Fight with grappling hooks in this party platformer for one to four players. Play as a treasure hunting cat or a land swimming shark as you swing around the stage taking out your opponents.
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Release Date: May 17, 2016

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October 13

Update #18 - Better Gamepad Support & Fixes

Gamepad Support
The gamepad system in Skyhook has been completely revamped, allowing for a larger list of supported controllers across PC, Mac, and Linux, included the most requested GameCube controller!

  • Option to change resolution.
  • Re-connecting gamepads should now reconnect to the proper player.
  • New menu for better gamepad customization.
  • New trophy sprites.

  • Fixed Sudden Death Sky Ball matches not ending properly.
  • Quest achievements not unlocking for lower tier trophies.
  • Game not launching at proper resolution.
  • Mouse aiming not working when cursor is too close to player.

Hope everyone is enjoying the game! If you have any ideas or bug reports let me know in the Discussion Boards. Thanks for playing!


PS If you’d like to follow along with developments of my newest game, you can watch me make it live weekdays at

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May 17

Skyhook has officially released on Steam!

Holy crap guys! After 1 year and 3 days in Early Access, Skyhook is officially a released game on Steam! I still can't believe it either!

Thank you to all the amazing supporters throughout Early Access who helped shape the game into what it is today. Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere! I'll be right here supporting the game and working on updates and looking forward to all the hook-related chaos you guys get into here on Steam!

If you want to watch me work on Skyhook updates live tune into the twitch stream Mon-Fri at 2pm EST at


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About This Game

Fight with grappling hooks and fly pirate ships in Skyhook, a local multiplayer platformer.

Local Multiplayer Arena Combat for 1-4 Players

  • Use your grappling hook to kill your enemies and swing around the level in free for all combat.
  • Choose from five unique characters, like the fast moving cat Jade or the teleporting assassin Anara.
  • Mount vehicles like the cannon firing Airship or the lightning shooting Gryphon and fight off the other players as they try to grapple onto your mount.
  • Battle across 19 different maps across 5 unique worlds, from the Viking mountains of Frostguard to the lava flooded Magma Cove.
  • Watch for chests that fall from the sky, stuffed with powerups like the berserker helmet, the shield, and the doppelganger mirror.
  • Customize matches with Special Options like Double Jump and Deadly Dodges.
  • No friends around? No problem! Play against up to three CPU players at different difficulty levels.
  • Play with controllers and/or keyboard.

Game Modes

  • Deathmatch - Fight to the death until the last man, woman, shark or cat is standing.
  • Team Deathmatch - 2v2 or 3v1 battles where you can hook onto your teammates for gravity defying swings.
  • Steam Tank - Fight more tactfully with a limit of three hooks that only regenerate when you're on solid ground.
  • Sky Slayers - Earn points by killing your enemies, but lose points by killing yourself.
  • Capture the Swag - Grab the bag of swag on the stage and hold onto it as long as you can. Your enemies will be trying to hook you or hook the swag away from you. Collect the most swag to win.
  • Sky Ball - A team based sport where you use your grappling hook to score on the other team's goal. Score the most points before the timer runs out!
  • Quests - Take on difficult challenges to earn trophies and unlock new character skins.

Skyhook is developed live on Twitch at Come hang out to watch solo developer Wase Qazi code new updates and animate new skins and characters live Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2pm EST.

  • Is there controller support?
    Yes, Skyhook has full controller support, and is compatible with most standard gamepads including Xbox and Playstation controllers.

  • Will there be online multiplayer?
    The game is currently local co-op only, and can be played single player against AI. There are currently no plans to add online multiplayer.

  • How big is the development team?
    The game is made mostly by one person, Wase Qazi, who handles all the design, pixel art, and programming. Julian Shanahan is responsible for the music and Katherine Murray is responsible for the illustrations.

  • Will the game support other languages?
    I'd love to support more languages. Let me know in the Discussion boards which languages you'd like to see!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP (SP2) or later
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz Dual Core Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics or equivalent
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    • OS: Ubuntu - glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3

Did you ever hear of Skyhook before being on it's store page for the first time?

Me neither.

It's kinda one of those games you learn of by some obscure indie reviewer/blogger, or by chance. For me, it was the latter. I'd recently ordered a Steam Link so I could play games on the big TV in my living room. I figured I should try picking up some local-multiplayer games for when I have my friends over, so I did a Steam store search of games with both the "Full-Controller Support" and "Local Multiplayer" tags. I found Skyhook about half-way through the fourth set of results. After seeing both the neat gameplay and the 50% off discount, I thought to myself "ehh...why not?" and got it.

Was it worth it?

Absolutely! Even though it's still in Early Access, it's amazingly good! Here are some more specific details as to why:

The gameplay is unique, fast-paced, and downright fun! The easiest way for me to describe it is Super Smash Bros. with hookshots and 1-hit kills. There's cannon turrets, rideable gryphons and airships, numerous powerups, various game-modes ranging from classic Deathmatch to Sky Ball (Skyhook's take on basketball), as well as a list of modifiers you can add to change things up. Each gamemode has a team option, and can be played with difficulty-adjustable AI bots.

