If you ever had a wish to climb the top of high mountains like a professional alpinist, here’s your chance to do exactly that from the comfort of your home. That’s what I was doing right before writing this review at GameBuz, PC, Console, and Mobile games news site, all cozied up.
Hang Line: Mountain Climber is a casual game with a simple setup. You’re a mountain climber, but you already knew that by the title, and you use your grappling hook to get to the top. That’s the simple part. It gets tricky when you have to save all the people stranded on that mountain and you have obstacles on the way.
You might wonder how did those people end up there, well, every time you unlock the next operation you get a funny little story about what happened there. Whether it’s an explosion in a science lab, earthquake at a movie set, or a plane crash, people are trapped and need your help. To save them you just need to find them (it’s not that hard, you’ll hear them scream), get near them and your helicopter will pick them up.
Not every level will have the same mission to save people, sometimes you climb to collect some items. Whatever the case, you get money that you can use to get a new ride, power-ups, and unlock further missions.
Now, the obstacles, there’s more and more of them as you progress. They’re ranging from unstable snow that will fall apart after you hang on to it, boulders that break away and can smash you if you’re under them when they fall, to wild goats that kick you away and mountain lions that are just waiting to grab you for lunch.
Swinging from the hang line seemed somewhat peaceful in the beginning but later, as it got harder to hang onto something I went full panic mode to the point of having motion sickness. Be aware of that if you can get easily lightheaded like me.
Graphics wise, this game has a polygonal art style that is beautifully executed. Everything looks great, from the terrain to those ridiculous little characters that cry for help whenever you’re near them. The music in the game is so peaceful, it’s like you’re on the beach relaxing and not in the middle of a catastrophe.
One thing that bugged me the most are ads. I get that free-to-play games, in most cases, have in-app-purchases in order to make money, but there’s just too many ads. Every time you complete a level you get to watch two of them, and when levels get harder, you fail too often and I had a feeling I spent more time watching ads than actually playing the game.
The only time I didn’t mind watching one was when I was falling into the abyss, watching an ad at that moment can save you so you can continue the game from that point.
In the end, all I can say is that this game definitely is worthy of your time and you should all try it either on Android or iOS. It’s a long way to the top if you wanna save them all. You should, it is your job after all being a rescuer.