Based on a true story, discover the horror of the Canton insane asylum as you attempt to rescue your daughter. Experience the scariest game of 2014.
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Mostly Positive (2,721 reviews) - 71% of the 2,721 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 10, 2016

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About This Game

“The Scariest Game of 2014”

The Hat Man: Shadow Ward tells the real life story of the events that took place at the Canton State Insane Asylum fifty years ago, as reported by those who survived.

When you receive word from the asylum staff that your daughter has gone missing from the facility, you set out to solve the mystery of her disappearance. When you arrive, you’re thrust into a living nightmare.

All electricity and communication with the outside world has been cut off, and the asylum is being terrorized by supernatural beings, which we now refer to as The Hat Man and the Shadow people.

Armed only with a flashlight and the items you find along the way, it’s up to you to survive the terror and find your daughter.

The Hatman: Shadow Ward, is based off accounts from books, newspaper clippings , and internet sources. The Canton insane asylum environment is procedurally generated from a proprietary algorithm that guarantees a unique and unpredictable experience on every playthrough.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz - Low budget CPUs such as Celeron or Duron needs to be at about twice the CPU speed
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 - Integrated graphics and low budget cards might not work.
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 - Integrated graphics and low budget cards might not work.
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (2,721 reviews)
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MilKeyStorm
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Good Game
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Kreez
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The game feels nigh on impossible to complete. No way to escape the 'hat man' can't run around him and often forced into a dead end rendering one way death and the other.... death. I found out that you must find a crowbar or flatbar to get over spike traps. found it once and never knew what to do with it. Now I can't find it at all... Nah not a game i would recomend
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Razna
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 25
Just like slenderman ! TIP: If you found yourself with a big hole in your way , dont look back!
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r4ch
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
i got stuck and i have been running around for 200 hours
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Z!RO
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Good and horror game :))))))))))
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Nexiu
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Are there really spike traps in mental health care facilities?
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GodzillaKung
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
หลอนมากๆ 555 ผมสะดุ้งปิดเกมทันทีโล๊ย
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Sans the Skeleton
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
You made a game based on a really neat concept, and something which affected me deeply when I was young. However, you slapped this badboy together in a weekend, and in the first three minutes of gameplay have an immersion slap to the face by making a room filled with your developer credits and logo. The enemies give you literally no opportunity to react. This feels like a pre-alpha version of a game. Straw that broke the camel's back: The game is too frusterating to be scary.
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R4f/-\EL |\/|AR's
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
"I'm a Gamer and I'll die as a Gamer"
English Review

I know I didn't played too much, that's because I normally don't like Survival Horror Games, especially the ones that don't scare me, but this one, well I can almost say that the reason behind why I didn't played more was because I didn't wanted to die of fright...

It could have some kind of tutorial I don't know I've never played a survival horror that much so I don't know if they teach the player the basic of the game, I think it could teach things like, where could I save the game, what means when there's people whispering, how to "scare away" the "monster" (if that's possible)...

The graphics are ok, it's nothing ultra realistic, but isn't ugly too (sometimes there's some graphical glitches like walls and/or objetcs fully "lighted" in total dark but it's probably my ultra lower end PC).

Reason of death, he met the Hat Man, and he absorbed his soul



"Sou Gamer e morrerei como Gamer"
Análise em Português - BR

Eu sei que eu não joguei muito, isso é porque normalmente eu não gosto de jogos de survival horror, especialmente aqueles que não me assustam, mas este, bem, eu quase posso dizer que a razão por que eu não jogou mais foi porque eu não queria morrer de susto...

Poderia ter algum tipo de tutorial sei lá, eu nunca joguei tanto assim um survival horror, então eu não sei se eles ensinam ao jogador o básico do jogo, mas acho que poderia ensinar coisas como, onde eu poderia salvar o jogo, o que significa que quando tem pessoas sussurrando, como "assustar" o "monstro" (se isso for possível)...

O gráfico é ok, não é nada ultra-realista, mas também não é feio (às vezes aparece uns glitches gráficos tipo paredes e/ou objetcs totalmente "iluminados" em um lugar todo escuro, mas provavelmente é o meu PC ultra low end).

