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Hammerwatch is a top-down action role-playing dungeon crawler game where a character ventures into Castle Hammerwatch to fight through hordes of creatures with Gauntlet-inspired gameplay. There are four character types: Paladin (emphasis on melee combat), Wizard (powerful but short-range magic), Ranger (long-range combat with a bow), Warlock (a hybrid of melee and magic); each class provides its own challenges.

There is no save anytime feature available, instead, checkpoints must be found while playing then activated by stepping on them; subsequent reloads will be from the last activated checkpoint. There are plenty of items and treasures to find: smash open barrels for coins, rare items or the occasional timed explosion. Vendor coins are used to reduce the cost of purchases by a small amount. Secret areas contain puzzles or shortcuts to later floors. Enemies abound in large numbers: bats that fly in hordes, worms that spit poison (the effect lasts a few seconds), and expect to run into large boss enemies.

There are three levels of difficulty available, plus the player may choose to enable 3 crutches (i.e. infinite lives) and/or 6 challenges (i.e. magic doesn't regenerate) to make the game as easy or unbeatable as the player wants. Also included are a level editor and cooperative gameplay with support for 4 players locally or over the internet.


Hammerwatch Windows Statistics are maintained such as steps taken, damage given, this is the screen to check that.
Hammerwatch Windows The castle prison is where the game begins; this is the second floor.
Hammerwatch Windows Mini-map toggled on (with transparency down to 0%).
Hammerwatch Windows There are secret areas in the game.  This one has something called a Chance Puzzle.

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Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot

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User Reviews

The modern day Gauntlet Windows Katakis | カタキス (43211)

Critic Reviews

Games Finder Windows Jun 10, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Dad's Gaming Addiction Windows Aug 15, 2013 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Windows Apr 08, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Dec 21, 2017 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GameFront Windows Aug 19, 2013 75 out of 100 75
Destructoid Windows Sep 04, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Sep 24, 2013 7 out of 10 70
AllRPG Windows Sep 05, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65
Switch Player Nintendo Switch Jan 10, 2018 2.5 out of 5 50


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