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
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
    • 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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MechMK1
12.2 hrs
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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Wonderferkel
35.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
A very cool concept, fun if played with friends, but ultimately way too short, even with DLC, sadly, to be recommended. Although you can download UGC to get new dungeons, etc. they are too few and most of them are not nearly as long as the campaign, so decide for yourself if you really want to spend nine bucks on it.

Pros:
  • Very much fun if played with friends
  • Lots of classes
  • Each class requires a massively different playstyle
  • Lots of secrets
  • Challenging at first
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

Cons:
  • Some classes are almost useless if you do not have a full party
  • Short campaign
  • Even shorter DLC
  • Extremely limited choice of classes you should play when e.g. only in a party of two
  • Devs do not care that people actually like the game and won't bring anymore content

Verdict:
If you like some challenge and you have the money, it is a very fun game and the replayability is quite high. If you get frustrated easily and think this could be fun, I advise you to spend the money on different games.

Note: I really want to recommend that game and if I had a "meh" choice instead of only +1/-1 I would certrainly go for the third one, alas I do not, and I simply think that nine bucks is too much for most people that play the game probably only once.
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Gooper
13.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
This game is a great game to play with friends. with every floor almost killing you as you carry your priest to heal you and be your backline you will feel like you are really in the dungeon. The workshop is also a major part of playing this game. If your getting bored of playing the story then you can just download some maps put together by other players or you can just make your own map and have your friends play it. This game has a bit of everything for everyone. like if you want to be on the front lines palidan is great for you. If you just want to lay low and make sure your friends dont use all your anks and die you can play the priest. If you wand to be near the palidan you can play a wizard with lowish health you can spray down clumps of enemies with your flamethrower. Or if you want to be back lines you can play archer and snipe out your enemies from far away and if you find youself facing a crowd of enemies you can drop down your bombs and watch as your combo kills go through the roof. I havent played the other classes so I dont know to much of wat to write for them but they all all well balanced and put together. I think this is the closest game to "the perfect game". If you like rouge like games like binding of Isaac you will love this game.
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Ryan Dorkoski
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
While Hammerwatch has a fairly high level of polish and can be a mildly fun multiplayer experience, I ultimately cannot recommend it because it is overly simple - AND exists in a sea of overly-simple hack-n-slash dungeon crawlers. The market is literally saturated. There are a million other games like this, and definately some that do it better.

Other than that, yeah, the price is cheap enough and there is even DLC to extend playtime if you are into the game. Unfortunately, I would not recommend friends run out and buy this at full price.
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ShrunkenHealer0
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
Very fun game to play with friends. I found myself completely losing track of time on more than one occasion.
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Satherian
26.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
The 'Up Arrow' key on my keyboard has broken
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[CL] Mindmesser
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Fun Co-Op, satisfying movement and fighting!
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Gravelfoot
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
Fun but utilises some bad gameplay designs.

Worst offender is, that bosses are immune to almost all abilities that all the characters have and that the bosses use unfair tactics like teleport-instakills.

It is such a pity, that the boss fights are so badly made compared to the rest of the game. They pull the game down from being a great game to just being a good game with some bad elements.

