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iHook Review

By , on June 28, 2010


iHook
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Easy to pick up controls
  •  Complicated and clever level designs.
  • SHMUP style visuals.

CONS

  • Extremely precise timing required.
  • At least one level that could end in no solution.

VERDICT

iHook has a great unique feel to its puzzles, with a ship that's almost out of control and levels that require fast, precise timing to complete, but it may end up frustrating you before addicting you.


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iHook by Top Evidence Studio is a strange breed of physics-based puzzle platformer that might be hard to get in to, but once you wrap your head around its frustrating puzzle concepts you might just find yourself addicted to its challenging gameplay.

At its basic level you need to pilot a ship to the exit using only a limited amount of available 'hook' points that allow you to turn from your fixed direction. Players can tap the ship to immediately reverse its direction or deploy a second hook to grab on to objects that can be flung around the level. Precise timing will be needed to collect enough fuel to open the final gate, however this is where things can start to go wrong.

It's nice that most levels in iHook are generally very clear about how to complete each run, however sometimes the difference between success and failure is quite literally a fraction of an instant, making some tasks almost unbearably difficult to overcome. In one level it was even possible to completely prevent any further progress if you miss enough 'throws'.

It's easy to get upset at a game as hard as iHook, but like most good puzzle titles repeat plays of levels make you wonder what all the fuss was about. For some, the challenge will prove a great incentive for replaying levels, but for most iHook might prove to be too much without a more forgiving mode.

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Comments

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Sembiance 4 years, 2 months ago

Andrew, thank you very much for your video review and your honest opinions.
I was able to much more easily decide whether or not to purchase this game by watching your video review.
Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do them :)

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andrew 4 years, 2 months ago

It may be my job, but it's also my pleasure to do so ;)