A Hat In Time Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com A Hat In Time RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Xbox One Platformers to Play On Xbox Series X https://www.gameskinny.com/ihj1g/best-xbox-one-platformers-to-play-on-xbox-series-x https://www.gameskinny.com/ihj1g/best-xbox-one-platformers-to-play-on-xbox-series-x Wed, 30 Dec 2020 15:13:20 -0500 Daniel Hollis


Shovel Knight


Another knight to feature on this list is Shovel Knight, an 8-bit adventure featuring a knight with nothing but, you guessed it, a shovel. Digging his way to victory and using the gardening tool to vanquish enemies, it’s a delightful little adventure.


Not only that, but the Treasure Trove edition also comes with various new modes, including a multiplayer brawler. It’s a fantastic package and one that undoubtedly deserves your time.


These are all fantastic platformers you can play on the Xbox Series X today thanks to the platform's backwards compatibility. What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!


Hollow Knight


Often heralded as a masterpiece, Hollow Knight earns that title. With swift responsiveness that works well with the simplistic combat, exploring its labyrinthine world is full of mystery and wonder.


It’s certainly a challenging game, but like many others on this list is insanely rewarding once the challenges have been overcome. With a sequel on the horizon, now is the perfect time to dive into the iconic game.


New Super Lucky’s Tale


Super Lucky’s Tale was already a fun little platformer, but the re-imagining does so much new it may as well act as a sequel. With brand new level variants, improvements on the original formula and tighter controls, New Super Lucky’s Tale feels like the game that was originally intended and a great inclusion into the Xbox Series X’s library of platformers.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair


If Banjo-Tooie and Conker Live & Reloaded weren’t enough Rare goodness then Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible acts as a 2D spiritual successor to the developers previous games. As a chameleon, you’ll utilize an array of powers and venture out into worlds inspired by platformers of yesteryear.


What makes the Impossible Lair so different is the ability to attempt the final level at any time, using the other levels as a means to power up your character. It’s a great mechanic and one that works extremely well for both newcomers and hardcore players.


Rayman Legends


When Rayman Origins released, it delivered a fantastic 2D platforming experience than none of us knew we wanted. With the sequel, everything is improved.


Rayman Origins was already fantastic, but Legends adds more inventive platforming challenges, excellent co-operative play and immensely impressive music based stages. It’s a wonderful game and one that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves.




Speaking of brutally hard, Cuphead is one of the top contenders. Don’t be fooled by its 1930s animated style as each level is infused with a devilishly hard boss to tackle.


Despite the difficulty, discovering each boss, learning their patterns and eventually overcoming them is an immensely rewarding experience, making getting to the end a satisfying adventure.




Not many Platformers come accompanied with an emotionally charged story, but Celeste not only manages to do that, but also manages to embed it into its gameplay.


Exploring themes such mental health and anxiety, the trial and error gameplay lends itself beautifully to the narrative situations it puts the players through. For once, a game being brutally hard has an actual connotation and creates one of the best platformers ever made.


Conker Live & Reloaded


Another classic platformer by Rare, the loud mouthed squirrel offers something more adult for those who are fans of the genre.


Live & Reloaded is an updated version of the original Nintendo 64 version and while some of the content was cut, it’s spirit remains intact.


The Xbox Series X does a wonderful job of bolstering it to the point that it could pass as a modern day release. Enjoy its crude humor and inventive ways it works with the platforming genre.


A Hat In Time


Invoking inspirations from industry titans such as Super Mario 64, A Hat In Time quickly manages to be so much more. The genre shifting adventure at one minute can be a fantastical platforming adventure, before turning into a murder mystery.


Running throughout all of this is an enormously fun platforming adventure that you won’t want end, even after you’ve collected all of the collectibles




Not only one of the greatest platformers to play on the Xbox Series X, but one of the greatest of all time. Banjo-Tooie builds upon its predecessor with a vast, open-ended way of tackling its various, colorful worlds.


Each corner is brimming with personality and it’s collect-a-thon gameplay is addictive till the very end. Hopefully one day we receive another entry, until then, check out one of the original entries that defined the genre.


Ori and the Will of the Wisps


Following on from the absolutely wonderful Ori and the Blind Forest, the sequel manages to create something truly special. It was always going to be hard following on from the original, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps does it with ease, with a breakneck pace that gives you more toys to play with at a faster rate.


