In February, we first spoke with Rocketcat Games' Kepa Auwae about the successor to Hook Champ. At the time it was described simply dubbed "Avalanche Game". Auwae has since released to us the first gameplay video and a name for the project: "Super Quickhook".

As described in February, Super Quickhook is a spiritual successor to Hook Champ. Yes, that means you can hook and swing your way through this game too. Unlike Hook Champ, however, Super Quickhook features infinite, randomly generated levels in a survival/last-longer type game. Your goal is to outrun (outswing) the avalanche for as long as you can.

Auwae also reports that you can search for and uncover "mysterious secrets". Here's a first look at the gameplay:

Super Quick Hook will also share many popular features of Hook Champ. If survival gameplay isn't your thing, there are unlockable, non-random racing levels with no time limit. The shop system and achievements will also be back as well as OpenFeint ghost races. There are plans for frequently released free new levels, and yes, fancy new hats.

The game will launch at $1.99 with a normal price of $2.99. As further incentive, they are working on giving early adopters exclusive hats. The game should be done in about a month. Follow Rocketcatgames' twitter for more news about the game.

  • MrMuesli

    I must admit, although I loved the style of Hook Champ, I always felt like I was struggling with the rope to do what I wanted it to. Admittedly, since the first version I haven't touched it, so maybe the up-dates tweaked it.
    The Super version looks fun.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      The key is in the upgrades. You'll struggle at first, but the more you play the more skills you'll access that improve your performance. I expect this game will do the same.

      ...not loving the name though. The "Super" is kinda funny and nostalgic but "Quickhook"?

      • Kepa

        We actually tweaked the controls a lot in the new game. Also, your hook starts fully upgraded as compared to Hook Champ. New hooks you buy are just cosmetic customization choices now.

      • Mitch

        Awww... The hook/rope upgrades (aswell as the other items) is what i really loved about hook champ. It kept me coming back for more. I'm really dissapointed about that.

  • MrMuesli

    I must admit, although I loved the style of Hook Champ, I always felt like I was struggling with the rope to do what I wanted it to. Admittedly, since the first version I haven't touched it, so maybe the up-dates tweaked it.
    The Super version looks fun.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      The key is in the upgrades. You'll struggle at first, but the more you play the more skills you'll access that improve your performance. I expect this game will do the same.

      ...not loving the name though. The "Super" is kinda funny and nostalgic but "Quickhook"?

      • Kepa

        We actually tweaked the controls a lot in the new game. Also, your hook starts fully upgraded as compared to Hook Champ. New hooks you buy are just cosmetic customization choices now.

      • Mitch

        Awww... The hook/rope upgrades (aswell as the other items) is what i really loved about hook champ. It kept me coming back for more. I'm really dissapointed about that.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nielskob Niels K.

    The game looks interesting but oh boy is the main character ugly…wasn't it once a "16-bit-version" of the main character of Hook Champ? That looked way better…

    • eric cartman

      couldnt agree more

  • http://www.twitter.com/nielskob Niels K.

    The game looks interesting but oh boy is the main character ugly…wasn't it once a "16-bit-version" of the main character of Hook Champ? That looked way better…

    • eric cartman

      couldnt agree more

  • Dhika

    kepa, love hook champ, and if you want to do 16 bit, may be you could smoothen the graphics? the moves looked like it was made for an 8 bit. if that is what you're working on, AWESOME! gonna buy it first day (i only have 2.88 dollars in my account and this game is going to cost 2.49 dollars in australia for early adopters)

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      I believe the word you're looking for is "animation".

      • Dhika

        ahh yes, sorry. but do you agree? is kepa reading these?

  • Dhika

    kepa, love hook champ, and if you want to do 16 bit, may be you could smoothen the graphics? the moves looked like it was made for an 8 bit. if that is what you're working on, AWESOME! gonna buy it first day (i only have 2.88 dollars in my account and this game is going to cost 2.49 dollars in australia for early adopters)

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      I believe the word you're looking for is "animation".

      • Dhika

        ahh yes, sorry. but do you agree? is kepa reading these?

  • fix

    Canabalt called, they want their game concept back.

    Looks promising though, since you're previous games have been executed well.

    • Davidd

      There are millions of games out there that do the Canabalt type style. Think this game is more like HellKid.

  • fix

    Canabalt called, they want their game concept back.

    Looks promising though, since you're previous games have been executed well.

    • Davidd

      There are millions of games out there that do the Canabalt type style. Think this game is more like HellKid.

