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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Mixed (199 reviews) - 67% of the 199 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,890 reviews) - 70% of the 2,890 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 (199 reviews)
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Mostly Positive (2,890 reviews)
Recently Posted
kayto235
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Probably the worst horror game I've ever played. Reasons below:
-No tutorial. When an enemy comes up to you to eat your face off, you're supposed to defeat it with the flashlight somehow, but the game doesn't mention how.
-Unplayably difficult. You need to find twenty-something pages to get anywhere, and around every corner is another shadow person or the Scat Man (sorry, did I say Scat Man? I meant Hat Man). Also, any time he gets you, you go back to the beginning of the game and have to find all those pages again.
-It has save points, but they are so scarce and far between that they're nigh nonexistent.
-It has a graphics quality bar that changes literally nothing.
-The only scary thing about this game is how awful it is. The Hat Man is about as scary as a hangnail. The Shadow People, even less.
-Blatant Slender ripoff. Find pages while a shadowy entity chases you... Uh-huh. Doesn't sound familiar at all.

Save your 50 cents. Go play Slender: The Arrival instead if you're seeking something similar that will actually scare.
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JesseMan
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I got it for 50 cents. It was silly, but I played it with some friends and had a good time. Results here:

https://youtu.be/GbeQQj1C6K4?list=PL9EVVZhmTIs6NPNae9Yy3bbw1_m34I_XP
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Hood Hoe
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
playable :)
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REDHEADMASTER
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Got it on sale
game's like slender man picking up pages around the place
price is very reasonable for a short horror game and is very scary playing the first time
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Flogging ♣ Trolly
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
2 minutes in , threw away my laptop

10/10 would throw away again
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Fuckthisshitimout
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
nice and scary game love it 10/10
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JOHN CENA
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game is actually good. Good suspense and can create an intense
environnement. Best 0,69 $ spent.
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ThePussehBaron
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This game is bad made. It's really, dunno, annoying.
Pros:
-Steam trading cars.
-Looks ok for weak pc's.
-The sound makes the atmosphere scary.
-The enviroment makes you scary as well.
Contra:
- The voice, the voice impression is horrible. When everything turned out to look like an abandoned asylum, he's reaction sounded like he didn't gave a ♥♥♥♥. Besides the fact that the father and the mother end up having the same voice at some point. (or it just bugged,idk)
-Lack of animations.
-It's frustrating because you run from a shadow man to another, not being able to avoid them or just run near them.
-You can't change monstly anything in the options menu.
-It's impossible to finish.
-Can't save the game.
-It has bugs.
-Impossible to perfect the achievements.
-The game menu looks cheaply made.
-The fact that you go in a room, try to find something, you read a note, when you put it down, wop, you're dead. It's frustrating to agonizing trying to finish this game.
-The game isn't telling you anything, for nun's sake, when I first started playing this I had no ideea what I had to do. I still don't quite get it, I was just running thinking there is somewhere I should go.
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♣KŤG♣
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The Hat man will come for YOU!!!
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AzureanStudios
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Get it when it's on sale for free.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I'll be honest, I bought this game because it was on sale and had genuinely good reviews. Watching the trailer I didn't get the feel of a slender game. However once you start playing, that's exactly what it is. You go around the asylum looking for notes left by your daughter while you watch out for The Hat Man. So if you're a fan of slender games go ahead, but if you don't like them, don't buy this game. It was a let down.
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25 of 26 people (96%) 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
It's fun and the "monster" is funny asf, just he pisses the hsit outta me cause i can't defend myself.. That's what i get for playing horror games ;w; but would recommend if you're smarter than me c:
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Review for The Hat Man: Shadow Ward

Pros
  • Good scary enviroment
  • Amazing sounds to get you scared
  • Game isnt that buggy especially for being an Indie game
  • Randomly generated, different everytime

Cons
  • Game doesnt really tell you what to do. I figured out that you were trying to find pages just from seeing three in the main room
  • Controls are abit weird
  • My pc had weird framerate issues with it
  • Becomes kind of redundant at times when running through the halls

Overall Review
You play as the parent to your child who has gone missing in an asylum. You find pages written by your daughter in her journal that has a baby face on it? After you collect it in the beginning, you set off inside to find more pages. You then come to realize that you are being followed by the man in the hat (aka the name of the game). You also realize that the rooms are randomly generated as you go through and even if you go backwards the room that you were in will have been changed as well. This allows for some interesting adventure to the game but the rooms do get repetative. There are little jump scares that happen throughout the game though like a ghost girl will faze through the wall or a light will fall on you and play a loud sound. You also find different items throughout the game like matches will help you overcome later challenges. Overall I would rate this game 8 out 10.

Misc stuff
I purchased the game for 25 cents when it was on sale. Though I wouldnt mind buying the game full price because of how much I enjoyed it. Sure its a "Slender" knock off but the game is randomly generated unlike slender where you walk through the same areas over and over again until you find the pages. This game is also an Indie game and I would really like to see where it goes. This is an amazing start for a horror game and I cannot wait to see what the developers will do to make it even better

tl;dr
-its a small download
-its fun
-its scary
-it doesnt cost alot
-its an Indie game
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Scary as ♥♥♥♥, the whole concept is so freaky, and very awsome sound.
would recomend ! 9/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Well i must say, that i'm really suprised with this game...
This games talks about a girl, that lives in a asylium, and disappeard, your job, as dad/mom (2 characters)
Is to find out what happened with her.

The game has really decent graphics

Well, this game is the scariest game i've ever played, i've never been scaried before, with an horror game... this is fantastic!
Basicly, in this game, you run/walk inside an asylium, looking for you daughther, but the sounds, are so horrible, that you will not pay atettion to anything... while you are exploring the game corredors, rooms and etc, many sounds confuse you, and you need to grab items, and read jornals, so you know what is happening...
The thing is, the soul of your daughter sometimes will appear, and you need to run away, and worst, the hatman... is always running behind us, and we need to run away, and flee, you must buy this game, totally, is so cool!!!!! never believed this game could be that nice for 24 cents..

Bad aspects:
- '' no save games '' you need to find televisions to save, and they are hard to find..
- no sounds while running / walking

Good aspects:
- scary
- story
- sounds
- characters
- items

my rating is:
8/10

and yes, we can finish the game, you need to constantly run away from the hatman, find the items, and where to place them. just be patience, you can do it, tried 7 times, on the 7, i passed the first part, and then you find a tv, so you can save the game.. another tip for new players, read the jornal pages... you will need it.
If you crouch, without the flashlight, he will pass you, cuz he can't see you( the hatman) on the 2nd part of the asylium, he will change his form! be readty =) scariest game i've ever played!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
the game feel scary thats true, but the content is very cheap, you cant actually finish the game without trying it 200 times and using youtube guides, i didnt liked it rate 1/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
After playing through the game a bit i've enjoyed the atmosphere it presents. animations would be alot better, mostly around the shadow man. or whatever that thing is that makes my heart race. for it's price it's worthy for the time and effort put it. but i think i'd pay a bit more if the rooms and areas weren't alot of copies of the same textures. a more unique feel for each area would be nice. and after collecting those 5 items (the ones indicated by those dots in the top left) i think it would be better if that would be classed as a save point. just makes it a bit more forgiving if mistakes are made.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
In short, a spoopy black guy in a hat tried to make me also wear a hat as I collected moaning book pages.
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