Fight with grappling hooks and play as a shark riding a gryphon in this party platformer for up to 4 players.
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Very Positive (52 reviews) - 92% of the 52 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 17, 2016

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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 http://twitch.tv/qazitv

-Qazi

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May 14

Update #17 - Jaguar Jade & Dark Grimlock

Before we talk about the update, quick reminder that SKYHOOK LEAVES EARLY ACCESS ON MAY 17th!!! That’s only two days away! Holy cat pirates!

You can support the launch over on ThunderClap:
https://www.thunderclap.it/en/projects/41357-skyhook-steam-release

Now let’s talk about the new update!

Two new skins have landed in Quest mode:





When a player has double jump, a small cloud will now appear below them to indicate this ability. You get double jump with the Super Boots powerup, and when holding the Sky Ball.

Changes
  • Hero skins now have various trophy requirements.
  • Made all menus wrap.
  • Stone platforms in Magma Cove now have lighting affected by the lava.
  • Increased match counts to unlock Frostguard and Grimlock.
  • Flying Dutchman stage can’t be unlocked until Grimlock is unlocked.
  • Added support to map gamepad triggers in custom controls.
  • If a new gamepad presses start, it will replace a box occupied by a CPU player.
  • The gryphon now has an indicator showing which way it is aiming.

Fixed
  • Fixed AI standing still when unable to reach it’s target.
  • Redid Tombs backgrounds to fix sprite bleeding issue.
  • Fixed hook not always attaching to corpses in the right place.
  • Fixed player join screen boxes not aligning properly in Quest mode.
  • Fixed being able to map the same button twice on a gamepad.
  • Fixed twitch names not allowing special characters.
  • Fixed game over panels not confirming once cancelled.
  • Fixed gamepad being stuck in rumble after match ends.
  • Fixed Team Cursors all showing P1.
  • Fixed Team Menu cancelling to match settings when it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed being able to shoot yourself when on a gryphon and using the mouse.
  • Fixed Random mutator allowing for conflicting mutator.

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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.
  • Quests - Take on difficult challenges to earn trophies and unlock new character skins.


Skyhook is developed live on Twitch at http://twitch.tv/qazitv. Come hang out to watch solo developer Wase Qazi code new updates and animate new skins and characters live Monday - Friday at 2pm EST.

Anara - Princess of the Sin



Once the heir to the throne of Kalraan, Anara was driven out of her home as a child when the kingdom, and her parents were taken from her. Growing up in the harsh deserts of Araak, Anara has since become known as one of the world's deadliest assassins. She hunts for the treasure that will finally help her reclaim the land that was taken from her.

Dodge Ability

When dodging, Anara will disappear and only reappear once she has reached the end of her dodge, making her movements extremely unpredictable.

Fin - The Storm Eater



Known better as "Fin, The Storm Eater", Fin's reputation of being a merciless sky pirate is known around the world. He wanders the skies in search of the fabled Ghost Ship and its secrets of immortality.

Dodge Ability

When dodging on the ground Fin will dive beneath the earth, with the ability to change direction and end his dodge at will. While powerful on the ground, Fin can only dodge a short distance in the air.

Runa - The Frost Slayer



At the age of four Runa was known to wrestle with mountain lions in the great sky mountains of the Viking clans. After the great serpent Midgard destroyed the Viking capital of Frostgaurd, Runa took it upon herself to search for the treasure that could defeat the serpent and avenge the family she lost.

Dodge Ability

Runa can dodge roll evenly on ground and in air, with no stun delay, giving her the ability to immediately strike after dodging.

Jade - Last of the Sabre



Jade grew up with nothing in the streets of XianYu, where she promised herself that since the world gave her nothing, she would take everything it has to offer. As soon as she was old enough (or so the captain believed) Jade joined a crew to take to the skies and seek out the world's greatest treasures. Now she's wanted in over 20 countries with a bounty of over ten thousand gold pieces.

Dodge Ability

With a lightning fast dodge both on the ground and in the air, Jade will do a quick strafe and change direction as soon as her dodge ends to surprise her enemies from behind.

Grimlock - The Crab Captain



Grimlock’s past is mostly a mystery. What little is known about him is that he is Captain of the ship Scythe, serving the Skull Queen by collecting souls for her undead army. Some say that he sold his soul to the Queen in an effort to win her love and that is why he is bound to the Scythe. He is merciless, fearless, and has a thirst for human and sabre flesh. He hates fish though. He rules the sea with his claw-like Skyhook, seeking out new souls for the army of the damned.

Dodge Ability

Grimlock tucks into his hermit shell, deflecting any hooks and melee attacks that may come his way. If you're trying to attack a hooked Grimlock you'll find yourself pretty vulnerable when your hook gets knocked away!


  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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Overall:
Very Positive (52 reviews)
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linty
( 0.2 hrs on record )
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 on record )
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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Tsunami_Masta
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Awesome game with plenty of gamemodes and great mechanics i definitely reccomend it.
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Spork
( 36.4 hrs on record )
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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^6BONQUISHA
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Great game!
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Desolater IV
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
A Action Platforming Arena Game
https://youtu.be/h4HCbwOkPoE
+ 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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reedjeffery
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
A Amazing Fighting Game Love It



-Liro
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Mr. Chong
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Nice game made by my boi. Good if you want a timewaster for a couple hours a day. Waiting for multiplayer though.
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Chawesy
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
Very awesome game, kinda like an arcade asortment of hookshot related minigames in which you strive to unlock characters and levels through a medal system. This game isn't easy either, it definately tests you and could be considered catering to the hardcore gamer, but is still fun if you want to play multiplayer with a bunch of friends (unfortunately only local, online multiplayer would be AMAZING)

For some sneaky gameplay just check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEjCRcwyreQ
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Frozen Squid
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
This game is one of the best video games of all time!
At first I didn't expect to much. I had some fun playing it at SmashCon and enjoyed winning my first tournament, but I didn't really think this game could become so great.
QUEST MODE:
Allows people with no friends they can play with to enjoy unlocking some stuff to play against CPU opponents!
Jaguar Jade and Hammer Fin are sooooo cool!
VS MODE:
The main mode of the game. Its so unique! I love it! Its like samurai gunn with grappling hooks and sky pirates, you have to always watch out for attacks from any direction! Its way too much fun!
Overall, I would rate this game 9.7/10
The only reasons i wont rate it 10/10 is because
1. Enemies who suicide in quest mode don't count for your score.
2. The game data resets when some updates are released.
If you have friends who can come and play steam couch multiplayer games with you, then buy this. You will have a blast trying to fight your friends (who are now sharks and cats) with a grappling hook and a gryphon.
A must buy for any fan of Duck Game, Samurai Gunn, or Towerfall Ascension!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Product received for free
A Action Platforming Arena Game
https://youtu.be/h4HCbwOkPoE
+ 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Awesome game with plenty of gamemodes and great mechanics i definitely reccomend it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN EARLY ACCESS REVIEW

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!!!!!

TL:DR

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.

10/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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