Hammerwatch has been around for years on PC and is one of many Indie games to make it’s way to the Switch. My first time playing this game was a few days ago and I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with everyone.
As soon as I started playing Hammerwatch I immediately thought of Gauntlet. Hammerwatch feels like the spiritual successor to the Gauntlet games. The stage design is excellent, the gameplay is good on the Switch, and the different character classes are good too. I think they are too many mages, but I’ve been enjoying playing with everyone. My favorite character is the Warlock so far. He’s a mix of warrior and mage. I start each fight off with a lightning ball and whatever gets close gets to eat my poison blade. The Warlock is cool and I’ve made it pretty far with him.
Most of my time has been spent playing solo. The game is fun by yourself, but it could also be pretty boring. When I gave my daughter a controller and we started playing together the real fun started. We had a blast going through the first stage together and I eventually gave up my controller so my other kids could play together. Hammerwatch is one of the best co-op games on the Switch. The graphics in this game look really good in handheld mode. I love that I can toggle a retro graphics option in the game, but I’ll admit that I only used it for about 10 minutes before going back to the pretty graphics. Both options looked really good in handheld mode while only the regular graphics looked good on the TV. I haven’t experienced any performance issues of any kind in the 5 or 6 hours that I’ve spent playing this game. I’ve been surrounded by dozens of enemies while blasting them all with lightning and the game never dipped a single time.
The only boss fight that I’ve experienced was this giant worm thing that has an op attack that can hit the entire map. The only way to dodge it is by clicking a button and hiding behind a stone pillar. The boss itself was pretty simple to beat, but I really enjoyed it. It took me back to those Gauntlet days that I spent with my brother trying to beat every boss and unlock every character. Hammerwatch is fun and it’s cheap. I recommend buying it if you’re looking for a good co-op game to play with someone.
Have you played Hammerwatch? What did you think of it if you did?