Step up a gear with Hatup on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch

Who would have thought that a simple hat could do so much. But in video games, this hat is a thing of power, capable of giving the user new abilities and skills, and even changing the areas around it. It’s this latter mechanic that Hatup is toying with with its release on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

Hatup is not the shiny A hat in time, but if it’s even half as good as this hat-swapping indie classic, we’ll be very happy with what Eastasiasoft and Naoka Games have been able to create. We’ll be sure to let you know in our next review.

Hatup is cheap and probably tempting enough for that alone. It runs for £4.19 on the Xbox Store (with an introductory discount bringing that down to just over £3 for a limited time), is fully optimized for Xbox Series X and Series S next-gen consoles and you will throw away the ropes you need to drag yourself on board with a test, but cute, little puzzle platformer.

It’s this hat that’s the key feature here and in Hatup you and your little character can play with a fez. Run with it in hand as you jump, jump and leap through the multiple stages and all is well with the world. But what if you hit an insurmountable wall? Or does it seem to be missing a platform? Well, stick this fez on your head and the level will change, allowing you to progress.

It’s a simple trick but from the screens and the trailer it seems to work fine. The only thing that will hold you back in this precision platformer will undoubtedly be the skills you have yourself.

Collecting keys, avoiding traps, sticking hats on their heads, and opening exit doors is Hatup’s main focus – and we’re more than good at it. Especially when you consider that price.

Key game features include:

  • Run and jump through challenging single-screen puzzle stages!
  • Wear or take off your hat to affect levels in different ways.
  • Collect the keys and find out how to reach the exit!
  • Avoid spike traps and other hazards.
  • Repeat the steps as many times as necessary!

Stick around for our full review of Hatup on Xbox Series X | It’s coming soon, but for now you can download the game for yourself from the usual digital stores. The Xbox Store will cover Xbox One and Xbox Series X basics | S, but you can also have some serious fun on PlayStation and Switch.

Description of the game:

Put your thinking head to problem-solving with these puzzling platformers! Play as a small purple humanoid as he navigates tricky puzzle stages that change depending on whether he’s wearing his fez-style hat or not! Hatup is a precision platformer with single-screen stages where the objective is to avoid spikes and other traps while collecting keys and switching platforms on and off. Are you smart enough to escape each level and move on to the next challenge?

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