In A Hat in Time on Nintendo Switch, you play as a tiny space-travelling girl with a big tophat. Her adventure is halted when all her fuel, the Time Pieces, is lost and scattered across a nearby planet. Hat Kid must now jump, fight and stitch new hats to make her way into every nook and cranny of this new world to restore her fuel and resume her journey. On her way, she’ll bump into the menacing Mafia of Cooks, the goofy birds of Dead Bird Studio, the spooky shadows of Subcon Forest, and more!
Your main goal as Hat Kid is to collect all your timepieces, so you can fly your ship. This means having to explore different lands and locations while dealing with a host of wacky characters. For the middle part of the game, I had forgotten why I was collecting these pieces, as I was so taken with the exploration side of the game.
The world is broken up into 4 main parts, each part contains 6 acts and 3 time rift bonus levels. Each act is unique and very easy to distinguish between them. The areas to explore are huge and remind me a lot of Mario Odessy, as once you think you have it all explored, there is a whole other section. There are bad guys all over the place and lots of secret passages.
A Hat in Time Nintendo Switch Trailer
As you play you can unlock upgrades, you have 3 upgrade slots for Hat Kid. This means you can only use 3 upgrades at any time, so you have to pick and choose carefully. Controls are easy to pick up, but the camera control does take a lot of getting used to. Several times I was unable to see my character as the camera was stuck in a wall.
The bonus levels allow you to earn different hats. Hats can be used to give you special abilities. Hats can be changed as you play, so you can run fast when you want to, or throw explosives etc.
A Hat in Time is a great looking game, with bright and bubbly environments, and some very unique and wacky characters. It’s a fun world to explore and it makes you want to look around. As I said, it reminds me a lot of Mario 64 and Mario Odessy, with an almost comical fun way of interacting with you.
Now for the negatives, the game doesn’t play that well on the Switch. Load times are awful, with it taking away from the whole gaming experience. While the game looks great, there are numerous times the framerate would drop.
Overall, I would say that a Hat in Time is a great fun game, but maybe not on the Switch. The framerate and camera control, really let down the gaming experience. Finally, check out our other gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to check on our Twitter and Facebook.