Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Watchlist: Energy Hook

Title: Energy Hook
Developer: Happion Laboratories
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Price: $35 for beta access
Imagine a future in which the 'energy hook'—a tractor-beam device normally used in construction—is re-purposed by young athletes out for a thrill. Energy Hook becomes the extreme underground sport of the future—the players use their home-made energy hook gauntlets to swing through obstacle courses, competing in speed and style. You'll be throwing yourself off buildings, catching yourself at the last moment, whipping around corners, running along walls, doing loops, and generally being crazy. And did I mention you’ll have a jet-pack?
In 2004, the Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in game released, demonstrating that a movie tie-ins can in fact be fun to play. And that game is probably best remembered for its web-swinging mechanics, how momentum and proximity to buildings actually affected the physics of your swing. Well Jamie Friston - the man who developed the innovative physics-based swinging mechanics for that game - is back with Energy Hook.
Described as a mix of Spiderman-style grapple hook movement and Tony Hawk-style trick based scoring, Energy Hook will let players loose in open areas, armed with their grapple hook and jetpack to do big tricks and even bigger jumps for high scores. Set to release in early 2014, you can access the Energy Hook beta for $35 on the game's site or vote for Energy Hook on Steam Greenlight.

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