You Just Might Fall for Single-Command Hops Thanks to Newgrounds.com

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Welcome to another edition of Geek-Offs, where you'll find the perfect distractions to help you muddle your way through hump day each week.

I have an irrational fear of falling. It's not that the fear itself is unheard of, but the reason it's truly irrational is that the nerd in me only suffers from this fear in one setting: video games. So with great personal sacrifice I pushed my fears aside (and screamed and cringed often) to bring you this week's Geek-Off, Hops, by Maxime Binette, courtesy of Newgrounds.com.

When you're told that there is only one control in a game (in this case, you use the up arrow on your keyboard to jump forward) you think you're in for an easy ride.


Instead, you're in for massive amounts of falling to your death because dammit! Why can't I just walk to the edge before I have to jump!!! As you progress through the levels you'll encounter obstacles like walls to scale, spikes to avoid, moving and falling platforms, trampolines and slippery ice that's there just to screw with you.

But even with all the heart-fluttering fear, Hops is damn enjoyable, as long as you don't mind careening to your death on a regular basis.

Fair warning, however: Hops restarts with each session so if you plan on beating the 28 levels it better be in one sitting.

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