Summary: Bought this game because wanted a flight simulator to work on a mac. Its similar to microsoft flight simulator. Works the same way. I'm still working on the game and trying to get all the controls right. But it seems to be very good for practice.
Summary: The realism of this product is phenomenal providing an excellent challenge. With the addition of an upgrade from x-plane the product is apparently suitable and rated for pilot training. An absolute must is the use of a high quality flight control system in general the most recommended on forums (and which I now currently use with this product) is the Saitek X52 or Saitek Pro Flight Yoke System.
Summary: X-Plane 9 offers great experience in flight simulation. Configuration takes some time, but is not that complicated, the graphics is great, but there are some things I am missing compared to FSX (for example explanations about instrumental approach). Therefore one star less.
Summary: The other reviews cover all the important points. As a recent convert to Mac, I find this simulation to be better than flight simulator. It runs fast and with good graphics on my Macbook Pro. The instructions though are lacking leading me to searches for guidance on the internet.
Summary: Totally different from any Microsoft flight sim. X-Plane is not really an out of the box product as it requires work on the part of the user to develop both aircraft and the global environment. However, with a little work this easily beats other sims in terms of graphics and realism. Though you will need a high spec machine to get the best out of it.
Great Mac game with lots (too much?) joystick customisation...
Emmanuel G. Kroussaniotakis "manolisk", amazon.co.uk
10 January 2010
Summary: Bought this for my 10 year old along with a Logitech Force 3D Pro joystick. Game is great fun, but it is not easy to control the planes- you really need a very gentle and stable hand. You can download from various sites extra planes, landscapes, etc too. The only suggestion would be for some included settings (or downloadable for newer) for specific joysticks- there are just too many options.... A great Mac game and not a single dead body anywhere!
Summary: As others have said, you do need a fast machine: preferably 2.5GHz, fast graphics card (with 512 MB if poss), 4GB RAM, big HD and big screen. You don't have to load all the scenery but if you do a) it takes a long time to transfer from 6 DVDs, and b) you need a big disk to put it on. Once the scenery is loaded you have to re-insert the first disk to run the software as it acts as a key.
Summary: I'm a long time Microsoft Flight sim user and used to the MSFS setup and play configuration. X-Plane is a better product with hundreds of free / payware add ons. My only gripe is configuring X-Plane for Laptop keyboard use on a mac book pro is near impossible. You atleast need a number pad section of your keyboard or better still a joystick device. MSFS made using a laptop with the product easier.