Hammerwatch (Windows)

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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 Mini-map toggled on (with transparency down to 0%).
Hammerwatch Windows Title screen
Hammerwatch Windows An NPC is standing there waiting to give advice.
Hammerwatch Windows There are secret areas in the game.  This one has something called a Chance Puzzle.

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The modern day Gauntlet Katakis | カタキス (39490) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

games xtreme Apr 08, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Dad's Gaming Addiction Aug 15, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Games Finder Jun 10, 2014 8 out of 10 80
GameFront Aug 19, 2013 75 out of 100 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 24, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Destructoid Sep 04, 2013 7 out of 10 70
AllRPG Sep 05, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65


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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.)
jlebel (2211) added Hammerwatch (Windows) on Feb 15, 2014
Other platforms contributed by mars_rulez (44223) and jlebel (2211)