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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 9 days ago.

Author: Joe Eaton, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Hack 'n' Slash is a puzzle adventure game where you tinker with the properties of game objects to explore dungeons and fight enemies. Using your USB sword on enemies hacks them so you can change their game-code and behaviour. It combines a standard dungeon adventure with coding in a way that doesn't feel educational like more heavy handed learn-to-code games.

As you explore, you encounter an evil wizard that has taken control of the kingdom. To stop him, you solve puzzles and defeat the enemies he puts in your way. But unlike other adventures, along with the hitting and dodging you can use your USB sword to change their underlying code. For example, you could make a fire-spitting dragon shoot fire away from you, or make its fire harmful to other monsters, or even switch its fire off.

The game is divided into acts of increasing coding complexity, starting with basic yes/no arguments and ending with total manipulation of every byte in the final act. With this level of access to the game's code, some changes can result in game corruption, but if Hack 'n' Slash, crashes are seen as harmless game over screens. This means that you can experiment with code without fear of ruining a game's code forever and making it unplayable.

The result is a humorous adventure that uses coding in a light-hearted and innovative way. Lack of thorough tutorial encourages a trial-and-error method to move through puzzling sections, which can be frustrating for some. Despite this, the characters' dialogue adds charm and laughs to a sometimes challenging coding game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)




Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although quite young children may enjoy the game, they need either a high degree of logic and programming, or an adult to help them. Also, because there is minimal tutorial you need to be willing to experiment and persevere when stuck. Younger players may struggle with the more complex coding content found in later parts of the game.


Hack 'n' Slash usually costs £9.99.

Hack 'n' Slash

Steam Store PC £9.99
App Store Mac £9.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Hack 'n' Slash Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@DoubleFine) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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