Harbour Master Review

By , on July 1, 2009


Harbor Master
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Expands on genre's gameplay.

CONS

  • Have to play to unlock levels.

VERDICT

Harbour Master sets out to expand upon its genre of traffic management games. It presents a couple interesting additions but ultimately overextends itself.


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Based on the simple and popular game design of Flight Control, Harbour Master is taking the formula and adding a couple new ideas to the gameplay. As the harbour master you have to direct ships into your ports, wait for their cargo to unload and then direct them away,.Any collisions, and it's game over.

The controls are simple. Drag a line to direct a ship, that's it. Sometimes you have to redirect ship paths to prevent a collision, but it's all part of the gameplay. Every piece of cargo you deliver counts towards unlocking a new harbour, but the requirements on some of the later levels require quite an amount of playtime. This falsely extends the playtime as you have to work towards levels that should probably be open to you at the beginning of the game.

The game's visuals and sounds are adequate. There is only the main game mode, but it is linked to an online leaderboard to test your harbour skills against everyone else out there.

If you're one of those people who enjoyed Flight Control, you might find some enjoyment in Harbour Master. By having to direct inward and outward traffic, there is more difficulty to the game (which raises with ships holding larger cargo), but it's missing the spark that Flight Control seems to possess.

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