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Hack 'n' Slash

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Release Date: First Half 2014

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'Hack 'n' Slash' Available On Steam Early Access - Trailer

by Rainier on May 7, 2014 @ 7:42 p.m. PDT

Hack 'n' Slash is a hacking themed puzzle action/adventure where a young elf uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through the game.

Hack ‘n’ Slash is a puzzle action game about hacking -- reprogram object properties, hijack global variables, hack creature behavior, and even rewrite the game’s code! The game is in Early Access so that you can help us improve it before it’s finished. And remember, the only way to win is not to the rules!

The wizard has mandated that everyone confine themselves to the village, the castle armory has started to forge weapons so powerful that no one but guards are allowed to carry them, and anyone who attempts to find a sprite and demonstrate their bravery would face certain death. The new laws are for your own protection, but you don’t buy it. You’ll show everyone what “brave” means and, if you’re clever, maybe uncover the secret reasons why everything’s gone sideways.

The game is launching on Early Access which provides an opportunity for you to join us while the game is still in development to help us dial in the mechanics and puzzle design. Here's a look at our roadmap for the remainder of development that shows what we’re planning and what we’d love your input on!

  • Final dungeon: The final dungeon is not currently in the game. This is the point where you take all the tools you’ve gathered and everything you’ve learned to finally take down the wizard and restore freedom to the kingdom. We want to make sure the puzzles are carefully tuned to the mechanics of the game, so we want to get feedback on those mechanics from you before we lock down the ending of the game. Play through to the final dungeon, then join the community, and tell us what you’d like to see. We’ll use that information to build the final dungeon that’s right for the game.
  • Extra puzzles: The critical path of the game is designed to be achievable by anyone who’s clever and likes solving puzzles, whether they’re technical or not. The game also needs puzzles for serious reversers, though, and we want to tie them together with the mysteries of the world on the periphery. We want to know what parts of the world or the mechanics pique your interest. With that information, we’ll dive deep, burying secrets in the game that will thoroughly challenge you and elucidate the things you care about.
  • Steam Workshop support : By the time you’re well versed in the gameplay of Hack ‘n’ Slash, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the game’s internals and you’ll be ready to make your equipment, puzzles, and creatures. Tell us what kinds of tools you want to make the things you imagine and we’ll build first-class Steam Workshop integration into the game so that you can share your ideas with the rest of the world.

The game will be available at launch on PC, Mac, and Linux for $14.99.

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