Talk Them Down: Tower! 2011

It's almost as thrilling as the real thing.

Back when we told you about Airport Control Simulator, we thought that was as exciting as an airport traffic controller simulator could get. But somehow there is room for MORE EXCITING! See, the problem with Airport Control Simulator is you have to control it with your mouse, like you’re some sort of caveman or something. Because now there is the appropriately excitably named Tower! 2011. And it’s voice controlled.

But if you’re some casual gamer strolling into this post, thinking, “Hey, that sounds fun, I might give it a try!” then BACK OFF. Because developer FeelThere’s producer, Victor Racz, says it’s not for you.

“Tower! is not for casual gamers. First you need to read the manual, and then teach your computer the speech commands. This takes time. But the players who have gone through the learning curve realize what a difference it makes. If you want authentic simulation experience, and love complex and rich simulations, then you might be surprised what our game has to offer.”

You can see it in action here:

Oh my poor tiny brain, that looks complicated. I wonder if it still works if you issue your instructions in panicked screams?

(Who wondered from the headline if this was going to be a game about preventing suicide jumpers?)

37 Comments

  1. GenBanks says:

    I think if my flatmates overheard me playing this game they would be very concerned for my well being.

    • konrad_ha says:

      I’d be concerned that the FBI/NSA might come and break through your door. “Why are you learning to give air-traffic commands, TERRORIST?”

    • yiqifeifei says:

      China-made from high quality low price, to protect the credibility of the online mall, I believe you will not miss it!
      link to bit.ly

  2. MiniMatt says:

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking…

  3. Vexing Vision says:

    How many crashes do I need to win?

  4. CaspianRoach says:

    Will there be boss battles in which you need to prevent 9/11?

  5. Keilnoth says:

    In fact, it’s a game about commiting suicide… or at least your brain will.

  6. Groove says:

    I assumed it was an airport-based tower defence. That would be (possibly) awesome.

  7. indigohjones says:

    That’s a lot of femcaptains.

  8. Koozer says:

    You can’t go through a learning curve it’s a type of graphhsfhnyumuummgghhh damn you modern world!

  9. Jonny Stutters says:

    I didn’t read the article but I assume this is the new Flight Control?! V. cool! Will it run on my iPhone 4 or do I need an iPhone 5 when they come out? Aloha!

  10. SoggySilicon says:

    Very cool simulation, I will be looking into this for my flight students…

    • feelthere says:

      Let us know if you have some additional need to make the software work better for your students. You can contact us anytime by email.

  11. circadianwolf says:

    (Who wondered from the headline if this was going to be a game about preventing suicide jumpers?)

    This was my first thought. Of course that would require intense social systemization.

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    Aerothorn says:

    I love games that allow me to pay to do things that I really should be being paid to do.

  13. Dozer says:

    I vanted orange! It gave me runway 24L.

  14. Dozer says:

    Surely everyone who’s interested in this game would rather just sign up as a controller on VATSIM or IVAO and direct real human (desktop flight simulator) pilots?

    • metalangel says:

      Are those communities welcoming? I’m a fairly keen flightsimmer but just reading the rules and protocol for some of those intimidates me.

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      Frosty says:

      I want to use VATSIM, as I’m looking to become a genuine controller type but I can’t get it to connect to the interwebz. I’m not sure if it’s a proxy issue, or firewall or whatever.

      This game does have the advantage of voice control mind.

    • The Tupper says:

      I’ve been wanting to simply free-fly with folk on FSX for years now, but every single time I’ve found it to be the most unfriendly community one could imagine.

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    Frosty says:

    Jeez, this is such a rip off of that famous Iphone game. I can’t believe you didn’t mention that John. You are SO RUBBISH.

  16. Jimbo says:

    Does anyone else think this looks a lot like Flight Control on the iPhone?

  17. Oneironaut says:

    I played a game called Sub Commander that allowed you to control your submarine through only voice controls. It was pretty cool saying something like “go to periscope depth” and having the game respond accordingly. It really increases the immersion, so I wouldn’t mind trying this flight control game if it could provide a similar experience.

  18. vivlo says:

    love the Google Earth artstyle

  19. billyphuz says:

    Having flashbacks to playing “Kennedy Approach” for the C-64. It had actual voices! On a C-64! And the speech patterns were actually more believable than Arma 2’s…

    • The Tupper says:

      Oh I remember that – impossible to finish above level three as I recall. There’s a great freeware version on the web that I’ll link to as soon as I learn how to link things.

  20. Snuffy the Evil says:

    My FARs are ready.

  21. gamma says:

    The real fun is not directing traffic at the tower freq. the FUN is at the Approach part of flight.

  22. feelthere says:

    First of all we would like to thank RPS for noticing our game.
    Please check out the videos, while they are edited they still show you how the voice recognition is reliable. We spent lots of times to create a simulator with a usable speech engine. It works around 99% of the times.