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Hang Line is an extreme-physics climbing game where you swing up dangerous mountain peaks and avoid ending up in hospital from falling rocks, avalanches and angry goats.
The game is about competing in the world's most extreme climbing tournament, where daredevil climbers use grappling hooks to swing themselves up death-defying mountain peaks. Winning isn’t just about skill, it’s whether you can survive the tournament without ending up in hospital!
Using the unique and intuitive one-tap control system, climb
treacherous rock faces and navigate dangerous obstacles including angry
mountain goats, falling boulders and shattering ice stalactites. Use
your grapple to drag obstacles and pull away ice blockages in order to
clear the path forward. Fling yourself to safety as the mountain
literally collapses around you.
Play through a series of over 40 unique hand crafted levels, each offering its own unique challenges and surprises including avalanches and volcanoes. Earn awards by searching for special items on the mountain and sustaining the minimum injuries. Reach the top at all costs!
It's simple to pick up, but extremely hard to master. The controls allow for a high degree of precision but the variability of the physics constantly surprises. Every element in the game interacts with every other element. Goats can kick cats, cats can pounce on explosives, explosives can explode stalactites, stalactites can crush goats... When this number of systems are all interacting as the player swings and bounces around on an elastic grapple line - you never know what to expect. And that's extremely entertaining.
A 15 year game design veteran, Ed Kay has been dreaming of making his own game since discovering the Doom level editor in 1996. But after a career of headshots, explosions and special moves spanning Cthulhu to Bulletstorm, it wasn't until having his dreams shattered from the Lucasarts apocalypse that he decided it was time to escape the constant loop of shipping and layoffs that plagues AAA console development.
So he stepped sideways into the indie scene and began learning all the stuff you don't have to do as a design lead, including tweaking polygons and sinking deep into the void of functions and IF statements. Eventually, in 2016 he made the decision to go solo and moved to Spain to live the dream of sipping Sangria by the sea whilst tapping away on his laptop. But apparently making a game by oneself isn't quite a walk on the beach...
Instead he has found himself sweating away inside the dark cave of his apartment in Barcelona's Old Town, playing rock music as loud as possible to drown the incessant yelling of drunk tourists outside his window as he programs away till the early hours of the morning...
Making a game alone is rather difficult. Ed wrote an article about this here:
Climbing an Impossible Mountain
The idea of creating a climbing game came from Ed's own feeble attempts at climbing large boulders on the beaches north of San Francisco. There's something very primal and exhilarating about the danger of hanging on to a piece of rock when once false move could put you in hospital. This seemed like an ideal premise for an action game on mobile. But after evaluating a ton of climbing games on the app store, it seemed almost impossible to think of a solid control system that was easy enough to pick up but also gave a high degree of control. The idea was almost abandoned until a simple solution appeared...
Screw it - just give the guy a grappling hook. And thus Hang Line was born.The one-touch elastic grappling controls were easy to pick up but super hard to master, so the game lended itself to very deliberate setups rather than a constant rush. Being able to take the game at your own pace instead of just reacting to the obstacles thrown at you was an important part of the design. Focusing mostly on hand crafted levels was intentional to create a very deliberate pace, provide some special moments and to give individual levels charm and personality. But later he did actually end up adding an infinite mode because... game dev.
Some might say that a game with a limited set of hand authored content is a bit of a strange choice for free to play. Some might even say a recipe for disaster.
But a core goal of this game was to reach as big and audience as possible, hence making it free so that anyone can download and play it. Also the level art is generated procedurally so making new levels is extremely fast, meaning new content can be added continually on release.
It's called DinoBoss. Hang Line will be it's first game. And hopefully not its last!
Download all the following art assets in this convenient zip file.