Posted: August 16, 2013 in Game Reviews
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, RPG
Publisher: Crackshell
Release Date: Aug 12, 2013

When it comes to a retro feel, something that reminds you of Gauntlet or even Realm of The Mad God, Hammerwatch does exactly that. I followed this game from the Steam Greenlight forums and even tested the beta. So from the beginning, I knew that this game was something I wanted to get my hands on once it was released.

The game takes place inside of Castle Hammerwatch, where your goal will be to travel from down in the prison up to the royal chambers in the top tower and kill the evil dragon. You are also faced with the task of collecting each of the missing boards. These rebuild the bridge that left you stranded at the castle at the beginning of the game. The castle aslo has many locked doors in which you must find keys, all of which are randomly placed around each floor. You can play as either a Paladin, Wizard, Warlock or Knight,  and each character has its own weapon and special ability, both of which are upgradeable.

Don’t be fooled, this is a serious game; and even on medium difficulty you will still have a hard time fighting through the numerous levels in each Act. The game is better played in multiplayer mode, but to be honest, good luck joining a game. For some reason I find it impossible to host a game, but I am able to join others, and this is when the game is best played. Multiplayer has two different modes; Castle Hammerwatch which is the story mode with up to four different players at the same time and Hero Defense where waves of monsters attack while you and 4 others defend the end of the maze.

Hammerwatch also offers a few perks, what they call “crutches” in the game if you choose to host your own single or multiplayer game. Different options allow you to make the game easier or a little harder. I suggest playing with the HP Regen and Infinite Lives crutch on when first playing, that way you can get a feel for what you’re about to be in for.

A game that is still in beta and continuously going through changes is sometimes hard to review, and taking all that into consideration the game is awesome. Aside from the bunk multiplayer Hammerwatch is worth every penny. The retro gameplay is classic and well executed while constant battle action laced with power ups, secret passages and hidden doors makes Hammerwatch a soon to be classic and a necessity in any gamers library.

Graphics: 7/10
Playability: 8/10
Story: 4/10
Challenge: 8/10
Replay Value: 6/10

http://www.hammerwatch.com/builds/hammerwatch_beta_1.06.zip (51mb)



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