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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Games Master UK
    Sep 18, 2013
    77
    Exploring dungeons, gathering loot and puzzling your way through the provided arenas is banter baiting fun, however. [Nov 2013, p.75]
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    75
    Hammerwatch is good fun if you can looks past its armor chinks, and especially if you dig the kind of old school challenges it dishes out on the later levels.
  3. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    The deciding factor for Hammerwatch depends on if you’re planning on playing it cooperatively. If you've got a buddy or two who would play through the game with you and you enjoy some mindless hacking and/or slashing, then it will not disappoint.
  4. PC Gamer UK
    Nov 6, 2013
    70
    It's great to revisit the dungeon crawler genre's crude beginnings, but don't go alone. [Dec 2013, p.89]
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    There's precious little depth lurking in Hammerwatch, then, but if you've got a few friends handy or are willing to wait around online for the worryingly small community to make itself known, this is genuine old-fashioned skeleton-bashing with a gloriously tidal approach to chucking in the enemies.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    A blast from the past!

    This game has kept me in front of the screen for far too long. I don't understand the negative reviews; it's obvious
    A blast from the past!

    This game has kept me in front of the screen for far too long. I don't understand the negative reviews; it's obvious what kind of game this is, even before you buy it an old school, pixelated action RPG. The controls are perfect in my eyes, WASD to run and arrow keys to do everything else.

    Now I've never played Gauntlet, nor have I played any other game that is even remotely close to this, all I know is that this was BOUNDS of fun. There's never a dull moment. It's an intense, unforgiving hack and slash jewel. Finding secret areas in a game has never felt so rewarding (keep your eyes open!).

    The game is challenging, especially while you get used to it. Unless you turn on 'crutches' like infinite lives, you only have a set amount of extra lives before it's game over. This just makes it that much more rewarding to finally beat that boss and progress into the next level.

    Complex level design, exhilarating puzzles, fast-paced action, online co-op (personally only played single-player) and hours of focus makes this one a must-own in my book, especially considering the cheap price tag.

    I'm sitting here trying to think of cons, to create a more balanced review, but I'm honestly struggling to find any. I'll let other users take care of that part, it seems like that is something people like to do. I'm going to play some more.
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  2. Sep 28, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its finally game that make sense to play with friend,
    i tried more games like Serious Sam and more and more but this game is f* awesome !
    Explore dungeon full of money and monsters and make you're way for boss and new locations
    You can choose one of six heroes, Ranger is best for new players.

    9/10 Best spent money for old-stile game
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  3. Dec 2, 2013
    9
    Easy to learn, difficult to master. This game is fun with friends (you won't find me playing it solo) and provides an excellent challenge toEasy to learn, difficult to master. This game is fun with friends (you won't find me playing it solo) and provides an excellent challenge to any gamer. If you don't take your time to look around and think about how to engage mobs, then you will die fairly early. Even playing on the easiest setting, it took me and three other veteran gamers a few attempts just to get to and kill the first boss.

    Drawbacks
    -No mouse support for aiming
    -Lack of storyline (if you're into that sort of thing)
    -Class progression somewhat linear

    Overall, its definitely worth getting if you've got a group of friends to play it with over skype/vent/etc, or want a REALLY challenging dungeon crawl, but otherwise I would avoid it.
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  4. Jul 5, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I liked the 8 bit feel and the general gameplay. I enjoyed killing larvae and knights, but I felt the later parts were very over-complicated. The multiplayer doesn't even work Expand
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    7
    Hammerwatch is a blast from the past and brings back the retro feel of Gauntlet. The game comes with it's own editor which is a bit roughHammerwatch is a blast from the past and brings back the retro feel of Gauntlet. The game comes with it's own editor which is a bit rough around the edges but is fun once you get the hang of it. The online features could use some work like including resuming games and allowing new players to join once others leave. The campaign takes about 3-4 hours to complete on medium so for the price I would have to say it's worth giving it a try especially if you have friends with you.

    Hammerwatch supports Windows, Mac, and Linux
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  6. Oct 15, 2014
    6
    If you buy the game I recommend playing the second campaign(Sun Temple) first as it's way better than the main campaign. If you play the mainIf you buy the game I recommend playing the second campaign(Sun Temple) first as it's way better than the main campaign. If you play the main campaign first the second campaign won't feel as fresh since it reuses some enemies. There is no story connection between the two. Actually, you might as well skip the main campaign entirely. It's godf***ingawful, just a collection of "activate all thingys to get to boss" labyrinths filled with infinite enemy spawns. If you still crave more after Sun Temple the best option is to check Steam workshop for mod campaigns. The best of them are on par with or even better than Sun Temple and have new enemies too. Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2014
    1
    The game is rather good itself despite old-looking graphics, but thx to constant save crashes it is unplayable in CO-OP. So for me itThe game is rather good itself despite old-looking graphics, but thx to constant save crashes it is unplayable in CO-OP. So for me it basically ended up in a waste of money, because I wanted to play with my friends. Expand

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