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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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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drdouglasdark
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
For those of us old enough to have enjoyed the origional Gauntlet 1985 this is a pretty close clone! For those of you who aren't I need not pity you because now you can play Hammerwatch! Please note this game has no watches and no hammers!
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Milan Mree Frozen
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Even though my brother kept insisting we were missing a plank, I essentially just assured him that 'it can't possibly be that important'.

So this is a game and it's a little like old gauntlet. It's not really that much reminiscent of it honestly, but it's still pretty close. Regardless it's quite enjoyable. I'd say that it can be a tad lacking if you're only playing singleplayer, but the four man online mplayer is pretty much where it will shine. I'd say that if you're considering getting it as a singleplayer experience you should make sure it's the type of game you want really.

I don't actually have many problems with the game in terms of it's mechanics and the like. It functions pretty well overall, but the 'combos' that some classes benefit from feel a bit awkward. At the same time you are kind of like 'man we need to keep this combo going!' so it can be a tad bit exciting. Still kinda awkward though. I don't really feel great about the lives system. I never really encountered it as being a problem per say, but when you can save and load it feels a little bit more of a second thought.

I like the abilities and the fact you can sorta 'spec' into things, but it feels like you are just going to spec broadly because of the exponential increase in cost. It's fine though I feel, just not amazing.

Overall the game is solid, but nothing to call game of the year. I'd still recommend it. Make sure you check a gameplay video out before buying!
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EvanBread
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
Very fun game. Even more fun if you have a group of friends to play with. 10/10.
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Foxtrot
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Sweet game. I really had a lot of fun playing this with my friends.
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Boomhauer
( 83.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
If you like easter eggs and coop dungeon crawling

This is the game for you
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Der_Teufelshund
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Just a good romp with friends. It feels like an old game, but with the smoothness of a modern game. Worth.
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kozlek
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Game control is awful. I don't want to play with keyboard. Steam contoller support if broken. I didn't succeeded to host multiplayer game - it's impossible to access all the options. Or may be possible by some contrintuitive way. So, very bad. Deleted. Don't recommend to buy this game. Don't support bad products.
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Zelacks
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
its great, play it please
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Sean Miller
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
great game,
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Sougo
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Respect thy 2x4
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Cubicles
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Fun game 10/10 , would die 100 times across the entire campaign again.
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Urko
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Awesome pixel type dungeon crawler game.
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firstamazon
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Play with your friends and each can be a character. It's so fun and addicting that it was the only thing I played for months. It's a classic arcade RPG game, and you should really try it before going to Gauntlet, its "modern" version.

Tips: when with friends, do not go alone. If you are alone, take a quick look before rushing into some area. And DO NOT forget the planks! If you do... well, you'll just have to play it all over again to see the end of the game (seriously).
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Admiral CrazyMarcel
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
Very nice Indiegame ;)
Buy it and fight against bugs and worms :3
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Aidan
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I had more fun playing this game than i was expecting, extremely challenging at times but in the best ways possible.
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Hawns
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Hammerwatch is a good game, the main story has 12 floors and 4 bosses, I believe, and the second story is more open world. With that said, there is still a lot of content to do, as there is the main story on all modes, as well as no mods, and then the new one with no mods. This can get repetitive, but there is lots of new aspects that improve the experience.
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hitt.william
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Hammerwatch (at least the core game) is quite a fun time. I enjoy the twitchy nature of the gameplay, the reflexes, and the strategy that goes into tackling some of the more difficult rooms. In addition, I love the palpable feeling of becoming more powerful as you accumulate upgrades from vendors. I have a couple of gripes about the game, however. One is with the bosses in the game. The planning that goes into tackling some of the difficult rooms seems to go out the window during boss encounters. These often become more "bullet-hell" types of affairs. My co-op partner and I are currently stuck on the first boss in the Sun Temple expansion, which is an absolute incomprehensible nightmare. Secondly, I find that the gameplay does get a little stale. Many of the rooms in the game are very similar, and since I used only two skills with my Priest, there sometimes wasn't enough variety in attacks or in enemies to keep me truly engaged.
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Sadie
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Hammerwatch looks like it's all about that co-op pixelly stuff. I voted for this to be Greenlit cos I thought it looked tech as and i'll probs play it one day :)
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Larkhainan
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Good quality dungeon crawler that actually ends up having much the same tension as playing a retro FPS game. Think Doom, but played from above! Slashing and shooting scores of enemies while strafing around their vast legions.
+Solid visuals
+Excellent music
+Easy to pick up and play
+Love that oldschool feeling of hunting for secrets
+Good choice for MP with friends
-A bit too grindy
-More shallow than it needed to be
-Some elements feel poorly balanced in terms of risk vs reward
-VERY minor niggle but I wish gold had a bit of a 'magnet range' if you know what I mean. Picking up scattered coins can kinda slow the game's pace unnecessarily.

