First Try on Top Hat
The Video can be found here:http://youtu.be/1zZj-b9CQTsBefore recording and writing this review, I have played the game until Level 3-3 on normal mode, which took me about 30 minutes.
First off, the options menu is relatively simplistic. You have 3 seperate sliders for audio options. Apart from that you can adjust the screen size(which I would not consider resolution options). Last, but by no means least, you can rebind the controls for keyboard and controller.
Going into the game, the first thing I've noticed is that the dialogue is well translated and the jokes came across fairly well. The music is also quite good, the only minor complaint I have is that the looping of the music is a bit clunky.
Gameplaywise I have to say that the gunplay(if can call it that way) and the platforming feel nice.
The enemy variety and enemy design is simplistic, but it does the job. The bosses so far feel relatively underwhelming(the mechanic of the first one is easy to dodge, the second one is quite tedious to fight), but it might change later on.
One thing I'd like to add before coming to the conclusion is that one of the "selling ponits" of the game is "Challenging. Really". So far I have to say, the game is not that challenging. It is more the case that the game is unforgivable in terms of mistakes. Since there are no savegame slots, you will only have one savegame. Apart from your progress your current lifecount is saved as well, which can end in a mess when you are only on one life bevore hitting a checkpoint. I can imagine that it is getting frustrating when you hit harder levels(or even bossfights) with only one life left.
The question I suppose is: Is the game difficult, because it's genuinely difficult, or is it because of design decisions in terms of savepoints, etc? And in the case of top hat, I say, it is "difficult" for the wrong reasons.
With that out of the way we come to the tl:dr: Is the game worth it?
It is not a bad game that is for sure, but as I've stated above, I went about 1/3 through the game within 30 minutes, so you can say that your average playthrough will take you somewhat around 2 hours. And apart from Achievments and a higher difficulty levels there is not much replayability available.
With that said, I'd say it's a definite buy at a sale, but if you are desperate for a nice action plattformer, you might consider buying this game even on full price.