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Hammerfight (Windows)

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Description

Hammerfight is a 2D fighting game between hovering machines equipped with different kinds of blunt weaponry. The game is set in a world above an abyss where three houses rule: Kadish, Kelete and Gaiar. They all manage to locate broken machinery and turn it into flying vehicles. Although they are at peace at first, a bloodthirsty brother quickly turns it into a real war. The player controls Gaiar, a young trainee who quickly works his way up.

In Solo - Warrior's Path, one of the game modes, players are introduced to the story and take on various missions controlling a flying vehicle. It is fitted with a swinging, piercing object. In order to attack, the mouse needs to be moved around in circles to build up the swing, and then attacking is done by smashing the weapon into enemies, with physics influencing the speed relative to the player's movement. Various missions are introduced through cutscenes. The player often will need to work together to defend outposts, or ward off large enemies or swarms of small creatures. Some missions also take place in tournaments or settings where the player's vehicle is held fixed through a chain.

Starting with a small and fairly feeble weapon at first, better maces and swords can be found. Players can choose to switch between weapons, weld them together, or add gunnery through an Arquebus or bombs in the armory. The main game modes contains branching paths and there are also three additional modes to unlock: Hall (a training mode), Grim (a patrolling/survival mode) and Hammerball.

Screenshots

Hammerfight Windows The battle has been won.
Hammerfight Windows Attacking a fortress.
Hammerfight Windows Selecting the main game mode.
Hammerfight Windows Locked up in a prison.

Alternate Titles

  • "Hammerfall" -- Working title

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The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 27, 2009 75 out of 100 75
Tech-Gaming Nov 12, 2009 B 75
Out Of Eight Jan 02, 2009 5 out of 8 62
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 23, 2012 9 out of 20 45

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Trivia

Development

Hammerfight has a long history. Originally known as Hammerfall, it was first announced on June 14th 2007 when a user called GKosh (aka. Konstantin Koshutin) posted a demo for feedback purposes on the GameDev.ru forums (Google translate link).

Despite a low version number (0.2), the game was already at an advanced stage of development with many of the levels, models, weapons and features that would eventually appear in the full version. Also, thanks to an easy workaround for the demo's 60 minute time limit, players were able to spend as much time as they liked with it. It gained in popularity, also thanks to a rough English translation and a well-visited article on Fun-Motion.com.

At the 2008 International Games Festival (IGF), it was nominated for two awards - Seumas McNally Game Of The Year and Excellence In Visual Arts. It didn't win in either category (beaten by Crayon Physics Deluxe and Fez, respectively) but its profile was raised further.

Despite all this, there was little news, bar a few rumors, as Konstantin continued to polish the game in his available time and search for a publisher. Many feared Hammerfight had become vaporware before the appearance of the version v1.0 demo in July 2009, and the game's subsequent publication.

During all this time, Hammerfight was essentially a one-man project, with all art, design, programming, writing and sound by Konstantin Koshutin.

Most recently (April 2010), it received an officially-sanctioned PSP port in the form of Hammer Wars.
Sciere (256965) added Hammerfight (Windows) on Oct 31, 2009
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