Swing, Stick & Roll In 3D Puzzle Platformer Grapple

Grapple screenshot

I wrote about a lot of violent games over the weekend. It sure would be nice to also be able to write about something where the active verb is “traverse” rather than “pummel”, “murder” or “flee danger”.

Oh! What’s this here? Why, it’s a delightful 3D puzzle platformer called Grapple! How absolutely perfect.

So! As you may have seen in that video, or can be persuaded to see by the imminent description I am composing, Grapple is all about swinging, sticking and rolling your way around science fictiony spaceish landscapes (actual academic terminology, honest). Some surfaces are dangerous whilst others are harmless; thank heavens for colour-coding, though I suspect some other patterns for colourblind players would be a thoughtful consideration.

Apparently we can take things as fast or slow as you like, which pleases me: I do love a challenge, but sometimes I want to simply play something soothing and relaxing. Especially if I’m all glutted on my videogame multikills.

Our Graham reckons Grapple looks a bit like Putty for the Amiga meets Floating Point, which is probably a good comparison but I’m too busy regretting never owning an Amiga. Oh, misspent youth.

Grapple will be released on Steam come March 9th: no Early Access or anything, it’s just coming out when it’s ready. Lovely. Good work, Tuesday Society and Midnight City.

7 Comments

  1. Ross Angus says:

    Surely this is World of Goo meets Super Meat Boy?

    (in a really superficial way, of course)

  2. Not_Id says:

    That game reminds me of Grappling Hook by SpeedRunGames link to m.youtube.com
    Too similar right?

    • Nixitur says:

      The aesthetic is similar, but the gameplay looks extremely different.
      For starters, Grappling Hook does not have swinging. The grappling hook just pulls you from A to B in a straight line. Furthermore, you can only grapple to very specific surfaces.
      It reminds me more of Stellar Swing with some more bells and whistles.

  3. Shadowcat says:

    Looks nifty. There’s a (non-Steam!) 30 level demo at the game site.

  4. GameOverMan says:

    Spider-Ball

  5. Hypocee says:

    Gish. All of which, let’s be clear, are no bad thing. Lineages are cool.

  6. LTK says:

    Ewww, that looks like a flying amoeba with prehensile appendages. Even the sounds are gross. I like it!