While I do review travel-planing apps (erm.. Flight Lover only for now) here, today’s app is slightly different but still travel-related.
I started playing Pocket Planes last Friday. It’s created Nimblebit which also made Tiny Tower. This explains why I could not stop checking my phone and tapping the screen like a zombie.
The game is not as simple. Picking it up was frustrating since I did not know what I was supposed to do.
You need to fly passengers and cargo to different destinations on the map. First, you choose a country. I picked Japan because I love the Land of the Rising Sun. (Interestingly, my colleagues all chose Japan too, not sure why.)
Tip 0: Pick a region that you are familiar with
->I chose Japan because I know the country quite well. Plus, the locations aren’t very far from each other.
Then you start flying cargo or folks across the country, earning bitcoins and bux along the way.
Why is it addictive? Like Tiny Tower, there’s a waiting element then reward. Then there’s the panicking part where I fear that I am not earning all the bitcoins I can while I am awake.
Addictions happen silently.
The bitbook is totally cute too. And it has not reached the stage where I’ve read every single entry and its variation.
Some Pocket Planes tips
anWith all that playing, I’ve figured out some strategies that work for me. But since I’ve been playing for a while, I’m not sure which tip is for beginning player and which for more advanced player as reference.
For example, I assume you know that bux (the
Tip 1: Give good names
One important trick in the game is combos (explained in Tip 2), so I name my planes based on their functionality.
A plane that flies 1 passenger and 1 cargo is called 1P1C.
A plane that flies no passenger and 2 cargo is called 0P2C.
Tip 2: C-c-c-combo!
In case you are not joined at the hip to the Internet like I am, it’s supposed to be c-c-c-combo breaker.
Combos work like dream jobs in Tiny Tower. You earn an extra 25 percent if your cargo/passengers are heading to the same location and you fly them there.
Tip 3: Build planes with multiple seats, cargo area.
Do not buy fully-made planes! I was stupid enough to do that. Related to Tip 2, you should save your bux to buy parts of planes with multiple seats/cargo area.
For more advanced players, planes have different classes and some airports don’t take classes higher than theirs. Example, only Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul are able to receive Class 2 planes.
Tip 4: Don’t bother with small airports
Once I saved up enough bux, I started buying airports. Unfortunately, an airport like Vladivostok with a population of 0.6M means my planes are stuck there with nothing to send.
I usually end up flying with an empty plane from Vladivostok to busier airports. I had to close down Vladivostok, wasting my upgrades and airport buying fee.
Now that I have the three major hubs, Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul, my planes fly almost none stop between them.
Tip 5: Layover’s your other best friend
A combo flight is the best but you can’t get one most of the time. I would fly a plane with passengers or cargo that have different destinations and stop at the nearest. (You get the same money no matter how heavy your cargo is.)
At the new airport, I would offload my cargo so that other planes can have combos, or pick up cargo to turn my flight into a combo flight.
Does that make sense?
Tip 6: Eliminate weak planes
When you have enough bux, buy multi function planes and retire single function aircrafts (eg 0P1C, 1P0C).
Since airplane slots cost bitcoins, it’s better to remove not useful planes to the hanger than fly one watermelon across the country.
Tip 7: Bring a charger
This is probably the most important tip for me. I cannot put it down and it’s draining my battery. ;)