Paper Plane Game

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Flight is a paper plane game by KrinJuangbhanich and released by Armor Games in June 2011. It is a launch-based game in which you're required to control a paper airplane as it makes its way to the North Pole through many territories and the hands of a variety of people. The game promises a lot of entertainment thanks to the unique storyline as well as extent of customization that the game allows. Here are some of the primary features of this game:

Gameplay

For this paper airplane game, the story of the plane needing to reach the North Pole is just as much a factor in the gameplay as the actual playing of the game itself. The game starts with a visual of a girl remembering her mother and the gift she received from her one Christmas and then it moves on to the present day Christmas, where she is alone. She writes a letter to Santa on her airplane and then sends it on its way to the North Pole. It is your job to get this letter to the North Pole, although various people on the way would be needed to pick the airplane up and send it on its way again. So, this is a heart-rending story which turns into a heartwarming one when you finally do make it to the North Pole and get the letter to Santa, right?

Wrong. Instead, the letter next goes to a Frenchman who just sees the heart drawn on the letter and overwrites it. Yes, this game has people who are so cruel that they would just overwrite a little girl's message to see her mother and instead write their own thing on it instead. That isn't what gives the game its Y rating, however. The reason for that is a cutscene in Egypt with a man who, while further overwriting the message, sees some stuff. The cutscene involves fire and the storyline actually manages the seemingly impossible task of having a scene involving fire and yet not making it cool. Also, if you're wondering and because spoilers are awesome (well, ok, this one isn't), the girl's original letter never makes it to the North Pole and Santa and she doesn't get to see her mother.

The ending, while terribly unsatisfying, also ensures that you'll never play this paper plane game again because you have no incentive to, having completed the game once and realizing what happens in the end. In fact, if you read this review before playing the game, you'll probably feel like you have no reason to play the game unless all you want to do is see the only scene in the history of flash games that involves fire and is still uncool, and I don't mean that literally.

To avoid making players feel that way, the game comes with a large number of upgrades that you can use on your airplane to make it fly higher and further than most real airplanes do. You can control your plane using the rudder control and attach engines to it and so on. Most of the upgrades deal with the items that you find en route, which are stars that you can collect for money and cute little origami cranes and windmills plus some golden stars that will give your airplane boosts if it chances upon them.

So how do you actually play this plane game? Well, the controls are simple. Initially all you're required to do is to pick up your airplane and toss it as quickly and as far as possible. You do this by clicking on the plane with your mouse, taking it as high as you want it to go while continuing to press the button and then make a tossing motion where you release the button where you see fit. Once you install rudder control, you can use the 'left' and 'right' arrow keys to face up or down respectively. The 'A' and 'D' keys perform those functions as well. After that, when you install engines you can toggle your boosts using the spacebar. The game also has some achievements to keep you playing this game, and you're even allowed to customize your plane! The gameplay quality and the challenge provided by the game is pretty high, therefore. In fact, the challenge provided by the game is enhanced by a nifty little development that comes on later in the game called a Jetstream, which may be negative or positive depending on which way the wind chooses to blow, literally. This game can therefore keep you busy for hours on end, and the upgrades and customization tend to be a decent amount of fun.

Graphics and Audio

The graphics in this plane game are pretty polished and clean with each level having its own background. The place where you normally fly your plane is pretty high though and generally has nothing but stars, so the graphics don't add to the game as much as they could have. But they're definitely well done and don't look cheap, so that's in the game's favor.

The audio is also, for once, pretty good. It's this weird sort of combination of optimistic and inspirational tunes with a Christmas bells tune at the beginning thrown in for good measure that seems to fit in perfectly with the game and only makes you wish desperately for a more satisfying ending.

Conclusion

It might seem wrong to suggest that all the good things about this paper plane game get negated by the storyline, but it is true. You can't help but wish for a better ending to what is otherwise a very good game indeed. However, all you end up with eventually is the realization that sending your list to Santa through the mail is a much better way of communication with him rather than using a paper airplane to do the job. All in all, if you're all for the gameplay and none for any of the aspects around it, you'll love this game. But as a complete gaming experience, the game is a bit of a disappointment.