Hammerfight is a two-dimensional physics-based indie game produced by Konstantin Koshutin, released in September of 2009. Previously known as Hammerfall, players control a gyroscope flying machine, on which deadly weaponry are mounted, not limited to hammers, swords, and maces.
The general idea of the game, is that your character embarks upon scenarios in which you must use your flying machine to attack enemies by swinging blunt weapons, dealing damage through kinetic force, or pelting them with your addons such as guns and dynamite launchers. Newton’s laws of physics are used- so speed up if you want to deal more damage, and use the momentum of your enemy to land a lovely strike.
Hammerfight’s controls are a bit tricky to get used to at first. You might need to adjust your sensitivity frequently to fit your hand- unless you desire carpal tunnel. After that, it gets very fun, very fast. Swinging weapons such as maces at your foes can get very entertaining, especially when a well-coordinated attack makes contact. Flails were my favourite weapon, as they do brutal curshing damage from a distance, and are easy to control. When hits are made, cheers are set off and slow-motion effects can initiate, along with highlights of blue or red on your weapon. Gibs will fly out of your enemy, sparks will fly and wood and stone will be scraped off the wall with every impact.
This game will make you frustrated. It is very easy to take large amounts of damage, that is nearly impossible to avoid. Striking an enemy flyer can cause it to explode- and damage you. Destructable debris you would normally associate as unimportant, visual effects will surprisingly damage you on contact. Many starter scenarios are brutally difficult, and the only alternative requires you to sacrifice all the gold you have earned so far to skip it.
The graphics are very nice to look at, and the number of juicy effects located in this game is immense. An interactive, moving backdrop of cheering crowds will enhance your fights- especially when a lantern lights the stadium on fire. Music is fitting and provides competitive excitement. The absense of a online multiplayer mode is disappointing because the amazing fighting system would make this game a hit.]
Out of all the indie games we have reviewed in this month of September, Hammerfight is the best, with a unique fighting system, a cool story, juicy effects with a tinge of annoying kinks here and there.
tl:dr: September’s Best Indie Game, a must-buy. Great fighting system, interesting story, nice cutscenes and decent graphics with eye-dazzling effects.