Against explosive firepower, bitter cold, and dizzying heights, Fork Parker must outwit a group of no-talent game developers in a deadly holiday promotional game. Also, it's free.
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Very Positive (562 reviews) - 82% of the 562 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 18, 2014

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Reviews

“Extremely free.”
10/10 – Business Week

“Costs no money to acquire and play.”
10/10 – Wall Street Journal

“Giving this away for free is outrageous. Hrumph.”
2/10 – Fork Parker

About This Game

The fiscal year is coming to a close and poor Fork Parker has lost all his wonderful profit to greedy developers and their endless thirst for royalties! Grab a martini and ride your private helicopter to the snow capped mountains and hunt down the riches you so rightly deserve. Jump, dash, and rappel your way up the sheer mountainside to scratch out a little profit and meet the demands of an increasingly angry board of directors!

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike features snow, helicopters, ugly holiday sweaters, non-denominational penguins, a title screen, dope beats, ethics, torches, reverse monetization, hot tubs, non-candied canes, falling, ropes, and non-refundable holiday cheer.

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel from 1.2 GHz or equivilent AMD family
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS 10.6+
    • Processor: Intel from 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended.
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Overall:
Very Positive (562 reviews)
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El Blanco
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is why suicide increases over the holidays. Also, I want to see a twitch plays of this.
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AWotKing
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A retro platformer that isn't for the faint of heart.
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Price of Honor
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Very nostalgic for me, and on top of that it has winter theme. I used to play games like these in 2007-2010, and they were on old cd-s and dvd-s

This is one of those little games that will make you really mad while you are trying to beat it, but when you do...it feels really rewarding, at least for me.

Pros:
- nice wintery theme accompanied with cheerful song that fulfill the winter atmosphere in this game
- game is 100% free, beautiful gift from developer for us
- short size, also, low requirements
- achievements
- there are jumping jumpers

Neutral (things i like but others might not):
- game is difficult
- it is short, but amazing expirience

Cons:
- im 1.42 million in debt
- could use more items to interact with (like weapons to shoot snowmen)
- could be longer, or feature more levels
- could use more story details / cutscenes

Basicaly cons are refering to lack of content, but since the game is free, you cant really ask for more. It delivers everything that i expected it to.
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Edenseiz
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Awesome platform game!

+ Fantastic Soundtrack
+ Innovative and Skillful gameplay with a nice difficulty(learning) curve
+ Free

- Too Short (I want more!!!!!)
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thefitnessgrampacer.test
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Fork Parker is my hero. I pray to Fork everyday. Fork is love, Fork is life.

But in all honesty, Fork Parker's Holiday blah blah blah (I'll call it Fork P. from now on,) is pretty amazing. Not being the best at platforms, I found Fork P. to be a fairly hard challenge, and I'm yet to beat the game. The start may discourage some, as I did find some trouble changing the controls (I just got used to the current ones) and a lot of the challenges are very hard. But once I took a second to breath, and realize that Fork P. is meant as a game, it became a lot more enjoyable.

The pixelized game design has a very retro appeal, which is suited nicely with the music. The opening scene is very funny and shows light to some laughable sarcasm. The enemies are fun, and the way the map is laid out, some sections with enemies are very hard to complete. I have no issues there.

What shines out in the game are definitely the ropes. Without the ropes, the game is impossible to beat. The ropes makes me feel like I'm a middle aged Spiderman, soaring through the mountain as I die over and over again.

I rate it an 8.5/10. It's very fun, and although I didn't like it at first, give Fork P. a try. Trust me.
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geerky42
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I really want to enjoy this game, however it has bad controller support.

For example, sometime character will move left when I move left stick to right and when I press the trigger (makes character run), character automatically run to right... It's seriously annoying.
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Player_1_(Viper)
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Just when you thought "Dark Souls" was hard... NO! It's challenging! "Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike" is hard!
A platformer inspired by 80-90's classics like "Balloon Fight" & "Ice Climber" and modern "Super Meat Boy" aswell, this brings you a new level of challenge with usage of ropes and pitons.
More likely recommend because not much of these are coming out nowadays.
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ameriKKKa'z most blunted
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
So badly optimized that I can't play it on a PC that handles Dota 2 in Full HD.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
180 of 216 people (83%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
*overdramatic movie trailer voice*

From the "Best Video Game Label Ever"
comes a video game
about grumpy old boss.

...

IN A WORLD...
where stacks of money...
can be found on a mountain,...

...there's a video game company
facing a financial crisis.

Only ONE MAN...
is willing to take the risk...
and climb the Holiday Profit Mountain in order to save the company.

HIS NAME. IS.

FORK.
PARKER.

Watch this man
jumping...
climbing...
dashing...
repeling...
...and riding a private helicopter while drinking a martini.

STARRING

FORK PARKER
as
Fork Parker.

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FORK PARKER'S HOLIDAY PROFIT HIKE.
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Out now for Windows and OS X
FOR. FREE.

(Rated G: gamepad recommended)
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87 of 93 people (94%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
good game 7/10
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187 of 256 people (73%) found this review helpful
86 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Worth every penny
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54 of 62 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
This game will either make you to quit in frustration or teach you patience until you become a rope master.

