Hook

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Amiga
64
3.2
Atari ST
64
3.6
DOS
57
2.0
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Description

Peter Banning is an ordinary suburban dad with two kids - or so everyone thinks. What not even his family know is his past as Peter Pan, scourge of Captain Hook in JM Barrie's children's fiction. Captain Hook gains revenge on Banning by stealing his two children, so Peter must return to Neverland, return to eternal childhood, and get them back.

It's a point and click adventure, and the pirate setting ensures that it recalls the Monkey Island games. The top 2/3 of the screen features a visual depiction of the area Peter is in, which a row of icons along the bottom can be selected to alter the function of a mouse click. These include looking at an object, picking it up, talking to people, using objects to solve problems (often in combination with others), and giving objects to others.

Screenshots

Hook DOS Tinker Bell flies Peter to Neverland
Hook DOS Round Pond
Hook Atari ST Costumes are very, very important
Hook Atari ST Starting point

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User Reviews

Quite a good game... my first bought game too (so this is sentimentally biased) DOS TheSmashingPenguin (52)

Critic Reviews

ST Format Atari ST Sep, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Mania Amiga Sep, 1992 78 out of 100 78
The One Amiga Nov, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 73 out of 100 73
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1992 72 out of 100 72
PC Games Hardware DOS Oct, 1992 67 out of 100 67
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Mar 18, 2010 10 out of 20 50
Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1992 48 out of 100 48

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Trivia

Copy protection

The copy-protection used in Hook was similar to that of some Software Toolworks games of the early 1990s; the diskettes were protected, but the installed versions were not -- but the installed versions were custom-tailored to your PC so that you couldn't use them on other computers. Here is an excerpt from the read.me file that came with the game:
Due to the complex nature of the file system used in Hook, it may no longer function correctly if any major hardware attributes of your PC change in any way (eg adding extra RAM or an additional Hard Disk). If this is the case then you must re-install Hook from the original floppy disks.

German version

The German translation was plagued by the fact that the game didn't implement the special chars in German language (such as ä,ö,ü and ß). Any dialogue containing these characters became distorted. This was the same on the Amiga version of the game.

Technology

Hook was one of the first smooth-scrolling adventure games on the PC, using a 256-color tweaked VGA mode (though all the in-game art comes from the Amiga version (32 colors)).

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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69636) and Martin Smith (63063)