Hammerfight is about 2D battles of flying machines equipped with various slashing, piercing and blunt weaponry.A unique combat system is based on realistic physics simulation, and it ties the movements of the rider to the movements of your mouse. As you wave the mouse, your rider swings his warhammer, smashing the foe into the wall!
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (12 reviews) - 66% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (1,416 reviews) - 63% of the 1,416 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 19, 2009

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“There are a lot of reasons to play Hammerfight. It has a good story, unique gameplay and it provides a good challenge.”
– Geoff Gibson, DIYgamer
“The moment you start up the game, you will be kicked in the balls”
– Anthony Burch, Destructoid
“The physics are well-tuned, the art is fantastic. Go get it, physics game fans!”
– Matthew Wegner, Fun-Motion

About This Game

Hammerfight is about 2D battles of flying machines equipped with various slashing, piercing and blunt weaponry.A unique combat system is based on realistic physics simulation, and it ties the movements of the rider to the movements of your mouse. As you wave the mouse, your rider swings his warhammer, smashing the foe into the wall!
This creates an unequaled feel of the real strike, a feel of the mass of the weapon in your hands. Simulated physics and direct mouse control creates a huge variety of possible battle techniques and an unlimited field for perfecting one's fighting skill.
  • Intuitive mouse control
  • Realistic physics, breakable objects
  • Great storyline
  • High quality art
  • More that 50 weapons
  • 3 additional modes, up to 4 players

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 98SE / ME / XP / Vista
    • Processor: Athlon / Pentium III 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256 Mb
    • Graphics: DirectX 8.0 compatible with 64 Mb VRAM
    • DirectX®: 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 Mb
    • Sound: DirectX 8.0 compatible
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel (32 or 64 bit)
    • Memory: 256 Mb
    • Graphics: Any GPU supported by Mac OS X
    • Hard Drive: 150 Mb
    • Sound: Any hardware supported by Mac OS X
    • OS: Compatible with Ubuntu 11.04
    • Processor: x86 or amd64 2GHz
    • Memory: 256 Mb
    • Graphics: Any reasonable GPU supported
    • Hard Drive: 150 Mb
    • Sound: Any reasonable hardware supported
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Mixed (12 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (1,416 reviews)
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gmurnane
( 36.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
There are some enormous problems:
There are bugs. Game breaking, the story won't progress ever again, and your save is toast, bugs.
If you do the mouse calibration in the settings, the game is unwinnable. A handful of enemies, even early on, will take no damage from wonderfully timed, direct hit smashes.

There are serious upsides, too. The game features a novel combat mechanism, a reliable story, and some tortuous challenges that can't be easily abused, avoided, or mitigated.

Overall, this is an oddly addictive game stunted by a handful of deeply entrenched flaws. I'm conflicted, but ultimately I have to conclude that there are better games to spend your dollars on.
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Jesonomi ()
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
I got this game in 2011, from the Humble Indie Bundle 3. It’s been a very long time since then, but I think I initially dropped it because there is no Steam cloud saving and I lost my save data.

As you may have noticed from the “Mixed” user reviews on Steam, Hammerfight is a bit of a conflicting game. First of all, this game does not have any sort of video options. You’re stuck with a 4:3 window. This wasn’t so bad when I played it on Windows XP, but we’re kind of far past that point now. The window is tiny if you are running a 1900 resolution setup. I can’t really say the physics engine has aged well either.

I used to love this game, really. But every time I tried to come back and play it again, it just didn’t click with me. It feels like I’m fighting against the controls, and nothing has really kept up with the times. The idea behind this game is nice, but it’s too old and doesn’t play well after all these years.
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The 'Veteran' Professor
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This is one of the best physics-based action fighting game that I've ever played. To make things easier, I'll list out the pros and cons of the game.

