A Hat in Time Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on A Hat in Time by Gears for Breakfast. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
A Hat in Time is an indie 3D platformer that’s heavily inspired by the Gamecube era of 3D Platformers.
The game follows a little girl known simply as Hat Girl who winds up losing all of her time pieces on a strange planet. Hat Girl travels to 4 unique places across the planet in search of these time pieces to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Along the way she meets unique and quirky characters, all of which are well voice acted and entertaining.
The locations you visit include Mafia Town, Dead Bird Studios, Subcon Forest and a free roam area called Alpine Skyline. Each area is beautifully designed and features it’s own unique levels and characters/enemies. It’s pretty difficult for me to choose a favorite level but I really liked the one in Subcon Forest that took on a horror theme. It was called Queen Venessa’s Manor. I’m also a huge fan of the Murder on the Owl Express level in Dead Bird Studios. That level was great.
There are quite a few objects and secrets for you to collect along the way as well including relics, rift coins, yarn balls, badges for your hats, music remixes, new hair/clothes colors, and new versions of hats.
Gameplay revolves around using various types of hats to get to hidden areas or get to out of reach areas. There are various types of hats that you can acquire including the Ice Hat, Sprint Hat, and Brewing Hat to name a couple. Each hat has unique abilities to utilize during the game. The Brewing Hat, for example, allows you to create explosive potions to use on enemies or gold wrapped objects.
Badges also play an important part of the game and they grant various effects to your hats. Badge Effects include, Item Magnet, Hover, Scooter, Relic Map, Camera, and Hookshot to name a few. You can equip up to 3 badges at once but you can switch out badges at any time in the inventory screen.
One thing I will say is that this game has perfectly captured the magic of what made the 3D platformers of old so fun. It’s easily the best 3D platformer that I’ve had the pleasure of playing in a very long time and it reminded me of how much I still love the genre. If you enjoy 3D platformers as much as I do, seriously pick this game up, it’s amazing and some of the most fun you’ll have in a 3D platformer in a long time.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
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