  • http://www.badbumble.com BadBumble

    Not sure I like the gf/x on this version as much (too bright maybe?), but I'm going to buy it as soon as it comes out because the first game was so much fun. Spent hours on it.

  • http://www.badbumble.com BadBumble

    Not sure I like the gf/x on this version as much (too bright maybe?), but I'm going to buy it as soon as it comes out because the first game was so much fun. Spent hours on it.

  • Jeff

    whats with the farting jump lol. I think if you want to do a 16 bit style game you need at least double the amount of frames compare to an 8 bit style one.

  • Jeff

    whats with the farting jump lol. I think if you want to do a 16 bit style game you need at least double the amount of frames compare to an 8 bit style one.

  • elnombre

    So will they be bringing back the characters from Hook Champ for this? I hope so.

  • Dhika

    they might want to work on the rocket and the swinging animation . what's the name for the thing that reflects your motion while swinging? maybe they would want to work on that as well. I LOVE the sliding thing. is it to maintain speed while not swinging?

    • Kepa

      The sliding thing is to maintain your full speed if you hit the ground (for a little while). It's mostly handy for hitting the steam vent launchers and quickly getting into lower alternate paths. It also helps you a little bit if you miss a swing, but jumping from a slide is slow.

  • elnombre

    So will they be bringing back the characters from Hook Champ for this? I hope so.

  • Dhika

    they might want to work on the rocket and the swinging animation . what's the name for the thing that reflects your motion while swinging? maybe they would want to work on that as well. I LOVE the sliding thing. is it to maintain speed while not swinging?

    • Kepa

      The sliding thing is to maintain your full speed if you hit the ground (for a little while). It's mostly handy for hitting the steam vent launchers and quickly getting into lower alternate paths. It also helps you a little bit if you miss a swing, but jumping from a slide is slow.

  • Bosconian

    I don't know...

    Random levels? Sounds like the exploration aspect of the game will be gone, and it's more one dimensional now, just racing through the levels to avoid the avalanche.

    Looks nice enough, like a first-gen SNES game.

    Not sure the gameplay will be that great compared to Hook Champ.

    • Dhika

      there will be levels, too. explorations would be harder because you cant go back and shotgun the avalanche in the face (or maybe an upgrade could?)

    • David

      Random generation is the shiz. Its what makes a game live forever. You get to explore every time!

  • Bosconian

    I don't know...

    Random levels? Sounds like the exploration aspect of the game will be gone, and it's more one dimensional now, just racing through the levels to avoid the avalanche.

    Looks nice enough, like a first-gen SNES game.

    Not sure the gameplay will be that great compared to Hook Champ.

    • Dhika

      there will be levels, too. explorations would be harder because you cant go back and shotgun the avalanche in the face (or maybe an upgrade could?)

    • David

      Random generation is the shiz. Its what makes a game live forever. You get to explore every time!

  • wizard

    Is the same person who did the music for Hook Champ doing this too? Please say yes.

  • wizard

    Is the same person who did the music for Hook Champ doing this too? Please say yes.

  • misfitskater6

    Can't wait!!!

  • misfitskater6

    Can't wait!!!

  • SirSkobes

    This looks awesome, can't wait for it.

    Kepa, any reason you didn't go with Super Hook Champ?

    • misfitskater6

      Probably because it's a brand new game, better to make it clear that it's not just a different version of Hook Champ but something completely different.

  • SirSkobes

    This looks awesome, can't wait for it.

    Kepa, any reason you didn't go with Super Hook Champ?

    • misfitskater6

      Probably because it's a brand new game, better to make it clear that it's not just a different version of Hook Champ but something completely different.

  • Josh

    Is it just me who thinks their legs look kinda funny? A little short or something?

    The sliding looks great. I can't wait for the sure to come Teflon coated pants upgrade!

  • Josh

    Is it just me who thinks their legs look kinda funny? A little short or something?

    The sliding looks great. I can't wait for the sure to come Teflon coated pants upgrade!

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    Regardless of what happens, I'm buying this. Hook champ is my top favorite iPhone game - but the transition from sliding to running and jumping to sliding looks pretty jerky. As I said, I'm buying it either way though. Great stuff, kepa.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    Regardless of what happens, I'm buying this. Hook champ is my top favorite iPhone game - but the transition from sliding to running and jumping to sliding looks pretty jerky. As I said, I'm buying it either way though. Great stuff, kepa.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    ps - is there any chance their legs could dangle and move a little more when they jump? it would be a nice touch, methinks. sorry for the double post. :P

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    ps - is there any chance their legs could dangle and move a little more when they jump? it would be a nice touch, methinks. sorry for the double post. :P

  • Anthony

    Eh, not digging the 16 bit style AT ALL.

