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.
User reviews:
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Mixed (74 reviews) - 68% of the 74 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,944 reviews) - 70% of the 2,944 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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Recent:
Mixed (74 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (2,944 reviews)
Recently Posted
Gannicus
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
this game seems cute,but i got scarried 3 times in 1 minute, enough to uninstall the game at all ..but! for those who enjoy this kind of horror games u gonna like it! ps. dont blame me for being such a ♥♥♥♥♥, im alone home at 3AM in the morning is darkness all around and this game sounds are beyond creepy
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twactical nuke incoming
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 18
A slender thats afraid of doors and turns. Litteraly the worst horror game i played in my 1 horror game i played. It's stupid but it did scare me the first time. And only the first time.


rip the hat man because the only good thing about this game is the voice acting
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Prank Invasion
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Played for 5 minutes,
Got Jumpscared,
Uninstalled game and never played it again,
10/10
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♫ Euphoric guinea pig :D
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Warning : This is a jumpscare horror game! Beware! It’s evil.

The Achievement Man: Shadow Ward

Note :I’d idled for cards for about 3-4 hours so my actual playtime is less than what Steam shows.

Benefits :
▲ This is actually a real horror game. I mean it. This one is sp00ky for real. Not like the other crap on Steam. Scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of me more than once.
▲ There’s a story. The game's description says it's a true one. Holy ♥♥♥♥!
▲ Cheap. I got it at 50% off, if I remember correctly.
▲ Achievements.
▲ Trading cards.

Drawbacks :
▼ I died two times, the second time when I pressed load I encountered a black screen and had to restart the game. I was literally at the finish line. :/ It happened after a while again.
▼ HatMan appeared right in front of me and there was nowhere to run. It was death at first sight. I mean it was unavoidable. I had to die. Glitch?
At late game HatMan appears in front of you. Sometimes just around the corner. It’s really hard to avoid him and there’s an achievement to beat the game without saving. How the ♥♥♥♥ is one supposed to do that?

Conclusion :
It’s not a perfect game but for 1 euro I’d say it’s decent enough. The fact that it’s actually scary is reason enough to give it a positive review. Proceed playing at your own risk.
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DoMo
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game maybe looks nice, but it is creepy as hell.
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NoEx!T(◣_◢)┌∩┐
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
A real nevrracking game, quite impressive and easy to play!
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CallumFawsitt
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This game is absolutely awful. Thankfully I only payed 20p for it. Would not have payed the full price of 79p. The graphics and design are old fashioned and does not interest teenagers of this day and age. Maybe someone older might enjoy it? But sorry, that someone is not me. I feel like asking for a 20p refund.
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Laphin Hyena
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Hat Man is scary! It is legit creepy. The only thing that irritated me were some of the mechanics in the game. Getting stuck on the monsters with no where to go (like on Stairs etc).

If you want to know what this game is like, if you've ever played Slenderman (the original), it's just like that, in that you have to pick up papers (pages) to proceed.

It just needs to be patched up a bit more and some of the 'player tested' mechanics adjusted, but it's definitely a nice little romp for cheap. My livestream viewers were creeped out more than once. The way you are stalked by the monsters has to be the most tense and excited I have been in awhile.

If you'd like to watch me play a bit of the game. Take a peek in the video below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwR0EAs6ZaU
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Obstacle
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Fun casual game the game's atmosphere is kinda creepy at first, being chased by this creature that never stops.
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Polkkan
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I found the game pretty fun. It has a good storyline, and can give you an adrenaline rush. FUN.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
(English)
The entire game run and collect the cards by building with similar rooms and then suddenly appears behind the man with the hat and soul, we have to start all over again. Not scary, more like a simulator of the librarian.

(Русский)
Всю игру бегаешь и собираешь листки по зданию с однотипными комнатами и тут вдруг сзади появляется чувак в шляпе и забирает твою душу, приходится начинать всё сначала. Не страшно, больше похоже на какой-то симулятор библиотекаря.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Hat Man is scary! It is legit creepy. The only thing that irritated me were some of the mechanics in the game. Getting stuck on the monsters with no where to go (like on Stairs etc).

If you want to know what this game is like, if you've ever played Slenderman (the original), it's just like that, in that you have to pick up papers (pages) to proceed.

It just needs to be patched up a bit more and some of the 'player tested' mechanics adjusted, but it's definitely a nice little romp for cheap. My livestream viewers were creeped out more than once. The way you are stalked by the monsters has to be the most tense and excited I have been in awhile.

If you'd like to watch me play a bit of the game. Take a peek in the video below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwR0EAs6ZaU
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 18
A slender thats afraid of doors and turns. Litteraly the worst horror game i played in my 1 horror game i played. It's stupid but it did scare me the first time. And only the first time.


rip the hat man because the only good thing about this game is the voice acting
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Warning : This is a jumpscare horror game! Beware! It’s evil.

The Achievement Man: Shadow Ward

Note :I’d idled for cards for about 3-4 hours so my actual playtime is less than what Steam shows.

Benefits :
▲ This is actually a real horror game. I mean it. This one is sp00ky for real. Not like the other crap on Steam. Scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of me more than once.
▲ There’s a story. The game's description says it's a true one. Holy ♥♥♥♥!
▲ Cheap. I got it at 50% off, if I remember correctly.
▲ Achievements.
▲ Trading cards.

Drawbacks :
▼ I died two times, the second time when I pressed load I encountered a black screen and had to restart the game. I was literally at the finish line. :/ It happened after a while again.
▼ HatMan appeared right in front of me and there was nowhere to run. It was death at first sight. I mean it was unavoidable. I had to die. Glitch?
At late game HatMan appears in front of you. Sometimes just around the corner. It’s really hard to avoid him and there’s an achievement to beat the game without saving. How the ♥♥♥♥ is one supposed to do that?

Conclusion :
It’s not a perfect game but for 1 euro I’d say it’s decent enough. The fact that it’s actually scary is reason enough to give it a positive review. Proceed playing at your own risk.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
291 of 355 people (82%) found this review helpful
406 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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148 of 170 people (87%) found this review helpful
153 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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274 of 342 people (80%) found this review helpful
24 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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419 of 574 people (73%) found this review helpful
497 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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135 of 166 people (81%) found this review helpful
65 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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119 of 164 people (73%) found this review helpful
47 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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