Rocketcat Games is responsible for some of the absolute best games on the App Store, most of which we've given basically every award we can give a mobile game. From Hook Champ [$2.99] to Death Road to Canada [$11.99], we've loved 'em all. Behind the scenes, working with Rocketcat can be a little odd. Studio Grand Poobah Kepa Auwae has a great sense of humor which is just dripping from all of their games, but you're never really sure where the line between jokes and sarcasm stops and where actual plans for future games begin.

For instance, when I first heard the idea behind Dad By The Sword I was about 99.99% sure that a game concept where you not only play as your Dad, but your sword is also your Dad, as well as the dungeon itself being your Dad. Then they released this trailer:

When Kepa first started talking about his Seaman-inspired "Fish Boyfriend" game tentatively titled I Can't Believe My Boyfriend is Some Sorta Fish Creature!, I was similarly pretty sure I was being trolled, then I remembered Dad By The Sword, and really wasn't ever sure what to believe. Per a tweet today, and after loads of Death Road to Canada updates, work on the next, fish boyfriend, game is set to begin:

Anyway, I reached out to Kepa for more details on the upcoming game we all were pretty sure was a joke, and he said, "I want to make the Dark Souls of boyfriend simulation games. People will play this fish boyfriend game and know that Dark Souls is a game for dipes-wearing whiny babies." He's also curious which of the fish boyfriends readers find the most attractive, specifically, which would you like to marry?

Here's your options:

So, yeah. The Dark Souls of fish boyfriend simulation games. That's a thing, and it's happening.

In other Rocketcat news, with iOS 11 approaching this new game also raises the question of "What about all the old games that aren't 64-bit?" Well, they're looking into an update for Mage Gauntlet [$2.99] but anything older than that likely isn't going to happen, at least not for free. Hook Champ and other similarly ancient titles were built with the first generation iPod touch in mind, rely on OpenFeint, etc.

Even just making Hook Champ and similar titles wide screen would likely require levels being redesigned, and it's possible that'd also break game physics. Much like the situation that we're in with our own app, when something is this old, it's easier to just start over than it is to update.

That being said, they're open to the idea of potentially doing re-releases of these old games provided there's any kind of demand for them. Personally, I'd play the ever-loving heck out of a new Hook Champ and would have absolutely no problem paying for it again.

  • Rocketcat Games

    I feel like the butt should be censored but I'm not sure if that would accidentally make it worse or not.

  • Giacomo Lawrance

    This is really reminding me of the 1999 Seaman game:

    Such a weird game...

    But Rocketcat games are awesome, so I'm intrested in how this will turn out!

    • Eli Hodapp

      Yes which is why the article text says it's Seaman-inspired. 🙂

  • rIcHrAnDoM

    I'd be so goddamned interested in Hook (Champ/Worlds) re-releases, I'd take a grappling hook to the eye to get them!

  • Ag3ntP3ndergast

    If the developer is reading this I'd definitely be interested in a hook champ reboot, even if I have to pay for it. Hook champ is awesome. Please keep the same graphics tho.

  • smes3817

    If the only way for the Hook trilogy games to live on is re-releases, I would absolutely buy them again. They are my favorite iOS games of all time and it would be a shame to let them die.

  • rhinofinger

    I LOVED Hook Champ and Super Quickhook. Easily the best games of the early iPhone generations. Would totally pay to get remakes, or just new games using the same hook/rocketboot system. It was such a perfect control scheme, and such an addicting collection of games!

    Hook Worlds was a little less interesting to me tbh, since finding all of the little secrets in the various levels of the first two was always more appealing to me than seeing how far I could get in the endless levels.

  • Kiltedsheep

    The most attractive one is #3. No question. What a catch!

    • HelperMonkey

      Totally. Dreamy and heroic-looking, in a Link-esque way.
      That said, I feel like the fish boyfriend should look as much like Justin Bieber as legally possible. For some reason that would make sense to me. All the pouting and tail-swishing and bowl-bound angst and piscine intelligence... I want a Bieber fish.

      • Rocketcat Games

        You're going to be VERY pleased in the coming months

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  • Saveria

    Is fish #5 wearing a tophat thing, I can't tell.

    I would pay for and play super quick hook remastered. Yes yes I would.

    • Rocketcat Games

      It's a pompadour but in a nightmarish art style

  • darwin890

    Instead of a new game they should bring out the paladin update finally for Wayward Souls...

    • Rocketcat Games

      Yeah that's what the Wayward Souls team is working on. Won't come out until after the PC version, though.

  • bigmonkeynads

    Def need re-releases of the Hook series I'd buy instantly all time fave games on iOS!