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.
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Release Date: Aug 12, 2013

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April 1

Patch Notes for 1.32 (April 2016)

This is just a minor release with some bug fixes.

  • Starting game should no longer take a very long time when you're subscribed to many workshop items
  • Fixed multiple musics playing at the same time in custom games
  • Several crash fixes

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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
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Any dual core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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♡nispe♡srcub♡fag♡desu♡
23.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
honestly most of my hours are waiting for mana and going to eat and eaving it idle for like 5hrs
This game heavily relies on you just wanting to finish the full game after you beat the first six floors, 1-6 easy, 7-9 are just annoying mazes not hard, and 10-12 you are stockholmed into just wanting to finish
bosses take no skill you either face tank, find a broken tactic, or waste lifes
probably a little more fun multiplayer, not fun, just a little more fun
spoilers below
beat the boss and used a guide to get all the planks because I knew the gimmick, somehow was still 2 short when I know I shouldnt have been
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NullifidianNick
34.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
I spent way more time with Hammerwatch than I ever thought possible. I just kept wanting more. The challenge curve is extremely well polished and satisfying, and it all starts with the impeccable level design and pacing.

Usually in the video games market today, you would expect a pixelated art style, dungeon crawling, top-down RPG game like Hammerwatch to implement some kind of procedural generation system for the map design, and usually I would prefer that. But in the case of Hammerwatch, each labyrinth is hand-crafted, and it allowed the developers to engineer the experience exactly as it should be. Each enemy encounter is exciting, and when mixed with the environmental traps, chokepoints, and/or puzzles, they stay fresh and surprising throughout.

The character classes had enough gameplay variety to warrant multiple playthroughs for me, especially if you have a buddy to do a co-op run with.

I played with keyboard and mouse most of the time, and had a great time, but when I finally tried using my gamepad I liked it even more. It's not a necessity, but I would recommend starting with the gamepad if you have one.
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Surrealialis
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
Shallow and boring.
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Urchin
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
A fun timepasser to play with a friend or few. It's alright as a single player but much more fun with others.
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|RG| Metzger-Vogel
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 14
Hammers dont have watches
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Drumbilical
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Personally, this game was not for me. Its a great game that is similar to Gauntlet, and could be fun in multiplayer. Unfortunately, singleplayer is lacking something. The graphics are cool, the characters are fine and so is the gameplay, but there just isn't anything to give it oomph! There are so many other top-down shooters on the market that are more action packed and fun, like Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon, and Nuclear Throne, that this one doesn't quite match.

For those who like a slower game, or want a multiplayer experience, or want to mess around making some levels, this game may interest you.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I love playing this multiplayer (I´ve played 98% of the time with a friend).
I like this retro style, it brings me back to my youth.
I have been frustrated and I have been laughing.

Choose your class and start fighting your way thrue the dungeon.
Don´t forget to bring your courage and your wisdom.

The time that I have spent on this game, I have enjoyed.
I recommend this game.

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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
This game is a mixed bag for me. On one hand, it's an interesting dungeon crawler with big maps.
On the other hand is literally everything else.

The class system is really unbalanced. Thief, for instance, is basically unplayable for the first two thirds of the game before being on par with the Paladin, and even then it takes lots of skill to out-DPS him. All in all, the classes feel extremely unbalanced in comparison, especially in multiplayer games. As my friend - who played a Paladin - said: "So basically I am useless while you carry the game"

The level design is mediocre. While I enjoyed the idea of going back and forth through the level, the key-system they use always make me feel as if I am missing something, as if I'm not going the optimal way. To do that, I need to play with a walkthrough next to me - which is an experience I really don't look for.

Further, the game often teases you by showing secrets in impossible-to-reach places and wants you to find a switch /anywhere/ in the act to make it accessible. Personally, when I hit a switch and it just says "Something happened" I feel really disappointed and frustrated.

Finally, the secrets. The game has several secrets hidden throughout the "scenarios", in the form of planks. What are these planks used for? Well, the game doesn't tell you. You'll see in the very last boss fight. Afterwards, you will need to use the planks to escape. If you missed only one, then you basically get the bad end. And I'll be honest, basically telling me "you ♥♥♥♥ed up" for not consulting a walkthrough while playing is a middle finger to the face.

All in all, the game's negative sides outweigh its positives - at least for me. If you really want it, pick it up at a sale or refund it after an hour.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
EXCELLENT GAME, just wish they would expand to more castles/games, and more heroes
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Product received for free
Hammerwatch sometimes feels like Zelda's poorer, non-unionized, zero-hour contract cousin. Also, it sure gets repetitive from time to time. However, as long as casual gaming is concerned, it definitely gets the job done.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This a great dungeon crawler game. Grab a couple of friends. Crank up that difficulty and run! Has a very nice retro feel and many of the community maps are well made. For the price its a must buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This game is pretty fun. Classes are fun, co-op is fun, fighting monsters is fun, spending all day trying to beat the game is fun. All in all a great game, wish there was more for it
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game gets pretty challenging (especially if you want to unlock the "real" ending -- good luck finding all the planks).

What makes it challenging though is the lack of walkthroughs -- ugh.

Gameplay is a lot of fun, solo or with friends.

edit: I realized something. It's impossible to figure out all the switches and locks without a guide (since sometimes a pair can be across a huge map, and often, there's no counter or indication of which lock you opened -- "Something Happened!" is just unfair). And it's impossible to figure out the secrets re planks without having beaten the game first.

I have to give this a "no" based solely on the frustration of not being able to unlock new zones. I can forgive the planks, since it IS a bit of a roguelike, and I suppose part of the fun is NewGame+, but still.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Product received for free
This is a beautiful piece of 16-bit magic.
Extremely immersive with friends and family, but it can get lonely
In single-player mode. But fun, nevertheless.
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203 of 214 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
If you're looking for a retro style, dungeon-crawler game with roguelike elements, then Hammerwatch is the game for you. Either solo or with a 2-4 member party you hack and slash your way through 4 unique acts which have levels (and bonus levels) within them. New enemies are progressively introduced as well as having a boss level at the end of each act. There are five character classes for you to choose from (Knight, Wizard, Ranger, Warlock and Thief) and each character has its own unique trait specific to its class.

With all of the above being said, the game can be quick to get repetitive unless you switch it up often with the characters and the pre-game options. (Such as, shared mana pools, no hp pick ups, no extra lives etc.) I found the game to be most fun when at its most challenging. However, even though the game is repetitive, you can definitely burn quite a good few hours with it: I've played around 60 hours and I still plan on playing more.

Another problem I encountered is more of a community issue. Unless you have friends who want to play with you already or if you happen to be lucky at a certain time of day, jumping into a random game doesn't often get you very far. People are quick to just kick you instantly - which once or twice isn't so bad but I've actually given up on playing the game completely on a number of occasions because everyone that was online just kicked me. However it's not all bad, as I have made quite a few good friends that I wouldn't have had before without this game.

I recommend this game to anyone wanting a fun dungeon-crawler to play that you can enable or disable the roguelike feature at will.
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266 of 302 people (88%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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