A hack and slash action adventure, set in a fantasy pixel art environment. Play solo or co-op in this adventure from bottom to top of Castle Hammerwatch. Kill hordes of enemies with varied looks and features through four unique environments with traps, hidden secrets and puzzles.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,859 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 12, 2013

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"Hammerwatch is a Fun hack and slash action adventure, set in a fantasy pixel art environment. Play solo or co-op in this dungeon crawler. "

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September 16

Hammerwatch Expansion (v1.3 - Sept 2014)

The Hammerwatch expansion is finally released, it's a completely new campaign with new achievements and also updated menus and much more, below are the specific details.


Expansion:
* Temple of the Sun - Fully new desert campaign, with new themes, bosses, challenges etc.

Achievements:
* Added several new achievements for the desert campaign
* Added one for the completion of both campaigns

Modifiers:
* Added faster (5x) mana-regen speed

Thief:
* Rebalanced a few skills
* Skills do not cost money to use
* Thiefs skills costs more to buy
* Thief hits with both daggers
* Graphics when destroying projectiles

Paladin:
* Graphics when blocking projectiles

Warlock:
* Can't destroy projectiles

Music:
* Better looping
* Crossfading between tracks

UI:
* Added some small sprites for mana drain and slow effects, over the player. So it's easier to see when running w/o effects and lights

Menus:
* Reworked several of the menus, they should all work in any of the selectable resolutions now.
* Better menu navigation
* Small help and info section, just some basic info for new players
* Added two more resolutions, one 4k and one super small
* Looked over some features, added a color switch button instead of clicking on the hero in the lobby
* Delete and Rename saved games
* Single and Multiplayer have different load menus and games are filtered
* More random backgrounds and you now see more of them, if anyone ever cared =)
* Logo is twice the resolution =)

Controls:
* Rebalanced the auto-fire

Also, check out the maps people have been doing in the Workshop section, some are quiet nice both in SP and Coop!

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August 21

Desert Expansion Beta

There's now the possibility to beta test the desert campaign and some tweaks for the upcoming patch, like that the Thief won't use money for his skills and hits with both his daggers, for more information, go here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/239070/discussions/0/35221584350690979/

Make sure you read the top two notes, they are important.

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About This Game

A hack and slash action adventure, set in a fantasy pixel art environment. Play solo or co-op in this adventure from bottom to top of Castle Hammerwatch. Kill hordes of enemies with varied looks and features through four unique environments with traps, hidden secrets and puzzles.

Key Features

  • 6 different classes, with unique features and skills
  • Character development through unlocks and upgrades
  • Hard, medium and easy of course
  • Customize difficulty with several different modifiers
  • Controller support, supports various different gamepads
  • Multiplayer COOP, for up to four players, online, LAN and local
  • PC, MAC and Linux support
  • Mod and editing support, make your own levels and change other things to your liking

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I picked up a four pack the other day and tossed the extra copies to my friends. At one point about two hours in we found ourselves in a situation where we had to deal with one of those lurkers that shoot spikes from the ground. To give our ranger the space to kill the lurker we needed to clear away all of the giant worms that were guarding it. Our thief ran in, threw his knives to get the worms' attention, then ran back around the corner where my paladin was waiting. As the worms circled around the corner to chase our thief they ran into my sword, and while a couple managed to poison me, our priest standing behind me had his healing beam running to keep me topped off. We killed off the horde and the ranger gave us the all-clear that the lurker was dead and the rest of us joined him in the lurker's lair to clear out to the booty.

It was at this moment I said over voice chat to my friends, "This game is awesome. Do you want to know what dungeon-crawler I believe Hammerwatch is ten times better than?"

My friends responded "Diablo 3?"

