Hook

Moby ID: 2916
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In this video game adaption of the Steven Spielberg film Hook, the player takes the role of a grown-up Peter Pan, whose kids have been kidnapped by Captain Hook. Tinker Bell takes Peter back to Neverland where he must again become Pan and reclaim his children.

This particular interpretation is a side-scrolling action game, in which players must hack their way past Hook's denizens through 11 levels. These include forests, icy regions, and towns which Peter will have to jump, climb, and swim through. Magic items such as apples and pixie dust can be collected for special powers. When enemies are attacked, they simply put their hands up in surrender rather than dying, so as to make the game more child-friendly.

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Average score: 71% (based on 24 ratings)

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Average score: 2.9 out of 5 (based on 34 ratings with 3 reviews)

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The Good
The Sega CD version offers new and improved music, sound effects and intermission sequences.

The Bad
The Sega CD version is a carbon copy of the Genesis version with a few cosmetic changes. If you played the cartridge version on the Genesis you will notice far too few improvements to justify the investment. Even worse, it cannot match the 256, on-screen colors found on the Super Nintendo version of Hook!

The Bottom Line
Hook is a carbon copy of the Sega Genesis version with a few minor changes. It is a decent, single player, side-scrolling platformer, but if you already own the Genesis version, then you can safely give this one a pass.

SEGA CD · by ETJB (428) · 2010

A movie-game that will get you Hook-ed

The Good
The graphics are great with very smooth animation on your character. I recall Hook being one of the most popular games of 1992 and almost all my friends had it and were blown away. The cut scenes serve their purpose and do not obstruct the game

The levels and the game's story follow the movie closely while taking a few liberties here and there. The music also borrow tracks from the movie (which are great to hear in all their 16-bit glory) and the controls are very responsive, making this a very well-rounded game on every level

The Bad
The game is 11 levels long, but most are just too easy due to a not-so-good AI, with the possible exception of Level 10 (Aboard Hook's Ship) where spiked pits and traps are everywhere.

The golden Sword, while a essential weapon, you lose it with only one hit and getting it back requires searching for hidden areas, especially in the latter levels. I wish you kept the sword permanently after level 2.

Lastly, Peter Pan moves a little show at first but, like in the Mario series, he gains pace while holding the attack button. But this is not a serious flaw and it doesn't hinder the gameplay.

The Bottom Line
if you liked the movie like I sure did, then this game is definitely worth buying because it follows the storyline pretty closely. In a sea of often terrible games that insult the movies they're based upon, this one is definitely a diamond in the rough.

This game is also a must-have for any avid video-gamer or SNES collector.

SNES · by Stsung (30) · 2009

Nice little action/platformer

The Good
The fact that it was the only good Hook game, and it was good enough to nearly make me want to play the other ones. Almost. And the awesome Peter Pan sprite.

The Bad
A little bit shallow; too short

The Bottom Line
Hook is a competent and fun platformer based on the movie of the same name ( which I liked- it was awesome to see Robin Williams kick ass with a blade and pixie dust). The high point of the game are the graphics, some of the best on the SNES. The Peter Pan sprite is smoothly animated and the overall look is nice. The gameplay itself was a little shallow, but fun and action-filled enough to satisfy. A good game overall.

SNES · by Andrew Douglas (7) · 2006

Trivia

Cancelled Master System version

A version of Hook for the Sega Master System was developed, but not released. In terms of graphics, it is mostly identical to the Game Gear version. A ROM image made from a prototype cartridge is available on the Internet.

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Game added by IJan.

Genesis, SEGA CD, Game Gear, SNES added by Mumm-Ra.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger.

Game added January 4, 2001. Last modified February 9, 2024.