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Red Knight Games is developing a new game in Unity called Grapple Knight. It's a 2D platformer where the player has the ability to swing from ledge to ledge using a grappling hook, a game mechanic I find to be very much underused.

Grapple Knight looks and plays like a high-grade Nintendo DS platformer. Ascending to higher areas in the level using the titular grapple ability is fun and a good way to shake up the normalcy found in the usual running and jumping platformers often lean toward. There's something inherently fun about leaping over a pit and shooting out your hook to grab a ledge, knowing that if you miss you'll plummet to certain doom.

Red Knight Games is promising plenty of upgrades to find and monsters to fight in the full release. For now, however, a demo for the Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Grapple Knight will have to do. It can be found on the game's Kickstarter page. The completed version is slated for February 2014.