Accompanied by a beautiful art style and emotional storyline, it’s hard not be enamored the moment the game starts.


Spyro Reignited Trilogy


Speaking of classic platforming heroes returning, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a perfect example of another franchise being given a new lease of life.


Massively easier than the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, each game builds upon the previous with new mechanics, finer level design and more collectibles than you can imagine.


Those with a 4K TV will also love the use of Auto HDR from the Xbox Series X, which makes each frame absolute ooze with detail.




With the sequel making its way to the Xbox family next year, there’s never been a better time to dive into the weird and wonderful original version of Psychonauts, which is available via backwards compatibility.


Even now its unique art style makes it an absolutely charming experience, blending classic platformer influences with an essence of Tim Burton. Not only that, but it’s emotionally charged story is an absolute treat. Check it out ahead of the sequel.


Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time


It’s unfortunate that Crash Bandicoot 4 was met with poor sales, as the game is actually a phenomenal step up for the original trilogy. Building on every facet possible, the pitch perfect controls, vibrant worlds and fantastic level design come together in one lengthy package.


With an array of mirrored levels, gauntlets designed for genre veterans and a plethora of unlocks led, it’s the gift that keeps on giving and one that deserves more attention.


Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy


It’s no surprise that the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is difficult, brutally difficult intact. Yet, there’s something compelling about its loop that keeps you coming back for more. Containing the original three games, the whole package is here before, with a brand new coat of paint.


While it doesn’t bring anything entirely new to the table, it manages to capture the sense of nostalgia whilst also feeling modernized. It would only be later another game would build upon it…


Just got an Xbox Series X for Christmas? No doubt you're looking for some sweet new games to play on your new console. 


One genre that's stuck with gaming since the beginning is platforming and the genre resurgence over the past few years and the Xbox brand is home to many iconic heroes, some of which are exclusive to the system.


From fast paced 2D platformers to open-world 3D platformers with worlds begging to be explored, each of these games manages to balance something new and old to create a truly special experience. 


So without further ado, check out this list of 15 platformers available on the Xbox Series X. Most are Xbox One titles, but some Xbox 360 and even Xbox titles made the list.

Humble Games Winter Sale Discounts A Hat in Time, Ikenfell, More https://www.gameskinny.com/vf2gq/humble-games-winter-sale-discounts-a-hat-in-time-ikenfell-more https://www.gameskinny.com/vf2gq/humble-games-winter-sale-discounts-a-hat-in-time-ikenfell-more Wed, 23 Dec 2020 11:36:47 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Steam's winter sale is live now through January 4, and Humble Games has a fair few games with discounts as part of the larger festivities. As per usual with Humble, there's something for everyone here, from the classic turn-based Ikenfell to the card-based One Step from Eden and a whole lot more.

Here's a sampling of what's on offer. 

Humble Games Winter Sale

Game Sales Price Normal Price
  Aegis Defenders  $4.99  $19.99
  One Step From Eden  $14.99 $19.99
  Fae Tactics  $13.99  $19.99
  Ikenfell  $15.99  $19.99
  Carto  $15.99  $19.99
  Floor 13: Deep State  $14.99  $19.99
  Wildfire  $11.24  $19.99
  Void Bastards  $11.99  $19.99
  Staxel  $5.99  $19.99
  Forager  $9.99  $19.99
  Ring of Pain  $14.99  $19.99
  A Hat In Time  $14.99  $29.99
  Popup Dungeon  $18.74  $24.99


The full list is over on Steam, though A Hat in Time and Popup Dungeon are listed separately. You can find them at the links in the table. The Humble team will be showing off some of the games on sale during a livestream on December 23 at 2:45 p.m. EST/11:45 p.m. PST, so check-in to see them in action if you're on the fence! 

Best Kids Games for Keeping Them Entertained — Anytime https://www.gameskinny.com/motxw/best-kids-games-for-keeping-them-entertained-anytime https://www.gameskinny.com/motxw/best-kids-games-for-keeping-them-entertained-anytime Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:28:52 -0400 Josh Broadwell


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Unfortunately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is only an option for Nintendo Switch owners. If you’ve got one (or more), though, then you’re in luck. It definitely earns the “Ultimate” part of its name with the amount of variety and content on offer here. There are over 70 characters to choose from, along with every stage from the series’ history.


