MH_iconThis past February BeaverTap Games unleashed an all-to-brief teaser for an upcoming sequel to their 2012 hit platformer Mikey Shorts [$1.99 / Free], titled Mikey Hooks. As you might have guessed, Mikey Hooks takes the platforming basics of the original game and adds a hook-swinging mechanic into the mix. Or I guess you might have guessed that Mikey now had hooks for hands or something too, which also sounds cool, but I think the swinging is much better. In addition to the hooking, this time around enemies and parts of the environment can actually hurt you, so there is a greater element of danger than there was in the first game.

If you were hyped for the teaser before, then get ready to enter ultra-hyped mode as BeaverTap has announced that Mikey Hooks is finally submitted to Apple, and to celebrate they've created a brand new full-length trailer. Enjoy.

I had the opportunity to play a really early version of Mikey Hooks last December, and to be perfectly honest I wasn't totally sold on the hooking. It felt a bit forced and kind of clunky, and I was genuinely worried how it would all end up coming together. However, this past June at WWDC I tried out a nearly final build and all my worries instantly vanished. I'm not sure what sort of special tweaks or secret sauce they dumped into Mikey Hooks during that time, but whatever it was it worked. The hooking felt perfect, and gelled with the rest of the game beautifully. Really, if you enjoyed the original Mikey Shorts like we did, then you'll be in for a real treat with Mikey Hooks.

With 36 new levels across 6 environments, and of course more than 220 new disguises to wear, this is shaping up to be another stellar entry in the Mikey series following the original and last year'sΒ Mikey Shorts Halloween [Free]. As soon as Apple gives Mikey Hooks the green light we'll let you know a release date, until then check out what folks in the forums are saying about this long-awaited sequel.

  • awrobinson

    It's funny, I just started replaying Mikey Shorts yesterday and was researching yesterday when Hooks was coming out. This news made my day!

    • cobbyco

      Even weirder: I forgot about this game for months, but just literally hours ago I go into my watch list and look at the forum thread for it. Like, WTF?

      Even though the developers can hack into our brains, I'm still gonna buy this on release. The first one was just too awesome.

      • awrobinson

        Agreed. And it makes me wonder, did the developers plant in our minds the impulse to buy upon release? I mean, why stop at reading minds when you can do so much more?

      • mikeg1234

        That's why my avatar is a blue-eyed HAL. I see and know everything. πŸ™‚ Seriously, I'm glad you guys are excited about Mikey Hooks. We're also very excited to get the game out!

      • Zeldaniac

        :O INCEPTION

  • Zeldaniac

    Uh...36 levels? I hope that doesn't include challenge mode. 6 of them will be insanely easy (tutorial missions) so that leaves us with 30 levels compared to Mikey Shorts's 100 or so...

    • qpawn

      Don't worry! When you take level lengths into account, Mikey Hooks is fairly close to what we launched with Mikey Shorts. But MH brings a lot more action to the table. When we come out with the first new level update, MH will be just about even with the current MS version... and we'd like to keep adding more. πŸ™‚

      • Zeldaniac

        Awesome! #instabuy

  • cobbyco

    Please tell me they're gonna add iOS 7 controller support...

    The controls definitely aren't bad, but to use a real controller would be just awesome.

    • Adams Immersive

      Mikey Shorts supports iCade and Joypad, so there's hope!

    • mikeg1234

      We will most definitely look into iOS7 controller support! As Adams Immersive said, we do support iCade and Joypad. I've been waiting until after Mikey Hooks releases to update to the new SDK for iOS7.

  • MrAHskrEsq

    Everybody's freakin pumped for this.

  • riggysmalls

    I hope this can be as good as rocketcats hook games!

    • qpawn

      Hook Champ is one our favorite games of all time. I'd like to think that some of our love for Rocketcat Games shines through in Mikey Hooks! πŸ™‚

  • emmanuelh

    Does this mean the game will be available this week?

    • qpawn

      No, we're still waiting for approval from Apple. We'll let everybody know as soon as we have a solid release date. πŸ™‚

  • Retro Nug

    Epic. Can't wait!

  • ODMay

    This game might just become hot like Angry Birds and Temple Run.

    Don't torture me with comments for saying the word "might". (:

  • whitestatic

    This reminds me a little of Bionic Commando--one of the first games I ever completed.

  • Fep52

    Great news. This is easily my most anticipated game this year. Don't drag your feet Apple!

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  • Cujo Willaby

    Devs: You are amazing. My hats off to you for all the hard work you guys put into Mikey Shorts. I freaking loved that game. As a fan of speed run platform games, I nearly pooped my pants when I found Mikey Shorts. And Mikey Hooks...well lets just say I have a pack of depends handy. I hope you guys know that your hard work, creativity and dedication to your fans are very much noticed and appreciated.

  • PallaZ

    I promised the devs that I will try this Game when it's releasing. So will it be.

  • felipe


  • Mad.Whack

    MK was a great game with superb controls. As other have said. Instabuy

  • capncoad

    Take my moneys! I loved the original.

  • Voltage97

    I'm sure I'll be HOOKed.