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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Mr Sun's Hatbox (2023) is a slapstick running, jumping and shooting game about retrieving a stolen hatbox at any cost. Play is Spelunky-style platforming and shooting, but with characters who have problematic traits that must be offset with hat abilities. It stands out for the looping heist challenges and interstitial base building that depends as much on picking the right hats for your team as on quick reactions.

Mr Moon and his troublemakers have stolen Mr Sun's hatbox and it's up to you to build a team, stage a series of heists, and get it back. In each stage, you choose a team of characters with different quirks and abilities. Maybe they can taser anyone they touch. Or maybe (less useful) they have dry eyes and blink a lot, turning the whole screen temporarily black. Or maybe they have a guilty conscience that means they panic and jump around after killing someone. These abilities need to be paired with (offset by) all manner of whacky hats - ping pong rackets, shark hats and the like - along with the usual firearms, explosives, and sharp objects.

Because the abilities and hats define not only your team but the enemies, learning how they work together not only helps you progress but avoid enemy attacks. This Spelunky-style chaotic platforming combines with the base and team-building aspects to always give you another reason to go back for another run. In this way, you develop from your modest beginnings to build a unit fit for taking down the mischievous Mr Moon and his troublemakers.

The result is a game about working with what you've got and finding ways to use your team's negative traits to your advantage. Add the cooperative element to this and it offers the kind of emergent fun usually associated with more complex and better-looking games like Sea of Thieves. Don't be fooled though, play here is just as nuanced and unpredictable.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Mr Sun's Hatbox a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting game with Collecting, Role-Play, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. You can get through the main game in 5 hours but there's lots more to do.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need quick reactions for the platforming. But you also need to have forward planning and outside the box thinking for picking and equipping your team.

CostsCosts

Mr Sun's Hatbox usually costs £12.79.
 

Mr Sun's Hatbox

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/04/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting (Collecting, Role-Play, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Kenny Y Sun (@KennyYSun)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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