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

Hot shot: Pandemic 2.5

Hot shot: Pandemic 2.5
It’s exciting, that first death. It appeared on the ticker-tape at the bottom of the screen. My first victim was a lady from New Zealand. Excellent, I thought. It has begun.

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Zoom – warped minimalist platforming

Zoom – warped minimalist platforming

I must confess, I know very little about Wanderlands, the teeny American developer behind such minimalist puzzle treats as Impasse and Midas. However, Donlan insisted that someone had to write about Zoom, the studio's latest browser game, and I am too frightened of him not to do what he requires, lest he release one of his mad cats at me.

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Minecraft: They mostly come at night

Minecraft: They mostly come at night
There are reasons to be afraid of the dark. On my first night I’d strayed too far. I’d built my cabin far away from the woods, and I was busy foraging while night began to fall. The world began to darken, but I thought a few more excavated trunks wouldn’t hurt...

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Hot shot: Chasing Aurora

Hot shot: Chasing Aurora
Prepare yourself for prettiness, okay? Chasing Aurora is a new project by Broken Rules, and it's an "explorative 2D aerial action game about the dream of flight." That's good to know, actually, since the title makes it sound like a lightly comic novel of sexual awakenings on the hippy trail in Northern California. Yuck.

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Hot Shot: Papo & Yo

Hot Shot: Papo & Yo
Parkin takes a look at Minority's forthcoming PSN title. Papo & Yo, a game which explores the vivid imagination of a young boy growing up in South America, potentially with affecting results.

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Minecraft Leg

Minecraft Leg
Yeah, we're all playing Minecraft at the moment. But which one of us is hardcore enough to actually injure themselves while playing Minecraft, eh?

It's Chris.

Read on to discover why he's like a grossly over-evolved duck.

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Wolfenstein 3D: free and in a browser? Mein Gott im Himmel!

Wolfenstein 3D: free and in a browser? Mein Gott im Himmel!
Greetings lunchtime audience. Get ready to mainline some nostalgia. Not only is Wolfenstein 3D playable in a browser, coyly placed behind little but an age-gate, but the lovely people at the Zenimax/Bethesda/id conglomerate have unlocked all the levels.

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Interview: POP: Methodology Experiment One’s Robert Lach

Interview: POP: Methodology Experiment One’s Robert Lach
Art-house music game POP: Methodology Experiment One launches today for PC and Mac.

Hookshot Inc. caught up with its Chicago-based creator Robert Lach to find out more.

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Rovio to follow Angry Birds with… complex machines?

Rovio to follow Angry Birds with... complex machines?

Those guys at Rovio, who had a modest cult hit with Angry Birds, have released a teaser video on YouTube, boasting about one billion downloads for their pig squashing physics game.

But it also hints at what's coming next. Clue: it's not Angry Birds 2: Revenge of the Pigs

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Outernauts – it’s Space Pokemon! (we think)

Outernauts – it's Space Pokemon! (we think)

"Have you ever dreamed of a career in cosmic exploration?" asks the teaser video to Insomniac's newly announced Facebook game. "Shyeah!" no doubt comes the reply from the internet. And thus starts the intrigue and excitement surrounding this fresh project from the studio responsible for Ratchet and Clank and the Resistance series.

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Epic Astro Story and love for Kairosoft

Epic Astro Story and love for Kairosoft
I've played the same game four times now. I've developed various games with erotically charged titles in Game Dev Story. I've led a cartoon race team to victory in Grand Prix Story, and I've even not-quite understood the Japanese cultural significance of Hot Springs Story.

Right now, however, I'm charged with the success of Planet Bum - home to intergalactic space gadabouts like James Turk and Jean Vicard.

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Hot Shot: Ballistic Special Edition

Hot Shot: Ballistic Special Edition
Radiangames' latest, a Special Edition version of Luke Schneider's Xbox Indie Game hit, Ballistic, hits iOS this week.

Hookshot Inc. takes a quick look at the latest in the developer's string of excellent twin stick shooters.

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