Well known for its famous potatoes, Boise, Idaho, pronounced BOYCIE or BOYZEE is one of the least visited cities in a flight simmer’s world. “Why Boise,” you ask? The publisher answers the question by providing plenty of details the default scenery leaves out. More than 50,000 custom placed autogen buildings and vegetation to match the satellite texture underlay, downtown replicas of the real buildings, as well as bustling Interstate 84 and Interstate 184 with Freeway signs and lights that illuminate at night are included in this scenery package.
Boise, the capital of Idaho, is one of the most unique cities in the United States. In the Northeast corner of the area, you’ll find mountainous terrain and the Boise River as it meanders its way to the pristine Lucky Peak Lake. The middle is filled with thousands of homes, stores, and buildings, with a population of over 580,000. South of Boise is a dry arid region and in the western part of Boise are hundreds of potato farms.
Boise X covers a 30 x 30 miles square including Ada, Boise, and Canyon counties. The suburb cities, along with Boise City include Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Star, Garden City, and Kuna. The college you see near the Capitol building is Boise State. You will notice their blue football field and the custom football stadium included in the Boise X product.
Today, the largest industry in Idaho is the science and technology sector. It accounts for over 25% of the State’s total revenue and 70%+ of the State’s exports (in dollars). Idaho’s industrial economy is growing, with high-tech products leading the way. Since the late 1970s, Boise has emerged as a center for semiconductor manufacturing. Boise is the home of Micron Technology Inc., the only U.S. manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips and Hewlett-Packard has operated a large plant in Boise since the 1970s, which is devoted primarily to LaserJet printers production.
Major airports include the Boise International Airport serving the southwest region of Idaho, and the Spokane International Airport (actually located in Spokane, Washington), which serves northern Idaho. Other airports with scheduled service are the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport serving the Palouse; the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, serving the Lewis-Clark Valley and north central Idaho; The Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls; the Idaho Falls Regional Airport; and the Pocatello Regional Airport all of which are included in Flight Simulator, although some with slightly modified names.
Boise X for Flight Simulator X extracts into 2 files, the first is a 533 MB installation file which will copy the scenery to your addon scenery folder and a nine-page Adobe documentation file providing details on system requirements and the author’s reasons for producing this scenery package. You’ll also be downloading a 93 MB patch you will run after installing the main file. The user’s manual topics include Introduction, System Requirements, Installation, Technical Support, and Acknowledgments.
The screenshot above is an example of the edge of the photo overlay on the scenery. Unfortunately, it’s rather obvious. While not a deal breaker, it is offensive to some purists.
Pros and Cons
Some minor problems are common with satellite imagery combined with Flight Simulator scenery. They usually include flat buildings and “seams” or other anomalies that look like mistakes. Even though the author has painstakingly custom placed hundreds and hundreds of buildings and shrubbery into the terrain, you will still be able to find those occasions where they appear out of place. Houses that sit on their lots obliquely or sideways, buildings that seem crowded and bumped up against objects that may seem foreign did not faze me. I don’t spend much time flying into canyons with a magnifying glass either.
I took several flights in this frame rate friendly package and the scenery adapts to any time of the day or night as well as each season of the year. Because of my graphics card limitations I could not get the kind of resolution you may be able to and I apologize for the quality of the screenshots. Believe me, I tried but I think my ATI Theater 650 Pro is slightly underpowered for this activity.
If you like more accuracy in your simming terrain you will like Boise X. If you never gave a thought to flying around Boise you are missing some terrific scenery. If you stay above 4,000 feet and have the graphic capacity to turn up the settings you will not be disappointed with Boise X. VFR Extreme has a winner with this scenery package and it is reasonably priced at $15.