Hook is a puzzle game developed by Maciej Targoni and Wojciech Wasiak; published by Rainbow Train. It is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and PC through Steam, and can all be accessed through their website.
Now, I will admit I was a little skeptical because the videos and pictures look super confusing. I have never been so happy to be wrong. The pacing of Hook is incredible; it introduces new concepts and mechanics with a very brief tutorial stage that shows you some variations of what could appear and in a way that looks interesting and engaging. Then, it will slowly ease you into puzzles that incorporates what you just learned along with previous mechanics. You start off with linear paths, adding nodes for simultaneous activation, and even remote activation (they look like WiFi bars). I had a few flashbacks from my electro-magnetic physics classes and eventually began to think of these puzzles as circuit boards, which made it quite fun actually.
I love the simplistic design. The symmetry is super appealing (I wouldn’t mind using some of these stages as wallpapers) and the fact that it doesn’t have achievements or a click counter like most other puzzle games that have a “best moves” scoreboard really helps put your mind at ease and into a completely different zone. There’s no fear of accidentally clicking too many times to get a perfect score and later on you do get multiple attempts at stages in case you do mess up. I never realized how much it bothered me to have puzzle games that have the best possible moves built in because even if I complete the game, I’m constantly reminded I didn’t perfect it which kind of sucks.
The background tone is also a great choice: not blaring white which is both distracting and rather boring. Instead, it is an off-shade, almost like a biege or creamy color. I’m probably completely off but the point is, it is very calming and doesn’t give the empty space feel.
The music in the game is mostly just ambient so it helps even more to put your mind at ease. Personally, I felt it was just a touch too quiet so I just had rainymood playing in the background along with some piano music. With a cup of tea and some snacks, I could spend all afternoon playing this. If you love puzzle games and simplistic designs, you are going to love this game. My one and only gripe is that I wish you can use both mouse buttons to turn instead of only using left mouse button to turn clockwise.
- Difficulty: Easy – Medium
- Gameplay Score: 4.5/5 (If they implement the counter-clockwise right mouse button rotation, automatic 5/5.)
- Graphics Score: 5/5
- Music Score: 4/5
Absolutely a must have for any puzzle lovers. Very pleasing to play in every aspect. This will definitely get you hooked.
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