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Energy Hook is a grapple-and-swing-and-run-on-walls-for-style game by Jamie Fristrom, creator of the Spider-Man 2 game.
Energy Hook is a grapple-and-swing-and-run-on-walls-for-style game by Jamie Fristrom, creator of the Spider-Man 2 game.
1,622 backers pledged $41,535 to help bring this project to life.

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Okay, it turned out the Unlock Backer Rewards thing only worked on my machines. I could tell you a funny story about Parse.com and global state... trust me, hilarious.

Anyways, just got a patch up! It should work now. It's revision 682, and if you go to Unlock Backer Rewards and type in the e-mail you used for the Kickstarter, you should get your stuff. Thanks to the people who reported that it didn't work.

New update: Run! Backer rewards in Steam! And ... can I haz positive review?

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It's landed: an update with better running, both on walls and floors, a bunch of content to go with that, and an update to Unity 5. To quote @vidgames_bible: "Holy crap this update did wonders... Framerate, performance, game looks better...The new build is awesome."

But also - your backer rewards should now work in Steam! From the Main Menu, you can go to "unlock backer rewards", type in your Kickstarter e-mail, and it should unlock the achievements you're owed and the Omega gear (if you backed at that level). If you have any problems getting your stuff, yell at me and I'll fix it.

So maybe now would be a good time to ask y'all for another favor. I'm not getting a lot of sales on Steam because, hey, you've all already bought the game. (Thanks!) But here's a thing about Steam - other devs say that if I can get my review status up to Very Positive, which requires 50 reviews, 95% of which are positive, I can expect to see a sales bump. 

So, can you please help me out? As I understand it, you only need to play the game for 15 minutes or so before you can write a review. And if just forty of you give me a positive review, then the game will pick up steam. (See what I did there? :P) You can make a difference!

Ok, thanks so much everybody! 

You can see the rest of my update notes here: (http://steamcommunity.com/games/378070/announcements/detail/760339810185264944)

Next Update Coming Mid-October: The "Running" Update

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Working on the Steam, Playstation Vita, and Playstation 4 versions at the same time has an obvious effect: it slows me down. Looking at my handy schedule it looks like my next update will be done mid-October, and will mostly involve better running, both on the ground and on walls.

The way I see it, running on walls is to Energy Hook as grinding a rail is to Tony Hawk - I imagine players mixing the swinging and wall-running and I often play with the wallrun button held down most of the time much as I used to hold the grind button in TH. But I've noticed most of my players and youtubers aren't doing that...

So, next update: easier wallrunning, more walls to wallrun on, race challenges that *require* wallrunning, and ... hey, while I'm at it, I'm making running on the ground better too. You won't drive like a truck so much anymore.
Also, because of the Playstation versions, I've been dragged kicking-and-screaming into supporting Unity 5. On the bright side, this means better framerate! More solid physics! And hopefully less crashing. (Those crash bugs are them, not me, I swear.) See you in mid-October with the goodies!

Launched on Steam: Another Huge Milestone Reached

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When you launch a game on Steam it says <Insert confetti here>. 

Hey, I thought it was funny.

Unfortunately for me, after I launched people couldn't actually buy it. But I did manage to get in touch with Valve and they fixed the issue and its official: Energy Hook has launched on Steam! 

I'm doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit right now - I know you already probably know more than you want to about me, but come by and ask a question anyway, just for fun: https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/3gze8l/i_just_launched_energy_hook_on_steam_early_access/

Thank you all again for getting me here!

Energy Hook launches on Steam Early Access today!

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In less than three hours!

We're going to be having a launch party on twitch.tv/happionlabs at 4 PM PST. We'll play the game a bit and I'll throw the switch on the Steam store with a little bit of ceremony. Hope it works! And hope to see you there!

You should all have gotten messages on how to get your Steam keys. (In case you didn't, they'll be available in your Humble library at 4:30 PM PST, and in case you've never gotten your rewards, this is how to do that: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/551129138/energy-hook-0/posts/572766)

And tomorrow morning I'll do an AMA on Reddit - come on by and ask some questions!