Don’t you just miss long-haul flying in this time of closed international borders?
If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms, a flight simulator on your laptop could be the answer.
That means being the pilot and flying the plane from your armchair, right?
Most of us would love the chance to get at all the knobs, joysticks and flashing lights on the flight deck.
But wait – a new game puts you way back in cattle class, in 56A instead of the pilot’s seat.
AMC Games are banking on people wanting to spend hours just sitting there.
They are about to release a flight simulator where you are a passenger on a commercial airliner. In economy. On a six-hour flight.
As they explain, “Other flight simulators give you high-definition cockpits with a billion switches and dials, but Airplane Mode is the only one that offers realistically rendered seat-back trays.”
The simulator delivers all the thrills of a real-time, long-haul commercial airline flight in economy with all the pleasures that entails and that we remember so well.
At least you’ve got a window seat rather than a middle, this time. But still no legroom.
Airplane Mode’s gameplay explores the airline travel experience down to every last detail – from the design of your seat and the seat back in front of you, to the contents of your carry-on bag and smartphone hard drive, to the behaviour of cabin crew and other passengers.
The circumstances of your flight will change every time you play.
You will experience randomised events on every play-through, such as turbulence, bad WiFi, and delays.
A crying baby or a child kicking your seat back is not guaranteed on every flight you take.
If you’re up to the arduous task, AMC will release the game – if you can call it that – this autumn.