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The first draft of the tutorial for the level editor is available.

Level Editor

Some advanced sections are still missing.
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions about the level-editor.
I will answer them as soon as possible and update the tutorial.

Grappling Hook Version 1.06 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.

New Level

Changes Since Version 1.05:

  • Eight new levels! These levels are especially for players, who already played through the other 22 and are looking for new challenges. Some of the new levels are non-linear, so you will be free to decide, what to do next. The new levels also feature puzzles, where you have to use the Grappling Hook in entirely new ways. Of course, there are also challenges for every new level.

  • The level editor is now fully functional and included in the full version of the game. It is now possible for everyone to include levels in the game, so they are selectable in the menu. A tutorial how to create new levels and how to add them to the game will be released within this week.

  • The developer-mode can be enable in the game options. There will be also a hint in the HUD, when it is enabled.
  • The values of the challenges for every level are now visible in the level selection screen.
  • The background-size of all on-screen-messages fits now to the amount of text.
  • You can switch now between hardware or software sound, when you experience any problems with one of them on your machine.
  • You can choose now, if you want to visit the games website, when quitting the demo.
  • Fixed a bug, that prevented the game running on 64 bit machines.
  • Fixed a bug with e-mail-addresses that contained a “+”.

Grappling Hook Demo

Progress with Level-Pack
As already announced eight additional levels for Grappling Hook will be released with the next update. That means the full version will contain 30 levels.
The first version of all new levels is finished. I’ve create nine, but will drop one of them, because it doesn’t meet my quality standards.
Some of the new levels are entirely non-linear, so you will be free to decide, what to do next.
The new levels also feature puzzles, where you have to use the Grappling Hook in entirely new ways. They are also harder than the other levels.
Polishing, testing, and improving the levels will take a few more days. Stay tuned!
This is a screenshot of one of the new levels:
shorty

New Review

The developers have done a great job of throwing out new challenges, with something new coming at you at all times. [..] the game does a wonderful job with the first-person point of view and creates a surprisingly immersive environment. Pair that with smart puzzles and plenty of fast action and you’ll stay grappling for a very long time!

Jay is Games
Please vote with some mushrooms for Grappling Hook, when you are already on the site.

Windows & Mac Version Available via GamersGate
You can buy Grappling Hook now in the GamersGate store. Some of you may prefer this.
GamersGate is a great company. The staff is helpful, responds quickly, and I really like them. They are one the most indie friendly online distributors.
I’m also in touch with some other distributors and hope to release Grappling Hook on their platforms within the next weeks.

Where have you bought games online?
What is your favorite online game store?

Some Windows users reported crashes or problems that were related to the sound-system. This is fixed now. Please uninstall the demo or full-version and install the new version, when you have experienced startup-crashes or were only able to play the game without sound.
Uninstalling the game will no affect your savegames. The new version does not include any other changes, than this fix.
You can get the new Windows demo here and the new full version for Windows here.

Thanks for your help Marc, Simon, and Tony.

Grappling Hook is available on Mac!
Both demo and full-version are available on Mac.
Every owner of a Grappling Hook copy can play the game on every supported platform.
When you own Grappling Hook for Windows and want to play it on your Mac, you can download the Mac version here.

Grappling Hook Demo

Thank you Aaron, Heiko, Norman, Skye, Stephan, Tobias, and Tony for your help and advice!

Eight Free Additional Levels Soon
I’m working on a free level-pack for the full game. It will be released within the next two weeks and will include eight new, unique, and challenging levels.
Some of the new levels are entirely non-linear, so you will be free to decide, what to do next.
The new levels also feature puzzles, where you have to use the Grappling Hook in entirely new ways.

New Review
Bytejacker reviewed Grappling Hook in their latest episode:

Thank you Anthony and Jonathan!

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!

Reviews

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 – GoodGameGet.com

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: ^^

42
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.

Reviews

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 – IndieGames.com

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!

IndieGames.com and SpeedRunGames.com 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 walltags@speedrungames.com.
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!