Best Indie PC Game, Digital Dragons 2014. Top Hat is a 2D action adventure platformer, just like old NES games. If you are tired of “games” in which you get hit by heavy machine gun and grenades, and all you need to do is cover behind the wall to replenish HP, then Top Hat is a perfect game for you!
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Mixed (43 reviews) - 65% of the 43 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2014

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Top Hat is a 2D action adventure platformer, just like old NES games. If you are tired of “games” in which you get hit by heavy machine gun and grenades, and all you need to do is cover behind the wall to replenish HP, then Top Hat is a perfect game for you!
The story is about a golden top hat that has been stolen from our Hero. Now he has to to get it back. On his adventure the Hero will visit seven worlds, each one with his own graphic style.

The hero will meet many kinds of NPCs:
  • we will help a guy with lost wallet,
  • drink many bottles of rum with a pirate captain,
  • smoke some strange tobacco with an old guy in the desert
and more! In the game we have seven kinds of weapon. Some are meant for killing and some for changing the game mechanics e.g.
  • a platform gun, which shoots platforms, of course on which we can jump,
  • a freeze gun which, of course, freezes our enemies.
The game is meant to be hard and addictive, so if you were playing much on NES as a child it's a perfect choice for you.

Game Features:
  • Seven worlds, each with 3 levels and a boss to fight (from fourth stage each level is divided on two parts).
  • Each stage contains its own graphics style.
  • Seven kinds of weapons, for example a platform gun which shoots platforms that you cam jump on.
  • Mini quests.
  • Funny cutscenes and other stuff.
  • Awesome chiptune soundtrack made by Jakim.
  • Challenging. Really.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 /
    • Processor: 2.0GHz processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: :DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
As a fan of retro platformers, I thought I was going to like this game, but I find myself disappointed, instead.

The playing area of the screen is very small, making it extremely difficult, even with the full-screen option enabled, to see things as clearly as is necessary. The cutesy pixel-graphics combined with the small "playing field" make it very difficult to see.

Also, I tend to prefer it when there is not a tutorial, unless game mechanics are complex enough to warrant a tutorial, so the developers including the text "tutorial" with button instructions seems like an odd and unnecessary choice.

Additionally, the controls are not what I would consider intuitive or smooth. I had difficulty moving and jumping at the same time on many occasions. Jumping height and distance were not consistent, and the button layout for the controller is awkward.

I'd consider giving this game another try if some of these issues are resolved.
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31 of 46 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
Fun at first, then the unbelieveable amount of cheap and frustrating level design wore me down. Hazards, traps and hidden enemies paired with an punishing and archiac lives system meant I had to give up.
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
I bought this game in DRM free version, and choice is simple - if you love challenging platformers - buy Top Hat.
It's really hard but also satisfying.
Must have position on your retro game list.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
Had a cool retro feel, but all the little bad things added up made me give up on it pretty quickly. Little things like no controller support, every time I go back to the menu it changes to stretched full screen. the fact that it's [level]-[world] instead of [world]-[level], and the dialog sounds like it was written by a 12-year old. Really needs more polish.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Well, time to throw out my review for Top Hat.
At the time of writing this I'm currently at the fourth world in the game, which took me a little over an hour to get to, playing on normal.

For $10 you're going to get at least 2-3 hours of gameplay. Depending on what difficulty you play on of course!
The game's music is pretty retro, fits in very nicely. The designs of the levels from what I can tell vary drastically.
The dialogue is extremely casual, many uses of "lol" in it. The characters throw out some jokes here and there, some of which I thought were funny.

Only fought three bosses in the game so far, the first is very simple, was kinda dissapointed, but they do get better in my opinion.
Here's a video of one of the boss fights:

Also a variety of different weapons, such as a gun that shoots platforms, and a freeze gun.

