500000_largerIt doesn't get much more TouchArcade Game of the Week-y than Mikey Hooks [$1.99]. Not only is the game a fantastic sequel to Mikey Shorts [$1.99 / Free] (also available in a Halloween [Free] variety), but it perfectly embodies the spirit of indie iOS development. The two developers met here on the TouchArcade forums competing for scores in Hook Champ [$2.99 / Free], and with no experience in game development (or even meeting each other face to face) they decided to make a game. The original was great, and the sequel expanded on the similar speed-running formula with a hooking and swinging mechanic that feels totally natural, and almost like it just should've been in the game series all along.

If you need additional convincing to give the game a look, check out our five star review, or even swing in to the forum thread which had exploded with satisfied players trading their best times.

Seriously, give this game a look, or, if nothing else download one of the free versions of Mikey Shorts. It's at least a little mind blowing that two totally green developers and total internet strangers could make something so awesome.

  • Jake7905

    'Trial by Survival' was the game of the week to me, and the one most worth discussing.

    • Nutrilica

      I agree, Mikey has always been needing to go to the mental institution.

      • shadax

        Not sure what is meant by that.

        I personally love the two Mikey games. Really solid controls and level design.

        Simple, yes, but fun as hell.

  • KevinS

    I feel it's unnecessary to post more than one article per game. I'd rather you posted a greater variety of games than just posting the same thing multiple times. πŸ™‚

    • EscortGamer

      This is TouchArcade, the exaggeration source of iPhone games. #dealwithit!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Well how does that work? We can only pick a game of the week for a game we've never posted about? πŸ™‚

      • KevinS

        No, of course not. It's just that there's been 7 articles posted on TA about Mikey Hooks (including review) and every week there's games I really like that don't get mentioned in an article at all. It's not like I could run a better site myself though, so I guess I should stop complaining. πŸ™‚

      • Jake7905

        Well, this is a different article, this is Game of the Week. Though I agree that 'Mikey Hooks' has gotten WAY too much coverage, your complaint didn't make sense (to me at least) at first.

      • KevinS

        I understand, it was a little unclear. I wasn't specifically saying there's anything wrong with THIS article. It's just that I'd rather see more reviews than multiple articles on the same game. I used to write reviews for free on another site. There was about three other people combined with the site founder. The only person who got paid was the owner of the site. That site was able to post around one review a day. TA on AVERAGE posts 1-2 reviews a day. I feel with paid reviewers that the amount could be much higher. For example, one game I really enjoyed recently was "Boy - Hurry to School (RPG)" and it's nearing 100 forum posts, yet it's never been mentioned once in an article. Just my opinion, TA is still a great resource for iOS gaming news. πŸ™‚

      • Jake7905

        I agree, and thanks for the response. Well put.

    • themostunclean

      I don't understand this complaint

      There's already a great variety of games written about on this site. If a game is good (which this is) then it's most definitely worth more than one article.

  • RamazAdelphos

    I really do enjoy the Mikey games but I feel like they are a little overrated :/ and feel like there's some favoritism going on

    • LOLCAT

      How are they overrated? They're a ton of fun, really addictive, and well-designed. Sure, they get tons of praise, especially from TA, but I say that they do deserve it. Of course, this is also a matter of preferance.

    • themostunclean

      I think independent developers who succeed so well on their first attempt deserve a little favoritism.

      • armilla

        Plus it's not like TA is the only outlet reviewing Mikey Hooks favorably - it has a 93 on metacritic!

  • paulkane

    Beard a hooka uP!

  • rewyan

    Wow, the story of how the series came to be is really interesting. Surprised that they pulled off a great series like this.

  • Lcfr

    This is TouchArcade.
    If they could, they would spam the site with mediocre games like Mikey whatever.

    Oh, wait.

    They already do that.

  • EscortGamer

    What is so interesting about this game is unfathomable to me. It's just like Angry Birds. A game liked by so many people for no reason. This game is just a run game. Get over it.

    • Nutrilica

      I have the same feelings. Mikey might be better if he got a makeover. To me, this looks like it was made with Paint and a free game-maker program.

    • LOLCAT

      We like it because it is a fun, well-designed speed-run game that feels like it's a notch above others in the genre. Sure the visual style takes getting used to, but all-in-all, these are great games.

  • themostunclean

    I just re-downloaded and played every one of these games because "Hooks" got me itchin' for more Mikey!

    They're short, but sweet, and hit that perfect balance for iOS gaming. Plus they're a testament to the open nature if iOS gaming.

  • Himanshu Modi

    I agree with the sentiment that the game is a tad over-rated. It's not a bad game. Had fun with it. But it is no where in the list of best platformers. Great origins story though. And given the context, it's a great game to begin with.

  • Werebite870

    I see where a lot of you are coming from, but the Mikey games are actually incredible. They are the perfect speedrunner, and to dislike them is to dislike the genre, through no fault of the game.