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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: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    100
    A Hat in Time is the kind of game you don't see very often anymore: an incredible fun-for-all-ages romp that isn't exclusive to Nintendo. It's ceaseless dedication to making every moment feel fresh and exciting is admirable – even if a few technical hiccups slipped through the cracks. It's an incredibly fun platformer that never stops surprising. It's the kind of game that just makes you happy. Heck, the game is making me smile right now, and all I'm doing is writing its review.
  2. Dec 19, 2017
    85
    A Hat in Time is probably the best platformer released this year that doesn’t star that one plumber guy. Anyone who still has fond memories of classic N64 platformers owe it to themselves to check it out. Also for PS4 and XB1 owners this is about as good as it gets without Italian influence. For the price it is more than worth your time. Don’t sleep on this charming title.
  3. Dec 29, 2017
    80
    A Hat in Time is a game as adorable as mature. You will love its adult sense of humor besides the great variety of levels and situations that The Girl With a Hat will face. It is a great tribute to the old 3D platform games.
  4. Dec 19, 2017
    73
    An ideal game for X-mas times. Inspired by classic such as Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie and little bites of Luigi's Mansion, it has enough personality to feel original and make its own adventure.
  5. Dec 15, 2017
    70
    A Hat In Time is a game that is proud to wear its influences on its sleeve and largely does them justice. The 3D platformer features a quirky story, diverse and memorable levels, interesting well-voiced characters, and collectibles that actually have a point. The platforming is responsive and the difficulty scales appropriately on the whole, but the game is let down by camera issues — clipping through objects, zooming in at inappropriate times, and shaking all contribute to unfair deaths for the player, often at the worst possible moment. There's something here for players of all abilities and most will be able to look past its faults for another enjoyable completion.
  6. Dec 21, 2017
    65
    I had hoped for some more originality to be seen in the game’s mechanics or level design, but the lack thereof doesn’t hinder the quality of the experience. Nothing in A Hat in Time is going to change how you think about 3D platformers, but if you know that ahead of time and are still looking for an enjoyable, cute collectaton, there are definitely worse options to choose from.
  7. Dec 21, 2017
    50
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether and how heavily to weigh its off-screen issues. What’s less open to debate, however, is how much this game is weighed down by wonky controls and an even wonkier camera. There are other, much better 3D platformers out there, and they’re much more deserving of our time and your money.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Dec 13, 2017
    10
    I'm confused on why the critics are taking the piss out of the voice acting. Anyway, this is a legend ready to unfold in your eyes, somethingI'm confused on why the critics are taking the piss out of the voice acting. Anyway, this is a legend ready to unfold in your eyes, something charming, and welcoming to the human eye. And the Hat Kid is so damn adorable... Expand
  2. Dec 28, 2017
    10
    I made a Metacritic account just so I could make this review. This game is perhaps one of the last surviving members of the 3D platformerI made a Metacritic account just so I could make this review. This game is perhaps one of the last surviving members of the 3D platformer genre . . . that likely means nothing, so I'll say this: if you feel the urge to retire from the endless slew of cash cow FPS games and return to the older days of plot, adventure and puzzles, pick this game up. For $30, you get one big nostalgia trip, and it was personally thrilling for me. It might as well be the third installment in the Super Mario Galaxy saga. The game came from nothing . . . it was crowdfunded on Kickstarter and thus is nothing close to a "triple A title" like Call of Duty or Zelda games, but it feels like it is! There are times where the camera is oddly positioned, but that's nothing terrible(makes it more challenging and fun, really) since I 100% the game without finding a single glitch or restart-prompting error. One or two voices at the end were missing, but the classic text on the screen covered well.