Pros:
-Cheap and reasonable price.
-Small size. Only takes a minute or two to download the whole game.
-Great, smooth yet chaotic physics-based gameplay. So far, I haven't encountered any glitches, and the physics of the game is overall pretty smooth. You can definitely feel the weight of the weapons as you're swinging them around and crashing them into your enemies, let alone when a bunch of other machines are doing the same thing.
-Grim mode is awesome. It's essentially a casual mode where you fight flying worms, giant bees and a bunch of other random demonic creatures from hell. Mass-killing a ton of monsters by swinging around gigantic axes or maces is very stress-releasing, too.
-Decent storyline. Not much to say, I'm just kinda glad the game at least has some story to it.
-Can't really explain it, but there's just something very satisfying about swinging a flail at full momentum and hurling it towards a machine/ monster, hearing that majestic crushing sound and watching the guts/random metal parts and coins raining down upon the glorious battlefield.
-There's a multiplayer feature too, if you have a bunch of other mice that you can connect to your PC.

Cons:
-You need a large mousepad that is glued to your table in order to comfortable play this game. Otherwise, expect the mousepad to constantly move around.
-The gameplay is too chaotic for co-op missions since in a game where you're mostly ramming yourself towards the nearest guy on the battlefield, friendly fire is near unavoidable. This is especially problematic in Grim mode, since the other hunters can unexpectedly and suddenly ram into you. In most of these missions, 50% of the damage you take comes from your allies.
-Explosives are very uncontrollable, especially when a bunch of people are using them at the same time. Again, this is an even bigger problem when even your allies are using explosives.
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SOC Corban
( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
One of the most underrated games ever. Story is difficult to follow due to it being a Russian game translated to English, but the gameplay is great if you want to kill a few hours by smashing steampunk airships with giant hammers.
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Anavrin
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
The production values outpaces the user experience.
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[LR] Happyhyppo
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I was challenged to play this game by a friend. I finished it, and forced him to watch as I did.

We are no longer friends now.
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Chara Dreemurr
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
controls were terrible
died as soon as enemy hit me
glitchy
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Dead Gaiko
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
About as difficult as flying an oak barrel whilst swinging a hammer.
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Engiminer
( 45.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
This is one of my favorite games. Sure, it's buggy at times. Sure, the story is very skippable. Sure, the enemies later on that freakin' explode when you kill them are like the shitiest things ever. But let me tell you what. When you get used to the controls, and you start swinging your mace/sword/axe/hammer/whatever around deftly and bash the enemies to bits... It really doesn't get much more satisfying than that.
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xingped
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
Quite possibly the dumbest game I've ever played in my life. And what's with the ♥♥♥♥ed up tiny-♥♥♥ resolution?
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Σnvy
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
I'm glad i brought a mouse with 8000dpi
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Khorne
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Terrible. Not worth installing. I could barely get past the first level.
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( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
the most unintuitive controls i've ever seen
very hard fights
lag... in singleplayer? what?
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ai law two harm me
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
♥♥♥♥.
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Saal
( 48.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Simple, yet very addicting. And using only mouse (and eventually keyboard for shortcuts), which is a good thing. It's just so fun to destroy everyone in this game - after you'll get used to weapons. NPCs can be painful to deal with sometimes, but it's a minor thing. Gameplay is the key - and, while it has some flaws - it's still very good and original.
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Dracgnar
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
It's completely different from everything else that I played before and it works! Good game overall besides some obvious flaws you'll find as you play
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zind
( 97.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
Literally one of the best games I've ever played.
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wh4this
( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Good indie game but ♥♥♥♥ story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Good indie game but ♥♥♥♥ story.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I just love this game, it really makes me change my personality and plunge into that steampunk Dune-like world of tub-flying knights. The secret is in the physical skill you need to develop to succeed as a young aristocrat, defending his world from all kinds of airborn dangers. Sitting in an iron barrel you energetically move your mouse in spirals to aquire hitting impulse on the dongle and crash smth ('Mount Your Friends' veterans should feel familiar). The physics model is allright and you soon get to feel the weapon almost like a real object. Overall, it is innovative & well designed, has a story, a lot of crazy incidents during fights, some roleplay elements and all the reasons to recommend!
PS: Particle Mace's author clearly has borrowed the idea from here!