"Yeah, Diablo 3."
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Hammerwatch is a game that feels like an old school (and intentionally looks like one) hack-and-slash game similar to Gauntlet. The story consists of one box of text at the beginning: "The small bridge broke behind you...there is probably no way out!" From there, your job is to kill and collect anything in your path and stay alive. When I was younger I used to play the hell out of the Nintendo 64 version of Gauntlet, it was fun when I took on the levels alone, but things really got going when a friend or three joined. Hammerwatch is similar. Due to the non-existent story, your motivation for moving forward is take your selected character from a choice of a Paladin, Warlock, Wizard and Ranger and take them to the end.

Playing alone, Hammerwatch is fun enough, fighting large groups of enemies as a lone Ranger, wiping out hundreds of bugs and creatures. The first act of the game is quite lengthy, where the constant killing and exploring for secrets slowly turns into looking for the way out. Fortunately there are save points around the world so when I began to burn out I could come back later refreshed and ready to go on. There are RPG elements in the game in the form of upgrading your attacks and adding in combos. At times I forgot that I could alter my skills, as it felt way too long between finding the vendors that I can purchase the skills from. Initially you have a basic attack and a special attack that feeds off of your magic meter. With combos added you gain bonuses such as health regeneration after killing 10 enemies in short time.

Going with old style pixel art, Hammerwatch pulls it off well and feels like a game you could have been playing in the 90's. The music works as well. For controls you can use the keyboard or controller. I recommend using a controller if you have one over using the keyboard. Not that the keyboard is a bad way to play, but I found dual sticks the way to go.

Playing co-op can be done by sharing the same screen or online. If you can, plug your computer/laptop up to a TV or have a big screen - sharing a screen can be good fun with a group of friends together. Online is great for if your friends aren't nearby or it's hard to get people together. The online experience isn't always smooth, there is stutter at times and a few graphical hiccups but neither really impact on the game and really I can't remember the last time I played an online game that ran super smooth so it's hard to knock Hammerwatch for the same.

If you feel that you are up to some level editing that is available too, you can tailor make levels that you and your friends will enjoy. If you just want to make the game harder or easier there are sliders to adjust.

There's not much to dislike about Hammerwatch unless you hate having fun, it's a fun Gauntlet style game; great fun with two to four people and fun enough playing it alone. Combined with some nice 'retro' visuals and good music to quest to, with the game editor you shouldn't run out of content anytime soon.

Very Recommended, 8/10!

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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Hammerwatch is a very addictive hack and slash, multiplayer dungeon crawler. Fun singleplayer, Amazing with friends! The game provides 6 classes, Paladin, Wizard, Ranger, Warlock, Thief, and Priest. Once you have you and your friend(s) playing the game, each and every one of you can pick one or the same class and just talking and killing monsters with skype is just a hilarious time. Overall it's a very unique and amazing game. Would spend another 15+ hours on this easily.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
One of my all time favourites spent very long straining my arms for just that bit more gold to upgrade and beat some monsters (not a bad thing) arms still hurt while writing this (no lie XD this is gonna be short because of pains :P). Highly recommend especcially when on sale please, just buy and have fun, two compaigns (as of this review) survival, defence and not to mention endless workshop maps, 4 player fun. 11/10 Dont regret any minute of this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I picked this up as part of a bundle, and I have to say, I would have bought just this game for the price of the bundle.
Playing single player, I didn't think much of it - it's quite difficult and takes a long time. I went into the reviews and had a look, and read that it's much more fun playing multiplayer. I wasn't really sure how that could be for this type of game, but decided to try it anyway. I wasn't disappointed. It really is a lot better multiplayer, especially when you work together as a team and do things together. It helps to have everyone as a different class, and an experienced player to show the ways to get the secret passages.
Plus, everyone is really talkative and fun to play with - which really makes what multiplayer is about.
Enjoyable indie game, would recommend to all types of gamers.
8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Love this game, addictive when playing by yourself and amazing when playing with friends! :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Super exciting top down dungeon crawling. Classes are fun, Maps are great, Rooms are big but pretty easily navigatable. Overall, excellent game and extra fun with friends.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I often enjoy watching hammers. Unfortunately this deceptively titled game contains almost no hammers. There are quite a few wooden planks, thankfully.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I love the game. It has good music and vast dungeons with tons of hidden secrets. The combat overall is mediocre but you will still find yourself dying a lot.