I would reccomend this game to anyone that likes retro platformers!
Check it out and see if you like it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
An enjoyable platformer, many of the negative reviews adress wierd controls and lack of controller support. Both of these issues appear to have been fixed as you can now change the bindings on all controls and I was able to play with a wired 360 controller.

-Music is fitting and enjoyable, goes very well with the game.
-Art looks nice and there is a good deal of variety from world to world
-Gameplay offers a good deal of challenge that gets more difficult as the game progresses, especially with the boss fights.
-Unlimited continues, when you get a game over on a boss, you don't have to go back to the begging of the world, you start back at the beginning of the fight
-Enemies and hazards vary enough to not become boring, the enemies have different attacks and mechanics, not just different appearances. The hazards have set mechanics or timed patterns that make them easier to avoid once you learn them.

-Health system, this contributes a good deal to the difficulty of the game. The coins you collect give you lives back when you get 100, but there is no way to get health back during a level other than dying. Your health is replenished once you beat the level though.
-English translations, the game was localized from Polish and many of the translations are very (possibly intentionally) goofy. The story itself is pretty light so this is very likely, but it does take you out of the game a bit, certainly makes you laugh.

Overall I would reccomend the game, It will only take 4-5 hours to beat the game depending on how proficient you are at platformers, but there are hidden collectibles and achievements that add a bit of replayability if you're into that.
At 10$, it is a very good difficult platformer for people that enjoy genre. On sale, the game is certainly worth picking up for someone who has a passing interest in a short, fun game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
DISCLAIMER: This review is from someone who has minimal experience with platformers (both historically and currently).

I am one of the few people on the planet who has no real opinion about platformers. I didn't play them as a kid so they hold no nostalgic feelings. I've also never been struck by platformer-fever; I have no strong feelings on the genera whatsoever. I have played a small number of platformers (Mario, Super Meat Boy, DK, Blackthorn, & does Spelunky county?), I'm not inexperienced necessarily but rather a combination of unfamiliarity with the genera and general apathy.

With all that out of the way let's focus on Top Hat. I'm not sure how I acquired this game, but I installed it because hey, why not? After a very cursory glance at the reviews and it’s % standing (62% positive) I assumed this was gonna be pretty lame. Low and behold it turns out that Top Hat is a resounding ‘decent’. I’m not sure if it’s because I expected so much less or what, but I’ve been really enjoying my time with Top Hat.

Top Hat wants to be an NES game. Everything about the aesthetic of this game screams 1991 nostalgia. The 8-Bit sound is fun and the sprite work is solid. It looks way too clean to actually be an NES game (there is far more detail in the environments & sprites than an NES game). Regardless of the aesthetic not being perfect ‘NES’ the visuals are pleasing to look at and the sound is right there pleasing away too.

I think what really shocked me about Top Hat was how it controls. It works really well. By no means is it Super Meat Boy perfect but it’s accurate and reliable. Even with my miniscule experience I’ve played a few badly controlling platformers and have heard/watched about how many there are out there. Platformer controls are apparently one of those things that’s very easy to ♥♥♥♥ up. I was surprised Top Hat controlled as well as it does. Because of it’s mixed reviews I expected something approaching Digital Homicide levels of bad mechanics. What I found is a solid and acceptable “physics” system. My only issue with the controls is that the default settings for a gamepad are stupid and hard to get used to. Luckily the devs N94Games are better than most AAA devs and allow full button mapping on the keyboard/mouse and gamepad. TotalBiscuit would be proud.

There are two major, universal problems with Top Hat. The first issue is the fact that even though it’s fun and functional, Top Hat is absolutely unremarkable. This game is like a piece of plain toast and butter. A totally legit food item that doesn’t taste bad in any way but there is no glamour, mystique, or excitement with a piece of toast. It’s just toast and butter. Same with Top Hat. It’s a platformer that functions great and is engaging enough to keep me playing but at the same time it’s not all that interesting, kinda safe/boring, and ultimately forgettable.

