It's tough to pinpoint exactly why two of the App Store's biggest original sensations recently embarked on outer space-set new releases, but within the last few weeks, both Flight Control Rocket and Angry Birds Space were released for iPhone and iPad. Despite the obvious parallels in setting, the two apps couldn't be more different in the way they approached this fresh terrain, and it has nothing to do specifically with galaxies, spaceships, or colorful fowl. It's all about business.
Flight Control stands tall as one of the early and enduring App Store juggernauts, so the emergence of a sequel -- the outer-space themed Flight Control Rocket -- isn't a huge surprise. Rocket builds on the familiar line-drawing formula from the original entry by having you quickly trace flight paths for ships to land on a futuristic carrier, which takes up a large section of the screen and offers different landing spots for like-colored ships. Some of the changes and additions are unique and welcome, but Rocket's curious impression of a free-to-play game sucks much of the lasting appeal from the experience.