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  • Summary: A Hat in Time is a 3D collect-a-thon platformer featuring a little girl with a lot of heart! Travel the universe with Hat Kid as you rival the evil Mustache Girl in order to save the world! Unlock new platforming abilities, more combat moves and spice up your attacks with badges attached toA Hat in Time is a 3D collect-a-thon platformer featuring a little girl with a lot of heart! Travel the universe with Hat Kid as you rival the evil Mustache Girl in order to save the world! Unlock new platforming abilities, more combat moves and spice up your attacks with badges attached to your hat! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Dec 20, 2017
    100
    Suffice to say, A Hat in Time won’t waste your time. It has put you in the paint program for the same reason it does everything else: because whereas most games are content to occupy your time, A Hat in Time has something it wants to show you. Now get busy with the virtual crayons. It’ll be worth it.
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    90
    A Hat in Time is that rare Kickstarted game that had a lofty goal and succeeded. Not only does the game live up to the 64-bit collectathon nostalgia that so many of us have been craving, but it also revamps the standard formula. Every level feels completely different from the last, and a diverse mission structure keeps the adventure from growing stale. It’s a wholly charming experience that made me smile silly. Hat Kid controls like a dream and is also a ridiculously cute mascot whom I’d like to see more of, along with more adorable hats. Anyone who has fond memories of the 3D platforming genre would do well to check out A Hat in Time.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    85
    In the end, A Hat In Time features enough charm to overcome its shortcomings. If you can live with the unreliable camera, then you'll find a game that offers a pleasant platforming experience, tons of secrets to uncover, and a good amount of abilities to experiment with. The variety of environments and activities is appreciated, as are some of the breaks from platforming norms. The characters may be the main reason for playing the gamefrom beginning to end, just to see what they'll say or do next. For fans of platformers, A Hat In Time is well worth your time.
  4. 80
    This is a game with undeniable soul and an incredible amount of shine considering its budget. There’s very little that A Hat in Time can’t do as a classic platformer, and it really throws itself into creating a cute and cohesive universe for you to explore.
  5. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    A Hat in Time has certainly been well worth the wait, and is easily recommended to platformer fans across all formats. It sits nicely alongside Yooka-Laylee and offers a different take on the N64 nostalgia that both titles share. It’s unlikely to knock Mario off his perch as king of the 3D platformers, but it is a more than acceptable pretender to the crown. It also has a central antagonist called Moustache Girl who is a girl with a bushy moustache. A Hat in Time opens up to be a real standout in the recent renaissance of the 3D platform game.
  6. Oct 13, 2017
    80
    A Hat in Time is more interested in looking around than staring backward. This is a challenging exercise for a 3D platformer, and yet A Hat in Time keeps its perspective balanced between careful devotion and sensible progression. Being responsive to your environment, as it turns out, makes it easier to see where you should be going.
  7. Oct 27, 2017
    44
    The origins as a hobby project are too visible from the get-go. Clumsy controls and problematic camera are not up to par - but unfortunately these are the cornerstone of any decent platformer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 99
  2. Negative: 6 out of 99
  1. Oct 7, 2017
    10
    Mithaldu is an idiot... now that that is out of the way,
    I don't generally review steam games... but I felt I had to do my part in getting
    Mithaldu is an idiot... now that that is out of the way,
    I don't generally review steam games... but I felt I had to do my part in getting the word out. This game is a love letter to the GameCube era and all of the unique games that came with it.
    Paper Mario? It's got some of that!
    Super Mario Sunshine? It's got a lot of that!
    Windwaker? It looks good enough to be it's twin!
    If you're like me and you grew up on super Mario sunshine and other GameCube classics, this game is a STEAL for $30.
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  2. Nov 9, 2017
    10
    No beating around the bush, A Hat in Time is an adorable and charming game. Based around classic 3D platformers from the N64 era, A Hat inNo beating around the bush, A Hat in Time is an adorable and charming game. Based around classic 3D platformers from the N64 era, A Hat in Time has you play as the adorable Hat Kid, a young girl who makes use of different hats with different abilities, who is searching several worlds for her Time Pieces in order to see her way home. The overall plot may feel simplistic, but each individual world feels like their own little story of their own. From fighting off the mafia in a shady looking town to helping two birds fight for a movie award, the game has a lot of charm in it's worlds. And the worlds, for the most part, aren't small and feature lots to do within each act. They are jam packed with places to explore, characters to interact with and time pieces to find. In a sense, the game's progression feels similar to Super Mario Sunshine, where each act puts you on a path to a set time piece, but the open world gives you lots of freedom to explore and there aren't many limits in each act, which is nice.

    Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the characters. Despite there being a few notable stand-outs, they were easy to love. From the goofy mafia to the disco penguin DJ Grooves to the Hat Kid herself, I found the cast to be overly charming. Even the standard NPC characters had some witty bits of dialogue and I always respect that.

    However, there is one thing I felt was wrong with this game and that was the length. With there only being a total of 40 Time Pieces and about 5 worlds to explore, the game doesn't take long to beat. While getting all 40 Time Pieces is still on my to-do list while I'm writing this, reaching the final boss doesn't take long. Maybe the game will release more content over time, which I hope it does because this is one charming game I'd love to play more of.