Motivo da morte, ele conheceu o homem do chapéu, e ele absorveu sua alma
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Scree
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
got this game
for 59p
This was a complete bargin
it's real value is £1
i would pay for thisgame
nice atmosphere
v spooky
I would buy it and refund it
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 7 days
13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Are there really spike traps in mental health care facilities?
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
You made a game based on a really neat concept, and something which affected me deeply when I was young. However, you slapped this badboy together in a weekend, and in the first three minutes of gameplay have an immersion slap to the face by making a room filled with your developer credits and logo. The enemies give you literally no opportunity to react. This feels like a pre-alpha version of a game. Straw that broke the camel's back: The game is too frusterating to be scary.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
247 of 293 people (84%) found this review helpful
331 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 27, 2015
-Game is nineteen cents
-Owe friend five dollars
-Try to buy twenty-five copies to send to friend as payment
-Steam shuts down my account for two weeks due to "Suspicious Activity" after tenth purchase
-I'm not able to buy it fifteeen more times
-That is my only regret

10/10
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262 of 327 people (80%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 29, 2014
The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is a indie horror game.
Your daughter is assigned to an asylum because of attempting suicide. Somehow she has gone missing and it is up to you to find her.
At the beginning you can choose if you play as the father or the mother (no difference to game, just difference voices).
Soon after the start you will realize that The Hat Man is nothing more as another Slender clone. You move through the rooms and try to find all pages (notes from your daughter) while the Hat Man is trying to chase you.
The Hat Man is fairly slow and not a real danger at all. You can easily walk through the rooms and collect the pages. To finish the game it takes something around 30 minutes.
The graphics are not great at all. The whole game is very repetitive, all rooms look the same.
The sound is okay but the voice acting is really awful.
The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is not scary at all and especially not worth 4,99 (former price was 14,99€).

Sounds 3/10
Graphics 3/10
Gameplay 2/10
Atmosphere 2/10

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127 of 147 people (86%) found this review helpful
127 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 1, 2015
Holy crap, is this ever terrifying. From the moment you step into a generically rendered asylum following the trail of a missing whats-her-name, it's just a non-stop thrill ride of collecting journal pages scattered randomly around the repetative environment as though by some drunken anti-literate. You move from recycled room to recycled room with only your trusty, predictable, yet totally unnecessary flashlight to light the way, as the masterfully executed tension mounts until you are randomly accosted by a terrifying, low-res shadow something-or-other and accompanying generic shrieky noise.

As your sanity ebbs away, you notice it's wearing a hat. A horrifying black screen mournfully informs you that "he has captured your soul" before you exit out of the game and uninstall forever. Truly, the fear may dig deep but the memories last forever.
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126 of 153 people (82%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 15, 2015
One of the first items you get in the game is an axe. A strong, shiny, reliable axe. And what do you do with it? You use it to pass through a door and then you leave it behind!

Seriously? Is that credible? You find a weapon in a terror game and you drop it? For the God sake, in the real life I would marry that axe if I could keep it that way.

Nothing more to say.

PS: The rest of the game is like those crappy freeware Slenderman games but also with a disastrous translation.
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409 of 560 people (73%) found this review helpful
488 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 27, 2015
My daughter is missing. They told me not to come, but like I wouldn't come if my daughter was missing. But nobody is here, how could I get in the way if nobody is here? The setting is creepy, theres a fan on the wall behind the desk slowly turning. A painting lies in front of me. I feel drawn to it, almost as if in a momentary trance. I snap out of it, and head up the stairs. I walk into what appears to be a little girls room - maybe my little girls room.

A chair is on the ground in front of me, it looks knocked over....I walk to the bedside table. A diary is sitting there, so I go to open it to read it.

All of a sudden, the diary's pages start moving on their own! The world turns dark and grey as the book flies off the nightstand towards the door! Now THAT got my attention!

I walk towards the door to leave. Locked....i must have missed something. I go to pick up the diary that is now on the floor. Theres voices and whispers all around me! Holy crap i've got to get out of this room!

Then a poorly rendered silhouette with white eyes moves slowly towards me - but theres no where to run! This must be the first jumpscare!

It moves towards me painfully slowly. It makes a very corny and poor audio quality screech as the camera shakes slightly, extremely un-scary.

'He captured your soul!'






No, they captured my ♥♥♥♥ing 19 cents.

1/10
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118 of 161 people (73%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 18, 2015
Prepare to die screaming…or more likely laughing at the horrendously bad voice acting of ‘The Hat Man: The 20+ Pages’……wait….wrong game (and more on the voice acting later).

