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

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

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

Koei, Capcom and Sega published most of these games.

Parent groups

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

Related groups

Mêlée weapons, Mêlée weapons


Windows 84
PS2 53
X360 41
Linux 37
PS3 35
PS4 18
Xbox 17
Arcade 15
Xbox One 15
PSP 12
Mac OS X 9
Mac OS Classic 7
Switch 7
GameCube 7
Mega Drive 6
PS 6
Atari ST 5
Wii 5
ZX Spectrum 5
Wii U 5
Amiga 5
Amstrad CPC 4
Android 4
C64 4
Nintendo DS 3
Pandora 3
3DS 3
PS Vita 3

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