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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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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Jan 2, 2018
    95
    However, as an overall product, A Hat in Time is a must-buy for any 3D platforming fan. The pacing is superb in every stage, and there’s far more variety here than in any 3D platformer released in the past decade. The game definitely has some rough edges – but they’re a bit like eating a fine meal on a cracked plate. The overall experience is so great that you don’t remember the small nagging issues very much. The camera could definitely use some work, and the soundtrack may not be the most memorable ever – but it’s genuinely great, as is the voice work. It’s clear that this was a passion project, and it’s one of the finest crowd-funded projects ever made.
  2. Jan 29, 2018
    86
    Sugar sweet, sophisticated 3D platformer, close the greats of the genre, with lots of creativity and great level design.
  3. 85
    Buckets of adorable charm and solid platforming fundamentals win out over some minor shortcomings to cement A Hat in Time as one of the best surprises of the year.
  4. 80
    A Hat in Time is delightfully charming and always manages to take a left turn, surprising and challenging even a storied gamer like myself.
  5. Dec 7, 2017
    80
    A Hat in Time is a solid and fun 3D platformer, with inspired and charismatic characters.
  6. Dec 6, 2017
    80
    A Hat in Time is more than a lovingly crafted homage to the world of platformers; it’s a delightful adventure in its own right that brings creative innovation to the genre in an abundance of wonderful ways.
  7. Dec 11, 2017
    60
    A Hat in Time excels with an overwhelming charm in its writing and art direction that overcomes any missteps in these areas. Its core, smooth mechanics also benefit from promising ideas, but none of them prevent the game from being pulled into a wormhole of mediocre level design and objectives. The potential for phenomenal platforming and exploration is here, but for every positive, there seems to be a negative in A Hat in Time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    This game is amazing and really reminds me of games like super Mario 64. Really underrated and deserves more popularity.
  2. Feb 28, 2020
    10
    A Hat In Time is the best platfromer ever made, with all its unique levels and charm. The entire game revolves on amazing humor and amazingA Hat In Time is the best platfromer ever made, with all its unique levels and charm. The entire game revolves on amazing humor and amazing writing, even a simple story with deep meanings can pop up sometimes. All the levels in the game are amazing none are bad and none are boring, with the inclusion of FANTASTIC BOSSES is always appreciated. The collective nature of this game is top notch it’s so satisfying, while also listening to gamings top 10 amazing soundtracks! Nothing negative could be said about this game it’s charm heavy with so much extras like cute costumes power ups and excellent extra levels. A Hat In Time is a Masterpiece done right for a 3D platfromer, and a must have for every gamer even the ones who don’t like 3D Platfromers, it’s that damn good. (A Masterpiece 5/5) You Must Play It! Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. For years people begged for a new, modern 3D Platformer.
    For years people begged and pleaded, and the games they got were only serviceable to mediocre.
    Well to those people I say...your waiting is finally over.

    A hat in time is a pure, wholesome reminder that 3D platformers are not only Alive and well, but ready for the comeback they so definately deserve.
    Before the era of call of duty and Minecraft fame, there was a time when games like this saturated the market, and everyone loved them.
    I could go on and on about that bygone era..but I need to get to the meat of this review.

    A Hat in Time puts you in control of a little girl known only as 'Hat Kid' on your way home from...somewhere, when you are rudely intrrupted by a resident of a planet you are passing.
    Through some rather unfortunate events, this character breaks the window of your ship, sucking you out into space and down to the planet below.
    But that isn't the only thing that was sucked out of your ship...
    The things that fuel your ship, known as time pieces (shaped like hourglasses) are also sucked out with you...

    The game has 4 levels total, all are chapters with their own sets of acts (or missions) with various goodies and collectables hidden away within them.
    The first level (or Chapter 1) that you enter is 'Mafia Town', which is inhabited by a group of thugs called...the mafia (ofcourse). This level is essentially a massive island with all manner of little details I shall not go into here.

    Chapter 2 is called 'Battle of the Birds'. It actually takes place in multiple places throughout, starting in a movie studio, then making you do missions within actual movies and ending with a stealth mission into the basement of the studio. (I honestly don't know how anyone couldn't be intrigued)

    Chapter 3 is called 'Subcon forest' and takes place in a very spooky forest ruled over by a demonic being called 'The Snatcher'. The missions of this chapter take you from puzzle solving to horror escape (There's a mission in this level where you go into a mansion and have to escape an invincible moster that chases you and makes the scariest noises i've ever heard)

    Chapter 4 is called 'Alpine Skyline' which is a more open world level, allowing you to traverse it in any way you like to get the time pieces in whatever order you like. The introduction to this level is absolutely breathtaking and is a must-see.

    A feature of each chapter is that you can unlock 'Time rifts' which act as bonus levels for time pieces.
    these split into 2 categories: Blue Time Rifts and Purple Time Rifts.
    Blue time Rifts contain levels very reminiscent of super mario sunshine bonus levels, with moving platforms to cross. The purple time rifts are a bit different, as they have multiple areas requiring you to collect tokens of sorts to open up the exit to the next area until you reach the time piece.