Alas, just as has happened with so many other indie horror games in recent years and with the advent of the Slender series, ‘The Hat Man: Shadow Ward’ (the ‘for real’ name) falls victim to the same ‘collect quest’ gameplay mechanic. This means that you need to find a set number of pages from your daughter’s diary to complete the game. Ultimately, that’s the basis of the game: you either play as the father or mother in search of said daughter, who has gone missing from the seemingly empty asylum she was committed to which is now populated by shadow people/The Hat Man (BTW – the idea of shadow peeps is based loosely on fact and there are many documented cases, and even some decent movies, about people that have seen or had encounters with these so-called ‘Shadow People’). Thankfully, you don’t just search for pages as you also need to find some other items to progress deeper into the asylum and defeat The Hat Man (who I guess is like the pimp of the shadow peeps) to get your daughter back.

One of the more unique attributes of this game (though it’s been done before) is that sound is utilized to pinpoint the location of pages/other items you need by means of whispery voices. Also, the sound design of this game isn’t half bad for being a budget title, with some of the sound effects/ambient music being pretty creepy in my opinion.

Now as promised, I must go back to my earlier comment about the voice acting. Granted, this game is super short and can be beat in less than half an hour, so you may think that voice acting wouldn’t be too important in such a game…..but it kinda, sorta totally is. Essentially, it’s hilarious. No, seriously, I’m not joking. I mean, it’s so stupendously bad that it’s good (I don’t know how that works; it defies the human intellect to comprehend how that can be) but it’s true. I figure most people will laugh at it, though some may actually want to cry at how bad it is. And for all those 100% achievement unlock Steamers out there – prepare thine selves!! There is actually an achievement for listening to your daughter reading the pages of her diary as you collect them. Sure, this game can fairly easily be ‘100%’d’ and the aforementioned achievement is easy enough to unlock, but don’t go joy-puking your faces off just yet as I seriously believe that listening to all of the pages may very well land you in an asylum. I personally just barely managed to keep my sanity intact while unlocking this achievement, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This game can be fun for like 2 hrs tops, but I wouldn’t recommend it at full price, even if it is a budget title. With decent voice acting, who knows, perhaps this game could have been terrifying. As it is, it will likely be overlooked by most gamers, but it is somewhat interesting and good for a laugh….or cry, so give it a shot.
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148 of 219 people (68%) found this review helpful
187 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 30, 2015
I hate my freind for gifting me this game....
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129 of 190 people (68%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 20, 2015
http://youtu.be/esYxWxiDOyY
Game: The Hat Man: Shadow Ward
Genre: Survival horror
Developer: Game Mechanics
Publisher: Game Mechanics
Copy supplied by developer

The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is a first-person survival horror game set in an asylum developed and published by Game Mechanics.

STORY
You play as either the father or mother of Virginia Berry, who disappeared from the asylum where she was being treated for attempting suicide. As you go and investigate her disappearance, you find no one in the asylum and you start looking for pages from your daughter's journal while being chased by a shadowy figure.
Unlike most horror games of this nature, reading the notes and discovering what your daughter was living through is more interesting than simply looking at doodles and drawings of the monster. Unfortunately, the plot really goes nowhere and is disposable at best for the game.

GRAPHICS
As far as Unity games go, this doesn't stand out from the crowd. The environments are polished and I didn't encounter a single bug, but the rooms all look the same and it becomes really hard to navigate the environment. The design of the titular villain and the shadow people isn't really scary, and once you see them the built-up scariness disappears.

GAMEPLAY
Similarly to Slenderman: The Eight Pages, you must move through the environment looking for pages while avoiding being caught by the Hat Man. You will also need to find some objects to open new areas and further explore the asylum. The pages are really easy to find since they make a noise when you are near them, and the shadow people can be "defeated" by hitting'em with your flashlight "Alan Wake style".

CHALLENGE
The game is really easy to beat, and the antagonist showed up rarely and was really slow and easy to avoid.

SOUND
The voice acting for both the father and mother is hilariously bad, and that alone is worth playing the game. There is only one piece of music, and is the relaxing one that plays at the radio. There are also some ambient noises, and luckily no screamers or loud jumpscares.

REPLAYABILITY
After having beaten the game, you can replay it to unlock the 11 achievements that require you to beat the game as fast as possible and find and listen to all the diary pages.

The game is creepy most of the times, but the boring level design, poorly developed ghosts and short length make the game feel more boring than it needed to be. However, I recommend this game for the voice acting and really cheap price to support the developers to create a better product.

Story: 6
Graphics: 7
Gameplay: 5
Challenge: 3
Sound: 5
Replayability: 4

ENJOYMENT: 6
FRUSTRATION: 3

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