Обожаю эту игру! Летаешь в пепелаце, размахивая этаким смертоносным *** (ветеранам игры "Оседлай своих друзей" будет проще) при помощи энергичных спиральных движений мышью. Эта физкультурная нагрузка вкупе с неплохо реализованной физическеой моделью заставляет плотнее вжиться в роль и сопереживать происходящему, пепелац скоро начинает восприниматься как весомый объект. Из диалогов становится понятно, что пилот - юноша из аристократической семьи в мире навроде Дюны, где большой спрос на эти навыки. В общем, присутствуют отличный новаторский дизайн, сюжет, куча веселых случайностей в боях, небольшая прокачка и все основания рекомендовать!
ПС: Попробуйте также свежую абстрактную аркаду Particle Mace, идея которой заимствована отсюда!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
This is honestly one of my favorite games of all time, but I HATED it at first. The controls are some of the most counterintuive of any game I've ever played, and it feels incredibly awkward until you get used to them. Starting out, you will die, a lot. But if you stick with it, the physic-based movement and combat are incredibly satisfying; everything has a great sense of momentum and impact to it and it's a lot of fun just wailing on enemies in the arena and smashing them to bits with your giant mace helicopter.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
A great looking game with fantastic combat dynamics and a story which is just exceptional. This is the kind of game you play twice and mess around with and then come back to a couple of years later to do it all again.
The whole culture and society is just incredible and complex, it feels like the author's created a whole alternate universe.

I can't really say anything else without giving away the story, but trust me, if you're not put off by the graphics and aren't turned away by the idea of level / checkpoint based gameplay, you'll love it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
This is one of my most favorite games, and it's a damn shame it's got mixed reviews. The gameplay is challenging but original, the controls intuitive and responsive, and the setting is interesting and unique (don't try to understand the story though it was translated from poetic russian similar to the original Pathologic). Obviously from the screenshots it doesn't have higher resolutions. It's a shame there isn't a smartphone/tablet version, I always thought it would be perfect for that platform.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Hammerfight is the most underrated game I know. Its controls are physics based and more intuitive than any game I've played before. It makes you feel the weight of your weapons and there's so much room to actually be skilled at the game. The aesthetics of the game are great. Really, it's just an underrated and great game - and there's going to be a sequel, Highfleet.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
Wow, the reviews are unfortunate. You've be suprised how fun this game really is, I know I was. There isn't anything quite like it, and it plays very well.

What's not to love? It's a steampunk game with hyper realistic physics, dozens and dozens of items and weapons to unlock, and more. Different weapons function in diferent ways, there's slashing weapons like swords, bashing weapons like hammers, piercing weaons, cannons, and some that are even a combination. If you strike an enemy with the giant pick-axe or example, sometimes it gets lodged into their ship, fun stuff!

TIPS:
-Press ALT in game to get help menu
-In game settings, lower the DPI to very low for easier ship control
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
A little known gem, the physics in this game are fantastic, swirling your mouse around to whack your hammer or sword in combat, this would be fantastic multiplayer but even single player there's a lot here, even boulder throwing competitions, target practice and bomb football (no joke) Love this game.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
There would be one point in the past that I would have given it a thumbs up. It's a very well thought-out idea with excellent game mechanics but there's just too many flaws I have ran into recently. I'll lay out a list for convenience before I ran into problems:

--- Pros ---
. Gameplay can be very fun at times, comboing enemies and smashing them around the map is a blast
. Arena is best part of the game, it is basically an endless stream of combat
. The physics in this game generally run fine in-game (different story during cinematic scenes)
. Lots of replay value due to the arena and collection of gems
. If you missed gems during the story, there's a mode that lets you harvest gems by fighting a boss worm
--- Cons ---
. UI takes up a very large portion of the screen, much more than necessary
. Resolution ratio is locked at 4:3 meaning there is no widescreen support (16:10/16:9)
. Local Multiplayer support (dual mouse) does not work on most machines
. Can not replay older missions unless you go through the entire storyline again
. The boss worm game mode is very unreliable and often times the boss will break

