Gravity Hook HD Review
- Unique physics based vertical climber.
- Intense, dark pixel-art style.
- Amazing musical cues.
- Unlockable 'classic' mode.
- Momentum gameplay hard to master.
- Random level designs can throw the difficulty curve out.
Gravity Hook HD represents an intense shift in challenge from Semi Secret's earlier work, but if you have patience you'll be rewarded by an amazingly intriguing gameplay style.
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Gravity Hook HD by Semi Secret Software is not for the feint of heart. One thing Semi Secret seems to excel at is managing to make a simple concept work perfectly as an addictive title, but unlike Canabalt, you're going to have to work hard for your highscore in this remake of their classic 8-bit Flash original.
Your goal is simply to make your way up as high as possible and you achieve this by throwing out hooked claws to gain purchase on various orbs in an attempt to maintain your momentum against the immensely weighty gravity. Wrapping your head around and mastering the art of keeping your momentum active is not easy and will take some players (such as myself) a lot of time to feel comfortable with - and even when you do get a feel for things you'll start to beat your head against the fact that everything, including your hook-points are liable to explode and end your run.
However, while you're butting your head against the intense learning curve you'll be treated to Semi Secret's signature pixel-art graphics that are dark and moody while clearly conveying dangers (albeit at the last moment for some). The music is also fantastic and instead of long repeated tunes the music will shift as you pass various checkpoints, giving you a great sense of progress.
It's unfair to continually compare Gravity Hook to Canabalt, but the two games seem to represent two vastly different intended audiences and while some may easily slip in to the momentum-based gameplay, others will probably throw their iPhone at a wall.
Description"[Gravity Hook HD] provides much of what I loved about Canabalt, only in a vertical climb instead of a side scrolling run... it really is a much better experience with your finger."
- Touch Arcade
"Gravity Hook became a high score-focused game that I could whip out and play any time, making it a title that'll be a mainstay on my Apple devices for a long time to come."
"...the presentation here is simple yet exquisite. With hand drawn backgrounds and lovingly-detailed nodes, the art direction manages to be a perfect fit. Baranowsky’s soundtracks are among the best in video games today..."
"...not only easier on the eyes, but easier to play as well."
"You can feel the evolution of Semi Secret's reflex-intensive design ideas in [Gravity Hook HD]."
"Like the [Canabalt], Gravity Hook HD is punishingly difficult and encourages a just-one-more-game mentality."
- MTV Multiplayer
"I can't say it's as fun or as simple as Canabalt, but it is colorful and addictive for sure."