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Hi Aviator!

This is a tiny flight simulator based on a Cessna-172R with a G1000 glass cockpit. (This is the plane I fly in real life, so I thought it would be a challenge to see if it can be done with Pico-8.)

The flight model is not based on theory but on my observations as a pilot. I have to say that it's quite good ;-) Within the limits of Pico-8 it quite feels like the real thing.

Disclaimer: while I created the instruments and the flight model, the majority of the programming work was done by @freds72, including 3D outside view, code structure, eye candy, music, etc. Many thanks Fred, this would not have been possible without your ninja programming skills!!

If you want to go flying right away, the cheatsheet will get you in the air in less than 1 minute:

If you are more the serious type, there is a 34-page flight manual, which explains everything in detail and features 20+ flight lessons.

We also created an entire area you can fly in (with a mountain, an island, ships and much more):

Just as a sneak preview, here are some of the things you can do:

Smooth landings

High speed buzzing

Illegal low-level flying at night

Instrument flying in the clouds

Here is the real cockpit on a flight in the Swiss alps to compare:

Update 1.1

  • fixed polygon gaps
  • added collision detection for wind turbines
P#20854 2016-05-19 08:30 ( Edited 2019-05-06 14:46)

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For those interested, unminified source code & assets can be downloaded from:
https://github.com/freds72/tiny_sim

Thanks to:

  • Mini json parser from Tyler Neylon: lua JSON parser
  • trifill (untextured): @p01
  • music lifted from "public" MIDI files, simplified and converted with midi2pico.
P#63625 2019-04-17 21:02 ( Edited 2019-04-17 21:05)

How funny, just last night I was looking into the Jet de GO! series and learned about an old arcade game called Midnight Lander which this very much resembles. This is really cool, gonna have to spend some time with it.

P#63626 2019-04-17 21:23

HOLY COW. So Much progress. And I thought that the first version was amazing.

P#63635 2019-04-18 06:41

I managed to land at the 3rd try !
Great job on pico8 and on the manual too !

P#63651 2019-04-18 21:42

Haha, this is hilarious. I love the music that goes along with this flight simulator too. Great job!

P#63685 2019-04-19 13:55
:: Erato

This is absolutely amazing! I love it.

P#64244 2019-05-08 20:29
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I really appreciate the amount of documentation and extra-pico8 content and instruction that this game has. I think a lot of game makers should take this level of detail for their releases. It really ups the level of polish a game has and while I'm not into flight sims, I find this aspect of this game (and the presentation itself) to be above and beyond. Kudos and you other developers, take note...this is how a game is really 'complete'. It doesn't stop when the code's done and the game posted. Manuals were/are a thing and really add the immersion of any game!

P#64485 2019-05-17 05:08

My God, how long did this take? This is absolutely beautiful. Bravo!

P#65198 2019-06-14 17:51

Thanks!
The repo gives you the stats - we spent something like 4/5 months on it (given we both have full time jobs). That said, @yellowbaron had the MFD display ready before (see older versions).

Source: repo commit activity

P#65214 2019-06-15 08:45 ( Edited 2019-06-15 08:46)

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