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Laser-hook your way to glory in El Gancho on Xbox, PlayStation and Switch

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When the Pogovon Empire invaded the planet of Cocodu, capturing all the cocos in the process, it was all with the very best of intentions. Before long though came the realisation that deadly weapons could be extracted from those same cocos. And that’s where things in El Gancho started to go wrong. Thankfully, your trusty laser-hook is here to save the day. 

Crazy premise aside, El Gancho releases on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch to deliver the latest gaming experience from the Eastasiasoft team. Having first been created by the development studio of Casiopea Wave, it now hits consoles for the price of £5.79. 

It has you playing out proceedings as a joyous little coco, as you attempt to save your race from utter destruction. It’s up to you to make your way through a variety of levels, navigating and traversing the obstacles at hand via the power of your trusty laser-hook. It’s this which will let you swing your way to success. 

Multiple playable coco types are present in El Gancho, each of which comes with their own skills, whilst the promise of upgrades to those makes things more interesting still. Throw in a challenge mode, a number of boss fights and a rather fun little visual style, and we’ve got some decently high hopes for this little Eastasiasoft platformer

The key features you need to worry about include:

  • Jump and swing with your laser-hook across randomized platforming stages!
  • Save your friends and unlock 10 playable cocos with unique skills.
  • Defeat 6 big boss types by finding switches to deactivate them!
  • Choose from more than 15 upgrades to aid in your survival.
  • Test your skills in Challenge Mode featuring handmade levels.
  • Enjoy an infinite and addictive gameplay loop that’s different with each run!

We’ll be running a full review of El Gancho on Xbox Series X|S in the very near future, but in the meantime you can pick up a copy of the game for yourself by visiting your favourite digital store. Ours is the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S but Eastasiasoft have ensured this is on PlayStation and Switch too. 

Game Description:

Use a laser-hook to navigate out-of-this-world platforming stages and rescue your fellow cocos! The Pogovon Empire has invaded Cocodu planet and captured the cocos! In their search for an unlimited source of power amongst species from across the galaxy, the Pogovons learned about the unlimited happiness of the cocos. Now they’ve devised evil plans to extract that happiness to power their deadly weapons. El Gancho is set in the same universe as Task Force Kampas, but this time there’s no help around. Play as a coco that finds an experimental laser-hook and swing your way through cosmic platforming stages in retro pixel art style! Search for your friends and destroy those imperial super weapons! The faster you move, the longer your trail becomes, and your trail can be used to wipe out enemies! Every run is randomly generated and unique, giving you a world of reasons to keep coming back and pushing your skills further.

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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