[PS4] Flinthook Review – Fun roguelike!
Flinthook from Tribute Games is a fast-paced action platformer where you must use your mighty hook to swing around each area as you grab all the treasure and defeat anyone in your path. The game has a bit of a roguelike thing going on for it, which might be a deal-breaker for some of you. Read our Flinthook review to learn if this game is right for you!
The first thing you should review is the game’s controls. You move around with the left analog stick, jump with the X button and fire your weapon with the Square button – use the Triangle button to access your sub-weapons as well. Your hook is activated with the R2 button, and you can lock your aim with the L1 button in case you want to hook towards a particular spot. You can evade with the R1 button, and can time warp (yes, time warp) with the L2 button. What this does is slow down time for a few seconds so that you can make the most of your added speed, not to mention how it will make some nasty barriers disappear for a bit so that you can cross. Your aim for both your hook and your weapons is also controlled with the left analog stick, so if you’re not careful you might end up shooting the wrong way or falling onto some deadly spikes!
The first 10-20 minutes of the game act as a tutorial so that you can get the hang of things and learn how to use each of your tools. It will also introduce you to coins and treasure chests, a must if you want to become the best pirate ever. You’ll gain access to your hook and gun, as well as to the time warp ability. Oh, and you’ll also be given a Slimey, a goo compass you can feed ghost gems to so that it can quickly guide you to your bounty. Bounties are special characters you must find to claim sizeable rewards. Ghost gems are a bit on the rare side, so you’ll only be able to find one for each level you complete.
As you collect coins and treasure, you will gain experience points that will go towards increasing your level. The more you get, the larger the experience boost, so be sure to grab everything you can find! Experience points will be given to you after completing a stage. You’ll also be told how fast you managed to complete the stage and will also be given a score based on the time spent on the stage, the highest combo dealt, the damage received, the number of enemies you defeated, the rooms you explored, the relics you collected, the loot collected and the raids you completed.
After the first stage, you’ll be able to equip some perks before going out on your next adventure. These are made available depending on your rank (your level), so the higher your rank, the more cool stuff you’ll have access to. When you find a perk you want to equip, you’ll need to pay attention to the number of slots it takes on your perm meter – if you don’t have enough slots then you won’t be able to equip it. Rumor has it that you might be able to purchase additional perk slots at the Black Market, but you didn’t hear it from me! There are plenty of perks to choose from, for things such as a boost in the experience points you get, bumping your HP total, or improving the changes of hitting a critical blast, to name a few. Perks are selected only at the start of each run you do, be that a new run or a run at a new bounty.
Since when you die you lose everything you had accomplished, the Black Market will prove to be a very valuable asset. You can purchase things there that do carry over between runs, thus allowing you to actually make some progress even if you die. Your first visit there will allow you to grab a new pair of boots for free since they unlock the aim lock ability. Purchases in the Black Market are made with a special currency – green square skull coins. How rare are these coins? Well, remember that talk about extra perk slots, each of these costs two green coins! And then extra perk slots jump to four and five coins! This should give you a good idea of what to expect and how much you’ll need to grind to really take advantage of the Black Market.
Once you’re ready, you’ll select the destination for your next raid. The more skulls, the bigger the danger you’ll face. As you explore each level, you’ll run into plenty of enemies and hazards on your adventure, not to mention that there will be different paths to take as you go. Some of them might, for example, lead towards a store where you can purchase an apple to recover some HP or a perk or two to boost your odds of survival. There’s a handy map at the upper right corner of the screen so that you can always check where you’ve been and where you should be going. Not all paths are open to you as some of them are locked and must be opened with a key. Luckily there are plenty of keys to find in each level thanks to the many treasure chests you’ll run into.
Flinthook features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and it’s a hearty list with plenty of objectives! All in all, you’re looking at 37 trophies, Platinum included, split between four Gold, eleven Silver, and twenty-one Bronze. You’ll be asked to collect many relics during your journey, as well as defeating the major enemies in the game in a speedy manner while securing a considerable score.
There’s a ton of fun to be had with Flinthook if you give it a chance. The roguelike nature of the game certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you’re up for the challenge and want a game that will always keep you on high alert, then the latest release from Tribute Games is the one you need. I greatly enjoyed my time with the game for my Flinthook review, and I kept playing more even after I was done drafting it since I wanted to see what new challenges the game was going to throw at me. There’s a nice variety of enemies to defeat, lots of relics to find, and even a ghost ship to board if you’re cursed, so get your gun and hook ready and dive into action! On top of the main adventure, you can also take on the daily and weekly challenges in the main menu so that you can see how good you really are compared to the rest of the world – not to mention you can get some extra green coins for your trouble as well!
This Flinthook review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Tribute Games.