I like Hammerwatch, but I don't love Hammerwatch
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Jonman[GWJ]
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I can't quite put my finger on what it is about Hammerwatch that I love so much. The endless dungeon crawling should get tedious, but it doesn't. The lack of variety in enemies should get boring. The oh-so slow grind of upgrading powers should be faster. The huge difficulty spikes of boss battles should be frustrating.

But somehow, Hammerwatch manages to be more than the sum of it's parts, and provides an answer to all of the potential failings I've mentioned. The lack of variety in enemies is offset by the fact that there's an enormous number of them, which come at you in various combinations, and the interaction with the level design keeps each encounter fresh. While the character upgrades are very slowly drip-fed, that means that you have ample time as the player to master nuances of each before having more powers laden on. The boss difficulty spikes are offset by the fact that the game provides you plenty of extra lives, notably handing you a stack of five at the end of each boss fight, presumably to make up for the slew of them you lost during said fight.

It's that balance that only starts to shine through a few hours into the game. Hammerwatch rewards and demands careful, smart play. Wade into a battle without an exit strategy in mind and you'll quickly be swamped by 50 enemies. Get surrounded, and you're toast. But go in knowing that you've cleared the hallway behind you so you can retreat that way, kiting the enemies into a more manageable grouping, and that you can trigger a combo with one power and use a combination heal/AoE with the other. and you'll stroll through the encounter.

The only possible downside is that once you've got your build mastered and your careful approach strategy down, the challenge can slacken off (with the exception of the punishing boss battles). Though to be fair, there are harder difficulty levels that I've not yet explored that may solve that issue.

I'll also note that I haven't even tried the co-op, which I expect will change up the feel of the game dramatically.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I can't quite put my finger on what it is about Hammerwatch that I love so much. The endless dungeon crawling should get tedious, but it doesn't. The lack of variety in enemies should get boring. The oh-so slow grind of upgrading powers should be faster. The huge difficulty spikes of boss battles should be frustrating.

But somehow, Hammerwatch manages to be more than the sum of it's parts, and provides an answer to all of the potential failings I've mentioned. The lack of variety in enemies is offset by the fact that there's an enormous number of them, which come at you in various combinations, and the interaction with the level design keeps each encounter fresh. While the character upgrades are very slowly drip-fed, that means that you have ample time as the player to master nuances of each before having more powers laden on. The boss difficulty spikes are offset by the fact that the game provides you plenty of extra lives, notably handing you a stack of five at the end of each boss fight, presumably to make up for the slew of them you lost during said fight.

It's that balance that only starts to shine through a few hours into the game. Hammerwatch rewards and demands careful, smart play. Wade into a battle without an exit strategy in mind and you'll quickly be swamped by 50 enemies. Get surrounded, and you're toast. But go in knowing that you've cleared the hallway behind you so you can retreat that way, kiting the enemies into a more manageable grouping, and that you can trigger a combo with one power and use a combination heal/AoE with the other. and you'll stroll through the encounter.

The only possible downside is that once you've got your build mastered and your careful approach strategy down, the challenge can slacken off (with the exception of the punishing boss battles). Though to be fair, there are harder difficulty levels that I've not yet explored that may solve that issue.

