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Hammer watch is about as simple as it comes which is especially evident in single player. The game definitely shines in the multiplayer environment so get some friends involved before making a purchase.
There's not much to dislike about Hammerwatch unless you hate having fun, it's a fun Gauntlet style game; great fun with two to four people and fun enough playing it alone. Combined with some nice 'retro' visuals and good music to quest to, with the game editor you shouldn't run out of content anytime soon.
When it comes down to it, “Hammerwatch” is an incredibly fun, fast-paced hack and slash game that you won’t want to put down. It’s a solid single player experience, but it’s even better when you have friends along for the ride. Oh, and the music? Top notch. It’s well worth the ten bucks in my opinion, especially if you are in the mood for games that feature mindless slaughter by the thousands.
All in all, 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. It’s a good value at just $10 because once the mod community gets cracking with the editing tools it could/should be a title with a lot of legs. It’s a shame the online multiplayer wasn’t working too well because, like Gauntlet, there’s nothing like having three skilled players at your back when hordes of bloodthirsty fiends are rushing at you from the dark corner just ahead.
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.
As a solo venture, the game can feel boring and tedious as it starts off way too slowly, despite throwing in some interesting boss fights later on. My recommendation is that you play it with friends, chat over some third-party voice program, and forget about your worries as you mindlessly slay hundreds upon hundreds of worms and skeletons and bugs and bats.
The core gameplay is all there, and it’s worth trying if you enjoy co-op RPGs even a little. I had a good time while falling to enemy blades when I started, but I had an even better time as I learned how to play it well, and I think you’ll have a similar experience if you give it a chance. Grab a friend (or two or three), and crush the opposition together in Hammerwatch.