MH_iconI like a lot of platformers, but I think if I really had to bear down and pick just one iOS platformer as my very favorite, I'd give that award to Mikey Shorts [$1.99 / Free]. BeaverTap Games' inaugural App Store release displayed stellar level design, humorous  unlockable costumes, and fantastic controls, and it bred fierce competition with its emphasis on speed-running and Game Center leaderboard integration. We thought it was tops.

Then, following a holiday-themed pseudo-sequel Mikey Shorts Halloween [Free] later that year, BeaverTap announced in February that another entry in the Mikey series was in the pipeline called Mikey Hooks. It looked to feature the same great platforming of the first two releases but with an added grappling hook mechanic, a throwback to one of the team's all-time favorites Hook Champ [$2.99], as well as some other tweaks like enemies that could actually hurt you. It looked like some pretty exciting stuff.

Today we've got word that Mikey Hooks is approved by Apple and scheduled to release next week, on August 8th. Have a look at the release trailer in case you missed it the first time around.

We're all pretty huge fans of Mikey Shorts here at TouchArcade HQ, and I think we're all very excited to finally get our hands on the final version of Mikey Hooks. Be sure it's added to your TouchArcade [Free] Watch List to stay up to date on any further news and drop by the thread in our forums for some discussion as release approaches.

  • cobbyco

    YES YES YES YEEEEEESSSSS!

    I'm quite excited for this game.

  • armilla

    YES PLEASE!

  • Fep52

    Clear my schedule, it's hookin' time. Yee ha!!

  • slamraman

    Damn! I'm on holiday.

    • mikeg1234

      Don't worry, it will still be there when you get back! ;-)

  • Megagator

    Hopping Mikey Hooks will be at least $4.99. Still feel bad only spending $0.99 on Shorts. You guys deserve it!

    • Fep52

      Absolutely agree. I wouldn't complain at $10+, but many would.

      • mikeg1234

        You guys are too kind! Thanks for the support!

    • SerapisB

      I don't think so... Great dev or not, it's an iPhone game

      • subshell001

        charge more so this guy doesn't get a chance to play it

      • SerapisB

        So I'm wrong for thinking $10 is too much for a platform jumper iPhone game? Sorry, I don't exactly have the money for that.

  • Peter Bohanna

    can you guys at TA do abit of digging and find out when "Buddy & Me" is planning to come to app store? thx in advance

  • SerapisB

    Instabuy

  • LearnIIBurn

    Quick, very honest, and very humble question. And I really mean this. What has everyone so excited about this? I liked Mikey Shorts. It had solid controls and was pretty fun. Is it developed by someone that is either active/from touch arcade?

    Mikey Shorts was great, but everyone seems to go up in definitive excitement about this game and I never seemed to grasp the same excitement.

    Promise I'm not trying to offend ever :). Great game, just very simple for the amount of love it gets.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I don't know about ya'll but I get excited for fun games. :)

      • LearnIIBurn

        Agreed :). Ill have to give it another spin!

    • awrobinson

      Good question, and as someone who remembers reading the forums at the time of Mikey Shorts, I'll answer.

      The developers are TA forum members. They decided to make a fun and rewarding platformer had great controls. As a bonus, it wasn't free-to-play. :) As I recall they kept other forum members in the loop during the process.

      The reason it blew up here was that so many people followed it from the beginning & were so happy with the results (doesn't always happen that way). The little things add up too...challenge mode, achievements, and customization. I think, like Eli said, good games are worth being excited about. Hopefully Hooks will just further that good will.

      • awrobinson

        ...platformer THAT had...

        Had to correct myself. :)

      • LearnIIBurn

        Thanks for the great answer. I'm gonna reinstall and give it some love.

    • Karzay

      You kinda answered many of your own questions.

  • RamazAdelphos

    Oh man I'm excited about this, I just heard about Mikey shorts like 2 weeks ago and just got Mikey Shorts last night and omg so much beat the game in like 2-3 hour time span just could stop lol. Very addicting platformer. But no Mike Hooks looks even more amazing because enemies can actually hurt u:0! Can't wait guys!!

  • RamazAdelphos

    WOO just got iTunes giftcard, I'm ready:)