Tracon: Air Traffic Control Simulator

Published: February 1, 2009 - Last update: October 14, 2010 - 3855 downloads

Year
1989
Genre
Simulation
Theme
Flight, Managerial
Publisher
Wesson International
Developer
Wesson International
Perspective
1st-Person
4.26 / 5
23 votes
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Description of Tracon: Air Traffic Control Simulator

Offering simulation in a world of flight, managerial, Tracon: Air Traffic Control Simulator is an abandonware developed by Wesson International and published by Wesson International. Released in 1989, you wander around in a 1st-person perspective.


Tracon and Tracon II are two classic ATC games from Wesson, years before their efforts culminated in Tower. The description at MobyGames says it all about this pair of pioneers in aviation software: "Tracon is an air traffic control simulator, giving you the position of a so called "ATC" (air traffic controller). You are in charge of the air traffic in a certain sector, making sure that every airplane gets to his destination safely. Your main screen is a radar, which features the aircrafts as green dots or little airplanes, moving at a certain speed at a certain height. The game is a full-talkie, featuring pilot's voices and those of the ATCs. Interestingly Tracon doesn't use a sound card for that. The voice acting is done over the PC internal speaker. The more traffic is in the air, the more hectic your job becomes. You have to set routes for the planes and organize punctual arrivals. The game is also featuring emergencies, to make your task more difficult. It is possible to connect the game to a Microsoft Flight Simulator installation on another computer. Tracon was used to train professional ATCs in the early nineties. Then Wesson decided to develop special simulation units for professional users and continue the Tracon series as entertainment." Compared to the Windows version (also reviewed on this site), these older DOS versions are arguably more realistic (or at least more difficult in my opinion) - although their interface are naturally less intuitive than their Windows successor. If you like ATCs in general, Tracon and Tracon II are must-haves: classic games in the niche genre that remain highly playable even more than a decade later. Two thumbs up!

Review by HOTUD

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Screenshots used with permission from MobyGames.com

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#3255

Lil' Winks added this comment :

This shit better be good. :|. Check my Demo on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4XDxph3xsk

#3131

toto added this comment :

good

#2527

adi added this comment :

awesome

#425

Lyrkin added this comment :

Tip for landing planes:

In the folder there is a readme, or should be...it lists the approach altitude for various places...print this....
In the game Vector the aircraft to the faf for ils at the correct altitude and hand them off to the tower...

#324

mw added this comment :

Air traffic control simulation that will have you sweating before you know it. Great for aviation people.

 

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