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2019/04/30 17:20
A Hat in Time
A Hat in Time is a platformer initially released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One back in 2017, with a Nintendo Switch port coming this year. We got plenty of platformers in the recent years, we had Super Mario Odyssey and we also saw the remakes of Crash Bandicoot with the N. Sane Trilogy and even the return of Spyro. There’s also Yooka-Laylee made by former Rare employees, and if you’re not familiar with them, they developed the Banjo-Kazooie series, one of the renowned platformer games of its generation. With all these games with the same genre, how does A Hat in Time hold up? Should I play it now?

First point, if you’re new to platformers or not really good at them but wanted a starting point then A Hat in Time is a good game to start. Not too good with platformers myself, I’ve only played a handful such as the old Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, the first Spyro game, and a few other titles, but I found A Hat in Time enjoyable as it’s not too hard yet not entirely a breeze. You’re given some items to combat bad elements in the game, for the first act it’s the Mafia members of Mafia Town and that changes on each act. At later parts of the game you earn badges that gives you specific abilities to help in your goal of obtaining Time Pieces. Hat Kid can also obtain a variety of hats that has different kinds of abilities, which are helpful in some situations and an absolute must in some of the puzzles to get the Time Piece in the level.

Since we’re at the levels, Mafia Town is the basic one where you complete different objectives per act although it’s confined in one big area, think of it as a tutorial act. There will be a variety of acts at later parts of the game where stealth is added in platforming and even timed missions. It may be a bummer to some but it’s well implemented.

The controls are pretty tight though new players may struggle with Diving and cancelling at first, other than that the game is comfortable to play with either a controller or keyboard. Personally speaking, my preferred input is controller since I’m more used to controllers when it comes to platformers.

A Hat in Time has its own story, it’s not too deep or anything though. For the lack of lore, it makes up with the dialogue. The lines of minor characters and arc bosses are pretty hilarious in context. Hat Kid doesn’t speak herself but she owns a diary where you can read her thoughts on Act parts that you finish. Hint, hint. It’s not available until you gain a certain hat.

If there’s one thing that’s absolutely fantastic in this game, it’s the soundtrack. There’s the original music and the remixed tracks that can be obtained in the game, the background music of some levels can be changed to the remix track that you can get. Most of it was composed by Pascal Michael Stiefel along with a few guest composers contributing too. The Original Game Soundtrack and the B-Side Soundtrack are available in Spotify if you want to listen to it, as well as the official Gears for Breakfast YouTube Channel.

Once you’re done with all the acts and reached the end of the game, there are still other things to do in the post-game. Plus the addition of the Seal the Deal DLC in 2018 gives players another chapter to play with several acts, and a co-op mode featuring another character named Bow Kid. Another DLC, Nyakuza Metro, is slated to launch on May 2019.

Whether you’re a fan of platformer games or not, A Hat in Time certainly is worth your time. It’s not as hardcore when it comes to collectibles like some platformers, but you’d still find yourself play certain acts again because of the level design and going around them with Hat Kid is a fun experience. There’s also the Steam Workshop for PC players, tons of fan made contents are uploaded for you to try, ranging from player-made levels to skins and items.
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