014213Imangi Studios has released their latest game into the App Store: Harbor Master [App Store]. This $0.99 chaos management game can really only be classified as an unabashed Flight Control clone.

Like Flight Control the game involves the use of the swipe gesture to safely guide your boats (planes) into their docks (landing strips). Imangi's version does do justice to the gameplay mechanic and adds a number of nice twists to make it interesting.

Besides successfully docking your boats, you must also wait until they unload their cargo and then safely guide them out -- all while avoiding hitting other boats. The situation can get relatively manic quickly requiring you to move some ships into holding patterns while waiting for a dock to free up. Larger boats move slower and also have more cargo to unload. In one of the three included maps, a cyclone can even send your ships off track which adds another dimension to the game. Online leaderboards allow you to see how well you've done on each of the three available maps.

The video shows the gameplay. From 13s to 30s it shows a sped up "time-lapse" version of the game while the later video shows actual gameplay speed:.

The game is very well put together and feels "right". I suspect there are those that will prefer Harbor Master to Flight Control and vice-versa, but for only $0.99 it's certainly not a gamble if you already love the genre. It already seems to be a hit amongst our forum early adopters.

App Store Link: Harbor Master, $0.99.

  • http://acceleroto.com Bryan Duke

    Wonderful game Imangi! Congrats on the launch.

  • http://acceleroto.com Bryan Duke

    Wonderful game Imangi! Congrats on the launch.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    DEFINITELY worth checking out. I thought it was just going to be another clone but it does enough to make it worth your while.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    DEFINITELY worth checking out. I thought it was just going to be another clone but it does enough to make it worth your while.

  • arta

    Great game, not a mere simple ripoff, but they added gameplay mechanics to it that advance it a lot.

  • arta

    Great game, not a mere simple ripoff, but they added gameplay mechanics to it that advance it a lot.

  • Rustyjaw

    Does it have online scoreboards?

    • arn

      yes, it does. (added to article)

  • Rustyjaw

    Does it have online scoreboards?

    • arn

      yes, it does. (added to article)

  • Kris Jones

    Congratulations Imangi Studios! I just noticed Harbor Master made it into the Top 100 Games in US. Looking forward to the success this game brings you and what else may come from your team.

  • Kris Jones

    Congratulations Imangi Studios! I just noticed Harbor Master made it into the Top 100 Games in US. Looking forward to the success this game brings you and what else may come from your team.

  • http://www.imangi.com nattylux

    Thanks for the review, Arn!

    Glad everyone is liking the game.

    Mrs. Little White Bear (yes, that's Mrs. TanZen/Zentomino) is the one to beat on Fishing Bay :)

  • http://www.imangi.com nattylux

    Thanks for the review, Arn!

    Glad everyone is liking the game.

    Mrs. Little White Bear (yes, that's Mrs. TanZen/Zentomino) is the one to beat on Fishing Bay :)

  • ataru

    Wow, originality is alive and well in iPhone development. If I was the dev of Flight Control, I'd be saying 'see you in court'.

  • ataru

    Wow, originality is alive and well in iPhone development. If I was the dev of Flight Control, I'd be saying 'see you in court'.

  • Josh bernard

    What a ripoff ! Game dev made easy, just copy other people ideas and pretend to come with a fresh and new concept. Quite lame indeed.

  • Josh bernard

    What a ripoff ! Game dev made easy, just copy other people ideas and pretend to come with a fresh and new concept. Quite lame indeed.

  • arn

    Fwiw doodle jump was just papi jump enhanced but is still a great game.

    arn

  • arn

    Fwiw doodle jump was just papi jump enhanced but is still a great game.

    arn

  • remainCalm

    Wow, so much bitterness...

    Remember: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." I think Jesus said that (or someone close to him). Nice app.

  • remainCalm

    Wow, so much bitterness...

    Remember: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." I think Jesus said that (or someone close to him). Nice app.

  • Josh bernard

    Imitation in that case is more the simplest form of making money without too much ethic or brainstorming I would say. Oh well, i suppose every platform deserves some rotten devs.

  • Josh bernard

    Imitation in that case is more the simplest form of making money without too much ethic or brainstorming I would say. Oh well, i suppose every platform deserves some rotten devs.

  • swarmster

    I thought the name Imangi was familiar:

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=816

    They can dish it out as good as they can take it, apparently.

    I absolutely love Flight Control, but I have a little too much respect for Firemint to buy this. I'll wait for their own sequel, thanks.

    • darchinst

      i wanted to throw something at my computer after looking at that link and then exploring flight cont.. wait, harbor master. what a ripoff.