I'll also note that I haven't even tried the co-op, which I expect will change up the feel of the game dramatically.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Fun game 10/10 , would die 100 times across the entire campaign again.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Excellent game! Has that old school rpg look while incorporating smooth and responsive modern day controls. I'm sure this is a good game to play solo. Though I'd highly recommend playing it with a friend. As any shared experience is always the more fun one. And with this game dropped down to £1.74 on winter/summer sales. There really is no reason not to treat a friend to this game (Though you're really treating yourself to a more enjoyable experience).

Hammerwatch currently has six classes with ranged and/or close quarters attacks. With each having a magic spell or ability and other ones unlocking later in the game. Multiple upgrades including health, mana, armour, damage, and many more. Seven dungeons which include multiple layers and have seven challenging bosses to go with each. This game has all of the tell-tale qualities of classic dungeon crawler with a few secrets & Easter eggs thrown in there to.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Hammerwatch
2D Dungeon Crawl Action RPG
Developed and Published by: Crackshell
Released: Aug 2013


General Impressions:
Hammerwatch is a well crafted and entertaining traditional top down 2D action game in the style of Gauntlet. Alone or online with up to three friends, choose one of 6 different classes and work your way through Castle Hammerwatch, filled with traps, secrets, and of course thousands of monsters to destroy, while spending your hard earned gold on upgrades for your characters.

Hammerwatch is at its normal or hard difficulties a punishing, yet rarely unfair game that gives a real sense of mastery as you get better, but it also has an easy difficulty as well as custom mutators you can set to tailor your game experience exactly how you like it.

The game is presented in simple top down 2D sprite graphics that have a retro feel to it, which may be offputting to some but I personally adore the art style. The controls are simple, the action is fast and the Castle itself is very well designed with tons of secrets and puzzles to solve between all the killing.

I'm having a great time playing this game, at time of writing having finished the main game in a private co-op group and just getting started on the (free) expansion. While the game is fun if you're going it alone, it definitely shines the brightest in multiplayer, especially if you want to play a melee character as certain situations are very, very tricky to pass without proper ranged damage.

While I haven't looked at it myself yet, there is also a level editor included and the Steam Workshop has a whole bunch of community created adventures you can play, potentially adding a heckton of hours to the longevity of the game.

If you see the game at a discount somewhere I can safely recommend a purchase if you like some throw back, uncomplicated dungeon crawling action. Especially so if you have a few friends you can pass around 4 pack copies to and drag along for the fun!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
A little bomb ! Been playing it since it came out and before and the devs really did a great job on this !
This game is everything you want about gauntlet !

Choosing between this or the gauntlet of arrowhead is quite difficult but in the end I would still chose this one as
-The graphics are lovely pixel arts
-The characters do have a progression system unlike gauntlet
-Levels, boss and monsters have more varietly
-Classes are fun and well thought
-Finally, the modding support adds a lot to the game :)

Only thing the gauntlet of arrowhead has is
-Daily challenge stuff and so on which didn't really hook me.
-More action oriented
-Price :/

Definitely pick it, , it's cheap and way fun with friends! You'll never regret this investment !!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
good ol' fashion doodoo fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Unique, challenging, and a blast to play. Great game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Hammerwatch is a successful tribute to an old arcade classic : Gauntlet (1985, Atari). The game is very similar with a top-down view (in a nice pixel art), waves of enemies to defeat, and the usual keys, doors and treasures. There is also a lot of rewarding secrets and puzzles. A blast from the past !
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This game is cool!!! Yea!!!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
A straight-up homage to Gauntlet that scratches that co-op, top down, dungeon crawling, loot collecting itch.

A couple of observations:

1. This game is way better as online co-op than living room co-op. With multiplayer on the same screen, you're always forced to stick together, but online you can split up and join back together through the multitude of passages.

2. All loot collected is shared! Hooray! I don't have to hate my partners, a la Four Swords, for stealing all my treasure.

3. This game brings back the "bad end" from the days of Ghosts n' Goblins and Bubble Bobble, and is too repetitive to crawl through twice. It should be more upfront on the importance of a certain item.

3. Re-map the autofire trigger to your main attack button, so it is both attack and autofire simultaneously. Your cramped hands will thank you.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Don't forget the planks.

