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 14

Patch Notes for 1.31 (April 2015)

Hopefully this new version will fix a lot of issues, but if the old version worked better for you it is still available, just go in to properties on Hammerwatch, go to the Betas tab and select 1.3 in the drop down list.

Misc:

  • Local multiplayer game saves now show up in the multiplayer load menu instead of the singleplayer load menu
  • Added slight directional effect to sound effects via panning (can be turned off in options)
  • Auto-fire is a bit faster now

Technical:
  • Replaced the OpenAL sound engine with FMOD
  • Added Steam integration for 64-bit Linux systems
  • Updated Mono on Linux/Mac version
  • Updated the Steam API

Editor features:
  • Removed 100mb Steam Workshop limit
  • Sound effects can now be .ogg

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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
258 of 294 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.3 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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43 of 55 people (78%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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.

Highly Recommended

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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Rating: 8/10
Overview: Top down Hack and Slash

The Good

+The game has 6 main characters: paladin, ranger, wizard, warlock, priest and thief. Each character has their own unique combat traits, skills and passive abilities. Playing with different characters to see how they play differently is part of the fun. Collecting gold throughout the game allows you to unlock new skills and abilities from shop vendors.

+The main game is split into 4 acts. Each act contains 3 dungeon levels. Each level contains a seal that you have to unlock to fight the boss for each act. Every level on the dungeon contains secrets and hidden passage ways. Exploring and finding these secrets is rewarding.

+The bonus campaign is handled differently and just as fun. This bonus campaign is much less linear and allows you travel back to previously visited levels, it is also much harder. Sadly, you cannot transfer your main character to this campaign.

+The game pushes a ton of enemies on screen. The pixelated graphics work really well in that regard.

+Cool boss battles

+Steam workshop support means there are plenty of custom maps you can play

+The multiplayer community is still active and I was always able to find and join a game easily.


The Average

-difficulty achievements do not stack

The Bad

- The game can get very repetitive at times. Unlike most ARPG's this game doesn't have a robust character creation making things somewhat boring after awhile. This game has no loot providing little incentive to kill all the enemies. I found myself playing in short sessions simply because the game play formula started to wear thin the farther I went along.

Conclusion

This is a game you play to try out different characters that fit your play style and then kill wave after wave of enemy as you progress through the level. If that excites you then this is a game for you. This game is ARPG lite and for the most part, works very well but if you are looking for something with a bit more depth you may be disappointed with what this game has to offer.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
9 out of 10

If you run a HackTop or a CrapTop and need a multiplayer co-op to mess with, this is your destiny.
It plays like the old Gauntlet game, not the new one with updated graphics.
Get this game.
This does not need any crazy 2015 computer hardware.
I play this game with four friends on a 2004 Dell Latitude, 2.0Ghz 4gb RAM integrated graphics, at coffee shops on the crappiest bandwidths.
I have a horrible mouse for traveling so I stay away from the mouse games.
This one strictly works the keys.
I think it is hella fun by myself and even better with friends, Dude grab a 4 pack ASAP.
You won't be disappointed. Just don't get lost in the game.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
tl;dr -> Play this with friends and leave them to die when the enemy mobs get too overwhelming. 11/10 great friendship tester.

A very generous friend gifted this to me, and I found a satisfying cooperative multiplayer experience.

If you like old-school dungeon crawlers (arcade-style), light RPG elements, and cooperative action, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are good - the amount of detail in the levels and character models is decent. The various skill effects are also nice. In fact, there is enough detail in the levels to reward explorers and those with attention-to-detail - there are a large amount of secret areas to find. The music is very good and reminds me of Japanese-RPGs.

The controls are simple and easy to familiarize yourself with. Personally, I prefer using a controller, but the game is perfectly playable with a keyboard & mouse. There is no tutorial, however, information stones will give you enough information whenever a new gameplay element is introduced. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with dungeon crawlers - one of the most difficult parts of the game is being able to effectively micro and dodge enemy attacks (especially since you will encounter endless amounts of mobs throughout the levels). The game plays a lot better if you are playing multiplayer, but singleplayer mode is still a lot of fun.

Gameplay consists of you navigating through (what seems to be) non-randomized levels, killing enemies and picking up many collectibles like gold, keys (bronze, silver, gold), health and mana, and a variety of other things. There are secret rooms that may give level shortcuts, allowing you to bypass a decent section of the map. The game is fairly linear, however, it really rewards exploration. You will encounter merchants that provide mana/health bonuses, combo enhancements (achieve a kill combo to produce numerous effects), new abilities, etc. These merchants will offer you a % discount based on how many shop tokens you have, and many of these are located in secret areas and secondary routes. There are also a number of puzzles and traps, requiring you to manipulate pressure blocks most of the time in different ways.

There are different classes to play, easily warranting multiple playthroughs. This also makes playing with a group lots of fun because watching the different abilities massacring mobs of enemies can be really satisfying. There is some varying degree of difficulty depending on who you choose to play as. For example, the thief deals massive melee damage, but is also extremely weak with low health. The warlock (my favorite) has a melee attack that also poisons the target, causing damage over time and a weak explosion upon death. He starts off with a chain lightning ability for clearing mobs.

The variety of shop upgrades offers a bit of strategic diversity. For example, one of the first upgrades is a combo enhancement - so achieving 10 consecutive kills will cause your character to move faster and deal more damage (very short amount of time). You can then upgrade things like health and mana, or you can choose to make your combo timer longer. You can also buy things like bonuses to offence (a rapid-fire nova when you achieve a combo), or a healing buff instead. Upgrades are initially expensive, so exploring a lot will help you upgrade effectively - especially when you find more shop discount tokens.

Overall, the game is a lot of fun - especially if you play with other people. If you are the least bit interested in the dungeon crawling genre, then you must give this a try.

