Just a quick look at a Minimalist puzzle on Steam.
Currently working on my next big review so this review is tide you over in case I miss my deadline. (I don’t think I will, but who knows). Have I published a review every week this month? Yea, I’ve been amazingly productive that the bi-weekly schedule has been ignored up to this point. I’m still going to stick to it but I’ll be doing reviews like these when they get done. Thanks as always for your support.
A Paladin’s Steam Review: Hook. It’s Short, Cheap, Minimalist Fun.
- Genre: Minimalist Puzzle Game
- Developed & Published by: Maciej Targoni, Wojciech Wasiak and Rainbow Train.
- Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux.
- Business Model: Single Purchase
- Copy Purchased by Myself
Overall Gameplay Thoughts
Hook is a short minimalist puzzle game. It’s so minimalist that there isn’t even a main menu. The game just throws you right into the first simple puzzle to explain it’s main mechanic. This is a game about figuring out which order to push all of the buttons on the screen. Each button is tied to a hook(s) or line(s) that must be retracted in the right order. What it then does is explore how far it can push that mechanic through a mess of lines that have to be traced through to make sure you don’t activate any other hooks that you don’t want to. Eventually, there are switches that change which lines are affected by a button press that you have to work around. You only get one chance to fail each puzzle up until halfway through where the game gives you three chances to fail. In total there are 50 puzzles that you can do in about an hour. Which seems to be a decent length considering what the developer was working with. I’d say my only criticism of the pacing is that the puzzles don’t get really challenging until the 30th one, for myself anyway.
There aren’t any PC settings in Hook. At all. The game seems to auto-detect what the resolution is. It runs at 60FPS. That’s all there is to say. It works on Linux just fine. I’m willing to forgive it considering it’s short length but yeah, there’s nothing to talk about here.
Yeah, so that’s my thoughts on Hook. There’s not a lot to examine or talk about in Hook. It’s a well done minimalist puzzle game that costs $0.99 and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Kudos to the devs for being straightforward on the marketing. So, if you need another one of these, give Hook a look. An hour of casual entertainment for 99 cents, not a bad deal. Recommended.
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