[PlayStation 5] Hatup Review
Hatup from eastasiasoft and Naoka Studio is a bite-sized 2D puzzle platformer on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Hatup review!
Hatup from eastasiasoft and Naoka Studio is a bite-sized 2D puzzle platformer on PlayStation 5. Your task is simple: collect the hat in each level so that you can exit through the door that will allow you to move on to the next stage. There are 30 levels in total to play through in this one, with new hazards introduced at a steady pace.
The controls are simple, since you’ll be moving your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button. A few levels after starting your journey, you’ll gain a double jump ability. After that, you’ll gain a dash that you can use with the R1 button. The catch is that you can’t dash when the hat is on your head! Because of this, you’ll sometimes need to use a platform to remove your hat by walking under it, so that you can use the dash to get to higher ground – or to complete some of the trickier platforming segments.
Things are simple at first, since you’ll only have to collect the hat, jump for a bit, and get to the exit. Soon you’ll run into the most classic of hazard: spikes. Touch them, and you’re done for! You have four lives, so you can make three mistakes before you lose that one and need to start over. Some levels will have a checkpoint or two from which you can spawn after making a mistake. This will be more important during the final set of levels where there will also be enemies to worry about.
You’ll also run into blocks that appear when you collect your hat – clearly marked with a hat icon as soon as they pop out – and blocks that disappear when you grab the hat. There are also blocks that will crumble a bit after you touch them, only to reappear a few second later. Sometimes you’ll need to collect keys of different colore to remove blocks blocking your path.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy to aim for. And since this is a Cross-Buy title, you can actually work on adding two Platinum trophies to your collection – that is, as long as you own a PlayStation 5 console. The list includes a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies, and there are no missable trophies to worry about. The trophies require that you complete the whole game, and will pop after you finish levels 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, and 30.
Hatup is a fun bite-sized 2D puzzle platformer that starts off easy and introduces new elements at a steady pace. The challenge will also increase with a solid difficulty curve, with the last handful of stages testing your abilities in full. Hatup is available as a Cross-Buy title with a $4.99 asking price, and your purchase will give you access to both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.
This Hatup review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.