Definitely recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Hammer watch is the third best game about hammers ive have ever played, however I would argue that there is a distinct lack of watches, once playing this game I felt very a deep seated connection, it spoke to me on a spirtual level and I honestly felt like I met God and transcended to the heavens above where apon being there God spoke to me and said, "Tom rate this game for it is the third best game about hammers I have ever played", and so his will was done and I wrote this review.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
180.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
A hack and slash action adventure, set in a fantasy pixel art environment. With amzing music composed by Two Feathers, plus the Online Multiplayer Co-op Adventure, this game hands down is one of my favorite pixelated dungeon crawlers to date!

There are now two campaigns that you can playthrough in this game.
Castle HammerWatch: The first and original campaign. Recommended to playthrough at least once before moving on to other campaigns
Temple of the Sun: The second campaign or Expansion campaign made by the HammerWatch developers. With lots of new mechanics compared to the first one.

There are 3 different difficalty settings.
Easy/Easier: Enemies do less damage and die easier.
Medium: Standard difficulty.
Hard: Only for very skilled players.

There are now currently 6 Very unique classes all that play an important role.
There is the Paladin, a melee fighter with good mobility and high defense.
Wizard a ranged spell caster with good area of effect damage.
Ranger a versatile fighter with long range. Recommendd for new players.
Warlock a melee spell caster who can replenish health.
Thief a high damage melee fighter with low defense.
Priest a ranged spell caster with good defense who can heal.

Like I said all these classes play an important role when playing multiplayer and is recommended not to have more than one of each class, one is enough.

My take on the game:
I play Paladin 95% of the time and I am at the best of my game when I play as him, He is a good class to have on your team of adventures. His shield can block projectiles which can be very helpful for your teamates who don't have a shield. As the name says, the Paladin does have a healing ability, some may say that his healing ability is better than the Priest's, but that is another arguement for another day. In general the Paladin is a "Hero" among the other characters and I reccommend that you always have at least one Paladin on your team. But, this is coming from some who almost always play Paladin and this is just my opinion, but remember it's your choice whether or not to have one.

Conclusion:
In my opinion I recommend this game to anyone who loves hack and slash action adventure games. It's an amzing game well done. And before you could argue that the price was not worth it because there was only 1 campaign but now there are two to playthrough. If you buy this game, I guarantee you will have a fun time playing it. It's one of the best hack and slash adventure games of all time in my opinion. ;)

I hope you found this review helpful. It took a large amount of time to compile this information for this review.
This is Builder signing off.

~Builder
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This is a very pretty game. I love the pixel work here, it's perfect! It's an excellent dungeon crawler with great mechanics and maps, although the maps can be confusing.

PROS:
Beautiful designs
Great mechanics
Mulitplayer
Multiple character options
Very functional maps
... and more

CONS:
You need to find planks to rebuild a bridge, but they're very hard to find and you need to explore the entire map to find them sometimes.
You'll need some patience
Sometimes crashes and doesn't launch properly, freezing at log in screen

OVERALL: I recommend this if you're a pixel art and dungeon crawler fan. It's a fun game if you have the patience for it :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
A game about breaking boxes and collecting money.
With Action-RPG elements.
7/10.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Just played a bit; but it was awesome.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
4 hours later, 10/10, would collect planks again
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21 of 38 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
The controls, graphics, animation, and general quality are really solid, but the content is spread far too thin and the game consists of mostly doing the same things over and over. Occassionally you'll see old things mixed together in new ways - an enemy spawner next to a difficult stationary enemy, for example - but then that combination will get re-used dozens of times before you run into anything new, and that new thing may very well be a slightly faster version of an old enemy with different graphics. Tough enemies can take a minute to kill even if you're taking no damage and they pose no threat to you, making them more chore than threat, which only adds to the sense of tedium.

The difficulty is also extremely inconsistent. Some enemies plink away with 1 damage and easily avoided attacks, while more difficult to avoid attacks often take half your life bar or more. The game's first boss was vastly more difficult than the second.

I would have been happy to play this same game with levels a tenth as long and a constant stream of new situations, instead of its current form, which feels like mostly padding.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Pick up the damn planks CJ
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
At first, I started playing this game solo. Since there is any kind of tutorial (you have to press ESC -> Help to see the commands and stuff), it was a bit hard to understand the mechanism.

Once you get to know how to play, you are going further deep to the dungeon and realize that this game is hard (note that I only play in Hard difficulty). It requires quick hand and a lot of strategy when facing enemies.

Game has a great depth. There are traps, secret doors, bosses, NPCs with which you can upgrade yourself, and you scarcely find extra lifes around.

It might be a little bit frustrating or repetitive when playing alone, but it shines at it's maximum on Multiplayer.

Playing this game on skype with 1~3 friends is really nice and recommended. It's easy to connect through IP or just invite directly from Steam.

Music is awesome.

The only thing I'm maybe missing is the capability of getting new gear (the fact of improving your skills is great though).

Overall I would recommend this game to play with somebody, and wouldn't recommend it much for the solo play.

8.5/10.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Love this game, addictive when playing by yourself and amazing when playing with friends! :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Missed a plank. 10/10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Bought this game not even a week before it went on sale for $9.99. Can now buy a 4-pack for $4.49.
10/10 would make that mistake again.

EDIT: Okay, I see some people took this the wrong way, and when I said that, I meant it simply that it was worth the $10.

This game can get very strategic at parts, and most importantly, HARD.

VERY, VERY HARD.



Oh and the Pirate's Cove add-on from the Workshop is really well done, I recommend trying it :)
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
'Hammerwatch' used to mean to be mindful of the Sovjiet Secret Police when I was growing up. This game is nothing like that or those times and much for the better I think.
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