Under these circumstances, I'd generally recommend the game as long as you can get past the UI and resolution issues. However, though I am running the same OS (w7) and hardware, I am running into problems I did not have before. The story mode is completely broken; often times physics will behave unexpectedly and events will not occur as they should, making some cinematic scenes halt indefinitely. Furthermore, a lot of important NPCs such as the blimp will seemingly kill itself due to physics discrepencies as well. This makes the game completely unplayeable as not only is it impossible to skip broken cinematic scenes, but certain important NPCs will instantly die the moment the mission starts making it impossible to complete the mission.
Also unfortunately, you can not access the arena until after you've gotten pretty far in the game, making the only fun part of this game (the arena) innaccessible. I'm aware of a plethora of other bugs all related to the physics, and I can only think the problem is worse with newer machines running newer operating systems. All these physics, UI and resolution problems I have with the game could be fixed with some patches, but unfortunately the developer "has gone missing". We have no idea where the developer has went, but it seems s/he has abandoned the game (and the site and all other related products) not long after the initial launch of the game, basically letting the game die as the code goes unmaintained. Normally you shouldn't have such problems in any program, but in such a physics-heavy game you are going to run into problems with newer machines running newer architectures with newer drivers etc etc.

Therefore, I can not recommend this game to anyone as there's a good chance you'll run into game-halting problems. If you do plan on getting it, make sure to set your in-game mouse calibration to something like 300 as it improves movement immensely.
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150 of 181 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
I love this game with the same passion that I hate it. I can't recommend it to general/casual players, because it is so harsh, unfriendly and unforgiving. But I can recommend it to people looking for a real challenge, who won't mind looking for information on the Internet and dealing with frustrating game features (which are most of them).

The core mechanic of this game (a brawler fight with flying machines and attached weapons) is loads of fun. It's a fresh original concept and it is done perfectly. Different weapons have _very_ different characteristics, every each one feels different, and there is extreme attention to detail. Basically, every pixel matters - if you hit your enemy with the tip of your sword has a completely different effect than if you hit it with your blade (and how much you slash him) or the hilt. Every weapon has different weight, different sharpness, it's harder or easier to manage. Blades are very good againt skin, but it's difficult to penetrate armor with them. This is a paradise for someone enjoying exactly this - different weapon/armor combinations and their interactions.

The game is based purely on skill. It's extremely hard to master and there are so many details you wouldn't even think of (until you read web guides). You'll die all the time, and repeat, repeat, repeat. But once you become good at it, the battles are so enjoyable. They are still very hard - you haven't dodged a flying debris? Half dead. You haven't dodged or deflected a sword thrust? Dead. But you'll start seeing the details and be able to react better; it won't be just a chaos on screen. And then it starts to be a real fun.

Unfortunately, as much as the battle mechanics are awesome, the rest of the game implementation is awful. Weapon selection is bad, weapon market is bad, game UI is especially tragic, a lot of features are not explained at all, there is a lot of bugs, often you have no idea why you died, enemies are frequently off-screen but still can attack you, allies often perform actions that hurt you (like shooting or throwing bombs your way), .... I could go on and on. You'll grind your teeth every time you have to deal with this or you make some mistake that can't be reversed (like imbuing your weapon with a gem during the battle because of clicking a mouse button in the wrong time - what a great feature).

If you want to play this game, here are some tips:
* http://wikicheats.gametrailers.com/Hammerfight_-_PC
* http://hubpages.com/search/Hammerfight
* http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2035787
* in order to reduce graphical clutter on the screen, set quality to 0.2 in game and also edit Config.ini and set GFX_RENDER_* to 'false'
* you can switch full-screen with alt+tab and you can release/grab your mouse cursor with ctrl+g
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62 of 68 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Alright listen up. I've read a lot of useless reviews about this game, and most of them contain misleading or just plain wrong information. I've played this game an insane amount (the number you see is only a fraction), so I feel like I should try to set the record straight.

