Energy Hook PC screenshot

While the Spider-Man games are almost all universally terrible, Spider-Man 2's web-slinging mechanics were so revolutionary that even today developers struggle with creating something equally as good, let alone better.

However, the same does not seem to apply to the inventor of the web-swinging movement himself, Jamie Fristrom, as his recently released Energy Hook appears to embody everything (and the only thing) that made Spider-Man 2 great, but with a few extra bells and whistles to further spice up the acrobatics. Here's the latest trailer to give you an idea of what Energy Hook is all about, though I have a feeling you can already guess:

 

In Energy Hook you will be expected to chain together multiple sequences of tricks, wall-runs and grapples in order to achieve the highest score, beat the various time challenges and naturally, hunt down a whole bunch of hidden collectibles throughout the levels. Much like the comic books it was originally inspired by, each of Energy Hook's chapters features the work of a different artist, so you'll be able to visit living islands, a futuristic and dystopian city, skyscrapers that look straight out of the matrix, and so forth.

While all of that is well and good, there is one very important piece of information you should keep in mind - Energy Hook is mostly a solo project. As such, you are without a doubt going to run into bugs, the graphics and animations are fairly lackluster by today's standards, and the ground-based mechanics are not as fluid as you would expect them to be. Thankfully, all of the aerial acrobatics are just as good, and quite possibly even better than what you remember from the days of old.

If you're interested in learning more, head over to the official website. On the other hand, if you want to grab yourself a copy of Energy Hook, you can find it on Steam at a currently ongoing 18% discount, which brings the price down to €15/$15.

Energy Hook is a Spider-Man 2 inspired platformer of sorts

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