It offers several robust single-player options if you aren’t keen on online matches, plus plenty of co-op options. But if online is what you’re looking for, it’s usually top-notch as well. The ranking system means you typically won’t get matched with someone way out of you league, so everyone can enjoy their time with Smash Ultimate.


If you're looking for another brawler for other systems, Brawlhalla is another great choice — and it's a lot like Super Smash, but in the best ways possible. 




Whatever the reason you need to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble, these games should give you plenty of options. Let us know what your fail-safe games are for keeping the kids busy, and be sure to give us a like and share on social media if you enjoyed what you read!


Be sure to check out these other awesome kid-centric games in case you didn't already find what you were looking for: 


Madden NFL 20


The most recent Madden game, Madden NFL 20, packs enough content to keep any football fan busy for a long, long time. Its story mode, Face of the Franchise, lets you create a career football player and follow them through the college divisions all the way to the top of the NFL. It might not be quite so engaging the further you get into it, but it’s still a very solid experience. The real magic is on the field in normal matches, though.


Madden 20 introduces a new feature to the formula with X-Factor Superstar Abilities. These are unique to star players, created with their own real-life strengths and abilities in mind that shake up how you execute your plays and approach each situation. Madden 20 also offers challenge modes, dynamic Playbooks, and basically anything football lovers might want in a Madden game.


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age


Speaking of Dragon Quest, If monster-catchers and MMOs aren’t really your kids’ thing, then Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age fills that RPG niche very well indeed. It’s the latest and arguably one of the best in the long-running Dragon Quest series. It’s brighter, more colorful, absolutely jam-packed with things to do, and as always, the localization is some of the best in the industry. 


You’ll do the usual RPG things — gather a party of misfits, journey around the world, and try to save it from evil — but like all Dragon Quest games, XI offsets the familiar with a huge heart and plenty of character.


Despite being the 11th title in the series, you don’t really need any prior experience with Dragon Quest to appreciate it, though references to earlier games mean fans get the most out of it. Better yet, it’s available on every platform except Xbox One. The Switch version has added content, but the base version on PS4 and PC is still a modern classic and an excellent single-player experience.




Minecraft is a pretty obvious choice for games to keep your kids entertained. Heck, they (and you) might even be completely sick of it by now. If that’s the case, fear not. There’s still plenty more you can do with Minecraft. Multiplayer games, either of your own creation or on dedicated servers, are always an option to shake things up, as are survival games.


Minecraft has countless excellent creative servers for building themed or guided worlds as well and frequently demos new “snapshots” of upcoming features on PC (like the Busy Bees trailer above). Basically, Minecraft never stops, and there’s always something new to try — even if it’s just venturing into a new world.


But if you're absolutely fed up with Minecraft, there are other alternatives. Roblox is one, a combination of world builder and game designer where you can create your own games within the game. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is another, offering a more guided take on the "build anything" idea, a story, and tons of the series' trademark charm. Even though it's not as open as Minecraft, you can still create pretty much anything you can dream of.


Cities: Skylines


Cities: Skylines is one for the older kids. It’s an incredibly deep, immersive simulator-strategy game where you’re in complete control of your very own... well, city. And we mean “complete. control.”


You’ll determine everything from road layout and economic strategy to sewer maintenance and development zoning. Every choice you make determines how your city grows — or collapses in a spectacular mess around your ears.


Cities: Skylines has a number of well-realized expansions, too, adding even more content. Some focus on nightlife, while others focus on industry and parks and recreation. Still others focus on tourism and alternative energy production.


It’s on the Switch and PlayStation 4 as well, though the PC and Xbox One versions are the only ones that allow for modding. Also, note that the Switch version doesn’t always perform the best.


Of course, you could always go old-school and pick up the ultimate classic, Sim City 2000 on Good Old Games. It's perfect for any age group. 




You might have heard about Temtem when it entered early access back in January. It’s pretty obviously inspired by Pokemon, but there are some key differences that make it worthwhile even if you’ve caught ‘em all elsewhere.


Temtem is essentially an MMO — designed to play with others and explore together — while Pokemon is essentially a single-player experience. Temtem takes place on a brightly colored archipelago, too, and really cranks up the Indiana Jones feels: the sense of exploring a strange, magical new world.


