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

Puzzlejuice scrambles Scrabble, Tetris

Puzzlejuice scrambles Scrabble, Tetris

Over at its IGF listing, designer Asher Vollmer describes Puzzlejuice as, "a game that will punch your brain in the face." That doesn't sound very nice, Asher. Luckily, Puzzlejuice looks a lot more pleasant than that.

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The Octagon Theory

The Octagon Theory
The title might bring to mind 1970s British spy thrillers but The Octagon Theory has little to do with thick-rimmed glasses, expensive suits and unraveling government secrets. Rather, this stylish, minimalist strategy game draws inspiration from Sumo Wrestling, the Japanese sport played by heavy men in loincloths. As in Sumo, the aim of the game is to push your opponent out of an octagonal ring. You take turns to place pieces on the board. Each piece has a directional arrow associated to it and will push any opponent’s piece that sits adjacent in the indicated direction. In this way it’s possible...

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There can only be one (Counter Bomb)

There can only be one (Counter Bomb)

Cave Story, which I've been replaying recently for a review, is filled with bizarre wildlife, so it seems weird to pick out just one animal. I am picking out just one, though, because there's, well, only one of them.

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Super Crate Buttons

Super Crate Buttons

Vlambeer's astonishingly wonderful Super Crate Box is headed to iOS fairly soon, which has filled me with joy, because it's an arcade classic, but also just the tiniest touch of fear to go along with that joy.

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The BackBreaker Difference

The BackBreaker Difference

Backbreaker - I love it because it's American Football with most of the rules missing.

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