Who’d have thought that a simple hat could do so much. But in video games, that hat is a thing of power, capable of giving the user new abilities and skills, even changing up the areas around it. It’s that latter mechanic with which Hatup plays with as it releases on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
Hatup is not the brilliant A Hat in Time, but if it’s even half as good as that indie hat-swapping classic, we’ll be well happy with what Eastasiasoft and Naoka Games have been able to create. We’ll be sure to let you know in our upcoming review.
Hatup is well priced and probably tempting enough from that alone. It runs at £4.19 from the Xbox Store (with a launch discount dropping that down to a smidge over £3 for a limited time), is fully optimised for next-gen consoles of Xbox Series X and Series S and will throw you the ropes you need to drag yourself onboard with a testing, but cute, little puzzle platformer.
It’s that hat which is the key feature here and in Hatup you and your little character get to play around with a fez. Run with it in hand as you hop, skip and jump through the multiple stages and all is good in the world. But what if you come up against an impassable wall? Or seem to be missing a platform? Well, stick that fez on your head and the level will change up, allowing you to progress.
It’s a simple trick but from the screens and trailer, it seems to work nicely. The only thing that will be holding you back in this precision platformer will no doubt be the skills you have yourself.
Collecting keys, avoiding traps, sticking hats on heads and opening exit doors is the main aim of Hatup – and we’re more than good with that. Especially when you consider that price point.
Key game features include:
- Run and jump through challenging single-screen puzzle stages!
- Wear or knock off your hat to affect levels in different ways.
- Collect keys and figure out how to reach the exit!
- Avoid spike traps and other hazards.
- Retry stages as many times as it takes!
Stick around for our full review of Hatup on Xbox Series X|S soon, but for now you can grab a download of the game for yourself from the usual digital stores. The Xbox Store will cover the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S bases, but you can also gather up some serious hat fun on PlayStation and Switch too.
Put on your thinking cap to solve problems with those puzzling platforms! Take the role of a little purple humanoid as he navigates tricky puzzle stages that change depending on whether he’s wearing his fez-style hat or not! Hatup is a precision platformer with single-screen stages where the objective is to avoid spikes and other traps while collecting keys and toggling platforms on and off. Are you clever enough to escape each level and move on to the next challenge?