Will still totally recommend it, especially since it is really fun co-op.
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angrybird127
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 17
Please do no buy this game, it was a waste of money
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Vumli
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 17
There are quite a few games that are valued not for their modern graphics or epic storyline, but purely for their gameplay. Hammerwatch is one of them. Hammerwatch plays pretty much exactly like the old Gauntlet games with some improvements to the formula and great additions like upgrade stores scattered about, online and offline 4 player co-op, the challenges and crutches system and really nice looking, tweakable old-school graphics. With an emphasis on huge hordes of enemies and traps galore, there is plenty of fun to be had exploring and crushing massive swarms of enemies that fill the screen, and a variety of classes to make multiple playthroughs appealing. An assortment of workshop content can enhance your mileage even more.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
There are quite a few games that are valued not for their modern graphics or epic storyline, but purely for their gameplay. Hammerwatch is one of them. Hammerwatch plays pretty much exactly like the old Gauntlet games with some improvements to the formula and great additions like upgrade stores scattered about, online and offline 4 player co-op, the challenges and crutches system and really nice looking, tweakable old-school graphics. With an emphasis on huge hordes of enemies and traps galore, there is plenty of fun to be had exploring and crushing massive swarms of enemies that fill the screen, and a variety of classes to make multiple playthroughs appealing. An assortment of workshop content can enhance your mileage even more.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
While Hammerwatch has a fairly high level of polish and can be a mildly fun multiplayer experience, I ultimately cannot recommend it because it is overly simple - AND exists in a sea of overly-simple hack-n-slash dungeon crawlers. The market is literally saturated. There are a million other games like this, and definately some that do it better.

Other than that, yeah, the price is cheap enough and there is even DLC to extend playtime if you are into the game. Unfortunately, I would not recommend friends run out and buy this at full price.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Honestly, this game is pretty fun to mess around with but it is not $9.99 fun, its more like $1.99 fun. Game is best experienced with friends.

Honestly, this game is more of a spend a couple of hours with friends for a night then never touch it again. I still however reccomend it because it is fun to play. But get it on sale, seriously.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
>Run around and collect all the golden shekles
>Kill last boss who just sits on gold
>Relize its all a metaphor for the jews
>10/10 Would jew again
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201 of 212 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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264 of 300 people (88%) found this review helpful
56 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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214 of 239 people (90%) found this review helpful
238 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
I feel so ashamed. I have neglected my wife and children for the last 2 days. Do not buy this game if you care about your family. Wait! I have a better idea. Buy 4 copies and play co-op.
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223 of 259 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Hammerwatch is definitely a game with a lot of effort and a lot of potential. From the comfortable pixel-art visuals, to the simple Gauntlet-style gameplay, I spent a good number of hours playing just through half of the game's basic campaign with a few friends and enjoyed it. Each choosable class feels different from one another, and as you progress, you can further your abilities to defeat swarms of tougher monsters. There's a few problems with the game, such as graphic bugs here and there, but they're few and far between. Top it off with a map editor that has as much potential as a set of dev tools, and Hammerwatch is definitely worth the $10.
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169 of 206 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2013
So, I was impatient and bought Hammerwatch before I could find a 4 pack last night and now after spending a couple hours in it, I don't even care! Game is fantastic! It's so simple in setup, yet so god damn challenging in execution. I find it super addicting.

There's so many game types combined here, I think that's what makes it so addicting to me. In some aspects, it's pure hack and slash dungeon crawler. Then you run into another type of monster, and it's a bit like a bullet hell shooter. Then you get your exploration jones. You get some simple puzzles. Spike mazes. All sorts of stuff! They change it up a bit in that you're not gaining xp and levels, but you're hunting every shiny gold piece you can find to level up your skills, keeping it from being bogged down in stats and number crunching.

I've played just under 2 hours and I think I'm on floor 2. My only slight concern is that everything keeps looking the same in the further levels, as in the drab green and brown pain job. This isn't even that big of a concern though, since the exploring's done pretty well and just the sheer fact of pressing on so you can find a save state is a pretty strong drive. I just hope there's some other even cooler environments later on!
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116 of 137 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2013
It's not perfect, but boy is it fun. It's old-school gauntlet with a few updates (like leveling and more differentiated classes). It's great with a few friends, the only problem is it doesn't really do add/drop of players very well.

(At the request of someone who wanted to know why it doesn't do well with add/drop):

You can't add or drop players in local games, which is a shame, because having a few buddies over, playing with controllers on the big screen TV is pretty much the ideal way to play this game.

If I am wrong and someone has found a way of doing this, please comment and tell me how. I asked the developers on their forum and they didn't respond.
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