If you have a mouse with adjustable DPI, put it as high as it will go. Put the in-game DPI at 100. If you still can't move around easily, buy a new mouse, because yours is horrible. You want a mouse with at least 800 DPI, which shouldn't be difficult to find. Pretty much any ♥♥♥♥♥♥ wireless mouse now days has that.

I'm not going to give this game an across the board recommendation. It's full of perplexing design choices: Really hard at the beginning, need 2 mice to trade items between profiles, can't un-equip gems without editing the game files, gem farming is really tedious,(just edit them, it's not worth farming), can't manually select levels in the arena, runs at 50 fps (why?), need to play through multiple times to unlock every game mode and weapon, and the giant hud gets in the way a lot because the game is locked at 800x600.

That being said, POWER THROUGH THE FIRST LEVEL WITH THE flying insects. Yes, it's hard. It's hard because you suck. It gets easier after that, and even easier once you actually learn how to control your momentum and spacing properly. Controlling the flying thing while wielding a weapon is weird at first, but once you get the hang of it, it works incredibly well, and the game has a ridiculous amount of depth. I'm still learning new techniques after over 100 hours in.

As for miscellaneous stuff you should probably know: Once you put a gem on a weapon, you can't take it off. You have to edit the gem away. There are plenty of guides on how to do that. Blood rubies are essential for arena (the best part of the game by far), and they are very difficult to get. I'd recommend not farming them and just editing them onto your weapons once you finish the main story.

This is one of the most unique and most satisfying games I have ever played, but it takes some time to actually learn how to play well. Give it 4 or 5 hours. If you can tolerate it that long but still aren't having fun, give it until you start doing arena fights. If you still don't like it, then I guess it's not for you.
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189 of 291 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Hammerfight is based around the nifty concept of flying machines laden with swinging weaponry that you control using your mouse. However, while the concept is pretty cool, the actual game leaves a LOT to be desired; the menus, UI, controls, story, objectives and general game format are horribly confusing, the resolution is poor and the game is unfairly difficult. Often you'll die very suddenly after being stunned and rammed into a wall, and there's so much happening on screen that even when you can control your machine it's easy to lose track of what's going on. In spite of this, I enjoyed it for the most part, but a less determined gamer may quickly lose interest or quit from frustration.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
One of the best indie games i have ever played. The combat mechanic is absolutely solid and completely satasfying. Now, the concept of the game is very strange i'll admit, but the world will truly grab you. This game was a massive part of my childhood and at $5 it's an absolute steal. The dozens of weapons and upgrades are incredible, and the gameplay is basically endless. I love this game.

P.S.
The pickaxe is the best weapon in the game
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
If you can get over the somewhat difficult to understand story and the occasional bug, this game is fantastically fun. I spent hours swinging around weapons and smashing ships and flying maggot things. It's incredibly satisfying landing a strong hit on a creature or an opponent and send them careening into the walls/ceiling. If nothing else it's a fun little physics game.
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74 of 121 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
386.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This game is very fun! Nothing is quite as great as swinging weapons around while flying your ship. Game is a bit buggy but nothing too bad. Highly Recommend!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I can highly recommend this game. Doesn't take that long to complete the campaign but I had more than enough fun to play it through a couple of times which will also be needed to explore the entire game. Well worth its cost.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2013
Will you load for ♥♥♥ sake? Yea this ♥♥♥♥ is buggy as hell. But, it is great.

Quite amazing how a completely new game, that was not influenced by any other games, can bee so deep.
To unlock all of the weapons (I believe it is more than 50 !!! ) you will have to finish the campaign several times, oh yea and you will have a few choices there. There is more - a few minigames, arenas, weapon socketing and even weapon combinations. Some combined weapons have a bug that spins them automatically, like your dryer during full moon.

Hammerfight could be easily worth even $20 if it was slightly more polished - better resolution, fixed bugs and some sort of meaningful help system. Before you play it make sure you have enough elbow grease and your mice is warmed up.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Best game I've gotten out of a humble bundle, never gets old thanks to the arena and hunting mode. Probably my fave game to play when I can't think of anything else to do.
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