Based on many stories of actual encounters, this survival horror game tests whether you can keep it together, solve problems, avoid danger and escape with your soul. A dynamic, story driven adventure that will scare you.
User reviews: Positive (38 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 18, 2014
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September 18

The Hat Man Releases 1.0

Ten months after our first exposure to the public, we are releasing version 1.0. The game has added a ton of new features. We got so busy we did not even have time to post updates. This is huge.

In case you did not know, there have been only two of us working on the game for the last 10 months. We did it all by ourselves with the help of our Kickstarter and Early Access supporters.

And we are not done yet. We will be listening to feedback and making improvements as we go. Here is part of the list of the latest improvements, many of which were requested by players:

  • Save points.
  • You can play as the Mother or Father
  • Voice overs and subtitles for the parents
  • More puzzles
  • Shadow People now appear all over watching you
  • New rooms
  • New furniture
  • The look changes as you progress
  • More cinematic sequences
  • Support for game controllers
  • Steam Achievements
  • More...
Have fun digging around for all the "More..." it is not hard to find. And sometimes it will find you!

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June 21

The Hat Man Beta 0.8.5 Uploaded

The Hat Man: Shadow Ward - This was a slightly unplanned update, but we found that under certain circumstances the elevator got broken and not on purpose. If you saw it, you are lucky! It did not happen often, but it was so late in the game we had to fix it.

So you get a new room and some new graphics free!

We are planning a bigger update for next week that will have more.

Thanks for your support. The Summer Sale is going great for us. Spread the word. This is going to be huge!

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About This Game

After attempting suicide, your daughter is assigned to an asylum for the insane in hopes they can keep her from harming herself. You receive a telegram informing you that somehow she has gone missing. When you arrive to look for her you realize that everyone is missing including the staff and patients. If someone is going to find her, it is going to have to be you.

Set more than 50 years ago, the game tells bits and pieces of real stories of encounters with the Hat Man and the Shadow People. These are not made up, they are documented in books and postings all over the Internet. This is your chance to see how you would match up against them.

This is a scary, dynamic, story driven survival horror game where you are propelled into the nightmare world of the Hat Man and must use all your skills to escape. You will discover an environment that is created and destroyed as you are playing. There is no map. A room you just came from may be gone when you go back. And every decision you make matters. There are no extra lives or power ups to help you. You die, you go back to the last save point or start again. Your skills and ingenuity are the only thing that can get you through. All this is backed by a story line that explains why you are here and why it is even more important that you succeed. It is not just about you anymore.

  • Based on real encounters
  • Unsettling atmosphere of images and sound
  • A story that you become a part of
  • Dynamic map means no memorization and infinite replay
  • Puzzling moments that require some thought to solve
  • Optimized to be played in super hi-res
  • No extra lives, no power ups, no mercy

Can you play it without jumping and swearing? We don't think so.

System Requirements

    • 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.
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • 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.
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
136 of 180 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Even on sale this game was not worth my money. It goes with the totally untaken path of "collect the pages!" which totaly has never been used before. The "hat man" only appeared once over my two attempts and when he did he moved so slowly that I could crouch and walk backwards and still outrun him. The horror aspects of the game were very bland, if there is a wheelchair, get close to it and it creeks and moves. Flickering celing pannel? Gonna drop in front of you. Radio? gonna activate! The "story you can be a part of" is just finding diary pages and reading them and they all are basicly the same thing. The worst part is if you want 1080p 30FPS sorry, we can only give you an unstable 20 FPS. I had to degrade the quality of my Alienware computer to 800 x 600 to get a FPS above 30, and at that level the game was too fzzy for me too stand for longer then a minute. This game is not worth the money even on sale. This game might be worth it if it were free and even then Teletubbies is a scarier thing to watch. One other thing, I have explored all that I can of the asylum and the only place I can't explore is a hallway blocked by a gap in the floor that YOU CANT JUMP OVER!!! Both of my tries ended with me falling into that pit out of boredom because I wanted to end the game and I couldn't find the hatman to kill me.
Posted: June 26
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74 of 114 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Not that scary, im disappointed :(
Posted: June 29
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Here are my main gripes:

Has potential, but I feel like I was ripped off when I paid 14.99 for a 250mb game. I feel like a 4.99 price tag would be more appropriate.

The voice acting is painful. I'm pretty forgiving of things like this, but wow. It actually made the game less scary because some of the comments were very out of place and sarcastic. When you're doing a horror game, the feeling needs to be raw with genuine fear. How are we supposed to be afraid if you aren't?

I don't feel like I have enough time to sit and listen to the journal entries. Whenever I try to listen to or read one so I can learn about the story, hatman comes and kills me. I don't know if this is a glitch or normal, but I can't learn about the story if I get killed every time I'm reading the journal. I really wanna know what's going on with the lady's daughter but I still haven't much of a clue as to what's going on in the asylum.

Here is what I liked:

Running around collecting pages/piecing together a story.

Some folks feel like it's too bright, but I disagree. You can't have shadows without light.

When the bad voice acting wasn't ruining my immersion, I was actually scared of the hatman and rushing through the asylum trying to find everything without dying. Though I wish he was a little less agressive so that I could have more time to explore and see the rooms/read journals.

So with all of this being said, I'm still trying to complete the game. These are just my opinions for right now and may likely change.
Posted: September 22
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59 of 101 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Terrible, broken game... but for the price you pay, it's about what you expect.
Posted: June 29
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
As someone who loves to be frightened by jump scares and suspense games I decided to get the game. There were very few bad reviews and many more good reviews and the video looked amazing.

Sadly I didn't find this game very scary at all, it could have been so much more than it is.
Posted: September 21
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