And there’s even more, though. Developer Crema Games has a host of new content additions planned for the next year. These are designed to flesh out the end-game content and provide even more ways to enjoy the game.


If you’re looking for something more traditional, though, Pokemon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch would definitely fit the bill. The latest Pokemon games don’t shake the formula up that much, but they’re fresh, fun, and full of life.


LittleBigPlanet 3 or Super Mario Maker 2


LittleBigPlanet 3 or Super Mario Maker 2 are tied to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, respectively. But if you have either of those systems on hand, both titles offer a mind-boggling amount of content to keep the kids busy and encourage imagination. Maybe they'll learn a thing or two along the way.


Both games have a story mode of sorts, traditional platforming adventures that put your skills to the test. They’re really just for getting ideas for the main attraction, though: level building.


At their cores, Little Big Planet and Super Mario Maker 2 are level creators. You’ll choose from a vast array of tools and themes to design anything you can imagine. Obviously, Super Mario Maker 2 is all about making Mario levels, but Little Big Planet really lets your imagination run wild. Plus, both have multiplayer modes so you can play together or with friends.


A Hat in Time


A Hat in Time is another product of the 3D platformer renaissance, but it’s far from derivative. Hat Kid travels through space — until she doesn’t anymore. She’s lost all her space fuel and must explore all the worlds she can reach to find more. Fortunately, Hat Kid gets special powers from all the hats she creates, so there’s never a dull moment on her travels.


Whether you’re solving The Murder on the Owl Express or dealing with the ruthless Mafia of Cooks, the worlds are absolutely stuffed with things to do and uncover. It’s cute and funny, plus a little bit chaotic when it needs to be. There really isn’t anything quite like A Hat in Time.


LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga


Pretty much any Lego game is worth trying out if you’re interested in the franchise. But for sheer breadth of content, you can’t get any better than Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. This isn’t the new Lego Star Wars, though; it’s the 2009 Complete Saga, which means Episodes 1-6.


Aside from meaning you’ve got six Lego games to play through in one package and more playable characters than you can shake a lightsaber at, it also means basically any computer can play it. There’s co-op play involved as well if more than one person wants to join in the fun. With character customization, hidden bonuses, and challenge modes, busy you and your younglings will be for a long time.


Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair


We considered Yooka-Laylee one of the best PC games for kids a while back (and it's made it on almost every list for kids we've done since it released).


But we can’t deny Playtonic improved the formula even more with Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. It foregoes the original’s devotion to the 3D collect-a-thons of old and combines Donkey Kong Country style platforming with top-down exploration and puzzle-solving inspired by 2D Zelda games.


It’s gorgeous, it’s colorful, and there are enough hidden collectibles and secrets to encourage multiple playthroughs. In short, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is just plain fun. Even better, it’s available on all modern platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


It's tough keeping the littl'uns occupied at the best of times. But if you're stuck at home for any reason, finding ways to keep the kids busy becomes a necessity. Fortunately, video games fill that need pretty darn well. There's a ton of kid-friendly options to choose from, but picking out the best ones can be more difficult than it might seem.


That's why we've put together this list of the best games for keeping the kids entertained at any time. They're all good for any age, and none can be completed quickly.

9 Games That Will Satisfy Your Inner Collectaholic https://www.gameskinny.com/n2e12/9-games-that-will-satisfy-your-inner-collectaholic https://www.gameskinny.com/n2e12/9-games-that-will-satisfy-your-inner-collectaholic Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:42:26 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

From coins to rocks to toys, people have enjoyed collecting things for hundreds of years. It only makes sense that such a time-honored hobby would make its way into video games in the form of collectathons. In these games, the player must typically collect a certain amount of objects in order to progress. Collectathons are great for almost everyone because of their easy-to-understand goals and fun, explorable worlds. If you’re looking to dive into the genre for the first time, or you're a completionist looking for your next fix, here are nine games, both retro and modern, that are sure to satisfy your inner collectaholic.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario slinging Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario 64 was arguably the first great collectathon, and 3D Mario games have continued that legacy. The latest installment in the franchise, Super Mario Odyssey is a fantastic collectathon. While you only need a fraction of the available power moons to finish the game, there are 999 moons for players to collect if they want to go all out. This title is a masterpiece with addictive gameplay and innovative level design, and it's sure to delight just about anybody.

