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Flinthook (2017) is running, swinging and shooting game where you get around using a grappling hook. It stands out for its focus on movement flow. As you learn how to move around quickly, you progress through a series of three ship-based levels to find and then defeat the boss. You die frequently and have to start again, but each time you do you can bring with health and weapon upgrades.

You control a masked space pirate searching for treasure and shooting enemies. You use the left stick to move around and aim the hook, which is then activated by a press of a button. Along with your grapple, you have a plasma gun. This can slow down time to help dodge enemy attacks. It also fires bullets affected by gravity which adds to the expertise required to do well.

The result is a frantic reaction-heavy challenge, but one that favours practice and skill as much grinding. Flinthook is a charming experience, that demands your all if you are to beat it. Whether you manage that or not, it will leave you smiling.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Flinthook 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Traversal game with Action, Collecting and Platform elements. This is a single-player game. Compete for the best score and time in the daily and weekly challenges.


Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 23 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence. This is an action platformer in which the player’s character uses futuristic weapon to shoot enemy characters. When shot, a character flashes and is enveloped in a bright white light and disappears, coins are left behind to be collected by the player’s character. However, some enemies are invulnerable until the player removes their armour via the hook.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence, Very Mild Crude Humour.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need a high degree of perseverance and dexterity to do well at the game.


Flinthook usually costs £10.99.


Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/04/2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting, Traversal (Action, Collecting and Platform)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

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