- If you can find your rhythm, the action escalates in an enjoyable way.
- Easy to pick up and play.
- Game doesn't read taps and swipes reliably.
- Screen can become too cluttered, making enemies tough to single out.
A little too random and scrappy to fulfill its ambitions, Hookball is a passasble high score game for dedicated players willing to overlook its control eccentricities.
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We finally know the reason behind the destruction of the Mayan civilisation: They were playing Hookball. What is Hookball, you ask? Well, it's a game where too much is going on at once, and death is literally only seconds away. Despite the insanity of the sport, it's quite an addictive experience, but one which requires a large amount of dedication to master.
The Mayan calendar in the middle of the stage acts as the game timer. Through the collection of gears, you add time to the clock. To get at these precious gears, you need to destroy flying enemies. Tap on an enemy and your avatar will lauch an electrical hookshot, whereupon he will whizz towards the floating foe. From there you can tap next to the nasty to punch them, or flick the screen to deliver a killing blow that will shower the screen with gears.
Why punch when you can flick, then? Well, punching saves up power, which will create more gears when you eventually flick an enemy. This adds an element of strategy to the proceeding as you're zipping around the screen like a maniac.
You don't get too much time to think strategically at all, though. Between the clock counting down, the gears showering everywhere, and the constant stream of foes (many who shoot one-hit-kill projectiles), you barely have enough time to react let alone plan your actions.
Often, the game will end because the timer reached zero without you even realising. Hooking onto an enemy in a way that will avoid an incoming bullet while swiping madly to collect all the gears is a skill that takes numerous restarts to acquire, and that's if you have the patience to keep trying. But sooner or later it all starts to click. You'll still have times when you only survive a few seconds, but your record time will slowly increase.
There are some issues, however. Sometimes the game doesn't register your taps and swipes as you'd expect, an issue made worse by the relatively small size of the targets you're trying to hit. There are also times when all the enemies appear to be spawning offscreen, giving you no chance to reach them.
However, we reckon Hookball will find itself a niche audience of dedicated players who will attempt to master the game. There's some frantic fun to be had here, but Mayan death sports are certainly not for everyone.
DescriptionHOOKBALL is an arcade game with innovative touch controls created for iPad only.
***ONLY iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad Mini supported***
Can you survive the mayan apocalypse?
Hook, punch and throw your way through an endless horde of enemies, picking up gears along the way to rewind time and survive for a tiny bit longer.
Watch the trailer here!
Tap your finger to fire your hookshot. Flick your finger to throw enemies in any direction. Bump enemies into each other and swipe to pick up those hard-earned golden gears.
HOOKBALL is an arcade game unlike any other. It's easy to learn but hard to master, with controls designed for iPad from the ground up.
There is no filler in HOOKBALL. HOOKBALL respects your time. HOOKBALL rewards precision and speed. HOOKBALL loves you, but you will die many times before defeating THE WORM.
"If you're smart, you'll head on over to the App Store and grab Hookball right this second.” -Pocket Gamer
"This one's never leaving my device."
"Reminds of a cross between Fantasy Zone and Joust - both ace games!"
"Where did this come from. Music is fantastic - as is the game. Top drawer."
"I'd pretty much say this is on par with ZiGGURAT...yet manages to be even more hectic."
"Just pure, delicious arcade gaming. Just the way it should be."
"Sometimes, magic just happens. Thanks for making this wonderful game, dev :)"
"It's a little gem that has some great retro polish!"
(mostly from http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=205068)
-No in-app purchases
-Innovative, sensible controls (no virtual d-pads here!)
-Lovingly crafted lo-fi graphics
-Amazing rasta-chip music.
-A bunch of minibosses
-Randomized, endless enemy waves to keep the action fresh
-Secret content that you'll probably never see
-This is the game as we intended it to be. It follows our initial vision, and explores the ideas we wanted to try out. Consequently, there are no content updates planned.
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What's New in Version 1.1-added screen auto rotation
-fixed game center bug
-other minor fixes