Snake Pass

Exploring the world in Snake Pass

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a snake? Me neither, but that shouldn't stop you from trying out Snake Pass! Most collectathons are straightforward 3D platformers, but the platforming in Snake Pass is what makes it stand out. You'll have to learn how to slither like a proper snake if you want to gather the gate gems necessary to progress further.

Assassin's Creed: Origins

Bayek scaling a pyramid in AC:O

I said most collectathons are 3D platformers, but the Assassin's Creed franchise doesn't exactly fit that definition. That doesn't stop Ubisoft from cramming as many collectibles as possible into these games. While the games are notorious for the sheer number of locations, treasure chests, and materials to collect, Assassins Creed: Origins did a good job filling out the huge world with collectibles without making it feel overwhelming and unachievable. I also recommend checking out Assassin's Creed: Black Flag if you want to challenge yourself and collect some delightful sea shanties.


Box art from Banjo-Kazooie

If you're a collectaholic, then you must have played Banjo-Kazooie. It's a classic for a reason and worth revisiting for nostalgia if nothing else. For those of you who don't want to break out the ole N64, you're in luck! You can get Banjo-KazooieBanjo-Tooie, and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts as part of Rare Replay for Xbox One. You'll definitely be able to get your fill of Jiggies, Jinjos, and musical notes!


Screenshot of Yooka-Laylee

A spiritual successor to Banjo-KazooieYooka-Laylee brings the same gameplay from the '90s into the world of today. Developed by Playtonic Games (former Rare employees and key developers of the Banjo series), Yooka-Laylee doesn't miss a beat when it comes to replicating the Banjo-Kazooie feeling. If you want to share some of your favorite childhood experiences with your kids, or if you want to feel nostalgia from a newer game, then this is the game for you.

Ratchet & Clank

Screenshot from Ratchet and Clank

Insomniac Games revived this well-regarded series in 2016 to go along with the movie that came out at the same time. While the movie flopped, the game is a ton of fun, and there are plenty of Gold Bolts, Holocards, and Raritanium to gather while you progress through the game with all of your crazy weapons. Ratchet & Clank also has fantastic gameplay and a wonderful aesthetic.

A Hat in Time

Image from A Hat in Time

A Hat in Time doubled its Kickstarter goal in two days and was highly anticipated when it released on PC in October 2017 and on console in December of 2017. The collecting in this indie game is highly rewarding, as different collectibles offer new abilities, new levels, and new cosmetics to the player.

Stardew Valley

Autumn in Stardew Valley

Now I know what you're thinking about this: "How the heck is a farming sim/rpg/sandbox game inspired by Harvest Moon a collectathon?" Stick with me here, this charming little game has a ton of stuff you can "collect." The community center in Stardew Valley offers multiples "bundles" which require the player to collect specific items for rewards. In addition to those bundles, the player can try to catch every fish, grow every crop, cook every recipe, become friends with everyone in town, and collect tons of monster drops. There's even an achievement/trophy that challenges players to ship one of every single item in the game. There is plenty to do in this indie darling that will satisfy the collectors out there.

Donkey Kong 64

box art for DK64

The big kahuna. When this game came out, it was one of the biggest collectathons ever made. Today, Donkey Kong 64 is blamed as the game that ruined the genre, but I cannot disagree more. While the collecting nature of the game may be a little repetitive for modern gamers, DK64 accomplished what it set out to do. If you want a game where you collect things, then this is the game to do it. Whether it's bananas or colored coins, you'll enjoy silly characters and decent platforming puzzles to keep you occupied. I'd also be remiss not to mention the fantastically cheesy DK Rap.


Are you a collectaholic? What kind of collectibles are your favorite? Did your favorite collectathon not make the list? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for other great gaming articles like 10 Pokemon That Should Have Never Existed or Top 12 Greatest Cats of Video Games




10 Best PC Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/lo2nx/10-best-pc-games-for-kids-in-2017 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:01 -0500 ESpalding


Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles


Everywhere I've been on the internet while looking for great kids games of 2017, I've repeatedly seen Yonder: The Cloud Chaser Chronicles mentioned, and if you are familiar with the game, then you will know why.


This beautiful adventure game focuses on exploration and crafting as its staple theme. There is no combat in the game, which makes it ideal for younger children and makes the game very relaxing and easy going. As you explore the island of Gemea, you befriend and train animals, gather fruit and resources, and then build your own farm to help generate food and resources for the inhabitants of the island.


