A Hat in Time Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an unfolding story about Hour Glasses falling from the Sky.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @HatInTime


Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 14 hours to complete. After completing the main quests there is still plenty to do that will occupy players wanting to see everything for up to 30 hours.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play co-operatively with a second player helping out on the quests.


A Hat in Time usually costs £23.99 to £25.19.

A Hat in Time

Xbox One £23.99
PS4 £23.99
Switch £25.19
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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and for pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children.

The game features non-realistic violence in a childlike setting, when enemies are attacked with the player’s umbrella, they vanish in a puff. Also it contains pictures and sounds likely to be scary, for example ghosts and a stealth level in which the player must remain unseen by a scary black creature.

ESRB TEEN with Blood, Fantasy Violence. Players can defeat enemies by using punches/melee attacks and bashing them with whimsical weapons (e.g., umbrellas). A brief cutscene depicts a red chalk drawing of blood streaks and a jar filled with "cartoony" eyeballs. One prolonged sequence depicts an impaled murder victim (an owl character) lying in a large pool of blood; it is later revealed that the blood and murder are fake.

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.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.


You can auto-skip cutscenes with a setting. There's an assist mode for Accessibility that makes some elements "more accessible" and you recover health after a while which makes it less likely you will die and have to start again.

In the game you are given directions to items required to unlock chests. Also, one of your hats has the ability to direct you to the next important item.
Our A Hat in Time Accessibility Report details 24 accessibility features:

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