Hookshot Inc. is a website about downloadable video games that cost $15 or less. We patrol a wild and hectic new frontier in video games, taking aim at the titles that deserve attention – and pulling them directly into the lives of busy players.
How to write about games: a list feature

How to write about games: a list feature


A while ago I was asked to stand in front of a group of people to articulately juggle moans about the current state of games journalism, advice on how to break into the career and some choice incandescent screams of ‘The sky is falling. The sky is falling’. It went okay, more or less.

This is what led, five or six pages back on my gmail, to various half-answered...READ MORE

Hookshot Podcast #9: LAUGH

Hookshot Podcast #9: LAUGH

The Hookshot Podcast finally returns, bearing the gift of humour. Well, bearing the gift of a discussion about videogame humour anyway.

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Hookshot Podcast #8: PREDICT

Hookshot Podcast #8: PREDICT

In this week's episode the Hookshot Inc. team lays down its predictions for 2013.

Handsome Keith Stuart guides the team through some of his ideas of what to expect, and the rest of the team pull them apart.

Can we expect indie horror to enjoy an upsurge this year? Will Kickstarter be found out? And if so, how on earth will Keith get 'Maths Bugger 2' funded?

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Hookshot Podcast #7: REFLECT

Hookshot Podcast #7: REFLECT

It's the end of 2012, the year of Hookshot Inc.'s birth and what better time to subject oneselves to the WarioWare imperative: REFLECT!

In this the seventh episode, Will, Keith, Christian and Simon discuss eight of their favourite downloadable games of the year, unpicking the likes of Fez, New Star Soccer, Letterpress, The Walking Dead amongst others.

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Hookshot Inc. Podcast #6: PRESS

Hookshot Inc. Podcast #6: PRESS

This week the Hookshot Inc. team sits down to discuss 'Press'.

We ask what may have been gained or lost in video gaming's move away from physical buttons in recent times with the advent of virtual joysticks and motion controls.

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Hookshot Podcast #5: DIE

Hookshot Podcast #5: DIE

This week the Hookshot Inc. team turns up to the studio in black clothes and with ashen faces to discuss that most morbid of subjects: death (in video games).

Settle down with a stiff drink and a reflective soul as we stare the end full in the face and come away invigorated.

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Latest entries

Groove Coaster Zero – trance action on iOS

Groove Coaster Zero - trance action on iOS
The original Groove Coaster is one of Hookshot Inc.'s Must Play titles for iOS, a simple but expressive music game in which you tap your finger in time with the soundtrack and on-screen indicators.

We take a look at the new free-to-play sequel.

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On He-Man and staring into the void

On He-Man and staring into the void
Mobile gaming is an odd place sometimes. Games that would be considered banal on any other platform, or mediocre at best, get passable write-ups because there's content, it runs okay and people overlook the fact that controlling it often feels like there's an open pritt-stick strapped to your every finger.

There's progression, the game is ridiculously cheap and it fills the void we laughably call our lives - so where's your problems Mister Moaner?

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Hookshot Podcast #4: FIGHT

Hookshot Podcast #4: FIGHT
This week the Hookshot Inc. crew take the subject of fighting in video games and give it a good seeing to.

Or, at least, the best seeing to that four mildly fey men who have spent most of their adult lives playing video games and not working out can muster.

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Letterpress – it’s not a productivity app

Letterpress - it's not a productivity app
Morning! I haven't been posting much lately. Partly, that's because I've been buying a house. Mostly, though, it's because I played the word BOWSPRIT on Letterpress a few weeks back, and I've been giving myself a short holiday as a reward.

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Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

Maia: kickstarting the god game revival

There are 12 days to go. 12 days. And Simon Roth needs £50,000 or it's all over. This being the indie games business in 2012, we're of course talking about a Kickstarter project. We're talking about Maia.

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Alt-Minds is… something… erm… don’t say transmedia!

Alt-Minds is... something... erm... don't say transmedia!
I'm not sure I can tell you what Alt-Minds is, but I can tell you it looks like something that might happen in the future somehow.

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Spin the Bottle: illicit touching on Wii-U

Spin the Bottle: illicit touching on Wii-U
The rise of the game hardware-driven parlour game continues apace with Spin the Bottle, an 8-player Wii-U party game that follows in the slipstream of indie party favourites Johann Sebastian Joust and B.U.T.T.O.N.

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Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

Wave Trip – the Bad Hotel guys are back

The musical makers of our favourite audio-obsessed tower defence game are back with another super stylish sound toy, this time in the form of a daring adventure with a level editor!

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Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!

Angry Birds: Star Wars – Hooray! Not rubbish!
There was (long ago, far away etc) a time when Star Wars games were a bastion of quality. Even the crap ones like Rebel Assault.

Angry Birds: Star Wars is a throwback to that halcyon era. It’s seemingly constructed by someone locked in a time capsule that predates The Phantom Menace and, reader, I love it.

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Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Biddle on fixing Metal Gear Solid

Stealth Bastard Deluxe: Biddle on fixing Metal Gear Solid
Following Stealth Bastard's gigantic success as a free downloadable PC game, creator Jonathan Biddle is releasing a fleshed-out version for Steam.

We caught up with him to find out more.

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The week’s picks: Hungry Giraffe and Verticus’ fallen hero

The week’s picks: Hungry Giraffe and Verticus’ fallen hero
Hello, brave occupiers of Hookshot Heights. I’m just chiming in to flag up two iOS releases that might tweak your interests this week.

I’m sure you’ll be too busy bathing in the goopy red glow of Call of Duty headshots to notice – but what about that galling minute between bouts of Team Deathmatch? Or when you’re performing your ablutions?

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The Hookshot bundle watch

The Hookshot bundle watch
Another selection of indie bundle deals and news stories from around the bundling world. This week: Sportsfriends, Harvest and Humble Bundle Android!

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