The Island of Misfit Apps

islandOfMisfitApps1On April 12, we will be adding a new app bundle to the iTunes App Store.  This bundle consists of four super-fun games, at a fraction of the original cost. Big Fat Simulations traditionally sells air traffic control games. However, we sometimes get goofy and experiment with new ideas, always pushing the envelope of our creativity. The Island of Misfit Apps is a collection of games that never made it to The Big Time.

BACKYARD BRAT is secretly one of our best creations ever, but unfortunately it never got noticed by anyone. It offers decent helicopter flight physics, beautiful parallax scrolling scenery, and ridiculously funny missions.

We’re ashamed of BATHROOM SIMULATOR. It’s not a new concept, but indeed a funny game with decent graphics and audio. We don’t even mention this game on our website, for fear of tainting our reputation as one of the top air traffic control simulation developers (at least, we think so).


SKY MADNESS was a 2009 sequel to Airport Madness. I find the game play extremely addicting, and testers found it very easy to pick up and play, with no learning curve. However, it failed miserably on the app store, and was the reason we pressed on to build Airport Madness 3, 4, 5, and 6, with number 7 coming in late 2015.

MIDAIR MADNESS only took 5 weeks to build. It was a quickie experiment, to see if anyone out there liked that kind of thing. It basically pumps an unbelievable number of aircraft onto the screen, and the player must see how many they can manage before the inevitable midair collision occurs.

Each of these four games was, at one time, our labor of love. We had high hopes for each of these, but instead learned a lesson: We must stick to building air traffic control games and simulations.

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