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Hookball Review - How Long Can You Survive From This Game?



By  Yesi Livera     9:28 PM    Labels:,,,,,, 
Honestly, I never played ZiGGURAT before. Hookball is a game which inspired by ZiGGURAT, I won't compared both of these games and said if one of them was a clone or something, I don't have any right for doing like that. The developer, Nachobeard clearly said if the game was inspired by ZiGGURAT, Noitu Love 2 and the "coffee break" game in Mario Paint. So, enough for the intro and let's move to see the gameplay of the game.


Actually, you won't be feel too hard for playing this game since the tutorial was clearly enough to be learned. However, let me tell you about the control of the game once again. Your main goal here is survive as long as you can. You have 2 challenges here.. No, may be more.. but the focus are 2; first be careful of the enemies, second watch out for the timer. In conclusion, you need to survive as long as you can without getting hurt? Hmm, really :P

You will be a flying man here, but you don't have wings bro.. you need to hooked into your enemies to keep flying. For doing that you just need to tap the enemy and you will hooked into that. Remember, you have really really short time for hook into that, so do that as quick as possible. Remember the timer? To extend your timer, you need to throw away the enemy on other enemies. It will give you several hippie coins.. There're 3 kind of coins, bronze gave 1 ms, 15 ms for the silver one, and the gold one was 40 ms.


If you take a look into the screenshots, the timer is the circle in the center of the screen. It will be glowing if the time will be end. Sounds to easy and lacks of challenges? Hmm.. I don't think so. You will be given by bunch of enemies with different abilities. They will attack you by spreading some bullets, as long as you play you will have bit immune. That's why sometimes you won't be death after getting hit directly. However, it doesn't long lasting.

Beside of the enemies, you will face some bosses too. It's an endless game, btw. Start from mini boss, such as fish, owl, etc. Then followed by mini big boss, such as frog. The last boss was a worm though I have seen it yet. Stay away from the lava too, you will be dead if you fall down into there. IMO, Hookball is a simple game with challenging gameplay. You might need few times to adapt with the control, but once you mastered it you will get hooked of it. That's why this game called Hookball... lol


Hookball uses retro graphic also accompanied with retro music ( Reggae music). Only one disappointment here, the Game Center score doesn't sync properly, hope this will be fixed soon. Right now, Hookball available for iPad only. No offense since the game is the best playable on iPad screen. The game costs $2.99 and you won't find any IAP inside. If you looking for a challenging game with high replay value, don't forget to give this one a shot ;)

Ps: My hi-est score was 148.03 s, beat that and prove if you did it better than me ;)

Graphic/ Sounds: 4 of 5
Gameplay: 4 of 5
Game Control: 4.5 of 5
Replay Value: 5 of 5
Overall: 4.38 of 5

IGF Entry: HOOKBALL

App Store Link: HOOKBALL, $2.99

About Yesi Livera

Yesi is someone who love to talk about games. Mainly she plays games on mobile especially iOS. However, sometimes she can't resist with PC gaming too. She also like to share her opinions about what's going on on gaming industry. Thank you for visiting, keep calm and stay gaming.

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