Yonder is out on Steam now for PC and also available on the PS4.




Do your children play any of the games on this list? Maybe they play something else? If so, please let us know which games your children play so that we can check it out as well! 


Ben 10


Even though Ben 10 has just been released, it would be hard not to include it on a list of games for kids. From its humble beginnings as a kids cartoon, the Ben 10 franchise just keeps on growing! 


This latest addition is an action-adventure game, and once again you play as Ben as you try to save the world from some of the series' most famous villains, including Queen Bee, Zombozo, and the Weatherheads. As usual, there are 10 alien creatures to transform into, so kids are going to enjoy exploring new abilities and the looks of these new forms.


Ben 10 is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


Portal Knights


So far, this list has been missing an RPG, so here comes Portal Knights to fill that spot. This sandbox action-RPG is fantastic for teaching kids about teamwork and team dynamics.


In Portal Knights, you take on the role of a Warrior, Mage, or Ranger who must travel to different worlds to lots of different islands to combat the effects of the great Fracture. Each island is randomly generated and offers a variety of unique environments, creatures, and resources for crafting. The crafting and gathering side of things is a nod to Minecraft, while the look of some of the land and characters themselves are quite reminiscent of LEGO.


This game caters very well to two types of players -- the first being younger players who will enjoy mining and crafting items as well as the farming aspect of the game; the second being older kids, who may enjoy a more in-depth combat system.


Portal Knights is currently available on Steam for PC, but it is also available on PS4 and Xbox One.


A Hat in Time


Since its release in October, A Hat in Time has done incredibly well, gaining an overwhelmingly positive reception on Steam. Just from looking at the animation and storyline, you can see that this is a good game for kids! Plus, a game that has a kid as its main character is a nice way of getting kids interested in the game. If it weren't for a couple of cases of bad language, this game would have a universal rating.


The game follows the adventures of a space-traveling little girl who has a love of hats. As she explores new worlds in order to retrieve some missing items, she gets to craft new hats with different abilities to help her out such as a witch's hat that allows her to cook potions.


A Hat in Time is currently available on Steam for PC and Mac.


Sonic Forces


There have a number of Sonic releases this year, but for this list, we are recommending the most recent, Sonic Forces. The titular character has long been one of the characters associated with games, and kids love him! In this new game, you and Sonic have to save the world from Dr Eggman and a new villain called Infinite by bringing together an army to defeat them.


Sonic Forces brings back the much-loved platforms mechanics from previous games as well as adding some 3D action in for good measure. One of the big drawing points of the game is the fact that players get to create their own character to join Sonic on his missions.


The game is currently available on Steam for PC but is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.




This little gem of an indie fighting game is a fun way of bringing the genre to kids. While consoles have had a cartoon-type fighter for many years, there don't seem to be many out on PC, so Brawlout is a welcomed addition. 


The concept of a fighting game is pretty self-explanatory, but this game adds platforms to the mix, making the gameplay a bit more dynamic and fast-paced. Each character has its own unique playstyle such as a Nordic-looking Walrus-type character who uses ice attacks to freeze people in place or a  Porcupine character who uses electric shocks to stun.


Brawlout is currently available on Steam for PC.


Yooka Laylee


As the cover slide suggested, Yooka Laylee was going to appear on this list somewhere. It was one of the most anticipated games of the year -- how could it not be?! All the beautiful animation and quirky characters make this very much suitable for kids.


Of course, today's kids probably won't know about the game's predecessor, Banjo-Kazooie, so they will be going into it with no expectations or thinking that it has anything to live up to. Whether they just want to explore or go straight into collecting, this will keep kids occupied for ages. Younger players might have a little bit of trouble getting the hang of all the controls, but once they've mastered them, they will love playing this game!


Yooka Laylee is available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux and also available on PS4 and Xbox One.




What do you mean I can't include Cuphead on a list for kids? Alright, it isn't really suitable for younger kids, but I still think it is OK for older ones. I agree that it isn't an easy game. Having put in numerous hours and still not really gotten anywhere, I can attest to its difficulty, but as with anything, practice makes perfect and, yes, I think older kids can get to grips with it.


The animation in the game is amusing and very well done, and if kids watch retro cartoons on certain kid's TV channels, there is nothing really that they haven't seen before.


