Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, macOS, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Humble Bundle
- Developer: Gears for Breakfast
- Release Date: Dec 5, 2017
- Rating: E 10+ for Everyone 10+
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1 (Co-op is scheduled for post-release)
- Official Website: http://hatintime.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
A Hat in Time is going to hook you immediately thanks to the wonderful music and cute visuals. The old school designs will appeal to those who loved games like Super Mario 64, Sly Cooper and even Banjo Kaz-Kazooie which makes sense seeing as how a few of those games were apparently inspirations for Gears for Breakfast. However, visuals aren’t the most important thing about any game—even though some believe this to be the case—as gameplay needs to work equally as well. Thankfully, A Hat in Time does indeed provide some awesome gameplay. Let us first begin by discussing the gameplay of A Hat in Time.
The main objective in A Hat in Time is simple enough. Collect hourglasses known as Time Pieces—which were lost in the beginning of the game—by exploring several worlds that they dropped into. You accomplish this goal by beating various levels and defeating bosses which appear after a number of levels within a world are beat. It’s a gameplay style many gamers—including us here at Honey’s Anime—know all too well but A Hat in Time alters it by doing some things very differently with its methods. How you may ask? Well, the answer here is simple: with the hats and how they are used.
You see in A Hat in Time, players collect yarn—seriously—and then from there, gain the ability to make new hats. These hats in turn give players abilities like running faster, creating potions to throw and even alter time. The hats you find will allow you to explore numerous areas and provide ways of defeating enemies outside using your only weapon which happens to be an umbrella. Not all of the hats are necessary for beating all the missions and levels, but they do provide a means of helping to find other items and can even be customized by using a machine in Hat Kid’s spaceship. Though this gameplay style isn’t the only thing we love about A Hat in Time, we also love the actual levels themselves.
A Hat in Time offers us a slew of strange levels to conquer while you play. One minute, you will be in a stage that feels like a city and then the next you, will be on a train exploring a crime scene. Each world in A Hat in Time feels different and won’t be just you beating the enemies or running around like in most other games. A Hat in Time will have you doing numerous different gameplay styles and that is what keeps it fresh and exciting all the way through. Even the bosses mirror this with you having to defeat them in some very fun ways at times.
Now that you know A Hat in Time is fun to play, you’re probably also wondering is there any problems we here at Honey’s Anime came across. Well, to be honest, A Hat in Time does suffer from just a few issues. The first is that it’s really an easy game that can be too forgiving at times. Death doesn’t mean restarting an area or having to redo too much and usually just acts as a detriment by bringing you back to an unseen checkpoint a moment away from where you died. The same applies to bosses which can be tough at first but usually only take a few tries to realize how to take them down. Our only other issue with A Hat in Time is the sometimes-floaty controls. There were many times where we would fall or miss an area because the controls feel just a bit too old-school and that can be annoying but never so much that we consider it bad. More so, it might just take a bit of time to get use to the controls when you need to make accurate jumps here and there. Though at the end of the day, folks, none of these issues really are grandiose problems for A Hat in Time and that is truly a great thing indeed.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Cute and vibrant art
- Wonderful OST/Voice Acting
- Simple controls feel reminiscent of Sly Cooper and Super Mario 64
- Fun story that will make you laugh regardless of your age
- Bosses are unique and old school feeling in a good way
- Might be a bit too easy for some players
- Controls can be a bit floaty at times, especially during some platforming.