Hang Line: Mountain Climber - 5 games to swing towards
Hanging with like-minded folk
Hang Line: Mountain Climber is proving popular on the App Store right now.
That isn't always a sign of a particular game's quality, we'll admit. But in this case, we can confirm that Hang Line: Mountain Climber is indeed a fun little time waster.
"Hang Line is a decent little mobile game that's going to leave you a little breathless, and pretty well entertained," concluded our Harry in his Hang Line review.
The game casts you as an ice climber, and has you casting out a retractable grappling hook and swinging your way up an icy mountain.
Of course, we've seen similar mechanics before on mobile. If you like the way Hang Line swings, check out these five alternatives when you get a minute.
The first four in particular are just flat out superior games, and they all tackle things slightly differently.
Mikey Hooks is a tight 2D platformer built on a deliciously tactile swing mechanic. You're still leaping between platforms and over obstructions, but with the added twist of a grappling hook.
Beavertap's game places the onus on speed-running, with the kind of tight controls and twisty level design that will keep you coming back for another attempt.
Ocmo is a challenging physics-based platformer that casts you as an icky tentacled creature out on the rampage. The game has you tapping the screen to attach one of said tentacles to the nearest surface, pulling your character forward.
If you feel modern mobile games are too light and easy, give Ocmo a spin. It's deceptively hardcore, and it looks great to boot.
At the other end of scale to Ocmo is Eden Obscura - a free-roaming audio-visual extravaganza that's more of a beautiful toy than a rigid game.
Swing around a psychedelic garden, growing new plants and spacing out to a trippy electronica soundtrack. It's from the team behind the PixelJunk console game series, if you needed any further proof of its quality.
Laser Dog's endless runner doesn't play an awful lot like Hang Line: Mountain Climber, if we're truthful. But it is similarly charming, and its protagonist is also fond of unorthodox modes of transport.
In fact, one of those optional contraptions is a yo-yo that serves to swing you forward in familiar fashion.
Not long before Hang Line came along, Swing Star had a spell as casual time waster of the moment. It's an endless runner with a moreish swing mechanic and brutally simplistic graphics.
We prefer Hang Line's polished visuals and exploratory spirit any day of the week, but Swing Star clearly has its score-chasing fans.