In June of last year, we posted the trailer for a sweet looking grappling hook game called Hang Line from industry veteran turned solo developer Ed Kay. June was an awfully long time ago, so if you’re like me you may have been wondering just what the status is of Hang Line. Well! Good news for us then as the developer has posted an update to our forums with some new info and a new video of Hang Line. Here’s a quick description from Mr. Kay about this latest vid: “This video shows a level about half way through the game, which is on a mountain that is characterised by having giant boulders which must be carefully yanked free so the player can pass onwards to the top. But the local wildlife don’t take kindly to climbers intruding… I hope you enjoy it!"
One of the more interesting things about Hang Line is how all the various elements can interact with each other, and as Kay further explains: “My aim was to make a game that was extremely easy to pick up but had a lot of mastery and tons of emergent gameplay. Every element in the game interacts with every other element. Goats can kick cats, cats can pounce on explosives, explosives can explode stalactites, stalactites can crush goats… When this number of systems are all interacting as the player swings and bounces around on an elastic grapple line – you never know what to expect. And to me that’s what makes it special." Gah! Everything about Hang Line sounds so cool! It’s been in the works for over two years but it’s “very close now" so drop by the forum thread to register your excitement and look for this one hopefully sooner rather than later.