Cuphead is currently available on Steam for PC and also available on Xbox One.


LEGO Worlds


We couldn't have a list of great PC games for kids without having a building game on the list somewhere. Since the obvious one has been out for many years now, it couldn't be included, so we turn to the ultimate building franchise for this slide.


LEGO Worlds was released at the beginning of the year and brings everything you'd expect from a LEGO building game. The game features an open world with procedurally generated environments that you can fully manipulate. Kids can build whatever they can imagine by either moving things brick by brick or by using a prefabricated building and then customizing it. 


LEGO Worlds is currently available on Steam for PC as well as on PS4 and Xbox One.


Snake Pass


Released early in 2017 was beautiful physics-based puzzle-platformer Snake Pass from British developer Sumo Digital. In Snake Pass, you play as a snake called Noodle, and with the help of his hummingbird friend, Doodle, you need to move around various locations collecting gate gems to progress to the next level. That's it. The premise of the game is to collect items to move on.


There are no enemies, no fighting, no dialogue, and no other characters to interact with. This makes it an ideal game for kids because they just get to complete the puzzles and get instant gratification in doing so. Yes, the movements might be a bit taxing for younger players, but once they start thinking like a slithering snake, it makes it easier to move.


In addition to being available on PC via SteamSnake Pass is also available on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.


2017 has been an amazing year for video games across all platforms, but with the likes of Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed: Origins being big hits with all the attention, it is sometimes hard to see which games released this year are suitable for children. 


Kids this year have been spoilt for choice, both from AAA developers as well as indies. Whether it is platformers or puzzlers, there have been some great titles released this year for younger gamers. 


Being a parent of young children, I know what kinds of games my kids and their friends like, so based on this, I have selected 10 PC games that I think your kids will love as well. These are games that will test and excite younger and older kids alike, so there is something for everyone!

A Hat In Time Guide: How to Get the Why Achievement https://www.gameskinny.com/ce609/a-hat-in-time-guide-how-to-get-the-why-achievement https://www.gameskinny.com/ce609/a-hat-in-time-guide-how-to-get-the-why-achievement Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:20:39 -0400 Ty Arthur

Why... just why? That's the question this A Hat In Time achievement poses to you, as it assumes all gamers will immediately go with the dirty option when given the chance (or the anatomically correct one, I suppose).

On the whole, A Hat In Time goes out of the way to be adorably cutesy and kid friendly to offer up that classic N64 platforming vibe. Along the way there are also 28 achievements to earn. While some of those will test your skills, some will test your willingness to be obnoxious.

With this particular achievement -- called the "Why Achievement" -- you've got to go back in time with more than just graphics and gameplay, deciding to unleash your inner 12-year-old while reliving that classic platforming glory.

You know who he is... it's that version of you that thinks words like "butts" are hilarious. You get to let that brat out one more time with this silly achievement, which can actually be unlocked in a couple of different ways.

How to Unlock the Why Achievement in A Hat In Time 

Method #1

When you hit World 2, eventually you will meet a crow who asks about which specific body part you are most ashamed of. Let your imagination run wild here... or just literally enter the first thing that comes to your mind, because it's probably what the developers had in mind.

You can get the A Hat In Time Why achievement to unlock by typing in any of those "naughty" body parts that kids games don't normally want to mention (thanks to Steam player spooky snek for the screenshot below).

These words are confirmed to get the Why trophy to pop (although there are almost certainly more words that will work if you want to get creative and keep trying):

  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Dong
  • Ass
  • Boobs

Honestly never thought I'd make a bullet list with those items, but here we are (and this isn't even a NSFW article!) So thanks for that, A Hat In Time. Oddly, "Butt" and "Bum" don't seem to be recognized. I guess the Gears For Breakfast developers are all pretty confident in the booty department?

       I mean, they aren't wrong...

Method # 2

It seems like the Why achievement isn't strictly locked just to that particular World 2 scene from method #1 above, and can instead be earned by using "dirty" words just about anywhere you get the option to type specific options.

For instance, there are computers on your ship where you can input words. Typing anything like "Ass," Dick," or any of the words listed above seems to get the Why trophy to unlock. Go wild!

