Hack and Slash

Game genre theme

A sub-genre of beat 'em ups that originated from P&P RPGs where it's seen as derogatory. Differentiated from most beat 'em up by the fact that you primarily use melee weapons instead of bare hands.


Alternate names: Hack and Slay, Hack & Slash

The first video game about Hack and Slash was released in 1984.

Koei, Capcom and Sega has published most of these games

Although sub-genre of beat 'em ups and RPGs, this doesn't really require either,
but appears most often with the following genres:
* action-adventure
* action-RPG
* beat 'em up

Parent groups

Action-Adventure, Action-RPG, Beat 'em up

Related groups

Mêlée weapons, Mêlée weapons

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Linux 36
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Xbox 17
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PS 6
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