• Publisher: Miguel Ramos
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Device: iPad
  • Size: 27.1 MB
  • Version: 1.1
  • Price: $0.99
  • Average User Rating: 4.7 (3)
App description: HOOKBALL 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!)

-Intense action

-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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09-30-2013, 05:11 AM
This game is badass. I would be satisfied if I paid $1.99 for it.
I don't get the Ziggurat comparison, personally. The gameplay is more complex.
09-30-2013, 05:34 AM
Played it, notices that it's easy to play but hard to be a master.

Pine Entertainment

10-02-2013, 09:54 AM
Originally Posted by Andre View Post
Played it, notices that it's easy to play but hard to be a master.
It looks like ALOT going on from the videos. Is actually playing it less...overwhelming?
10-02-2013, 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by MrMojoRisin View Post
It looks like ALOT going on from the videos. Is actually playing it less...overwhelming?
it's a little bit less overwhelming... at the beginning
10-08-2013, 07:52 AM
After updating the game, my highscores still keep disappearing from the GameCenter leaderboards. I just did a 144 second run and was registered for a few minutes. Now it's already gone again. It's still listed as the internal highscore in the game, though.

Last edited by Nachtfischer; 10-09-2013 at 02:31 AM.
10-09-2013, 08:23 AM
Same here, my hi-score doesn't show up on GC leaderboard too. Already tried to delete the game n re-install it, but give the same result. Also, tried to delete the progess but nothing changed..

Game Center ID: copaeci
10-09-2013, 08:56 AM
I have no idea what could be causing the game center stuff not working, will keep looking into it.
10-10-2013, 01:34 AM
Been thinking a bit about this and asking around.

General consensus is that it's currently impossible for us developers to remove a score from a leaderboard, so whatever is causing the score to disappear must be triggering from apple's side.

This seems far-fetched but it seems that sometimes, when you have a bad internet connection and the score can't be submitted immediately, your score gets cached for a while (so it'll appear in the leaderboard) and then re-submitted later. If the score can't be submitted successfully after a while, game center just gives up and removes your score.

Anyhow, I've submitted a bug report to apple and hopefully they'll give us more information.

10-11-2013, 03:06 AM
oh well, HOOKBALL has gone paid!
I'm not even sure why I'm doing this because I'm only getting about 20 (free) downloads a day but giving it away during 15 days for free seems generous enough.

Also, edge reviewed the game!

Last edited by nachobeard; 10-19-2013 at 03:35 AM.
10-11-2013, 04:52 AM
It's really a shame it doesn't get downloaded more. I think this game is a genuinely new design with some great ideas. I also like how everything is strongly connected to the timer. Besides the obvious countdown it serves as (kind of) your HP and on top of that your score is simply your time survived. It's all really focused and tightly put together. Also, the enemies are somewhat ambiguous, because most of them can kill you, but at the same time you need them to not just sink into the lava. I really, really like this game.

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