Based in Madrid, Spain

Release date:
1 August, 2013

Apple App Store


Regular Price:


HOOKBALL is a hardcore survival arcade game designed for iPad only. Hook, punch and throw your way through an endless horde of enemies, picking up gears along the way to rewind time and survive Mayan apocalypse if only for a tiny bit longer.


We wanted to make an arcade game which could only be played on a touchscreen device. Control systems can be a compelling source of gameplay innovation when they guide the design process, and our love for old arcade games made us explore various prototypes in this direction. We finally arrived at a precise and expressive control system which is at the core of HOOKBALL.


  • Lovingly crafted lo-fi graphics.
  • Amazing rasta-chip soundtrack.
  • A bunch of minibosses.
  • Randomized, endless enemy waves to keep the action fresh.
  • Lots of secrets and hidden content.


Release trailer YouTube

Gameplay video YouTube

Awards & Recognition

    • "HOOKBALL selected for Leftfield Collection at EGX 2014" London, September 2014
    • "HOOKBALL nominated for HoPlay festival (gameplay category)" Bilbao, November 2014

    Selected Articles

      • "If you fail to prepare yourself for Hookball’s relentless pace and harsh difficulty, then prepare to fail (7 out of 10)"
        - Edge Staff, Edge Online
      • "If you're smart, you'll head on over to the App Store and grab Hookball right this second."
        - Harry Slater, Pocket Gamer
      • "At the end awaits only failure, but the journey is rewarding (4 out of 5)"
        - Carter Dotson, 148Apps

      About Nachobeard

      Nachobeard is the alter ego of a spanish guy making action games with weird controls.

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      HOOKBALL Credits

      Game design and programming

      Gavin Harrison
      Audio, Freelancer

      Leonard Robel
      Art, Freelancer

      presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks