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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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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Chicken_Little
( 0.2 hrs on record )
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Posted: June 29
nice
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notafan
( 2.8 hrs on record )
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Posted: June 29
nah.
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✪ den1s^
( 1.0 hrs on record )
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Posted: June 29
Product received for free
asd
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Bat-Flash
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 28
slender man you played team forteress 2 to get a hat
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Zetsabre
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 28
~This review based when I watch friend play this game~

Pros
-Got some Trading cards
-Good atmosphere for horror
-Possible to finish the game

Cons
-Have some voice over, but it is quite bad (also on start u can choose be a mom or dad but end up same voice + no difference)
-Impossible to get perfect achievements
-Only possible to save when u touch a tv
-Sometimes buggy

In short this is
Quite good horror game for Indie (and cheap one)

Note : Please read the guide to clear this game, unless u want to waste time. (Because this game kind of lack clue)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ChrisP
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: The Hat Man: Shadow Ward
Developer: Game Mechanics
Publisher: Game Mechanics
Genre: Atmospheric Horror

General Impression
The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is the dev team’s first release on Steam, but it has left an impression already. Indie horror games aren’t a novelty yet most try to stand out from the crowd and fail. Not this title though. Whlie Hat Man takes clear inspiration from the Slender series, it ups the ante by offering an equally interesting story and far more documents and items to collect at a very affordable deal. It’s more fast-paced too and you need to constantly be on the move while carefully searching the many rooms and corridors of the asylum backdrop in the game. The difficulty is also quite impressive, so it will require some trial & error. The graphics and sounds are more than decent, given the game’s budget and price point and the presence of both Achivements and Trading Cards, make this game worthy of any horror game collectors on Steam.

Strong Points
+ Interesting setting and storyline.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements

Weak Points
- Unbalanced difficulty.
- Short and with no replay value.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Howl Reviews.
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Life is Strange
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 27
its better than Conjuring 2
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⎛⎝Desu-Chan⎠⎞
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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MilKeyStorm
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Good Game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 7 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: The Hat Man: Shadow Ward
Developer: Game Mechanics
Publisher: Game Mechanics
Genre: Atmospheric Horror

General Impression
The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is the dev team’s first release on Steam, but it has left an impression already. Indie horror games aren’t a novelty yet most try to stand out from the crowd and fail. Not this title though. Whlie Hat Man takes clear inspiration from the Slender series, it ups the ante by offering an equally interesting story and far more documents and items to collect at a very affordable deal. It’s more fast-paced too and you need to constantly be on the move while carefully searching the many rooms and corridors of the asylum backdrop in the game. The difficulty is also quite impressive, so it will require some trial & error. The graphics and sounds are more than decent, given the game’s budget and price point and the presence of both Achivements and Trading Cards, make this game worthy of any horror game collectors on Steam.

Strong Points
+ Interesting setting and storyline.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements

Weak Points
- Unbalanced difficulty.
- Short and with no replay value.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Howl Reviews.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 28
~This review based when I watch friend play this game~

Pros
-Got some Trading cards
-Good atmosphere for horror
-Possible to finish the game

Cons
-Have some voice over, but it is quite bad (also on start u can choose be a mom or dad but end up same voice + no difference)
-Impossible to get perfect achievements
-Only possible to save when u touch a tv
-Sometimes buggy

In short this is
Quite good horror game for Indie (and cheap one)

Note : Please read the guide to clear this game, unless u want to waste time. (Because this game kind of lack clue)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
262 of 319 people (82%) found this review helpful
356 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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267 of 332 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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134 of 154 people (87%) found this review helpful
133 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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130 of 157 people (83%) found this review helpful
55 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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413 of 565 people (73%) found this review helpful
492 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 162 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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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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