    In short, A Hat in Time is beautiful(did I mention the soundtrack is unbelievable?(Electro Swing)), well-executed and worth playing. Don't let picky critics hack it apart . . . jump in for yourself!
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  3. Mar 9, 2018
    9
    Posiblemente el mejor de su genero actualmente. Un simpatiquísimo plataformas 3D con muchísima exploración lleno de color y de situaciones muyPosiblemente el mejor de su genero actualmente. Un simpatiquísimo plataformas 3D con muchísima exploración lleno de color y de situaciones muy variopintas. Una solución perfecta a la necesidad de un plataformas en toda regla. Expand
  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. Jan 3, 2018
    9
    This year has seen quite a few 3D platformers and I’m pleased that the genre has seen a resurgence because I must admit that I’m quite a fanThis year has seen quite a few 3D platformers and I’m pleased that the genre has seen a resurgence because I must admit that I’m quite a fan of 3D platformers. A Hat in Time is a game that I’ve heard quite a lot of good things about so I was actually quite looking forward to it, and thankfully it was worth the wait. They have managed to deliver in a number of areas and that’s evident from the get go. The levels in the game can be quite brilliant at times and you can tell that they’ve had a lot of effort put into them. The world in which the levels take place in is fantastic and the game encourages you to explore a lot, and when exploring you will come across loads of little secrets which is great. Whilst the exploring is great you will however struggle with the camera from time to time and it will frustrate you as well, but thankfully it’s only a small problem in the grand scheme of things. The most important thing of a 3D platformer is obviously the platforming elements and thankfully everything has been done well here, which is both a relief and very much appreciated. Another thing the game gets right is that is has a decent amount of replayability and I didn’t get bored very often because there are a number of different abilities for you to collect and use. The presentation side of the game is absolutely perfect in my opinion. Visually the game manages to be both retro and modern at the same time and the same can also be said about the soundtrack, which is great. At the end of the day A Hat in Time is a fantastic addition to the 3D platforming genre and in a lot of ways it reminds me of why I like the genre so much. It does a great job of being fun and enticing throughout and the mechanics it needs to get right it does get right. I only have two real gripes with the game so it shows you that it gets most of the things right, and this makes A Hat in Time one of my favourite games I’ve played this year, so without a doubt this game gets a massive thumbs up from me. Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2017
    8
    As a platforming fan, I began 2017 with high hopes. The trio of A Hat In Time, Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey promised to make it oneAs a platforming fan, I began 2017 with high hopes. The trio of A Hat In Time, Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey promised to make it one for the ages. Unsurprisingly, the promise was mostly undelivered. Super Mario Odyssey, whilst technically proficient and occasionally fun, abandoned any pretence of being anything but a set of Nintendo-red training wheels to hook a new generation of participation trophy receivers on Nintendo's IPs, providing hardly the barest fraction of actual platforming. Far more egregious, Yooka-Laylee was published as a barely-playable mess, and whilst subsequent patches have blunted the technical issues (the general lacklustre gameplay precludes my using 'resolved'), unfortunately charm and soulfulness cannot be transmitted via updates.

    I was prepared for a hat trick of crushing disappointment when I somewhat reluctantly put down money for A Hat In Time. It is with grateful relief that I can say, at last, that the money was well-spent. This game is everything that I looked for in platforming of 2017. It demanded all of the time and precision that SMO forewent, and it delivered all of the charm and evolution of platforming collectathon mechanics that I expected and utterly failed to receive from Yooka Laylee. The only faults I find are a general roughness to the art design and implementation, which is nonetheless effective, and an occasional annoyance with the loading times undoubtedly caused through the use of the now-archaic UE3 engine; it's my hope that a future remaster will smooth over both of these issues and vault the game from good to superb. In the meantime, even as it stands, A Hat In Time delivers in spades on its core promise of being a cute-as-heck, fantastic platformer that is worth every penny of reasonable purchase price.
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  7. Nov 16, 2018
    6
    This was a 3D platformer in the Mario 64 vein which I was able to beat in about 15 or so hours getting the minimum hourglasses.

    Pros: - I
    This was a 3D platformer in the Mario 64 vein which I was able to beat in about 15 or so hours getting the minimum hourglasses.

    Pros:
    - I thought the structure and presentation were good
    - Fun characters and boss battles

    Cons:
    - The platforming and traversal was just average. Felt like I was running into walls and wasn't flowing well through the levels.
    - When I wanted to end the game I got the required hourglasses but hidden behind that was that apparently you had to have certain hats. This was not obvious and I had to go grind for yarn which was annoying. I had bought the most expensive hat not knowing this and was frustrated.
    - Loading times were too long
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