Captain Flinthook is a fun character to play as and the way the procedural levels are generated, they just do not do him justice.
What Flinthook does do well is keep the variety of enemies, rooms, and environments strong from start to finish, and, generally speaking, the difficulty curve is reasonable. There's always the risk that random elements means a game will take massive momentary spikes in difficulty when you get unlucky and the algorithms work against you. Flinthook avoids that, and progress through the game does feel good, but it struggles to be compelling.
Despite cribbing gameplay elements from a number of different games, Flinthook manages to be its own unique beast. Its unforgiving and repetitive design is not for everyone, but those craving pixel perfect platforming with a dash of difficulty will find a lot to like here.
What irks about Flinthook is found in every roguelike; the sudden deaths, the lack of tangible progress and the inability to feel safe within your environment. However, some players will delight in this usual pattern and others whom usually fight against such road blocking will find enough within the walls to come back time and time again, gluttons for such delightful and gloriously designed punishment. Flinthook is a ballet upon spikes, far too risky to participate in, but get it right and the rewards are such a beautiful spectacle.
There's a ton of fun to be had with Flinthook if you give it a chance. The roguelike nature of the game certainly isn't for everyone, but if you're up for the challenge and want a game that will always keep you on high alert, then the latest release from Tribute Games is the one you need. I greatly enjoyed my time with the game for my Flinthook review, and I kept playing more even after I was done drafting it since I wanted to see what new challenges the game was going to throw at me. There's a nice variety of enemies to defeat, lots of relics to find, and even a ghost ship to board if you're cursed, so get your gun and hook ready and dive into action! On top of the main adventure, you can also take on the daily and weekly challenges in the main menu so that you can see how good you really are compared to the rest of the world – not to mention you can get some extra green coins for your trouble as well!
Tribute Games has delivered an excellently paced, charming, and wonderfully fun rogue-lite game accessible to nearly everyone.
An enjoyable and fast paced game well suited to those looking for a challenge, with the hookshot mechanic making traversing the game a joy. The game is only let down by a punishing difficulty level that forces you to replay hours of sections you've already cleared, as well as enemies and ideas that become repetitive the more you play.
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With its satisfying controls and enthralling action, Flinthook is an exemplary roguelike. It gives players the space they need to really come to grips with the titular character's unique repertoire. Each raid presents its own challenges, and there's enough agency to keep every attempt interesting. The constant loop of level-ups of booster packs is maddeningly addictive. There's always something to look forward to, but never at the expense of the game's core. A bevy of extras, such as hardcore and infinite modes, round out this superb release.
What Flinthook might lack in lore, story, and cohesion, it more than makes up for with its boatload of personality and style, all of which find themselves backed up by some of the smoothest 2D platforming gameplay around.
I highly recommend giving Flinthook a go. Gameplay is fluid, graphics look great, and the fast-paced action will keep you coming back for more. Being able to level up and improve your odds of surviving after every fun you do is a great mechanic that will make it easier for those of you not used to roguelikes to get some quality time with this release. Even if you die and have to start from scratch, at least you can get stronger as you go!
2017 has been a phenomenal year for gaming so far and I must say that Flinthook is up there with the best.
Coupled them with an incredible soundtrack, boss battles that test your patience , skills and beautiful graphics and they make for a game that I can safely say, is one of the best of 2017.
Flinthook makes you a space vigilante. You need to conquer the space, ship-by-ship to regain what's yours and then a bit more. It features randomly generated levels that will make you go furious and then retry. And retry. And retry. Because it's a bit addicting.
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Flinthook is a fantastic action platformer with a brilliant grappling mechanic, charming aesthetic, easy to pick up gameplay and one of the most polished roguelites to date.
As a total package for roguelike fans Flinthook is among the most satisfying and challenging I’ve played in the genre. I love the flow and the variety of enemies, rooms, and traps you’ll need to learn to contend with. Getting good in this game requires some real investment and effort, the fact that there’s a system for progression sitting on top of the individual runs is just good design. Throw in a distinctive sense of visual style and a memorable soundtrack and you’ve got a terrific game that it right at home on the Switch.
Flinthook is a roguelike platformer centered around a single object… a grappling hook.
Tribute Games' Flinthook is a unique take on Rogue-like games, with gorgeous pixel art, catchy soundtrack and addictive gameplay mechanics. Now available on the Nintendo Switch, it's a worthy investment on the console if you haven't played it yet on other platforms.
Visually and in audio design, Flinthook is a joy to behold and melds exceptionally well with the gameplay.
Flinthook is a game that should not be missed. It truly stands apart from the platforming/rouge-like genre and has now set the bar for bad-assery. An amazing 'hook shot' movement mechanic, randomly generated levels, chrono-belt, humor, and collectables? This will keep you entertained for hours.