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Tobe's Hookshot Escape
Link: Pixel Love
Developer Secret Base
Released: Newgrounds
May 19, 2011
Featured: September 3, 2012
Platform Flash
Control scheme: Keyboard
Data saved: Stats
Genre(s): Vertical scrolling platformer
Website(s): Newgrounds,
Special: Available on the App store[1]
Related games
Tobe's Vertical Adventure (PC)
Tobe's Great Escape
Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape (iOS)

Tobe's Hookshot Escape is a vertical-scrolling platformer developed by the Singaporean games studio Secret Base. It was featured on Nitrome's Pixel Love the Monday of September 3, 2012. The aim is to climb and survive for as long as possible before falling.

Two spinoffs of Tobe's Hookshot Escape were later released: the PC game Tobe's Vertical Adventure and Flash game Tobe's Great Escape[1]. On March 1, 2012, Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape was made available to purchase on the iTunes App store, featuring four different playstyles and unlockable equipment used to enhance gameplay.[2]


  • Left.png Right.png Left and right arrow keys - Move
  • Up.png Up arrow or Z key - Jump
  • X key - Deploy hookshot


At the start of each new game, Tobe is seen walking to a treasure chest and opening it to reveal a hook. The game then zooms out to reveal more of the playing area and begins as soon as Tobe makes his first hookshot. The player's goal is to help him survive within the scrolling game screen. Using the hookshot, Tobe can get to higher platforms otherwise out of reach that will help him survive. At any time, he is also able to travel off one side of the screen and come walking around on the other side.

Gameplay continues until Tobe either falls off the level or loses all his health. During the game, the player may also receive achievements for completing particular tasks within their game. These achievements are highlighted in a corner of the screen once obtained by the player.

If the player starts a new game and surpasses their previous scores, they will see bones on the platforms where their last games ended. The player's score is then added up, giving the player an option to submit their score if desired.



The player's score being calculated.

The player's score is calculated based on three aspects:

  • Height - For every metre ascended before death, the player earns 100 points.
  • Treasure - The total value of all gems collected in the game is multiplied by 10.
  • Achievement bonus - The number of achievements earned over the course of all games played is multiplied by 100.



Achievements opened on the titlescreen.

As the player progresses through Tobe's Hookshot Escape, they can earn achievements, which are noted during gameplay. Achievements are accessible via the "Achievements" option on the game's titlescreen. To obtain them, certain objectives must be completed within a single game. Unlocked achievements are left as solid black silhouettes, while received achievements have their silhouette coloured in with a picture. Hovering over an achievement with the mouse cursor displays the name and objective of one at the bottom of the achievements screen. There are twenty achievements in total.

Achievement Objective
Hookshot Adventure Perform a "20" hookshot
Insert Coin Play ten games
Giant Wallet Collect 200 diamonds
ATM Collect 400 diamonds
Treasure Hunter Open ten chests
Crossing Animals Save ten chicks
Backpack Collect all three power ups
Pea Knock out ten pea boys
Meat Knock out five boars
Dark Night Knock out five bats
Catch Them All Kill thirty monsters
Rocket Knight Use three rockets
Match 3 Collect three of the same power up
Bubble Puzzle Pop fifteen bubbles
Racoon Tail Stay in the air for fifteen seconds
Over Expose Travel beyond camera speed
Explorer Reach the 200 m. point
Vertical Adventure Reach the 400 m. point
Hero Complete ten challenges
Game Clear Complete all challenges


Tobe's Hookshot Escape Menu
Tobe's Hookshot Escape Main
Menu Game


  • The game itself is a cameo of Hookshot from the Legend of Zelda series.


  1. Tobe's Vertical Adventure & Tobe's Great Escape, both retrieved 19 June 2013
  2. iTunes App Store Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape, retrieved 19 June 2013

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