Speaking of which, the AI is commendable. The bots are good at navigating the stages, and can really give you a challenge (especially when you put their difficulty on hard xD). The bots can also fill empty slots when you're playing with only 1 or 2 other friends.

Currently, there are five characters to play as (four available right off the bat; one unlockable) and five available maps (the layouts get switched around each time a map is played, which helps add some variation to the stages), and the developer is planning to add more in the future, as well as other new content.

Which also reminds me. Skyhook's developer, Megastorm Games (which is only one guy, by the way), is actively listening and responding to community feedback/questions. So far, I've posted a question concerning bots, reported a bug, and suggested a new control scheme; each time I got a friendly, helpful reply from the dev. #awesomeindiedev

Controllers are recommended (I personally use a Xbox 360 gamepad), but a keyboard works fine as well. You can also use a keyboard along with controllers when playing with friends.

Oh, and there's also some pretty cool Twitch integration. This video showcases how that works.

In conclusion, Skyhook is a game that, though still in Early Access, delivers a distinctive, enjoyable, local-multiplayer experience, albeit with a few minor bugs here and there (that will inevitably be fixed as development progresses). At a low cost of $5 (and even less when on discount), Skyhook should be a definite purchase for anyone desiring a unique game to play with/without friends. Why are you still reading this? GO BUY IT!!!!!


Awesome Gameplay, Great Dev, Low Price, More Content Forthcoming. You can be a pirate shark and blow up a literal cat burglar with a cannon whilst it's riding a lighting-spewing gryphon, then get hookshotted to death by a teleporting desert princess-assassin.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 14, 2015
I've been following this game for a bit. I've found that it captures that mix of tense, down-to-the-wire action and simple to pick up mechanics that makes it a big crowd-pleaser at game nights and parties.

My friends and I had a lot of fun with the earlier demo, and we're all looking forward to playing with the early-access version.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 11, 2015
Great pixel art, responsive controls, and tons of huge updates. Real easy concept to pick up and play with friends, while still engaging enough to be very difficult to master and dominate. Lots of game modes with the dev adding content pretty much every week. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 17
Great game by a great developer. Solid, tight, polished 4 player grappling hook action. Awesome pixel art and animation with unique characters. Added modes are a nice bonus. Especially Skyball - which is a ton of fun in a whole different way in the same game. Awesome party game. If you like Towerfall, Samurai Gunn, or just plain 4 player fun, you need this game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 4
Great art, responsive controls, and tons of updates. Easy to pickup and play with your friends. The dev also streams the development and likes to take suggestions from viewers(great game)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28, 2015
Like most Indie Games on Steam, you've probably never heard of Skyhook. It's a local multiplayer action platformer, or a less fancy term would be party game. As of late the market has become very saturated with party games. They have become the newest trend in gaming, from Nidhogg, Towerfall, and Gang Beasts, you name it, they come in just about every flavor. Skyhook looks to make a name for itself in a big market. Now while this title is still in active development and on Early Access, the basic core mechanic of the game is in place.

Why that would be grappling hooks of course! Who doesn't love grappling hooks, they're the best item in all of Zelda games and Batman! Skyhook challenges you with murdering your best friends using grappling hooks in its multiple arenas/levels. If grappling hooks aren't enough, hop aboard the floating ship and blast them in the face with a cannon. Now I will admit that there is only a certain amount of content to be explored here in Skyhook. Despite this though, with the right group of buddies, Skyhook can have some very dynamic and interesting battles as you bounce around its levels like a monkey on crack.

Of course Skyhook features the same delicious amount of pixel goodness we have come to expect from party games. The characters are all very colorful, designed neatly and seemingly have a bit of personality. The level designs are pretty solid and allow for some pretty crazy matches as you desperately try to hook your friends to death. There are some bugs though, this is Early Access. The floating ship can be piloted into a position which makes it unusable and it just floats there like a log. Bugs are to be expected though as development continues.

Other features include items that can give you a key advantage in combat, from invisibility, to mirror imaging yourself on the other players. These items add a bit of "brawl" style flair to matches and a little break from just hooking people over and over. Multiple people can also use the same keyboard for Skyhook, including controllers which I find to be a bit more intuitive with these types of games. Thankfully Skyhook does feature full controller support, so there isn't much stress in finding one that works. Also other game modes like Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, and Steam Tank which limits your grappling hooks.

I had fun with Skyhook, but of course the major caveat of the game is that it requires other people to play with, in order for the game to be enjoyed. With no online multiplayer and no current single player campaign, there is only so much you can play before you move along. Now while it is still early to make a call on Skyhook, I feel the game does have some interesting potential. Grapple hooking enemies isn't the newest concept but still can be innovated in some interesting ways. Adding shifting levels dynamics like on the level seen above is a good example. Perhaps a level that is scrolling sideways/up or take a note from Speedrunners and make a racing level but solely based off your grapple hooking skills. Make a level that has glowing stars to be collected behind several dangerous obstacles, first to three wins. These are just some examples of what Skyhook could become.

