Hammerfight is about 2D battles of flying machines equipped with various slashing, piercing and blunt weaponry.
Difficult, but tactically satisfying physics based smasher.
Hammerfall has you flying a wooden box, chained to a variety of weaponry of various weights. The key here is the physics. Momentum, inertia and mechanics are all properly represented which makes the game amazingly difficult, since your craft is so light. The sounds and 2D visuals are perfectly appropriate for the eastern feel of the game, and the connection of the various weaponry with metal or squishy enemies is oh-so satisfying.
One early tip is to reduce the DPI setting of your mouse (in game) to 100-200 to make your movements super-sensitive, but the game is relentless in its difficulty until you unlock some of the cooler flails. Alternative game mods such as Arena or Grim (hunting bugs) let you build up your money or rank, allowing you to buy new weapons and even upgrade them with gems found in Grim.
The story itself is curiously translated from Russian, but makes the game enjoyable enough, and with several endings and paths with rewards it will have you going for long enough to get into the game. Arena and the other game modes will keep you going after you finish the main game, as it is not replayable with the same profile.
Overall hammerfight is a curiously addictive and decently challenging game. It is worth playing the demo beforehand, and is also present in the Humble indie bundle 3 for good value.
This game really is pretty amazing. It went out and pioneered an interesting control scheme and play mechanic that really seems to work.
It takes a few to really get into, and there's some super tough (frustratingly tough even) stages kinda early on... but it really is FANTASTIC if you give it a chance!
A game that takes time to master. At the same time the game itself is rather original and challenging. Graphics complement the story nicely, gameplay is captivating.
Idea of swinging a giant mace from a flying machine in a fantasy 2d land definitely has something to it.
Now for the downsides: linux version is rather glitchy. Working slowly, mouse being rather unresponsive even after some tinkering with the settings. Also, after completing the game you still have a feeling that you got to take a peek at a completely new world with just a little bit of light shed on it's history and general description. I'd just love to see a more comprehensive story.
All things considered: this is a decent game, definitely worth the price.
Want to give a ten, but is a little too flawed for that. I love the gameplay and visuals here. Is just so satisfying to use the mouse to kill stuff.
Can be hard to calibrate, though, and is punishingly difficult at times. If you just want a good action game, though, there's few that offer as interesting a gameplay mechanic.