When it comes to iOS games, we tend to prefer the simple ones that require strategy, but with simple gameplay. After a quick read-through of Airport Scanner's description, we jumped at the chance to review it because of its simple premise: As a TSA officer, you have to watch an X-ray scanner to identify harmful items and prevent them from being taken onto the plane. But a cluttered design and barrage of pop-up tips and lessons made the game more annoying than fun to play.
Airport Scanner doesn't have any kind of Help feature, but, thankfully, the game is straightforward enough that you can quickly figure it out soon after starting. Luggage is passed through the X-ray scanner where you can view its contents. Tap the luggage if you see a harmful item, which really isn't that challenging; it was pretty easy to pick out the gun and ax silhouettes. A tip popped up that told us we could scroll the conveyor belt to quicken the pace of the luggage, which was helpful. But then tip after tip kept popping up, so much so that we had to stop the game out of frustration. As far as the game's design, there's a lot going on in a small space. The scanner resides in the bottom half of your screen, while the scoreboard, flight number, and lines of passengers and other TSA officers are all squeezed in at top. After successfully completing one level, we were taken to a bonus game that at first looked like an ad page and we weren't sure whether to click on it or not.
Despite Airport Scanner's simple premise, we just couldn't get past the clutter and can't recommend it.
From Kedlin Company:
Try your skills as an Airport Baggage screener in Airport Scanner. Now featuring the ALL NEW R&D Lab where you can test your skills with dozens of new levels and gameplay modes. Airport Scanner is the hit game that went #1 in over 20 countries. Every day at the airport is busy and hidden among the impatient travelers are a bunch of bad guys trying to bring all kinds of bad stuff onto flights. It's your job to scan the carry-on luggage, find the illegal items and get flights out on time. To make your job easier, you have an awesome X-RAY scanner that you can upgrade with all kinds of power-ups and a trio of burly TSA agents that will lay down the pain on any troublemakers. PROTECT THE SKIES - JOIN THE TSA. Airport Scanner puts you in charge of operating a life like X-RAY scanner working for the TSA. Mark illegal items, expedite flight crew + first class passengers and look out for air marshals all while getting every flight out on time so passengers don't riot. Each day at the airport gets more difficult, with new passengers, more illegal items and more flights to fill as you rise in rank from trainee to an elite operator. Earn XRAY bucks to purchase scanner upgrades to help along the way. FEATURES. All New R&D Lab with 50+ new levels. Seven Fun Airports - Honolulu, Las Vegas, Chicago, Aspen, London, North Pole and the Moon. Hundreds of levels mean hours of enjoyment. Real TSA Prohibited and Allowed Items. Tons of Hidden Rare Items to Find and Redeem for Xray Bucks. XRAY 2000 - Top of the line luggage xray. Fully upgradeable. Line Management - fast track first class passengers, hold next flight passengers and get flight crew on their flights. with just one tap. Bonus Game - Punish passengers & earn Xray Bucks. Item Logbook - Track your progress in the logbook. XRAY Shop for Scanner Upgrades. 75+ Addictive Achievements - Earn them ALL. ADDITIONAL FEATURES. Beautiful iPhone Retina graphics. Universal support including iPhone 6/6+. Game center leaderboard and shareable scores. Get social by challenging your friends to compete on Facebook and Twitter. Haven't you always wondered what it would be like to operate the X-RAY Scanner at the airport. Here's your chance.