If you’re a fan of Zero Punctuation, and let’s face it who’s not, then you’ve noticed the advertisement of Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw’s free to play game Hatfall. The game is available on PC, tablet and phone and is free, not freemium, but completely free. The flash based game has you playing as the lovable protagonist we all see on of the Zero Punctuation videos in some sort of costume. He’s essentially like Mr. Bean, where he’s funny without speaking and all of his actions make us wet ourselves.
The object of the game is simple, you walk/run left or right and try to catch hats on your head like some sort of trained circus seal. After each caught hat you get a quick animation and a funny quip then it’s off to the next level. There little dark anti-android minion also joins you on some of the levels as more of a distraction. After a few levels you find yourself mixed in with a few look a like and it’s up to you to not only find out who your are, but do it in enough time to catch a falling hat. The game goes from fun to demonic real fast as the levels also have two item dropping indicators, one will be the hat and the other will be another item put there to kill you. If you miss any of the hats you get to go right back to level 1 and do it all again.
Even if you don’t get past level 1 or 2 the hats you collect can be used to purchase oddities that will be added to the cut scene in between levels, or clothing added to characters in the levels. If you forget to leave the game to purchase items that don’t help you don’t worry, the game will also drop gifts for you to have and which are not useful to the game at all. If you’re lucky and trigger a Japanese mini game, like I was, then sit back and take a breather. The mini game has predetermined things like your name and certain story aspects, but there is a wrong way to play and when you lose you’ll head back to Hatfall.
I didn’t mention the story, because it really doesn’t mean anything to you or the actual game. In fact most of the items and elements of the game are there just to prove that this is what most of these games are. Yahtzee is trolling us with the same complaints that he has during his videos. Hey are you not doing so well in a game and want to quit, then why don’t we give a timer at the top with a gift at the end to keep you playing. Check out all these gifts, they don’t mean anything and you’ll never interact with them, but hey they look nice and isn’t small bits of gratification all we really want. Is the level too easy, then let’s ramp it up to impossible the next level without any transition. Good show Yahtzee, good show.