A Hat in Time

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A Hat in Time
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Genre: Platformer
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release Date: October 5, 2017 (PC)
September 2018 (DLC 1)
May 2019 (DLC 2)
December 2017 (PS4 & Xbox One)
October 18, 2019 (Switch Digital)
November 2019 (Switch Physical)
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Gears For Breakfast
Humble Bundle

A Hat in Time is a platform action-adventure video game developed by Gears for Breakfast for macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

A Nintendo Switch port was released in 2019.

A Hat in Time is inspired by earlier 3D platformers in the late 1990s and early 2000s such as Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Psychonauts, and Super Mario Sunshine.

Why It Rocks

  1. Very tight controls.
  2. The characters in the game are very charming and lovable.
  3. The graphics in the game are colorful and give the feel of it's cell-shading art style of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
  4. Hat Kid is very "heckin' cute". Especially when she uses the hookshot and says "Clink!"
  5. A fantastic soundtrack, with additional guest composers like the underrated Qumu and Grant Kirkhope
  6. The world's in the game are great to explore.
  7. The voice acting in the game is great (featuring YouTuber's such as Yungtown and JonTron).
  8. Murder on The Owl Express in World 2 gives major vibes to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  9. The C.A.W Agents in the game are based around the G-Men from Psychonauts.
  10. Queen Vanessa's Manor in World 3 goes from a platformer game to a horror game.
  11. The Conductor in the game is voiced by none other than Xander Mobus (known as the announcer, Master Hand and Crazy Hand from SSB4 and SSBU, and The Protagonist (Joker) from Persona 5.
  12. Mod support.
  13. Very well written dialogue.
  14. A Hat in Time received it's first free DLC on September 13 titled "Seal the Deal" and added co-op.
  15. The "Seal the Deal" DLC comes free with the physical version of the Nintendo Switch game.
  16. In Death Wishes, there are Time Rifts made by the community.
  17. There's a secret boss in Nyakuza Metro inspired by a character from Sega's Yakuza series.

Bad Qualities

  1. The ending for the game where you give or not to give Mustache Girl the Time Piece, is the same ending, which is a huge let down.
  2. Some Death Wish challenges are very hard to do, unless you are very good at the game. Specifically Cruisin' for a Brusin', an endless version of Chapter 6's "Ship Shape" with over 40 tasks to complete on the ship, and even worse, there's a bonus where you have to do it without upsetting the Captain even once. All the pain from this mission gives you a hat.
  3. The loading screens take quite a while.


Upon it's release, the game received "generally favorable" reviews from critics and over on Steam, it received "overwhelming positive". The game was praised mainly for how well it represents old school collect-a-thon platformers while still being an original game with its own identity rather than being a "spiritual successor". Fan demands for a Nintendo Switch port were massive upon the game's launch, but the developers stated that the game couldn't be ported to Switch due it not supporting the engine that the game was developed with. However, in August 2018 a Switch port was finally announced, while the actual port was released in 2019.

The game has sold over 250,000 copies since March of 2018.





8 months ago
Score 1
Are you...talking to yourself?


3 months ago
Score 0
I love this game

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