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!
Posted: August 30th, 2013