Media format: CD-ROM
Compatibility: Microsoft Flight Simulator X/FS2004
Monaco X is a lot of things, but above all it is small. For American minds, used to large scales, it is hard to believe a country of 1.95 sq km (0.75 sq mi) can exist. The population is around 30.000 (yes, that makes it very crowed).
The average airport is a lot larger, that gives you some idea of the scale. To make matters worse, the available land is extremely steep, about as high as wide. But it is independent and a full member of the United Nations. It deserved its place in FSX as it did in FS2004.
It is rare that an add-on for Flight Simulator adds a whole country (not COVER a whole country but actually ADDING the country to the FSX GOTO airport list) but we managed with this amazing product. Monaco, the second smallest country on the globe is done in amazing detail. And indeed, Monaco is smaller than some airports and it does not have an airport, but is has a very nice heliport that is one of the busiest of the all the heliports. Every hour several choppers fly to and from Nice airport to pick up the few people who can afford a house in the nicer parts of the city. We included a mission (with full sound file) that lets you fly this round trip.
Aerosoft MonacoX, is a full remake of the previous FS2004 version and it uses many of the new exiting features of this simulator. Clearly for a niche market, as there is no way to even land a Super Cub in Monaco, but if you like helicopters or float aircraft you will find this a very exiting scenery. With the manual and the included charts you are able to fly the complex route to Nice Airport. Or you could take the short trip between the heliport (in stunning detail) and the Lady Moura, one of the top ten biggest private ships ever built, which also has a large helideck. The night effects are also stunning, and because Monaco is perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean and the lights and streets go up the mountains, the first time you fly a night approach to LNMC heliport is a very strange feeling, but a stunning sight for sure.
- Monaco/Fontvielle Heliport (LNMC ) in high detail
- Helideck on the Lady Moira, one of the biggest yachts in the world
- Good attention to framerates (but it IS dense and complex scenery)
- Sound effects added
- Animated seagulls over the harbor
- Much ship traffic all around
- Great attention to night effects
- Manual in French and English, with charts
Two missions are included. The first is a short flight where you are scheduled to pick up some passengers waiting at the airport of Nice. It's not far away and the weather is fine. Enjoy the flight along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Follow the instructions given to you.In the second mission you pick up the waiting ladies at Nice airport, and don't forget their beauty cases.Then fly along the famous Côte d'Azur to Monaco.Follow the instructions from the air traffic controllers. There will be visual waypoint to assist you.
Conclusion by Avsim:
" ...This scenery is ideal for helicopters, usable for amphibian craft, but somewhat limited for fixed-wing aircraft. The frame rates were always higher than I’d expect, without any flashing on/off of object textures..."
Conclusion by FlightSim:
" ...this is a great little scenery and one that you are liable to come back to again and again, particularly if you are living with a wet winter in northern Europe."