plane and one think I really liked was the autopilot, which allows you to choose certain elements for the computer to control, such as the throttle here:
Of course, you don't have to just fly this little thing, as we noted there are lots of planes to fly in Aerofly 2, including this wicked jet included in the standard price.
This sort of plane would work really well with the cool sci-fi style heads-up display view as well which is great.
There are a lot of different views here, and you can use them to take a look out the window of your plane and all sorts:
Aerofly 2 is an incredibly detailed game, and if you can run the game on its highest settings, you're in for a real treat as well:
From great views of the cockpit like these:
To stunning looks of the sides of passenger planes, Aerofly 2 is a beautiful game.
Aerofly 2 is an excellent game that's chock full of features and some of the best-looking graphics of any Android game. With some key new features on top of Aerofly 1, like the brilliant Flight School, this is definitely a big step up of a game. All of the planes look great, the autopilot feature is something casual users will really like, and those that want a really granular flight sim no matter where they are can get just that with Aerofly 2. It's an excellent game that flight sim fans and casual gamers can take to in equal measure. I have very little to complain about here, and for a game that doesn't cost much, while still offering expansion offerings, Aerofly 2 is great value and a great game overall.
- Speed (4/5) - Depending on how powerful a device you're using to play Aerofly 2 you shouldn't come across any problems, and the game has a high frame rate.
- Features (5/5) - With the inclusion of the excellent and detailed Flight School and the autopilot, Aerofly 2 has it where it counts and then some.
- Theme (5/5) - This is the sort of game that makes that fancy processor really work, and it all pays off as these plane models look absolutely brilliant no matter which angle you're looking at them from. Not to mention the fact that the San Francisco area looks good, too.
- Overall (5/5) - If you're loooking for a flight sim to take with you on the move, then this is the app you need to download, it does everything and looks excellent doing it.
- Excellent selection of planes, with more available in players want to upgrade.
- Runs very well on the majority of hardware available, while also looking fantastic.
- Flight School is a great way of explaining not only how to play the game, but also aspects of how a plane stays in the air and is controlled.
- So much flight area, 40,000 square miles with 70 different airports, makes this a game it'd be hard to be 'done' with.
- High settings doesn't seem to work well with anything other than an NVIDIA chip.
- Controller support would be an excellent inclusion.
Overall, Aerofly 2 is a game that builds on the original and improves it across the board. The new Flight School feature is one of my favorite new things, and it really helps to make things feel fresh and familiar for all levels of player. This is definitely a simulator that gamers will be able to get their teeth sunk into, but those casual players looking to get into something can approach this as well with the school and the autopilot feature as well. It's a great game, and one that should be tried out by anyone with an interest in flying.