However, the game is TOO LONG! It has a limited lives system and expects you to play for 30+ hours in a single campaign. To get the best ending you also need to find every secret "wood plank" in the game. It's insane! It's not the kind of game you can play casually. The game supports up to 4 players I believe, but you can't join somebody else's campaign midway. So, it's really not that feasible to play the whole thing multiplayer. It supports mods from the Steam Workshop, though, so you can probably find something that fits your taste.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Hammerwatch brings back the retro, dungeon crawler style of games, with the pixel graphics adding to the nostalgic feel whilst not making it look cheap and unfinished. The different playable characters keeps the game diverse, allowing different play styles and skills to come into effect.

The few things that I think could be improved upon are:
The simplistic character customisation. Whilst this is not crucial to gameplay, it adds a nice touch to be able to make your character unique.
The health system. Finding 3 apples evenly spaced in a row inside a dungeon is not entirely realistic and apart from a priest there are no other ways to regenerate health.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It will wreck your free time if you let it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
One of the best Coop games around with a classic gameplay genre: roguelike hack 'n slashy, with four different maps to play on: two adventures, a survival campaign and a hero defense mode.

We can also consider this game a kind of RPG, expecially in the new Sun Temple campaign, where you can choose between six total classes, each with their own abilities, skills and upgrades that you can get with the money and coins you can find in your journey, while you fight your way to clear the dungeons you're in from it's monsters and look for the secret stuff that are waiting for you, all of this together with a golden soundtrack.

It may look that simple like this, but there is way more stuff in this game that i'm not going to spoil to you; you'd better find out by yourselves with your friends and family.

The best discoveries by the greenlight system is stuff like this, just to go a little offtopic. Peace.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Devs are very sexy, I think that's enough.

11/10 PERIOD, unlimited fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Resource error: : Unable to find an entry point named 'glCreateShader' in DLL 'opengl32.dll'.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Great game..
9/10
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Hammerwatch managed to take good start, but then completely misses the mark and even failed the landing.

It's a retro-style dungeon crawler / hack&slash game akin to Gauntlet, featuring a handful of different classes with complementary skills and handmade maps. While this allows for some interesting design and lots of puzzles and secrets, it diminishes its replayability. And replaying it you will a lot if you want to "really" beat this game, because for some unknown reason you will have limited lives. Meaning you have to learn the maps and learn the bosses to make it through and find every secret. Speaking of the bosses ...
I thoroughly enjoyed the game despite its repetitive combat system (and since every class plays basically the same, it further kills the replay value) right until the first boss. I can get behind the idea of kiting big groups of enemies to survive and I can get behind the idea of learning attack patterns. But what I can't understand is the intention behind turning the game into a bullet hell all of a sudden.
It looks a lot like they are designed for multiplayer, in fact the multiplayer is one of the driving factors behind this game. But the maps are far too long for some quick fun with friends and a playthrough will easily take several hours even if you know every nook and cranny. But again: how often can you stand playing the same maps over and over again.

So the single player gets old fast and is impeded by adding artificial difficulty and the multiplayer by its low replay value and its length.
Unless you have a few friends which can commit themselves to a full playthrough, I sadly can't recommend this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This is Terraria, but 2d
WAIT.. TERRARIA IS 2D, WHATS THE DIFFERENCE YOU ASK??

This time, this is POKEMON in Terraria.

I lol hard, I got this for free.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
If you got like 50 bonars for gauntlet but with online and with color pallettes you should probably get this. 9/10 would pay for again due to guilt
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Killed by a wall 10/10 m8
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It's a great Multiplayer game, rather than single player. It is alot more fun with friends
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