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  1. A Hat in Time - [Game Review]

    #1123062017-10-31 06:33:38 *--Jack-- said:

    Since the forum is dead as heck I thought I'd review a game that recently came out on steam. I'm not typically bothered enough to give a review but this game is oddly charming and has a very cute style to it. Here's a brief order of what I'll be covering:


    • Information (Steam & System Requirements)
    • Synopsis of the story (no spoilers)
    • "The Pros"
    • "The Cons"
    • My Thoughts


    [A Hat in Time on Steam]

    • Price: Currently $29.99 USD
    • Genre: Adventure, Indie, 3D Platformer
    • Release Date: October 5th, 2017

    System Requirements:


    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 64-bit only
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space



    The main story of the game is that you are a kid, some kind of hat kid. A kid who enjoys hats. Also space. You're on a spaceship and you are nearly home when you find yourself interrupted by a nearby planetoid and its inhabitants. Long story short, you and all of your mysterious hour-glasses that power your ship fall to the planet and from there you have to find them all! Throughout your quest to get them all back you meet odd faces, find treasures, and use yarn collectables to craft more hats that give you various abilities. These hats and more help you to solve various 3D platforming puzzles and challenges.



    • Theres a lot of graphic options, as well as an in-game screencapture system that lets you take photos with filters, distance blur, etc.

    • The controls and physics feel very good, and theres a good range of movement options such as crouch/crawling, double-jumping, and ground-sliding/air-dashing.

    • The SFX and voices fit things pleasantly well.

    • The visuals are downright beautiful.

    • You can skip almost everything that's like a "cutscene" and you don't have to wait on dialogue.

    • Soundtrack is fitting and reminiscent of Super Mario Galaxy.

    • The characters are adorable, even some of the enemies.

    • Controller Support.

    • The Worlds have a lot of detail to them, and they kind of make you want to explore before completing the mission you're on to see what's specific to the mission in that world, like in Mario 64.

    • It's been compared to Yooka Laylee.


    • There are only 5 "worlds" in the game.

    • The game is kinda short compared to games with similar prices. Can supposedly be completed in around 10 hours through "casual playing". People have been speed-running it in less than half an hour (although I do not know what content they are skipping).

    • The difficulty is very lax. The game is very easy to progress through, so you might desire more of a challenge and rarely, if at all, get one.

    • Some users report the game crashing at times. I've only had the game crash once on me but I also have more than the minimum system requirements. Your mileage may vary.

    • There are reports of more severe UI bugs and potential crashing on Mac. This is what you get for trying to game on a Mac.

    • If you backed the game on kickstarter, supposedly some of the potential mechanics and exploration were cut back or removed. As someone who didn't back it I can't easily tell whats been removed.

    • It's been compared to Yooka Laylee.


    I enjoy this game a lot, but I'm also not the kind of gamer who needs exponential challenges and hardcore modes in games, so this appeals to me more. The visuals are very satisfying, with the cartoony feel and the vibrant colors that remind me of several games, such as Wind Waker and Super Mario Sunshine. The platforming is pretty easy, but its still satisfying to collect things as the Badge mechanic offers a pretty good variety as long as you progress through the missions. The little things help keep the game from feeling repetitive.

    All in all it's a cute game that has a lot of well-placed jokes that also manages to mix the aesthetic of several 3D platformers, Mario, and the cartoony Zelda Games.