Hammer Heads

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Hammer Heads
Developer(s) Nuclide Games
Publisher(s) PopCap Games
Designer(s) Luc Van den Borre and Dominique Biesmans
Engine PopCap Games Framework
Platform(s) PC (Windows, Browser)
Release date(s) May 23, 2006
Genre(s) Arcade
Mode(s) Single player

Hammer Heads is an action arcade game similar to Whac-A-Mole. It is developed by Nuclide Games and distributed by PopCap Games.


Players' objective is to smash the gnomes.

The objective of the game is to smash the gnomes coming from the holes in the game area. The player controls a hammer with the mouse, and clicking on the gnomes reduces their hearts, displayed on the bottom of the gnome, depending on the power of the hammer. The default hammer takes away one heart, but more powerful hammers can be bought at the shop. There are various gnomes in the game, with different health and characteristics. Care must be taken to avoid clicking on traps, such as bombs. The player starts with five hearts, which is reduced when a click misses, a gnome escapes, or a trap is activated. They can be recovered by clicking on the hearts dropped by gnomes, or purchasing them from the shop. The maximum amount of hearts can be raised by making a purchase at the shop as well. If all of the hearts run out, the game is over.

Starting on level five (six in the Deluxe version), the shop begins popping up from holes. If clicked, the player is taken to a new screen where they can buy several things, such as hammers, hearts, and other powerups. Coins are used to purchase items from the shop. There are various way to obtain coins, such as picking them up when left behind by gnomes, completing a bonus round, or defeating certain gnomes and/or in a certain manner.

Deluxe version[edit]

The deluxe version of Hammer Heads includes a checkpoint system for the regular classic mode. If the player loses all hearts, he/she may continue from a certain level. A new checkpoint is available every five levels. If the player quits the game, the game suspends progress, and the player can continue exactly where he/she started. Hammer Heads Deluxe also includes a marathon mode, which is similar to classic mode, however, the player is given no checkpoints and the game can last indefinitely. Hammer Heads Deluxe has a trophy system similar to Chuzzle Deluxe. When a certain objective is met, a trophy is received and added to the trophy room, where the player can check the trophies earned, as well as find out how to earn the rest. There is also a boss enemy at the end with a lot of hit points. Defeating the boss unlocks the "Tough Cookie" option, a higher difficulty setting.

PopCap offers a free online version at their site. It is more limited than the deluxe version, which can be downloaded as a free trial for one hour. After the hour has passed, the player must purchase the game.


Level Introduce gnomes/items Lives Points Notes
1 Meet Stumpy! 1 100 Stumpy and his friends are infesting your lawn. Tap them on the head with your hammer, but take care not to miss!
2 Get Wacky 2 250 It will take two taps of your hammer to break Wacky. The little hearts at her feet tell you how many times to hit!
3 Gold Treasure - - Collect gold so you can buy cool stuff at the shop on level six and after.
4 Flippy has a helmet 2 250 Tap him twice when he is not wearing that silly bucket on his head!
5 Say cheese - - Take a snapshot to save your game forever. When you begin a new game, you will be able to start at this point! The camera appears at the end of every 5 levels.
6 The Shiny Shop - - Never miss a visit to the Shiny Shop. You can find the best equipment there! The shop will appear every couple of levels.
7 Frosty! - 100 Hit the ice cream to freeze the gnomes. Once frozen, a single tap of the hammer will break them!
8 Tricky the trap gnome 1 500 Tricky is not a real gnome. He will explode and hurt you when tapped, so just ignore him!
9 Tower of Gold - - Untold riches awaits the lucky visitor to this Tower of Gold!
10 Catch Bouncy - - Bouncy is a harmless jester, but he is worth a nice stack of gold coins.
11 This is Ploppy 5 500 Ploppy has an inflatable rubber head. Don't give him a chance to deflate!
12 Lucky Clover - - With the Lucky clover by your side you will receive more coins and hearts!
13 Irony, the indestructible! 6 750 This gnome cannot be destroyed, but that will not stop us trying!
14 Quack - 5000 Quack quack bonus quack score!
15 Watch out for Snappy! 7 850 Snappy will steal 5 of your coins at a time. Do not let him!
16 Flappy Rabbit - 1000 Sniff sniff! You can depend on Flappy to restore a lot of your health.
17 Zippy - - When you hear Zippy coming, get ready to bring him down, and earn yourself a bonus. Don't miss or he will grab some of your coins!
18 Cupid brings love! - - Tap Cupid to turn gnomes into hearts.
19 Stingy 9 1500 Grab the coins from Stingy's purse, but avoid hitting the bomb!
20 Whammy Pills - 1000 Grab this bottle, and for a short while your hammer will do 20 hearts extra damage!
21 Skippy 16 2000 Napoleon gnomes have high regard of themselves, but are nowhere without their cavalry.
22 Wavy the Multimole - - Wavy is a friend! Grab his flag to multiply your score for a while.
23 Beware Stabby! 9 2000 Stabby's fork is mighty sharp! Get him while's he tired.
24 Yummy! - 5000 Eat a strawberry, and for a short while a miss will not damage your health!
25 Behold King Globus! 3000 10000 The king will summon minions to his aid! Give him as little time as possible!

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