The idea is similar to Nokia's (also panned by me) Modern Mayor. Why bother putting in a lot of hard work and expense building something in the real world when you can put in equal amounts of work and real money into building something small, trivial and virtual in a phone game? Cough.
Sadly, Airport City also shares another trait with Modern Mayor - being built on a cross platform game it's very definitely not optimised for Windows Phone, with tiny details and fonts that strain even players with really good eyesight. Add in the tedium of building and waiting and building and waiting and toiling and speeding up by paying and working and working....
From the Store description:
The exciting new game Airport City is a 2-in-1 strategy builder: First, you build a modern, full-service international airport, and second, you develop a city around it to support your growing airline empire!
Airport City challenges you to send flights all over the world, meet interesting characters, and complete exotic artifact collections.
- Build air traffic control towers and runways
- Manage international flights across the globe
- Level up to access new flights and airplanes
- Collect exotic artifacts
- Complete item collections and trade them in for useful bonuses
- Manage daily charter tourist flights
- Perform tasks for in-game characters for a variety of rewards
- Go through hundreds of quests and earn exclusive gifts
- Plan and Build a unique city
- Amass a fortune and Build a bustling metropolis
- Beautiful graphics and realistic sound effects
- User-friendly interface and immersive gameplay
- Easy-to-use tutorial and help system
- Many vivid characters coming to life with their own stories to tell
- A score of residential, commercial, and recreational buildings
'Exciting', eh? Not exactly the word I'd use - this is roughly as exciting as watching paint dry (IMHO). And a lot more expensive:
It's game porting and freemium, both gone mad. Am I totally off beam here? Your comments welcome.