  • Anthony

    Eh, not digging the 16 bit style AT ALL.

  • delete3

    I think it looks cool but the graphics/animations look a little funky. The backgrounds look great. I'm not sure I like the name either. I think Super Hook Champ would be a way better name considering it's the same characters just upgraded to 16 but graphics. This is a day one but for me anyways since from what I've seen from Hook Champ I know the developers will do a great job.

    • noah

      Concur. Super Hook Champ would be ideal... unless you're saving that for an iPad version of Hook Champ!

  • delete3

    I think it looks cool but the graphics/animations look a little funky. The backgrounds look great. I'm not sure I like the name either. I think Super Hook Champ would be a way better name considering it's the same characters just upgraded to 16 but graphics. This is a day one but for me anyways since from what I've seen from Hook Champ I know the developers will do a great job.

    • noah

      Concur. Super Hook Champ would be ideal... unless you're saving that for an iPad version of Hook Champ!

  • misfitskater6

    I think it looks awesome, don't change anything!!! Don't change the name either!!!

  • misfitskater6

    I think it looks awesome, don't change anything!!! Don't change the name either!!!

  • Kepa

    I'll be watching the upcoming games thread that I just made about Super Quickhook. We can talk about features of the game and the graphics in there. I have read every post above, and would like to discuss them further.

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=51085

  • Kepa

    I'll be watching the upcoming games thread that I just made about Super Quickhook. We can talk about features of the game and the graphics in there. I have read every post above, and would like to discuss them further.

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=51085

  • Johnny

    Looks incredibly boring.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      Get lost then!

  • Johnny

    Looks incredibly boring.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      Get lost then!

  • Ben!

    Day one purchase without question, though it does look like something is missing (compared to Hook Champ). Not sure what that is though, so this is a pretty bad piece of critique. Regardless, I have no doubt it'll be terrific after what you guys did with the first game.

  • Ben!

    Day one purchase without question, though it does look like something is missing (compared to Hook Champ). Not sure what that is though, so this is a pretty bad piece of critique. Regardless, I have no doubt it'll be terrific after what you guys did with the first game.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    I already thought that Hook Champ was strikingly similar to Dino Run, but now with the avalanche chasing you it's even closer!! (I hear that there's an iPod version of Dino Run in the works. Can't wait for it.)

    http://www.pixeljam.com/dinorun/

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    I already thought that Hook Champ was strikingly similar to Dino Run, but now with the avalanche chasing you it's even closer!! (I hear that there's an iPod version of Dino Run in the works. Can't wait for it.)

    http://www.pixeljam.com/dinorun/

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    Oh, and I love the name Super Quick Hook. I think that's an awesome choice.

    • Buttes

      Hope that's sarcasm

      • http://www.americanelf.com James

        No, I really do like the name Super Quick Hook. I'm not being sarcastic. I think it's adorable.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    Oh, and I love the name Super Quick Hook. I think that's an awesome choice.

    • Buttes

      Hope that's sarcasm

      • http://www.americanelf.com James

        No, I really do like the name Super Quick Hook. I'm not being sarcastic. I think it's adorable.

  • Jacob

    sounds good im loving hook champ.
    >>>> i just hope that there is lots of upgrades that you can get
    >>>> a story line would be cool
    >>>> maybe more charaters............
    IM AS KEEN AS A SARDINE>>

  • Jacob

    sounds good im loving hook champ.
    >>>> i just hope that there is lots of upgrades that you can get
    >>>> a story line would be cool
    >>>> maybe more charaters............
    IM AS KEEN AS A SARDINE>>

  • marv

    this new game looks like a ripoff of dinorun.
    the first hook champ is awesome.
    :p

  • marv

    this new game looks like a ripoff of dinorun.
    the first hook champ is awesome.
    :p

  • Luke

    Game looks awesome. I am definatly going to buy it asap. One thing I noticed about the video however is that it seemed as if he went through a lava area. Am i mistaken because it seems kind of out of place for a game where your trying to escape an avalanche, which is made of snow.

  • Luke

    Game looks awesome. I am definatly going to buy it asap. One thing I noticed about the video however is that it seemed as if he went through a lava area. Am i mistaken because it seems kind of out of place for a game where your trying to escape an avalanche, which is made of snow.