We all do it. In those first few moments when you enter a game and take control of your character, you want to get a feel for what’s in store – so instead of pursuing progress straight away, you fidget around in place for a spell. Running back and forth, hopping up and down, coming to terms with the movement physics that will determine your platforming success later on. And when those controls immediately feel just right, it’s magical. Flinthook, a pixelated 2D platformer that revolves around the constant use of your trusty grappling hook, delivers that satisfying sensation from the start. With its ingenious grappling mechanic and the satisfying buoyancy of your jumps, simply traversing Flinthook’s levels is a joy.

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