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Harbor Master HD is a fun and very addictive game that will keep you busy for a long time. It’s a lot like Flight Control except this time you don’t handle airplanes, you handle boats instead. Your job is to navigate the boats around a busy harbor so they can smoothly dock in and out of the space without running into each other.

Created by Imangi Studios, LLC, the game is a cool take on being a dock master. It was first released in 2010 and already won raves from gamers. Although the game is offered for free, there are additional maps that you can purchase for a small fee. Nevertheless, the current free map is enough to keep you busy for awhile. 

Harbor Master features great graphics that are suitable for the iPad. The game is deceptively simple. As harbor operator, you have to control the boats and allow them to dock in their respective places. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds since there are several factors you need to take into consideration first.

For the free game, you only get the Treasure Map to work on. This one features six docks that you’ll use to dock and unload cargo from ships. Each of the docks feature a particular color which tells what type of cargo can be unloaded there. Once the ships start showing up, you can immediately see what color cargo they have and you can then direct them to the proper dock.

The cargo will auto unload and you then need to guide the ship back out by tracing your finger in order to create a path for the boat. This may seem simple but it does get crazy once you realize that the boats vary in characteristics. For instance, they can sometimes differ in the type of cargo while some move really fast and others move slow.

Overall, the game is pretty good. It’s lots of fun. Even if you just get one map for the free game, it’s actually more than enough to keep you busy. You pretty much cannot lose in the game unless you hit another boat. Give this one a go.

Related Links:

Harbor Master HD on iTunes
Harbor Master on Imangi Studios
Harbor Master on Mac World
Harbor Master on The Virtual Underground