Monday, August 17, 2009

Sea Captain Review

The App Store is chock full of games where you draw lines to direct vehicles to a station, including Harbor Master, Flight Control, and Sea Captain. Of these, Sea Captain is the least original, and even beautiful graphics can't hide that.
Sea Captain, $.99, by Curious Toys, is a game where you drag a line from a boat to a dock, and try to get as high of a score as possible, without having boats collide, or crash into the shoreline. There are three maps, each with a nighttime mode, where there is a lighthouse, which provides limited moving streak of visibility throughout the entire map. Each map has something unique about it, for example, the Arctic map has glaciers that float around.
The graphics in the game are the best of the genre, surpassing both Harbor Master and Flight Control. At night, there are spectacular weather effects, and that makes the game almost worth purchasing on its own. 
However, when you look at the actual gameplay, it just becomes Flight Control covered by good graphics, and environments that interact with the boats. It is the exact same concept, drag a vehicle to a certain place. Harbor Master makes you drag the boats out of the dock too, which makes it a good clone. Sea Captain makes steals the single dock idea from Flight Control, and boat idea from Harbor Master. It is not the least bit original. Also, if you are a casual game player, you will be extremely frustrated by Sea Captain because it is too difficult.

Good Graphics
Nighttime Mode

Complete Rip-Off
Too Hard

Bottom Line:
Before you get Sea Captain, get Harbor Master and Flight Control. If you like them, Sea Captain is for you. 

Graphics: 5/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Controls: 4.5/5
Replay Value: 4.5/5

Overall: 7/10 (not an average)


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