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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 adventure that will scare you.
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want people to give us feedback on what we are doing. We listen and make changes. The money supports the project and makes it so only serious people have access.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are estimating 45-60 days.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The last Early Access version will look a lot like the first Release version. We release updates as soon as the content is ready.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It is playable from beginning to end. There are a few bugs that may stop you from finishing it, but they happen rarely and we are working on them. Additional content is being released as it is ready.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We have added a ton of content, well beyond our initial design, so the price will go up. We are offering some great discounts during Early Access, so by purchasing now you are definitely getting a great deal.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We have active forums already set up and working. We also have a support email account.”
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The Hat Man Beta 0.8.5 Uploaded

June 21

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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Now 35% off The Hat Man: Shadow Ward is less than $10

June 19

The Hat Man: Shadow Ward - Now available at its lowest price ever, this horror survival game is getting tremendous support from the Steam community. A truly indie title being worked on by just a couple guys, it has wow'd people with its scary gameplay and interesting puzzles. Finishing the game is no easy task. Finishing it without jumping and swearing is almost impossible. Can you do it?

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About the Game

A scary, authentic, dynamic 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 save games or save points. No extra lives or power ups to help you. You die, you 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 saved games, no power ups, no mercy

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

PC 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: 160 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    • 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: 160 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 106 people (71%) found this review helpful
78 products in account
1 review
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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50 of 73 people (68%) found this review helpful
19 products in account
1 review
1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Not that scary, im disappointed :(
Posted: June 29
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40 of 64 people (63%) found this review helpful
478 products in account
1 review
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
79 products in account
7 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Do good Graphics make a game good? in this case for me they don't this game doesnt need them its really quit good at what it sets out to do. The feeling of being chased and add in the fact that the rooms change all ads up to a good horror game. I hope in future updates they make the Hatman a little bit harder.
Posted: August 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
40 products in account
2 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The hat man is a horror game, which upon first inspection seems rather unfrefined.

However, the game itself provides the user with a disturbed atmosphere, with both the sound and visual design being almost flawless.

Although the user is not currently provided with a clear understanding of objective (we thought it ended after collecting 5 notes) the game looks like it has a lot of potential should the developers continue to work on this issue.

THe hat man himself, however, is a dissapointing, anti-climactic and abrupt end to the game. The model quality lacks and you end up being more afraid of wheelchairs and lights than the hat man himself.

PLEASE. PLEASE. Work on the Hat Man, the user should be afraid of him, they should not be able to wander the map for almost an hour without seeing him. Perhaps using mechanics similar to 'One Late Night' would suit the gameplay.

I hope you take this into consideration, I look forward to seeing how the game develops.

TL;DR Great atmosphere but the Hat Man isn't all he is hyped up to be. It's not just about the review anymore.
Posted: August 30
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