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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Release Date: Jul 31, 2014
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About This Game

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.
  • ACHIEVEMENTS. YAY.
  • WE WILL PLAY ON YOUR NOSTALGY FEELINGS, BRO.
  • Challenging. Really.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller.
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
oh no you have to restart over when you die. lol SNES , NES, SEGA games are alot harder than this and use the same mechanic. this game has some great level design. just put the game on easy if you have a hard time. great game. also dont get volgar the viking if you dont like this game that game is a game that more people should be upset about rather than this game.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
No no no no. Stay away from this game. Crappy controls and even when I ended the game you can still hear it playing. Horrible.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
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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27 of 37 people (73%) 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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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qaIgwOHD4&feature=youtu.be

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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16 of 36 people (44%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
First Try on Top Hat

The Video can be found here:
http://youtu.be/1zZj-b9CQTs

Before 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.


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6 of 16 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Whoever made this needs a lesson on game design, level design, and balancing. The second boss of the game takes around 40 hits and you can only hit him once or twice in half a second intervals. This is worse than amateur in terms of those aspects.
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10 of 25 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Cool platformer, it has a really noticable retro feel.

I've bought it before it got released on Steam and so far enjoyed its first 3 worlds.
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
A game that I was pretty sure supposed to be really fun and nostalgic. (not sure on second part) But I dident find either. Of the little I played Top Hat, I found it pretty fruststrating to not die really quick. The controls really bug me as I'm used to WASD and you can't change them. Z to jump? Left and right to move? Please I would play this game more if I could change controls. Main flaw with it.
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5 of 16 people (31%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Great oldschool game! 11/10
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8 of 23 people (35%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
This game is awesome, I had really great fun while playing Top Hat. For me it's successor of Dizzy.
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14 of 42 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Jesli chcesz sprobowac swoich sil w dobrej grze zrecznosciowej wymagajacej myslenia i refleksu dobrze trafiles wybierajac Top Hat. Gra sprawia z kazdym krokiem do przodu coraz wiecej satysfakcji. Rozmaite pułapki i mozliwosc rozszerzania ekwipunku dodaja smaczku rozgrywce. Plusem są takze ukryte bonusy ktore mozna spotkac na swojej drodze. Gorąco polecam.
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5 of 29 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Boring game, crappy mechanics, repetetive combat and weapons, nothing interesting.
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