Friday, April 21, 2017

Hoog


Believe it or not, but Hoog is a shareware platformer released in 1994 by MP Lord - yes he of Droid fame. It's an incredible game, quite similar in looks to Creatures but with more of a puzzle theme including elements that reminded me of Sleepwalker and Lemmings. Whether or not that's a good thing I'll leave for you to decide...

Our objective is simple - rescue baby Hoogs that are trapped inside cages! Sounds so cruel? Yes, it is and they're trapped, waiting to be freed. However, these little kiddies are pretty darn stupid and, when released, will blindly wander off through their dangerous new world - and die!! They can get trapped, drown, or fry in burning flames. Yep, there's a lot of strategical thought needed when guiding these little babies home.

Hoog can walk, jump and even chuck bombs at his foes. However, he's only a short stubby fella so cannot do much without the help of his environment, like helium-filled balloons that can help reach those inaccessible areas. There are various other cool mechanics to aid our hero; look for springs to bounce high into the air, switches that unlock hidden ledges and special gateways that transport Hoog long distances in the blink of an eye.



Visually, this is one of the most impressive "PD" games I have seen. The artwork is truly outstanding with astounding colours, parallax scrolling and beautifully drawn sprites. There are plenty of special effects like gorgeous exploding stars and I love the attention to detail - Hoog smiling as he jumps and how he wiggles his bum!

Audio is a treat and certainly proves that chiptunes will last forever. Get that tune out your head if you can!

Once again, MP Lord has released a wonderful game and one which humiliates many commercial companies who rushed through sloppy ports. It proves what the Atari ST is capable of - a magnificent example of great coding. It's not easy but is utterly superb and will keep you occupied for many hours with its humorously challenging gameplay. Hoog is one of my favourite #homebrew games and I cannot recommend it highly enough!!


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2 comments:

  1. Damn this looks impressive... Never played it!

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    1. Please share anything you find and let the world know. And brace yourself for a challenge too. It looks cute but has a Lemmings side to it that frustrates the hell outta me lol

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