People who cannot easily get satisfaction with non challenging games, are going to appreciate it, like I did.

For free, it shines amongst many other (hard) platformers even with its short length. Though 'short' is such a relative term for this game!
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53 of 66 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
I'll be honest, the description and reviews of this game are terrible. I'm going to try to describe it properly. Ignore absolutely EVERYTHING else you have read about the game, including the official description.

I don't know who Fork Parker is at all and you don't have to either. He's a crotchety looking bald guy in a suit who has to climb a mountain and will probably die a lot, but has loads of checkpoints along the way and infinite lives. Yep, it's an indie platformer.

But wait, wait, wait. There's a gimmick here and it's actually quite clever. Fork can shoot pitons. Wherever they land, a rope will immediately connect the two pitons, up to about three ropes. He slides along these ropes with his cane, so momentum along the ropes is important to consider even though you can jump jump jump to climb a downward facing rope.

So you are making your own platforms generally. And it's good fun too.

The game is about an hour and a half long, with speedrunning, no death, full collection achievements out there. It's quick, to the point, and good fun, so replayability is solid. The difficulty curve is slow and steady, but it definitely ends tougher than it begins. At the base of the mountain you can climb without even firing a piton and toward the top everything is spikes so you are leaping from rope to rope.

The controls aren't perfect. The rope sliding physics are a bit irritating, but for the most part it is a fun game. It is definitely worth your time.
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
A mixture of rainbow island meets super meat boy, Fork Parkers Holiday Hike basically acts as a simulator game to Devolver Digitals CFO Fork Parker. The story here is that as CFO Fork has been tasked by the other board members to increase Digitals revenue for the 4th fiscal quarter; what entails after is a long trek throughout a perilous mountain attacked by various ice dwelling creatures such as Penguins, Yeti's, Cool dude snowmen (who look suspiciously like Cool spot) and sentient holiday sweaters!

Fork must carefully outmanoeuvre these threats as well as the various environmental hazards that litter the mountain, in his bid to reach the summit and obtain the most profit he possibly can. When playing as fork the game acts like Super meat boy; Fork can walk and jump however holding down the run button allows Fork to run faster and jump greater distances he also has a wall jump and slide ability that allows him to navigate tricky crevices and platforms, additionally for harder to reach places Fork can place hiking ropes (up to 3 at a time) around the environment.

By attaching ropes to two hard surfaces fork can create a pulley line that allows him to zip from one end to the other, this is where the real skill of the game comes into play, it becomes more and more necessary to place ropes around areas to avoid traps and progress up the summit, as the player progresses the need to use the ability of rope zipping becomes more crucial; the game luckily eases you into things at the start of the summit you're just required to put a couple of ropes down and move from A to B, later on however things become much more frantic with Fork required to place down various ropes between two pillars of spikes, the idea is that you're learning the skills comfortably at the start of the game which become essential and more frantic in the later halves. Additionally like Forks running skills the ropes hook placement can also be affected by velocity, holding the run button/key while firing a hook will increase it's range and speed and it will become paramount that players correctly understand and identify where their hooks need to go.

Overall Fork Parkers Holiday Hike is a fun, solid little adventure, it's difficult, just like the games it takes it's cues from but there's a deeply satisfying feeling to being stumped in one area and then overcoming the problem with some thorough thinking and creative use of the rope mechanic. Death serves a rather comedic detriment as in SMB this game is more about overcoming the challenges and your own foibles than relentlessly punishing you, checkpoints are plentiful and the game is designed fairly; when you fail you feel like it was your own fault as opposed to the game, still the difficulty can be a turn off for some.

As a free game you really can't go wrong with FPHH, it exudes charm and finally gives Devolvers charismatic Fork Parker a day in the limelight, really when all is said and done this game offers a nice little diversion from the larger Steam sales currently on offer, I wholeheartedly recommend everyone to pick this game up and give it a try!
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
A challenging game, but fair. The controls are tight and the game forces you to learn the mechanics of the game without the aid of any tutorial. Once you figure out some of the challenges in the higher areas, you'll have to pat yourself on the back. Give it a try, it's free. You can't go wrong with good old fashioned platforming.

(I do want to mention, while the dev company is called Dodge Roll, there is no dodge rolling in this game)
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52 of 77 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Mario isn't the king of platform anymore.
Fork is my new childhood hero, even though i am all grown up already.
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78 of 125 people (62%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
This game was NOT FREE TO PLAY. It cost me $20000 in medical expenses.


Edit:

But in all seriousness, this game is really fun. For those of you who took the initial review seriously, no, it did not cost me $20000 in medical expenses to play this game. The game is 100% free, and though it is short (it takes like 10-15minutes to speed through) it is really hard, and very enjoyable. It's got killer sweaters, killer penguins, killer snowmen, killer snow..spike...things. You get the point; lots of ways to die, but it's still alot of fun.

I personally suck at platformers, which is why I only dropped 15 or so minutes on this, but for those that like that kind of game, you're going to like this. It's semi-mindless, and really has no point, but it seems to do well without one. Looking forward to seeing more from this developer.
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45 of 67 people (67%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
A great tutorial on how to finance development of video games.
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