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The Portable Podcast, Episode 146

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 17th, 2012

Into the swing of things!

On This Episode:

  • Carter discusses the genesis of Knights of the Round Cable with its developers.
  • One of the developers of the action-slasher Angry Ninjas discusses the game's upcoming multiplayer mode, free to play games and his thoughts on the Android-powered game console, OUYA.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Martial Hesse-Dreville & Jean-Christophe Cambournac, Dancing Dots
  • Guest: Joe Kim, God Mode Games

  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter


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    Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

    Hanger Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Jordan Minor on July 16th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BUMPY RIDE
    Swinging across spikes and gaps in one piece is harder than it looks.
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    Knights of the Round Cable Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on July 12th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: EXCALIBUR
    Knights of the Round Cable is an extremely addictive grappling hook game from Dancing Dots and Chillingo.
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    Slingshot Racing Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on May 24th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWING ME AROUND
    Slingshot Racing is a racing game where players must race around the courses by grappling and swinging around the slippery courses.
    Read The Full Review »

    Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape Review

    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
    By Carter Dotson on March 5th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET HOOKED
    Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape is a game where players control one of four heroes, including one with a grappling hook, trying to advance up higher and higher, collecting treasure along the way.
    Read The Full Review »

    Roping Rob Review

    By Jason Wadsworth on August 30th, 2011
    Rope, swing and grapple all the way from the center of the earth to the surface.
    Read The Full Review »

    Catch the Candy Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on May 12th, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SWEET BUT NOT FILLING
    Catch the Candy is an action puzzle game that involves using a furry blue creature's grappling hook-esque tongue to navigate levels and collect the piece of candy in each one.
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    Hook Worlds Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on December 16th, 2010
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WORLDLY DELIGHTS
    Hook Worlds is the latest grappling hook game from Rocketcat Games, featuring new variations on the endless modes introduced in Super QuickHook.
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    Rocketcat Games Announces Hook Worlds

    Posted by Carter Dotson on October 21st, 2010

    Rocketcat Games have made a name for themselves in the iOS gaming scene with the popular and critically-acclaimed grappling hook games Hook Champ and Super QuickHook. While they are working on a 99 cent "top-down shooter/RPG" project," their next game returns to the grappling hook concept with Hook Worlds. Unlike Hook Champ and Super QuickHook's adventure levels, Hook Worlds is focused on endless levels, like the Avalanche mode from Super QuickHook. This means that you'll be swinging forward through levels, outrunning hazards chasing you, trying to keep from falling to your doom, while trying to advance as far as possible and collecting coins along the way.

    The hook of Hook Worlds is that there will be multiple endless worlds to play through, each featuring a familiar character in the 'Hook' series universe, with their own gameplay twists. The initial launch version will have three worlds to play. The first is Curse of the Watcher, which has you playing as Theodore "Gramps" Hooker from Hook Champ and Super QuickHook, trying to outrun one of the demons (first seen in Hook Champ) and avoid being blasted by the demon's gigantic death laser. To help him, Gramps has the recharging rocket boots that will be familiar to veterans of the series. The other two modes will not feature the rocket boots, but have twists new to the series.

    Hook Gunner has you playing as Zelle, who has a forward shooting gun available to take out obstructions and enemies in her way. The gun only features 6 shots, but recharges over a short amount of time. Finally, Cybergnome 202X has you playing as a gnome in a futuristic city, with the ability to switch gravity in midair, similar to Gravity Runner. This means that you can die by falling upwards. There appear to be icons that you can pick up to reverse your gravity in mid-air as well, which could help or be a hindrance towards further advancement. However, these 2 modes also appear to be experimenting with and expanding on the already familiar Hook series gameplay. Interestingly, while unconfirmed, it appears only Hook Gunner mode has coins in it, which could alleviate some of the concerns by Super QuickHook players that the Avalanche and Eruption modes were more focused on coin collection than on survival.

    A trailer has been released showing off each mode briefly, with a promised release date of early November. Similar to Super QuickHook, early adopters will get "exclusive bonus content." The game will launch at 99 cents, and the developers have mentioned that additional worlds, and of course new hats for the characters, could be added post-release, as has been done with each of the previous Hook games in the series. Check out the recently released trailer below, and check out Rocketcat Games' Twitter account for new updates, and their blog for concept art and insight into the game's development.

    Gravity Hook HD Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Carter Dotson on August 3rd, 2010
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A TOUGH HOOK
    Gravity Hook HD is challenging, and that is both its strength and its downfall.
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