    In the end, A Hat in Time is just choked full of charm and character. I loved every minute of it, no doubt. The length is about all I can talk down on, but that is hidden behind a lovable cast, detailed and creative worlds, clean controls and a load of easy to use abilities that make the game feel so great. Here's hoping the game will get an expansion, but in the mean time, I'll enjoy what I have; a charming and adorable 3D platformer.
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  3. Oct 10, 2017
    10
    Was really skeptical of the game as I played the Alpha, it didn't feel like it was going to be as fleshed out as I would have liked. However,Was really skeptical of the game as I played the Alpha, it didn't feel like it was going to be as fleshed out as I would have liked. However, I was completely proven wrong by the official release. Some of the most charming level design coupled with tight gameplay makes this a must play.

    Also JonTron is in it so 10/10
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  4. Jan 26, 2018
    9
    This game is awesome, its like playing Super Mario 64 but with the current gen technology. I think the only problem its maybe that it's aThis game is awesome, its like playing Super Mario 64 but with the current gen technology. I think the only problem its maybe that it's a short game, but its for sure on of the best platformers of the generation. Give it a try, you won't regret it!

    By the way, I give it a 9 because the camera its good but not great.
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  5. Oct 20, 2017
    9
    A hat in time is the story of a young lady from space who stores magical time pieces (think of it as stars in mario 64) and uses them as fuelA hat in time is the story of a young lady from space who stores magical time pieces (think of it as stars in mario 64) and uses them as fuel to go home, one day an accident happens and she loses all of them so she has to travel to 5 different worlds to get them back.

    The story is not amazing, is simple like getting a kiss and cake from a princess, but the gameplay is another story.
    The way hat kid (thats her name) moves is similar to mario in mario sunshine, she can jump, dive and wall jump but she can also double jump, cancel the momentum of the dive a front flip and has different power ups at her disposal, if i were to compare the controls of other platformers like banjo kazooie, mario sunshine, and crash i would say that a hat in time is the one with the most control and enjoyable to play, the movement hat kid has its INSANE in fact it gives you so much control you can move with such confidence in the worlds you explore with no little fear of messing up, not because its easy but because the movement she has is very vast and easy to handle.

    Now there is one detail with the controls and its the camera, you cant control it to see specific things and you can only focus the camera to look slightly up, this is bad and stupid and i dont know why they make it like this.

    The difficulty on the platform and levels is not out of this world but its pretty enjoyable and also remember the power ups? well you are gonna use them allot, this is one of the things i love from videogames that they give you something not for a specific use but for you to do whatever you want with them and they are very useful on every mission, its also not afraid to throw special missions that break the platforming formula and experiment a little which is executed perfectly. The boss battles in my opinion are one of the best things in this game breaking another platform rule of the 3 lives bosses, i honestly dont even know how many times you have to hit each boss to just die and also the level of difficulty increases with each stage and boss so as you get better at this game it also ask you more from you.

    the art is very charming and the characters are also charming and original, they all have very interesting personalities and makes the simple story interesting to listen, i personally enjoy the voice acting (expect from one blonde lady) but if you dont like you can just mute it.

    you can also see the level of details put in allot of the extra art, each time you enter a stage they have a different drawing to represent each mission (expect the time rift all of the are the same) which brings me to hat kid again, she is the most adorable thing in this entire game, the way she interacts, the noises she make and the animation she has just warms your hearth.

    now there are some problems, first the biggest one IS TOO SHORT! why does good game creators have low budgets? but hey it is what it is.
    second there are some glitches in the game that kind off bump down the experience but just a little
    the time rifts can be a bother to find when you dont have A GOOD CAMERA! specially on mafia town where you have to look around long corridors that are position diagonally and you can only look to the floor, or when you are trying to explore a certain level and you dont have the camera to look around is annoying too.

    the final problem for me is that on the special platforming is too easy for my taste, now this is tricky since i believe it has good design but the abilities hat kid has and the way you can control her makes this a walk in the park, i literally enter a level i had never enter and play it like i was a speed runner now that doesnt mean its bad but if you are gonna give us so much control then spice things up a little, also the minions arent particularly hard to beat... just press a bunch of times and you are set some of them need another trick that is jumping and hitting them in the head but it doesnt changes too much of that.

    in conclusion i recommend this game, you are definetly gonna have a good time playing it
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  6. Mar 23, 2019
    8
    Great game but some minor annoying design flaws here and there but nothing big. It's worth the price.
  7. Dec 8, 2019
    0
    This game is incredible, it’s awesome to see how much such a small team managed to do! There’s so much content, the levels are quite big andThis game is incredible, it’s awesome to see how much such a small team managed to do! There’s so much content, the levels are quite big and filled with details, there are a lot of different voice actors, and pretty good musics.

    The main inspiration of this game is without any doubt Super Mario Sunshine. The level opening is basically copied and pasted from this game, and the Time Rifts
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