    One of the coolest features of this game that I haven't mentioned until now is the hats.
    Yes, the hats. You didn't think Hat Kid was called that for nothing, right?
    In this game you get to use several different hats, which you unlock over the course of the game by collecting yarn balls hidden in the levels. These hats range from a hat that makes you turn into an ice statue to one that briefly stops time itself. Each one has it's uses and are made even better by the addition of the next thing i'm about to mention...the badges!
    Yes that's right, badges! In this game you can collect a currency called 'pons' in every level which you can use to buy various things, including badges for your hats, which all have unique upgrades and special abilities from a scooter to a grappling hook. Honestly, this game thought of everything.

    And finally, the music!
    The OST for this game is one of the best i've heard in a long time. Every single track is perfect situationally and just fits in to this game, I don't remember the last time I just stopped in a game to listen to the music that was playing. This game truly is a jack of all trades.

    Essentially, when it comes down to it, A Hat in Time is a perfect example of why we shouldn't give up on these types of games, and also why we shouldn't take them for granted.
    In a time where the triple A market is saturated with re-releases, remakes and... *shudders* ... microtransactions, AHiT is a diamond in the rough that stands out and proudly says "I'M DIFFERENT".
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  4. May 16, 2019
    9
    While it is clearly inspired by the Nintendo Mario games (of the 3D type) it is a pretty good game. What it does better than Nintendo is giveWhile it is clearly inspired by the Nintendo Mario games (of the 3D type) it is a pretty good game. What it does better than Nintendo is give a little better character to ..characters speaking English. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2017
    9
    If you're looking for a platformer in the in the style of Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie or even Sly Cooper then you'veIf you're looking for a platformer in the in the style of Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie or even Sly Cooper then you've come to the right place. Every area in this game is not only well-designed from the visual standpoint, but from a gameplay standpoint as well. Each level has a completely different feel to it, but the game never loses sight of what it is. The story is simplistic and the ending is kind of unsatisfying, but the characters more than make up for it. Notably, The Snatcher, The Conductor, and Hat Kid are all very entertaining. In terms of presentation, the Wind Waker-esqe art style is very pretty to look at, and the character design is amazing, although the animations sometimes leave something to be desired. The soundtrack is a mixed bag, but not in the "some of it is good and some of it isn't" sense. What the soundtrack lacks in consistency, it MORE than makes up for in terms of sheer variety and quality of it's tracks (and I'm a sucker for any game that puts some electro-swing into it's ost). Controlling Hat Kid is easy and responsive. Mapping a cancelable dive to the R2 button was a genius idea, and although I wish it was unlocked from the start, diving into and off of walls always feels satisfying to do (especially when you're making a tricky jump or saving yourself from a fall). The game does suffer from a few small problems however:
    Firstly, I should mention how glitchy the game is. While the glitches aren't unbearably bad, I DID softlock at one point, which really sucked.
    Secondly, the game is really short.
    I understand that this is an indie game (I helped back it after all), but I think a little more time should have been put into ironing out some stuff like being able to grapple through walls or into water (which is what softlocked me). I CAN say, that the problem of the game's length will be rectified once the 2 free dlc chapters are released, and (at least on Steam) mod support will keep the game alive for a long time.
    All in all, A Hat in Time is a rare instance where a game kickstarted on Kickstarter ended up being not only exactly what they said it would be, but so much more. I really appreciate the work done here and I hope the team decides to continue making games. They really seem to care about their work, which is something a lot of game developers and companies have been sorely lacking lately.
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  6. May 6, 2020
    7
    A Hat in Time cayó del cielo en un momento en el que el hambre de plataformas era basta. Con una jugabilidad que acaricia la perfección, y unaA Hat in Time cayó del cielo en un momento en el que el hambre de plataformas era basta. Con una jugabilidad que acaricia la perfección, y una dirección artística preciosa y entrañable, la obra ofrece una aventura satisfactoria que entrega un amor muy bonito. ¿Qué le duele? Irónicamente la diferencia que hay de mundo a mundo da en general un paquete que se siente “desordenado” y poco estructurado; el último mundo “abierto” me pareció el más débil del paquete. De igual manera, el contenido aquí queda a deber en cantidad y técnicamente es muy pobre en muchas ocasiones. Al final, el título brilla por tener un encanto que no te encuentras tan fácilmente y por su jugabilidad más que competente. A Hat in Time es una experiencia cálida y muy colorida. Expand
  7. May 31, 2020
    4
    This game could be good, but the basic platforming feel like an outdated platform game, camera movement is a mess. I got alot of frustationThis game could be good, but the basic platforming feel like an outdated platform game, camera movement is a mess. I got alot of frustation because the character doesn't move the way it suppose to. I got stuck on a level because she can't running on wall somehow and thats it i uninstall it immediately. Expand

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