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 (2,993 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.

/Hipshot

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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
148 of 157 people (94%) found this review helpful
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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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73 of 94 people (78%) found this review helpful
539.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This is one of the best games on Steam right now, Lots of fun with friends, great replay value and all round great artwork. Highly reccomend.
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49 of 59 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
If you've ever played Gauntlet for the NES and miss the days of battling creatures and collecting loot, then this is the game to pick up! Team up with 3 other players as your favorite class (mine is the Paladin) and make your way through the castle battling horrible monsters and skeleton knights.
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
23.7 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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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Hammerwatch has a lot of content. With three game modes and Steam Workshop support with custom maps and campaigns, there's always something new to play. Hammerwatch run on Windows, Mac or Linux, so everyone can join the action.

The game feels amazingly epic, with charming 16 bit graphics and one of the best soundtracks of the genre. Levels aren't randomized but are extremely well made, with a lot of secrets to discover.

Keep in mind that this isn't a mindless hack and slash, and it's hard. You'll need to fend a lot to survive, but that's good, 'cause it encourages the player to plan the attacks and fight with strategy, not blindly.

The game it's great to play solo or with friends, and has classes different enough to please everyone. Also, the devs are active in the forums and are always listening to the players and releasing new content.

You don't need to wait for a discount. Hammerwatch is worth the full price!
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Much like NES Gauntlet, Hammerwatch has you playing the role of a select number of heroes set to traverse through 12 floors on a quest.There are six character classes ;Paladin ,Wizard ,Ranger ,Thief ,Priest, & Warlock. Each sporting their own normal & special attacks.Upgrading abilities & obtaining new ones come from vendors. Wiith no armor upgrades the gold & silver you find is spend only on ability & skill upgrades. Not the usual but it works with hammerwatches pacing.

Each act comes with a host of traps,secrets, enemies,mini bosses and bosses alike.The music changes as well match the floors theme.There is a toggable overlay minimap, save points can be found throughout each floor & the game autosaves between floors.Up to 4 people can play via online or local with hosted servers easy to find via a lobby.Direct ip hosting is available with a host of difficulty tweaks the hoster can choose or not. No native voice chat, but ingame text exists via hitting enter button.

The game comes with controller support,mod support,mod tools, & steam workshop making getting mods simple. Graphics are well done,ost is good, A.I. is challenging. For a fun game that you can enjoy with 4 people it's a must have for any co-oper.Best thing? No need to port forward for majority of people \o/. Get full price, or on sale, either way its a great fun game.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Very fun game, even more fun when you play with other players who are in the same chat as you such as skype, teamspeak, ect. It takes both solo skills and team skills to win in this game. So do not be disapointed if you are vanquished on the first boss. It takes times to know everything in it

8/10

eNjoy ^-^
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17 of 19 people (89%) 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 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Hammerwatch came out just a few years ago via steam's greenlight and is extremely good. It offers you exactly what you would expect from hack and slash genre plus a few extra things. I am yet to find more enjoyable game where all you do is run around and kill stuff. The secret areas are a different thing though.

I believe this is my first game of its genre and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. There are 6 classes to choose from. All give you different abilities and game strategies. There are no skill trees, instead you can purchase your skills and stats from the shopkeepers during the game. There are different possible combos for every class. You will have to look for hidden doors, which is not always easy. Sometimes you have to go around 1 level a few times to actually see everything and find out if something moved due to your actions. Game keeps you in pace. Closer to the end the pace of killing enemies and you dying becomes a bit faster. I must say that the game is actually not frustrating at all. You enjoy every gold coin you find to spend on yourself.

The sound is very not friendly to new users. You have to install a program yourself, which is actually located in the files, but it does not tell you where and why. Without sound this game would actually suck. But, once you get it going it's just amazing. It makes the gameplay so much better and gives you a feel of really old game. I found a bug, when you get to special are the sound from previous area plays together with the new area's sound. Otherwise, the music is very pleasant and I have not grown tired of it at all.

Graphically the game looks like it was made for SEGA during 90's, but it's still a modern game. You can actually adjust the post effects so that you game looks not even 90's but 80's. You can get a rounded yellowish screen, how about that for a change on your nice flat screen huh? Everything you see is perfectly understandable and there are no visuals artifacts because the graphics are so simple. In all, graphical solution adds up to the feel you get while playing Hammerwatch.

Controlls in general are a fine, but can be a bit wonky for some classes like range for example. Shooting and walking can be a bit of nuisance sometimes. There's only like 8 buttons to push, so you should be fine with any character to be honest.

Replayabilty is under question. I guess once you finish the game with every class there's not much to do unless you gather friends to play online.

In the end the game is so good for the offered price. I would even say that buying the game at a full price is not going to disappoint you.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
31.9 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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I just beat this game after 27 hours, and I haven't felt that relieved to best a game in ages. Hammerwatch has all the best bits of the old 2D age of dungeon crawling, with scant few of what was terribly bad. The game will leave you to eat through droves and droves of enemies that could easily kill you in but a second if they get closer, if you're not careful the game will beat you down with it's cruel and unforgiving policy on health recovery. If you're wise and cautious, you'll be rewarded with large swathes of treasure and the satisfying feeling you get when the enemies finally crumble before your ire.

I'd highly recommend this to any person enthusiastic about the "golden ages" of dungeon crawlers. The main campain will take at least 20 hours to clear if you search far and wide for all the secrets; and there is even an expansion offering an entire additional dungeon. The game may only sport 8 stages, but they will take more than a bit of effort to clear.
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15 of 22 people (68%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Interesting but short. (Well, not really but for me it was, my friend wouldn't come online and I didn't want SP.)
Good multi-player implementation.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
The only thing that would make this game perfect, is a randomized element, and not just map playthroughs.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is a 'perfect game', the old school feel is balanced out very nicely by permissive difficulty settings that make it playable for small children and challenging for the most seasoned gamers, something which you almost never find!
The pixelated graphics don't feel clíche or forced and the whole thing feels quite natural with an extremely eddictive edge akin to games like Diablo or Torchlight.
Each of the playable characters has a very different play-style and make for at least 6 playthroughs of the vanilla campaign before trying anything on the Steam Workshop. The levels are MASSIVE and once or twice had me surprised at the scale and complexity of the labyrinths.
My only minor complaint would be the amount of back-tracking you have to do to solve some puzzles on the packaged levels but in general it's negligable. I highly recommend this game.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I don't want to give a bad review to this game, because it seemed fun enough, but it got far too droning and repetitive far too quickly. I guess games are supposed to be "addictive" but they're also supposed to somehow veil or eclipse the sensation that you're wasting your time, which this one failed to do after a certain point. Sorry.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I'd like to recommend it, but honestly I can't. No randomizing of dungeons, no leveling up, no inventory, sorta confusing overlay map, and very basic gameplay (for the time I played it, at least), with very generic graphics. Might be better in co-op, dunno, but for a solo experience, not a really enjoyable game, alas.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Better then the new Gauntlet and half the price!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I think this game is absolutely amazing. I personally like these gauntlet-styled games very much and I think Hammerwatch is one of the best! ;)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Pretty good game !! If you like old school games like Gauntlet then this game is for you !!Its a real good throw back to the dungeon-crawler's we love to play !! I really enjoy this game and if this is your style of game im sure you will also !!! Give it a shot !!!
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