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."
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"...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..."
From the makers of the legendary Canabalt comes this thrilling game of high-altitude action! Use your Gravity Hook to make your way up a treacherous mine shaft, swinging from point to point to reach dizzying heights. Think carefully before you latch onto each point, as one misstep will send you on a one-way trip to the bottom!
As if the forces of gravity weren't enough of a hazard, you'll have to contend with proximity mines, grapple points that drop out of the sky when you hook onto them, and bombs with very short fuses. The safest way forward is to keep moving quickly, but if you stretch your hook too far you won't be able to pull yourself up. Master techniques like the wall-kick to reach higher and higher levels, and take full advantage of your momentum to skyrocket greater distances. Need a change of pace? Try out the Classic Mode for a different kind of climbing experience! How high can you make it before you succumb to the forces of gravity?
One-Touch Controls: Just tap on the grappling point you want to swing to. It's easy!
Deep Grappling Physics: Choose your grappling targets carefully and take advantage of momentum to reach the next one. It's tricky!
Deadly Hazards: Watch out what you attach your hook to. Each type of grapple point has its own properties, and some are quite explosive. It's dangerous!
An Atmospheric Soundtrack: Enjoy an assortment of pumping background music that will put you in the mood for climbing, by indie legend Danny Baranowsky. It's catchy!
Try Classic Mode: If you want to take on a different challenge, check out Classic Mode for a vintage experience. It's old-school!
Gravity Hook - GameClub is playable for free, with some sections and features available only to subscribers of GameClub, an optional auto-renewing monthly subscription which also removes ads. Besides the GameClub subscription, there are no other in-app purchases in this game.
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