Hooked on a feelin’ and high on Believin’. The Classic Gamer presents a retrospective Hook series overview by Mizaster J. It’s time flip the switch on your imagination and return to a place of wonder from when you were a child.

Hook SNES | Overview

Hook is a name synonymous with pirate lore. In the story of Peter Pan, Hook was written as a sequel to the original play. Crafted by J.M. Barrie, he attempted to answer the question “whatever happened to the boy who could never grow up, or what if he actually did?” The story was presented as a big budget movie to director Steven Spielberg. As a result of its success, several video games were made including this one for the SNES. Worthy of this classic adventure, Hook SNES is based on a timeless story of youth and fantasy.

Hook SNES| Development History

Hook charmed families when it released in 1991, and soon after, developers got to work on creating games based on the success of the film. The first batch of games were developed by a company called Ocean and produced for the PC, Amiga, NES, Gameboy, and Commodore 64.

A year later a company called Sony Imagesoft collected the rights to develop new games for the next generation of game systems. Meanwhile, Irem developed a classic beat’em up style game for the arcade, as well as Data East making a pinball machine with the license. As entertaining as those games may have been, they only received a limited release.

It took them until the Sega versus Nintendo war to get it right, & the wait was absolutely worth it. Sony’s efforts were well-received. The games for Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, Sega CD, Master System, and Game Gear were top shelf.

Hook SNES | Review

Sony did a remarkable job at recreating the vivid imagery from the movie into a pixilated format. Also,the gameplay and mechanics were vastly improved, succeeding where Ocean had failed. The graphics of the Super Nintendo and the sound from the Sega CD in particular were stellar. The game’s style was very reminiscent of Ghost & Goblins, which had proven to be a big hit among gamers. They were flawless, and deserved their share of criticism.

Hook SNES | Gameplay and Design

Some gamers complained of the player movement being too slow and gameplay being unforgiving due to a lack of checkpoints and incorrectly sized hitboxes. The game featured a flight aspect often not found in games and was a unique and interesting addition to the gameplay, allowing the player to fly freely at a 45 degree angle; unfortunately it was not put to full use, instead being quite limited. The Sega versions notably have an off balanced yellow hue to their graphics, while the SNES version is perfectly balanced making it preferable to me over the Genesis. The biggest highlight out of any version is the soundtrack for the Sega CD iteration which boasts music that quite possibly equals the movie itself along with added CDI cutscenes and “take it or leave it” voice acting. The Game Gear and Master System versions, while sharing the same exact design, look very outdated by comparison.

Hook SNES | Recommendations

I recently had the chance to sit down and play through the entire length of the SNES version and found these complaints to be minor in respect to the complete game, which is highly satisfying. Suffice to say you’ll be hooked.

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Hook SNES | Rating

I definitely recommend getting the SNES or Sega CD version for any fans of the movie, the literature, or action-platforming games in general. This is a great game for kids age 5 – 12, and even some teens might enjoy it. Otherwise, it makes a great piece for collectors who prefer games based on pop culture events.

I give Hook on the SNES a 4.5/5.0.