When I was a kid I made paper airplanes of the glider variety. Built correctly a paper glider could sail across a classroom, study hall, gymnasium, auditorium, or lunch room cafeteria with eerie silence. Here’s how to bring the same fun back to your Mac.
Digital Paper Gliders
If you really want to get your hands dirty and challenge yourself to create paper airplanes to best those of your youth, the Mac App Store has a few options.
The first is Paper Airplane Tips. It’s relatively expensive considering the same information is available elsewhere on the web for free.
In both text and video you’ll be instructed how to create a good paper airplane. For nearly half the money there’s The Greatest Paper Planes app which lets you print out and folder 20 different paper airplanes.
I like the concept but the app has been buggy for me on my MacBook Pro.
Not buggy and much more fun is Glider. It’s a digital paper airplane game so you won’t harm any trees while you navigate your glider through various obstacles.
The controls are simple so navigating a glider through a cluttered room or office seems easy at first. You get more points the longer the glider stays in the air.
Glide up or down by passing over air vents in the floor or ceiling. Use the keyboard to maneuver around objects in the room.
If your boss, teacher, or spouse comes into the room while your navigating mid-flight, no problem. Glider’s current state is saved and you can pick up where you left off at another time.
It’s fun but the graphics are somewhat sophomoric (or, childish). I wish there were little kids or pets running around the room so the glider would have someone to chase.