The second and more prominent issue is the price. $10 seems way too steep for Top Hat. A quarter that price sounds much more reasonable to me. It just isn’t exciting enough to warrant dropping 10 bucks on. This is the kind of game you buy for $0.75 during a steam sale and then are pleased when your expectations of meh are surpassed with “mmm….not bad.”

So what’s the TL;DR? Buy this game when it’s on sale, For me, the full price is WAY to high for something of this calibre. It’s good, just not $10 good. If you can pick it up on sale I think it will surprise you with how competent it is. It’s most definitely fun, a slightly less exciting form of fun when compared with something like Rocket League or The Binding of Isaac, but, it is fun none the less. Pop Top Hat onto your wishlist and next time it’s on sale for anything under $2.50 grab it. At that price this is definitely worth playing.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I've been trying my hardest to finish it, but I got so frustrated that I had to give up. I like challanging games, not irritating.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
Neat oldschool platformer. I like that there is no time limit and all weapons are useful in certain circumstances (my favorite is platform gun, least favorite: upgraded shotgun). Story is silly, graphics and music are cool, just the right length and difficulty. My complaint is that it was slow on netbook. Game that looks and feels like something from 16 bit era should run smoothly on low end hardware. I'm glad that I got it from Pixel magazine.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I bought this game today and I was playing it for 30 minutes, I'm enjoying everything:

Gameplay and performance: 8/10, very fast movement response, the only bad thing is:

I notice a little bit lag/freezing every few seconds during the gameplay, It makes me fall from moving platforms and is very annoying. :-(. Hope you can fix this.
(anyone has the same problem?)

Graphics and interface: 8/10, beautiful pixelated style, colorful environment. The enemies and the player are very cute too. (The game needs a better screen resolution options because when you select the full screen option the game gets a little bit blured).

Level design: 10/10, very good. well designed.

Music: 10/10, I love chiptune music and I can said that the music of Top Hat is very good.

In general, the game need some improvement but if you like pixelated platform retro games you must buy this game, you will enjoy it.

General: 9/10

Pd: The ingame steam interface (shift+tab) is in bad position in any screen resolution.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
eh, its okay
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0.9 hrs
Posted: May 19
i didnt like it im sorry not worth it :(
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0.1 hrs
Posted: March 26
If you like boring, retro for the sake of retro sidescroller games, Then you'll LOVE...uh...whatever this one's called.
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The 25th Baam
0.3 hrs
Posted: March 15
it isn't anything to write home about but if you want a few hours of mind numbing almost boring fun, with some "humour" on top, then this might be your game

honestly it is a good game but it relies on cheap tricks and cheap humour to try and make the game "hard" and "funny"

so, play it if you like taking leaps of faith and then having the game go "hahaha, isn't this fun and/or difficult?" when the only route you can take forces you into an acid pit
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0.5 hrs
Posted: January 18
This little game is fun with music that keeps you moving through the levels. It's entertaining from when you start till when you die or just want to stop playing. I didn't realize I'd been playing for about 20 minutes before I had died. The video on the store page is pretty accurate as far as gameplay and speed at which you move throughout the levels. The $10 price of this game is way too high in my opinion. If you liked the video and and are really into what you saw I'd say anything around $4 would be a good price. If you're curious about the game, wait for it to show up in a bundle. That's how I got it and while I probably won't play it often, it's entertaining enough to come back to when you want to change things up a bit between games or you just want to play something fun that isn't going to take up a lot of time.
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Obey the Fist!
0.3 hrs
Posted: January 10
This is a 2D retro puzzle game. If that's not enough for an immediate thumbs down, I don't know what is. Who was the first hipster moron to overdose on overpriced coffee while making up an excuse not to get a real job that thought this up?

At least it's not a platformer.

Anyway, massive technical issues, severe compatibility problems/lack of PC configuration options, and just plain not being fun - these are all perfectly on par with the terrible premise for this game. It's 2016. Let the 1990's die in peace.
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