I'm serious.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
While exploring a castle dungeon, the collapse of a bridge have left you (and a few friends) stranded on your own. With the main party lost without your presence they decide to wait for you to find your way back to them. So off you embark on a journey of fortune and glory as you travel deeper into the dungeons of Castle Hammerwatch.

Set in a beautiful pixel-art world, Hammerwatch provides a challenging hack and slash adventure offering a fun solo and local co-op experience with a nice selection of classes to choose from, each with different abilties and playstyles. With plenty of hidden secrets and Easter Eggs, there is plenty to explore. With an extended campaign to the Sun Temple as well as user-created campaigns with the workshop, Hammerwatch offers a fun, but challenging experience.

Pros:
+ Beautiful pixel artwork
+ 2 campaigns as well as workshop support
+ Several classes to choose, each with their own abilities
+ Character progression
+ Hidden secrets and Easter Eggs
+ Controller support for a great couch co-op experience
+ Different difficulty modes (as well as extra challenge/help settings)
+ An auto-attack toggle in the settings (I found out about this way too late)

Cons:
- The main campaign's level layout is always the same (can be considered good and bad)
- The Sunwatch Temple campaign has pretty unfair bosses that may cause some frustration (while soloing at least)
- Online co-op community is quite inactive
- The Millionaire and Genocide achievements can be quite grindy

My Score: 7.5/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
2/10 can't hammer watches
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Excellent old school RPG best played with friends. Does get repetitive after a few runs. The dungeons would be better if they were shorter.. Plan 1-2 hours per play session to get past a single dungeon. Great game for $5, wait for it to go on sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
On the same level as PaintDryingWatch and GrassGrowingWatch
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
FREAKING LOVE THIS GAME

if you just looking for a game to chill on this is the one for you
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Pretty good game.

Liked the DLC a lot more than the main story.

Things you may not like at first but will get used to: controls, repetitiveness.

Also community is very nice. It's possible to join others multiplayer game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Kill monsters, collect money, kill monsters, collect money, upgrade stats, repeat.
Kill monsters, collect money, kill monsters, collect money, upgrade stats, repeat.

Oh, a plank!

Kill monsters, collect money, kill monsters, collect money, upgrade stats, repeat.

Boss fight.

Kill monsters, collect money, kill monsters, collect money, upgrade stats, repeat...

Although it all sounds really boring and repetitve, I can assure you that the game mechanics are very addictive, so if you're into simple hacking and slashing, this game is definitely for you.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
I have played multi-player for about 3 hours with my brother and I played solo thru the first dungeon defeating the first boss. I have tried all the classes for at least 10-15 minutes. So far, it's been a really fun game. If it's on sale, no brainer, buy it. It'll be worth your money and time. If it's not on sale, buy it if you like the original Gauntlet or any twin-stick shooter (for the record, it is NOT twin stick, but it's very similar).

I will say this: have a good graphics card. The system requirements say Open GL 1.4 minimum, but I could NOT get it to work on my laptop which meets the recommended requirements except for the Open GL 2.0. I would say minimum requirement is 2.0. Further, the graphics are really good if you do have the graphics card to support it.

Last note for this game and honestly for Steam and PC gaming in general if you like retro games... buy a game pad. This game absolutely requires it. I played on KB and controller. And the difference is huge.

Thank you and I hope this review helped you decide to buy it or not.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
My biggest complaints are the lack of enemy diversity (imo the biggest flaw), their A.I and movement speed that takes away the potential threat they could be, aswell as no random/procedural generation. Otherwise, i had fun on it, in MP, and it delivered what i had expected, a retro-styled hack'n'slash roguelike-ish dungeon crawler. Maybe the game could use a bit more depth and be less repetitive/tedious at a time, but if you like the genre, you'll probably enjoy it. Grab a friend though, it improves the experience. I see a good potential in the moddability of this game. If you're highly critical of details or expect an RPG, you should probably avoid the game. At least i was happy finding that i can bind autoattacking on the same key as regular attacks. If devs could try and improve the few issues i've mentionned, it'd definitely make the game much more fun. Still good so far, and the workshop can increase the game's lifespan.
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