• 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!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylA5UBKqkHk

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.


::TESTIMONIALS

"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)


::FEATURES

-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

-Achievements

-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.


::LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH!

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nachobeard
tumblr: http://blog.nachobeard.com
09-27-2013, 03:10 PM
#2
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
Posts: 6,362
Ermmm...no posts? Hello? A free game (limited time) with such awesome art, no IAPs and inspired by games like ZiGGURAT...and no posts? HELLO?

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"

09-27-2013, 03:44 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Rexburg, ID
Posts: 455
Just grabbed it and it seems pretty fun so far! I'm really glad I snagged this while it's free! It's a little gem that has some great retro polish! Music is great and the tutorial is very helpful! Great find!
09-28-2013, 04:56 AM
#4
This game really does deserve more attention...I've been enjoying it for awhile! Also if you like the music, you can listen again here: https://soundcloud.com/gavinharrison/hookball
09-28-2013, 05:19 AM
#5
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
Posts: 6,362
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gavin Harrison View Post
This game really does deserve more attention...I've been enjoying it for awhile! Also if you like the music, you can listen again here: https://soundcloud.com/gavinharrison/hookball
Yeah, the music's pretty damn awesome. I wonder who compo--oh, hi!

Gavin, could you kindly talk some sense into Miguel and tell him to put a price on this thing?

After spending some time with the game, I'd pretty much say this is on par with ZiGGURAT...yet manages to be even more hectic. In fact, the difficulty ramps up at an even faster pace than ZiGGURAT. It's quite frickin' relentless...especially when the controls do seem a tad bit foreign at first. Nothing spending a little bit of time with the game can't fix.

Request: Miguel, if you're reading this...please add in auto-rotation for the screen orientation.

Oh, and while this could work on an iPhone, the extra screen estate on the iPad certainly does help. I don't know what convinced the developers of CRABITRON to add in iPhone support (or at least are working on it right now), but if that ends up working on iPhone, there's no reason this (or hell, any game, really ) couldn't. If a universal update for this is in the pipeline, all the power to you...but yeah, ideally I'd recommend this to be played on an iPad.

This one's never leaving my device.

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"
09-28-2013, 05:28 AM
#6
I agree! I think it's free for a few days then going paid, but it really is superb...I hope Hookball gets the attention it deserves!
09-28-2013, 05:57 AM
#7
Hello!

vaelsh:
I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

metalcasket:
thanks for your kind comments, this makes me so happy.
I think unity supports auto rotation, so I'll include that for the next revision
If it sells reasonably I might make an iPhone version (but it seems unlikely at this point to be honest).

Also, on monday it's going to $3.99 so make sure you tell your friends to check it out before then
(or if you prefer, tell them afterwards! but whatever you do, tell them )

gavin:
thanks for making such a cool tune & sfx, and for being so supportive



I don't think anyone has reached the final boss yet, so keep tapping and flicking!

Last edited by nachobeard; 09-28-2013 at 06:59 AM.
09-28-2013, 09:03 AM
#8
Might be worth a look.
09-28-2013, 10:07 AM
#9
It's a great game, really fun to be played...
This game needs more attention. I've seen the bird also something like a frog, but haven't defeat them yet. However, I think I've punched them, but do I need to throw other enemies to them to be counted as one "punch"?

Edit: just saw the brown bird in the screenshot, is that the boss? If yes, probably it's not the little bird I mean.. lol need more effort

Game Center ID: copaeci

Last edited by copaeci; 09-28-2013 at 10:11 AM.
09-28-2013, 10:48 AM
#10
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
Posts: 6,362
Quote:
Originally Posted by nachobeard View Post
metalcasket:
thanks for your kind comments, this makes me so happy.
I think unity supports auto rotation, so I'll include that for the next revision
If it sells reasonably I might make an iPhone version (but it seems unlikely at this point to be honest).

Also, on monday it's going to $3.99 so make sure you tell your friends to check it out before then
(or if you prefer, tell them afterwards! but whatever you do, tell them )
Welcome to TA nachobeard.

You can bet I'll be recommending HOOKBALL! Yep, preferably as a paid app, because under no circumstances should this be free! No IAPs, no ads, no bullshit. Just pure, delicious arcade gaming. Just the way it should be.

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"