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 (2,705 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.

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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

PC
Mac
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
16 of 19 people (84%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Best retro dungeon crawler.
10/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Basically Diablo 4.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
more Gauntlet than Gauntlet™
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Endless Dungeon Crawler. May get repetitive but entertaining nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It's a great Multiplayer game, rather than single player. It is alot more fun with friends
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Fun!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Playing alone, this is just plain boring.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
iz fun 10/10 would play again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great game to play with your frineds
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
love it, fantastic game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game is really fun, a good follow up in the steps of Gauntlet for the modern days.

Nice pixel art, good music and great sound effects.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I bought this in a humble bundle for a dollar and I love it. I was a bit dissapointed with Gauntlet but this game delivered.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is really quite a fun little Gauntlet-esque style game.

I've played exclusively with my buddy, and we made a wild Thief/Priest team. Battles turned into wild hack fests with me double dagger stabbing everything while the priest fired holy beam healing/death into the fray. It was just plain old genuine fun.

Levelling up by spending coins found is a neat mechanic too. It lets you customize your characters build, which is a nice additional layer to an otherwise straightforward game.

I'm not sure I'd have as much fun playing the game by myself, but it's definitely a hoot when played with friends.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This is the true Gauntlet successor, it feels a lot more like it, plays like it and the dungeon are interesting with a bunch of puzzles that you have to back track to get all the secrets. This game is worth every penny and then some. Buy it. Buy it right now!!!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
At the moment of writing this I have only played about an hour of Hammerwatch, so feel free to disregard my "review" if that doesn't seem like enough to get a fair taste.

I have always disliked the control-style Hammerwatch uses, but it also implements a few nifty commands that actually makes it work rather well. It does takes a bit of getting used to - unless you're familiar with and/or comfortable with this type of controls - but you should quickly get a hang of it.

From what I've gathered this is a game about navigating a labyrinthine dungeon of numerous levels, finding secrets and solving simple puzzles, gathering money-loot and buying skill/ability upgrades, last but not least, it's all about killing hordes of beasts and other foul beings.
A keyboard-based (or controller, I think, haven't tested) hack&slash for singleplayer or co-op.

If you like the abovementioned concepts and don't mind getting lost now and again, then I'd recommend you Hammerwatch.

(If my opinion should change I'll come back and edit this - unless I forget to)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Gauntlet for the modern age :D
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
You didn't need those fingers anyway.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
How can people like this game? First of all many other users refer to this game as "rogue-like". Well, it has absolutely nothing to do with a rouge-like, it's just a Gauntlet clone. Seriously, it plays exactly like the original Gauntlet (and when I say exactly I mean it) but it's less frantic and also, you know, 30 years have passed. Gauntlet levels were fast and furious, like a typical arcade game, here instead you are presented with HUGE levels in which your character runs aimlessly apart from continuosly pressing the fire button. Everything feels cheap; "combat" is ridiculously unsatisfying, a big problem since it's the only thing you can do in the entire game. When you destroy boxes and environment objects they simply disappear, no effects, no sound, nothing. Do you expect amazing particle effects and animations? Look somewhere else. If the core gameplay of your game is so poor you should at least embellish it with something nice to look at (btw the 16bits graphic is great on its own, a real pity that it has been wasted on this game). If your idea of fun is to move a sprite in a semi-static environment and shoot something at random enemies (something that you can do in a few days using some sort of game maker, if you want) then this is the game for you! Otherwise be warned...
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