- The presentation side of the game is spot on. Visually the game has a retro feel with a modern look and the accompanying soundtrack is brilliant.
- Each level has had a lot of thought and effort put into it and the variety in each level keeps things fresh and interesting throughout.
- Exploring the fantastic world is absolutely brilliant and finding secrets is both very rewarding and exciting at the same time.
- I found the platformimg in the game to have been done very well because everything remains fluid and responsive throughout.
- There are a decent amount of different abilities for you to collect and each ability has been done really well, which in turn lends the game a lot of replayability.
- The camera in the game can be a right nuisance at times and it can be really frustrating trying to get the camera angle that you desire.
- Unfortunately the game has a lot of loading screens and these loading screens can take a while to load up which can make the game lose its rhythm every now and then.
All in all 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 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.
I rate A Hat in Time 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Publisher: Humble Bundle
Genre: Action/3D Platformer
Release Date (Xbox One): December 6, 2017