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Hammerwatch is an action hack-and-slash 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 it's 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 internet.


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

Promo Images

Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot
Hammerwatch Screenshot

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User Reviews

The modern day Gauntlet Windows Katakis | カタキス (40853)

Critic Reviews

games xtreme Windows Apr 08, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Games Finder Windows Jun 10, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Dad's Gaming Addiction Windows Aug 15, 2013 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 (UK) Windows Sep 24, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Destructoid Windows Sep 04, 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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Related Web Sites

  • HammerWatch (Official site)
  • Official Website (Jochum Skoglund and Niklas Myrberg created this site for their game. The forums contain custom maps, editor tips, and technical support.)
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