There are many possibilities for Skyhook, as long as the developer continues working passionately. I am happy to say that while cruising the Skyhook Steam forums, I noticed a daily development blog that had scores of minor tweaks and updates being made. This is the kinda thing you want to see out of a developer, and should put some fears to rest for those burned by Early Access games before.

Speaking to the future of Skyhook, the developers planned features include more characters, more levels/hazards, more powers ups and environmental effects, new vehicles and mounts. Not to mention a single player/co-op campaign that will have 40 levels and other unlockable goodies. It is important to underline that online multiplayer is not a planned feature currently.

So if you're in the market for a fun party game, want something that combines elements of Mario, Smash Bros, and Speedrunners, Skyhook might be just the game you're looking for in your gaming library. Just remember to make sure you have some friends who don't mind coming over instead of playing online
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 13
Need more Pasta.
But really, this game is too fun. The hooking of your enemies have never felt better! There are also melee attacks, and each character has its own animation, as well as thier own hook. Physics are super fun.

But really, more pasta?
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 13
Very addicting and fun!
Takes some getting used to the controls because you're using a grappling hook.
Aggressive gameplay makes it really entertaining to play!

Make sure you do LOTS of quests and play Skyball a bunch, by far my favorite parts of the game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
I don't know what it is with this game, It's probably the crab captain, But it is an awesome game.
From the characters to the features, I love it!
I came by this game when a twitch channel I watch a lot raided a channel called QaziTV and there an awesome person dropped his steam key for the game, I redeemed it and checked out the game, And I was supprised by how awesome the game was. I already recommended it to my friends and now I also recommend it to every other person on the world. It still has some bugs but it is early acces, What did you expect? But these bugs are barly noticable and don't disturb the gameplay at all, I also can't wait till the full release and everything after that.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
This is a great and very complete game. Multiple game modes, characters with different mechanics, so many costumes and unique levels. Of course it's way more fun to play with other friends around, but the singleplayer will keep you "hooked" (pun-intended) with different challenges which will test your skills while training you to use them in the rest of the game.

If you love Towerfall and similar games, this is a no-brainer, just buy this and you will not regret it!
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
Really innovative gameplay. Its good on single player, but multiplayer is really fun! Also if someone remembers the good times of 2 player games in NES back in the days this is a sure buy.
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Mr. Kuroon
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Great game. It's like one of good indie games that won't show up on the main page.
I'd like to see other languages, like from Czech republic.

By the way, i would like to see multiplayer...
and maybe one 'create your own character'.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: July 27
One word : Awesome.

This game is so fun to play, it has a lot of unlockable content, if you're looking for a game to play with your friends or even alone, this game is for you !
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 21
An excelent game!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: June 24
It's a bit of a stretch to claim that this game has local co-op. The quest mode is single player only. You can play arena games with 2 players on the same team against bots, but that is not really the same thing.
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Mikail Yazzy
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 21
Aweful gameplay and design.
Poor hook and swing mechanics.
The entire game is half baked, not worth your time or money.
Much potential but learned nothing from Bionic Commando or Speed Runners.

Please just buy Speed Runners, Bionic Commando Rearmed, or Cobalt.
This is one of the worst MP indie games on steam.
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10.5 hrs
Posted: June 18
Awesome game with plenty of gamemodes and great mechanics i definitely reccomend it.
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40.6 hrs
Posted: June 17
Wow, amazing game, I played this for hours on end while watching the creator QaziTV create an update, I really hope he can add more to the game! Keep up the good work Qazi!
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3.3 hrs
Posted: June 12
Great game!
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Desolater IV
7.8 hrs
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
A Action Platforming Arena Game
+ The gameplay is fairly fun and fast paced. Similar to Smash Bros, although you die in one hit if anything hits you, and you are mainly shooting grappling hooks at each other and trying to dodge.
+ Quite a few "challenge stages" that are comprised of a bunch of little challenge minigames like break the targets, climb to the top before the lava rises, and kill X amount of enemies without dying.
+ A variety of game modes
+ Up to 4 player local multiplayer
+ Good soundtrack

- Not enough content, there's only 5 stages...
- The "power-ups" are more annoying than helpful. The game could have benefited from having more weapon variety
- You die in 1-hit. Hooks and punches happen extremely quickly without enough time to dodge or get out of the way. It seems like the best strategy is to keep pressing the dodge button standing in place, wait until someone comes close, and then punch / hook them. It's more or less "who punches/hooks first" and that's about it.
- I personally did not like the stage design. Each one is comprised of a few small platforms that you have to jump between. I wish these platforms were a bit larger with more room to actually move around. If you miss a grapple it's very likely that you may just fall to your death.

All in all, I just did not find this game to be all that enjoyable and lacking content. It may be fun with friends for a short while, but that's about it.
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