Platform: Windows, Steam, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Roguelite, Action Platformer
Players: Single player
Written by Bad Demoman 14th May 2017
Roguelites have come a pretty long way. I mostly attribute Binding of Isaac with popularizing the trend, but there’s been plenty since, of varying levels of quality. So whenever I hear of a new one, I tend to approach it with a degree of caution. Is this going to be the next big thing, like Nuclear Throne was? Or just another crappy cash in on the fad? Of course, it helps massively with that judgement when a stellar developer like Tribute Games are the people behind the game. Formed from former team members from the Scott Pilgrim game, they’ve got some decent games under their belt, including Mercenary Kings, a personal favourite. So is Flinthook Tribute’s latest great game, or a forgettable foray into Roguelites?
In Flinthook, you play as the titular Space Pirate. The first, and most obvious part of Flinthook that you’ll notice are the graphics. While I’m sure for many retro-
Most people would agree that grappling hooks make everything better. Most people I ask say the Hook Shot is the best item in Legend of Zelda, and honestly the concept of a grappling hook just radiates fun. Flinthook is massively based around use of a hook to slingshot yourself around levels while blasting at foes with your trusty Blasma Pistol, so we’re off to a good start already. Once you get good enough, you can zoom through rooms barely touching the floor. Of course, any game based around such high intensity movement would be ruined if the controls were bad. Thankfully, Flinthook is a rare case of a PC Platformer where a controller isn’t necessary. While the game works absolutely fine with a controller, playing with a mouse and keyboard gives you a great degree of fine tuning with your aiming. Since you can aim all around yourself in 360 degrees, it becomes a point of preference, rather than necessity, over which control scheme you’d rather use. Sometimes things get a little hectic -
As I mentioned before, whenever a game slaps “Roguelite” on the description, I’m always wary of whether it’ll actually make good use of those elements. Flinthook does things a little differently -
Flinthook is a delightful addition to a genre I have a particular preference for. While distinct from others in the same category, this is far from a bad thing, as it injects some much needed variety into the Roguelite landscape. I can only hope that other developers see this as a cue to do some really interesting things with Roguelites. With fantastic graphics, genuinely challenging gameplay and a damn catchy soundtrack, Flinthook is set to be a game I spend a good amount of time with (Especially since I’m so stuck on one of the bounties!).
Challenging and skill-
Fantastic and unique visuals,
Unique take on Roguelites.
Difficulty can be intimidating to new players,
Might not be what Roguelite fans are expecting.
Flinthook grapples itself an 8 out of 10 score.