Santorini is one of the most famous greek islands, and moreover a busy destination for summer holidays.
Indeed a lot of airlines provide seasonal flights to Santorini from the most important cities in Europe.
After the release of the scenery developed by Logo Projets (meant to be read Spanish), also the virtual pilots might land in this beautiful piece of world.
Let’s go ahead and see how the scenery was done and, above all, if it’s worth buying.
First of all let’s take a look at the textures, that are the first thing you will notice once you load this scenery.
The runways look quite realistic, and their shoulders are well done.
The other ground textures aren’t really detailed, they seem to be a bit more detailed than default textures, but nothing special honestly.
Even the 3D grass doesn’t look very realistic, and it has been added only in a little space.
As you look next to your aircraft you will notice a static plane (there is only one, since the airport is really small) that doesn’t seem much detailed, but it is surrounded by some objects like stairs, people and ground handling trucks.
These objects seem to be done by the developer, as they look different than the similar findable in the various libraries.
Anyway no animations at all, everything is still.
I expected to see at least some movement by the passengers, the ground handling.
The main terminal looks quite good, the textures are slightly too clean, because it actually seems brand new, but it’s ok.
The textures regarding writings and signs on the other side of the apron might have been taken from some photos, as the definition is low.
Overall the airport’s buildings are decent, even though there aren’t custom roads outside the airport, and honestly the road/taxiway next to the runways looks fake.
At this stage cars and busses are placed on the custom photorealistic scenery.
The latter is well done, the zoom level is high enough to deliver an high definition scenery, but still lower than what could affect the performances too much.
The airport, as I said, isn’t that detailed, but the rest of the islands is!
The houses are represented like typical greek buildings featuring white walls and blue windows, while the most important and famous buildings of Santorini are portrayed realistically, definitely a good inducement to fly a VFR around the nearby islands.
As the tourists don’t travel to Santorini only by plane, but a lot of them arrive to the island with the cruise ships, Logo Projets modeled both a cruise ship and a ferry, just under the main coast.
The ships are modeled well and the textures aren’t too detailed, so they have no effect on your FPS at all, but they’re still a good addition.
I’ve flown to Santorini also during the evening, to see how the lights were done.
There shouldn’t be custom lights, because I couldn’t notice any change comparing the other areas I overflew, but the experience is very good, because the white buildings seems also more shiny in the evening.
And here we come to the conclusion of this review.
The scenery must be valued considering two parts: the airport and the island.
The airport alone doesn’t justify a scenery that is actually sold at €24.39 on simMarket, because is better than a default or freeware scenery, of course, but still far from the level I expected at that price.
Just to do a quick comparison, a massive airport like Dubai, is actually sold at $24.95.
The island and its buildings are another story, the atmosphere I got was really good, and I found myself flying in a typical greek scenery.
I appreciate the work done on the most famous buildings, and even the smallest houses are present and well modeled.
The whole work isworth the price, in my opinion, but only if you fly frequently inbound/outbound Santorini or, even better, if you fly under visual rules.
Otherwise, if you’re looking only for an eye-candy airport with animations and so on, sorry to say that this product hasn’t been developed for you.
That’s my final personal judgement.