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: Mostly Positive (2,357 reviews) - 70% of the 2,357 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 18, 2014

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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
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
My friend bought this game for me for 0.19€. He thought it would be funny to watch how I am playing some random cheap game.
GODS! This ♥♥♥♥ is creepy as ♥♥♥♥. I was pleasantly surprised.
Developers did really nice job.
Verdict - 9/10
Highly recommend
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
"Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment."

The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is a first-person game by the company Game Mechanics with emphasis on survival.

Atmosphere & Details:

+ Occasionally the game succeeds to scare the player.

o Solid sound effects create a partially threatening environment.

- At the beginning the player leaves an axe behind, which negatively impacts the credibility of this ‘survival’ game.
- Repetitive corridor and room layout.
- Sequence of levels is not logical.

A.I. & Gameplay:

o The randomly created corridors, rooms and items offer a certain replayability, but the multitude of negative points in the general presentation of the game decreases the motivation to play it again.

- The player has to face only one threat in form of the Hat Man, which results in a rather low level of difficulty.
- The A.I. and general collision system of the antagonist is poorly implemented, e.g. it tends to get stuck in the wall.

Characters & Story:

- Sloppy story telling.
- No characterization of the protagonist.
- No voice acting during the entire game.
- Very short game that can be finished in less than 30 minutes.

Summary:

Hat Man does not work out as intended, because it has been released in an unfinished state. After 30 minutes, which it takes to finish the game, you will only remember the weak A.I., repetitive level design and sloppy story telling. Therefore, the advertising slogan "the scariest game of 2014" can be considered a blatant lie.
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Estimated time for 100 % completion: +3 hours

The only noteworthy challenge is the "Superior Apparition" achievement. There are no multiplayer achievements.

Novice level of commitment (achievement difficulty: 1 of 10)

Superior Apparition [+1]

A useful guide can be found on the link below (thanks to DirtyFishy, No Badge Spam!).

http://steamcommunity.com/app/291010/guides/#scrollTop=0
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The Hat Man: Shadow Ward (PC) - First-person experience
(Horror) - 2014
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
I'm gonna pee my pants........♥♥♥♥ you.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
I only done a short play test to clear my mind. perhaps forget the waste that is my life. so i can't be allowed to submit a proper review of the game.

uhhh it is not a bad attempt at a horror game. it just needs to move on from the cliché item collection hunt and try out new ideas.*sigh* the spooks are there! they are just rare and easy to miss. :/

wish i could recommend.. i love being supportive towards devs.

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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Too spooky for me m8

8/10 would pause the game again
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