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

Gigabattle – tapping for the Curiosity-disillusioned

Gigabattle - tapping for the Curiosity-disillusioned
For those players who have grown disillusioned by Molyneux's low-feedback finger tapping Curiosity over the course of the week, Gigabattle provides a high-intensity alternative.

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Galaxy Ball – Crossfire for the 21st Century

Galaxy Ball – Crossfire for the 21st Century

If you read that headline and thought, "Crossfire? What the heck is Crossfire? Is it on iOS?", you are too young for that cultural reference. But don't let that stop you from discovering more about this futuristic single-screen multiplayer competitive ball blasting sports sim!

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Lazarus – the twin-stick shooter gets touchy

Lazarus – the twin-stick shooter gets touchy

A twin-stick shooter for a otuchscreen device? Why, can such a thing be realised without recourse to the dreaded virtual controller? Yes, cries SpiltMilk Studios - and here is the highly promising evidence...

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Text Based Multiplayer Shooter: Words at War

Text Based Multiplayer Shooter: Words at War
We live in exciting times for those to whom the words 'Go West' are less an excellent Pet Shop Boys song, and more an invitation to saunter through text based adventure, grues and mangrove swamps.

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Curiosity: Toilet door graffiti for the soul

Curiosity: Toilet door graffiti for the soul
Curiosity is the world’s first multiplayer rust simulator. The fingers of thousands of people tip-tapping on a vast cube – spreading patterns of decay wherever your eyes can wander.

Of course, though, there’s also a whole lotta penis.

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Elite: Dangerous – Braben launches Kickstarter for sequel

Elite: Dangerous - Braben launches Kickstarter for sequel
It's a good morning when you wake to find David Braben has launched a Kickstarter for a multiplayer sequel to his seminal 1984 space-trading computer game, Elite.

Why does this matter? We'll trade you a click for a story. In space.

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Forget Drop7, all the cool kids are playing DropN

Forget Drop7, all the cool kids are playing DropN
People, people: prepare to hold the effin’, jeffin’ phone. Put on a startled expression, rub your eyes in disbelief and prepare for some serious mathematics as Darius Kazemi of Tiny Subversion blows your tiny little mind.

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Hookshot Podcast #3: BUILD

Hookshot Podcast #3: BUILD
This week the Hookshot Inc. team discuss 'build', the act of construction in video games.

Hear about Simon Parkin's alpine lodge in Minecraft, Chris Donlan's Little Big Planet tinkering and Keith Stuart's feral children.

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Receiver: the ultimate gun game?

Receiver: the ultimate gun game?
Receiver's a bit of an escort mission, really, and the thing you're escorting is your gun. Most shooters are happy to stick with aiming, shooting, and the occasionally button tap to reload. Receiver is not most shooters.

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On the download #14 – Tiny Wings

On the download #14 – Tiny Wings
On The Download is Hookshot Inc's official comic strip, drawn by friend of the site Timothy WInchester.

This week: Tiny Wings

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Pid software – beam platforming for XBLA, PSN & Steam

Pid software - beam platforming for XBLA, PSN & Steam
Pluck indie title Pid hit XBLA, PSN and Steam yesterday, taking on the might of Halo 4 and all the other Christmas Goliaths for your attention/.

But it's a quiet treat, worthy of your attention today.

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Angry Birds Star Wars: Still not rubbish

Angry Birds Star Wars: Still not rubbish
The big news this week hasn’t been the House of Mouse encircling Lucasfilm like an evil Trade Federation and facing little to no resistance – or even a soon-to-be evil child actor shouting “Now that’s pod-racing!” while everyone around him vomits into promotional cups.

No, it’s Angry Birds Star Wars! Which still doesn’t look rubbish.

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