One of my real iPhone favorites -- a game that I actually play for fun (a rare thing, given the number of titles we move through to find the gems among the chaff out there) -- is Imangi's Harbor Master [link], which The Independent recently dubbed the third best app in the App Store. And the iPad version, Harbor Master HD [link] is the best Harbor Master experience to be had, thanks to the device's large display. Happily, Imangi's v2.0 Harbor Master update, which went live just a few hours ago, brings some of that big-screen detail to the iPhone 4's Retina display.

Imangi lists the enhancements in this update:

  • Completely remastered high resolution graphics for the iPhone 4.
  • New level! We adapted Cargo City, our most popular map from the iPad version, for the iPhone screen. It has 3 cargo types, so it takes "multitasking" to a whole new level.
  • iOS4 multitasking support.
  • Fixed twitter support so you can tweet your scores again.
  • Rotation support, so you can hold your device however you want!
  • A ton of bug fixes.

Imangi's current graphics guy, Kiril Tchangov, reworked all of the game's original art from scratch, putting his own, more "painterly" spin on the design, the studio tells us.

I think most people will be most excited about the new level, Cargo City. Cargo City is our most popular map from the iPad version, so we really wanted to bring a version of it over to the iPhone. It works really great on iPhone. With 3 cargo types, you have to turn on another part of your brain to control all those boats. You'll really like it. Here is the iPad version right next to the iPhone version, so you can see how we had to change it around to adapt it to the smaller screen.

The Harbor Master v2.0 update is a free download for current owners of the game.

  • http://www.acceleroto.com Bryan Duke

    Looks great!

  • Anonymous

    It's a fine game, sure. But that it's dubbed the third best app by The Independent is essentially meaningless. Number one on their list is Google Maps. And number six is, um ... the app for The Independent. After that, I couldn't tell you. I wasn't about to click fifty times to see it through.

    • Andy

      In other words, the Independent be a bunch of punk-ass bitches.

    • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

      Haha - ok, we don't know much about the Independent, being American and all. But hey, just let us have our moment ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335603011 Greg Feingold

    I really don't want to be a jerk :( but I think the new "painterly" graphics cheapen the game a lot. Am I the only one?

    • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

      I actually love the new graphics.

    • Fluffeh

      While I don't think they "cheapen" the game, I can't say I'm a fan of them either. IMO, the scenery looks nicer for the most part but the ships and ports look blocky and out of place.

      Maybe there should be an option to switch back to the original graphics?

    • Anonymous

      I'm not a fan of the new graphics either, on first glance I thought it looked like an inferior clone.

    • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

      Sorry you guys don't like it. I think most people do like the new graphics. And they do look amazing on the iPhone 4. The boats are actually almost exactly the same as before. Give them a chance, I think they'll grow on you :)

  • Damien

    Ugly !