    • Ben

      wow, that is pretty low... (cease and desist)

  • swarmster

    I thought the name Imangi was familiar:

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=816

    They can dish it out as good as they can take it, apparently.

    I absolutely love Flight Control, but I have a little too much respect for Firemint to buy this. I'll wait for their own sequel, thanks.

    • darchinst

      i wanted to throw something at my computer after looking at that link and then exploring flight cont.. wait, harbor master. what a ripoff.

    • Ben

      wow, that is pretty low... (cease and desist)

  • darchinst

    i don't think i will be playing this just out of respect for firemint. unabashed? that's an understatement.

  • darchinst

    i don't think i will be playing this just out of respect for firemint. unabashed? that's an understatement.

  • Bacaramac

    I really hope firemint can create a great sequel to flight control. It is one of the only games I still play almost everyday. This game looks good, but I wish firemint had done this.

  • Bacaramac

    I really hope firemint can create a great sequel to flight control. It is one of the only games I still play almost everyday. This game looks good, but I wish firemint had done this.

  • drone9

    should have given the copyright aspect a bit more thought before buying this.. :-/

    compared to Flight Control gameplay feels a lot more hectic (and frustrating at times). Some reasons are: limited space to maneuver, fastest ships are most common, slowest ships are largest, having to get empty ships off screen again makes for even less room,... All in all I definitely prefer the original.

  • drone9

    should have given the copyright aspect a bit more thought before buying this.. :-/

    compared to Flight Control gameplay feels a lot more hectic (and frustrating at times). Some reasons are: limited space to maneuver, fastest ships are most common, slowest ships are largest, having to get empty ships off screen again makes for even less room,... All in all I definitely prefer the original.

  • cookiemonster

    looks like a gem, well done...

  • cookiemonster

    looks like a gem, well done...

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    i found myself...forgeting about the boats i docked...and every couple of minutes im like..ah crap...then i would have to circle the incoming ships for a bit whilst i unloaded the empty ones...and i kept forgetting

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    i found myself...forgeting about the boats i docked...and every couple of minutes im like..ah crap...then i would have to circle the incoming ships for a bit whilst i unloaded the empty ones...and i kept forgetting

  • Ciperl

    There's much more gameplay than FC. (I love both games) FC requires only the landing of planes. HM has docking of boats and then also directing the boats off screen. Plus on the 3rd level you have to dock boats based on colors. Also, you score not based on boars successfully navigated, but how many crates you deliver. All of you screaming "rip off" will be missing a great game. Think about bejeweled clones, hidden-object clones, and the thousands of other clones... how is this any different?

    Both are great games. And for $.99, everyone should own both.

  • Ciperl

    There's much more gameplay than FC. (I love both games) FC requires only the landing of planes. HM has docking of boats and then also directing the boats off screen. Plus on the 3rd level you have to dock boats based on colors. Also, you score not based on boars successfully navigated, but how many crates you deliver. All of you screaming "rip off" will be missing a great game. Think about bejeweled clones, hidden-object clones, and the thousands of other clones... how is this any different?

    Both are great games. And for $.99, everyone should own both.

  • Vaxin

    The game is nice looking but the gameplay is quite average imho. Controls are not very responsive and the screen get quickly filled up with boats (they are a tad too big). A few cool ideas but gameplay wise it's unfortunately not as good as its model.

  • Vaxin

    The game is nice looking but the gameplay is quite average imho. Controls are not very responsive and the screen get quickly filled up with boats (they are a tad too big). A few cool ideas but gameplay wise it's unfortunately not as good as its model.

  • sekazi

    I hope Firemint strikes back with a killer app version of this. This game lacks the attention to detail that Flight Control has and that is the reason I do not plan on purchasing unless I see a free light version to change my mind.

    • Ciperl

      How can you say it lacks something if you haven't even played it?

  • sekazi

    I hope Firemint strikes back with a killer app version of this. This game lacks the attention to detail that Flight Control has and that is the reason I do not plan on purchasing unless I see a free light version to change my mind.

    • Ciperl

      How can you say it lacks something if you haven't even played it?

  • pholly

    Because he's stupid.

  • pholly

    Because he's stupid.

  • LeeHP

    Are you guys for real? A huge chuck of the top games on the iPhone are nothing but ripoffs. Ouch=Pain (PS3), Rolando=RocoLoco (PSP), StoneLoops, Crazy Machines, Dr. Awesome, even FlightControl isn't that original (good UI though).

  • LeeHP

    Are you guys for real? A huge chuck of the top games on the iPhone are nothing but ripoffs. Ouch=Pain (PS3), Rolando=RocoLoco (PSP), StoneLoops, Crazy Machines, Dr. Awesome, even FlightControl isn't that original (good UI though).