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Grappling Hook Version 1.05 is available, both demo and full-version.
When you are an owner of the full version, you can download the new version here.
Your savegames will be not affected by an update.

Changes Since Version 1.03:

  • Twitter-Integration: Grappling Hook can post your unlocked achievements to Twitter, using your account. (Thanks for the idea, Marc. 🙂 )
  • Hook Device and bolts will be correctly restored after loading.
  • Edges will not stop the character anymore, when he is sliding up walls.
  • Fixed memory leaks.
  • Tuned Virtual-Machine and Garbage Collector.
  • Improved the GUI of the Launcher.
  • Improved some tutorial messages.
  • Improved the performance in the menu a bit.

UPDATE: There was a crashbug in hard-mode, which was introduced with version 1.05. A fixed version is already online.

Speedruns (Warning: Spoiler!)

LLCoolDave created several videos of his Grappling Hook speedruns and uploaded them on Youtube. This is one them:


Check out his Youtube-channel for more. I think it is amazing! I didn’t even know, that the levels could be solved that fast.
What are your best times? Share your speedrun-videos and times in this thread!


There are two new reviews:

If [..] you love a challenge this is going to be fantastic for you!

Andy Yates – PC Games and Reviews

[..] “Grappling Hook” is a nicely done, beautiful, and incredibly difficult puzzler that will definitely sate the cravings of the hardcore gaming crowd [..]

Matt –

The wall-tag-competition is over.
Congratulations to the three winners!
Thanks to the 38 participants!

I enjoyed reading the answer-emails.
This was one of my favorites: ^^

Yeah!! The legendary Grappling Hook!
Are you a Spider Monkey?

I love you.

Sadly, the random-number-generator couldn’t be influenced by this.

New Grappling Hook Version

Grappling Hook Version 1.03 is available, both demo and full-version.
When you are an owner of the full version, you can download the new version here.
Your savegames will be not affected by an update.

Changes Since Version 1.02:

  • The bloom-shader will disable itself automatically, when it is not supported. That caused some crashes on old graphics cards in the past.
  • The timer has a higher resolution.
  • You can restart a level by pressing “4”.
  • All important keys can be configured in the keys.cfg.
  • After level-loading there is a 1 second pause.
  • More resolutions are supported in windowed-mode.
  • Fixed a crash-bug with “Disabled Sound” in Level 7.
  • There is an option, that not the last checkpoint will be loaded on death, but the level will be restarted.
  • Loading a checkpoint is only allowed, when the character is on ground.
  • Fixed a small bug, when a mouse-keys was used for running.

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Special thanks to Stephan and David!
I also want to thank Kim from BMT Mirco for the great support.


There are two new reviews:

“Grappling Hook [..] an incredible first person puzzler/platformer, a title that already is one of the best indie games released this year.
[..] the way it is right now – with short but challenging and intense levels, all smartly done, it’s perfect.
As a whole, Grappling Hook is an amazing product. It is lighting fast and very challenging, it manages to deliver some really smart puzzles and oblige you act quickly. Or die.”
Calin Ciabai – Unigamesity

“Grappling Hook is a fantastic first-person puzzler which is very much in the same light as Valve’s Portal.”
Mike Rose –

Thank you, Calin and Mike!

Quiz: Win A Free Copy Of Grappling Hook!

Don’t miss your chance to win a full version of Grappling Hook!
More information here.
Till now, there are 32 potential winners! and arranged a competition, where you can win a free copy of Grappling Hook!

To have your chance of winning, just answer the following question:
At various points during the demo there are 3 wall tags in black letters.
What do these 3 tags say?

Give the demo a playthrough, find the 3 tags, and then email your answer to
The competition will run until Thursday evening (8/10/09). The 3 winners will be picked randomly out of the emails with the right answer.
Happy hunting!

Version 1.02 of the full game and demo are available.

Changes Since Version 1.01:

  • You can switch the language of the game to German. (Spanish and Catalan will follow)
  • The controls can be configured with a config-file.
  • Recreated the font and changed the font-renderer so it supports all ASCII-characters.

First Review

There is also a first review of the game in Spanish.

The online-magazine Rock,Paper,Shotgun wrote an article about Grappling Hook.
There is also an article by an Italian blog.
Do you know of any other sites that mentioned Grappling Hook?

Currently I’m creating a list of press-contacts.
What are your favorite gaming news-sites or blogs?

Version 1.01 of the full game and demo are available.

Changes Since Version 1.00:

  • Added an option in the launcher to disable the bloom-shader. This will improve performance a lot on PCs with older graphics cards. A graphics-card with shader-support is still required.
  • Tweaked some sounds.
  • Extended the controls. Have a look at the ReadMe.txt for details.
  • Made some minor changes to the levels.
  • Cleaned up the font.
  • The game shows the right icon, now.

Grappling Hook on ModDB and Facebook

You might have noticed the four new icons on the right side-bar.
Grappling Hook has now a profile on ModDB and Facebook.
Currently Grappling Hook is on rank 9 of 1193 of the most popular games on ModDB!

Interview with Acagamics

The Acagamics games club made an interview with me.
It is in german and can be found here.
Acagamics is the games-club at the University of Magdeburg, where I have studied Computational Visualistics.

Grappling Hook in Spain

A spanish video-game blog was on of the first sites, that wrote Grappling Hook. There will be also a review within the next week.

Grappling Hook Website

Grappling Hook is available for Windows PC, now!

Visit the new website, play the demo, and buy the game.

I’m very excited, because of the release and I hope you will enjoy the game.

For support and feedback visit the forum.

Latest Changes:

  • created a new website for the game  ( Special thanks to Bernhard, Stephan, Erlend, Jens, Boris, John, Jan, Aaron, and Norman for suggestions and advice! 🙂 )
  • created the demo
  • installed the forum
  • tested the full game and demo on multiple PCs ( Special thanks to Stephan, Bernhard, Charles, Erlend, John, Hans, and Roger 🙂 )
  • changed some things so the game runs on Linux ( the Linux version will be released soon. )
  • created an installer for the game
  • written the ReadMes for demo and full game
  • evaluated e-commerce services