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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked A Hat in Time 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
You play in an open world and travel between six levels (including the 2 extra via downloadable content). As you do there are items to collect, puzzles to solve and enemies to fight. The main game is about collecting the 40 "Time Pieces" to save the planet. To help, you can collect Yarn Balls in each level, which are used to create special hats that grant different abilities: faster sprint, explosive potions and the like.
It's a game that is magical because of the rich worlds to explore, detailed interactions and items to find and decipher. At any time another player can join you to help but it's just as much run to take turns to play and explore each of the wonderful levels.
You can play this game in the following styles:
In addition to the official ratings, it’s worth noting that in one mission your soul is stollen and you have to help three foxes commit suicide in a fire to get it back. You are then praised for murdering and strangling them by a demonic spirit.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although youngsters can enjoy jumping around in the game, you need some sustained focus to progress by finding sets of collectibles. Being willing to explore each area carefully, as well as much some really tricky (and frustrating if you miss) jumps also skews the game a bit older.
A Hat in Time
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Includes pack of new content:
- Seal the Deal - New chapter: The Arctic Cruise and Death Wish difficulty. This six Time Rifts and new outfits.
- Nyakuza Metro - New time pieces, sticker upgrades, weapons. A new factory to explore.
- Online Party - Online mode for 50 players in 4 person battles.
- Co-Op - Free content that adds co-operative play.
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Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 22 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
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