Method #3

I haven't actually confirmed this one personally, but I've seen a few people in the forums saying you can get the Why achievement by entering any of the usual four letter cuss words when the game prompts you to enter your mother's sister's maiden name. 

Another potential location is when one NPC asks you what your super hero name would be. Have fun dirtying up your name!

In other words, it doesn't seem to matter exactly where you type the word, just so long as you cuss or bring up genitals somewhere along the way while playing A Hat In Time.

 Why? Because we can, that's why!

Let us know what naughty words and phrases you used to get the Why achievement in the comments below!

We're nearing the end of 2017, and this has been a great year for some really solid throwback platformers. Looking for more games like A Hat In Time that let you be a kid again? Check out the full list of 2017's adorable platformer titles for other games you can try out.

A Hat in Time Review: An Adorable Hat Trick https://www.gameskinny.com/4xzj3/a-hat-in-time-review-an-adorable-hat-trick https://www.gameskinny.com/4xzj3/a-hat-in-time-review-an-adorable-hat-trick Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:52:45 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

A Hat in Time has come a long way to get here. It was originally announced as a Kickstarter project by indie developer Gears for Breakfast, headed by Jonas Kaerlev, and smashed it's original funding goal of $30,000 by closing out at nearly 1000% funding at just over $296,000. 

It's a game that seeks to pay homage to the 3D platformers of yesteryear, as well as other beloved classics of the N64, GameCube, and PS2 era. Games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Psychonauts being cited specifically as major inspirations. The game also takes clear inspirations from series like The Legend of Zelda and Paper Mario.  

It's all a very nice sounding idea on paper, but as time has shown us again and again, even as recently as the divisive Yooka Laylee, capturing the magic of those old 3D platformers that inspired so many all those years ago can be very tricky, especially when trying to create something familiar yet fresh. So has A Hat in Time finally cracked the code for an inspired platformer that awakens the child in all of us, while also appealing to our adult standards of quality?   

Let's see if all the waiting has been worth it.

The "Cute as Heck" Presentation

Let's get the story out of the way real quick. You play as Hat Kid, a little girl traveling alone in space when she suddenly loses her fuel source, 40 magic hourglasses called time pieces, and must travel down to a nearby planet to retrieve as many as she can in order to make it home. It's a simple story, but with enough presence in the gameplay to give your quest some meaning, and enough twists and turns to really keep your attention.

While the graphics may not be that impressive for this day and age, with a lot of large mounds representing clusters of objects, a few slightly blocky or simple looking character models, and the occasional odd-looking texture, the game's aesthetics more than make up for most of this. The choices of color and overall art design is wonderful, with every area feeling stylistically and tonally distinct from one another while still feeling cohesive to the game's style as a whole. Even with some of these issues holding back the loots a tad, on the highest settings this game can still look fantastic.

It also helps that A Hat in Time has a ludicrously in-depth options menu that allows the player to tweak graphic and gameplay settings to their heart's content. You can adjust the quality of everything from character quality to shadows in case you're running the game on a weaker PC, raise the framerate to 175 FPS if you want, and there's even options for a speedrun timer and automatically skipping all skippable cutscenes. Gears For Breakfast clearly wanted as many people as possible to be able to play their game, and kindly went out of there way to make it as technically flexible as they could.

If there's one thing that A Hat in Time has in spades it's charm. I can't remember the last time I played a game that felt so friendly and welcoming. The characters and locations are all bright and colorful -- even locations meant to be dimmer or foreboding have vibrant color palettes -- and there was clearly a large amount of effort put into making the world feel alive. This is definitely a game with a personality -- and that personality is boisterous and more than happy to invite you to it's birthday party.  

The party's already started, and you're the guest of honor.

The game's protagonist Hat Kid is a particularly expressive for a mostly silent protagonist as well. She feels a lot like a real kid, playful and kind, but also sometimes angry and sassy. She shows emotion in a number of subtle different ways, whether she's stick her tongue out at a Mafia goon as she walks by him, or cowering under a table with a sad expression as she hides from danger. If the whole game is supposed to be "cute as heck", then that would make Hat Kid the president of Heck.

I also found the game's writing to be quite strong for a platformer. While A Hat in Time is not a story heavy game by any means, there are miniature plot-lines in each chapter, as well as a number of different characters fleshed out somewhat with cut-scenes and dialogue. The plot-lines had twists and turns that consistently surprised me, the few bits serious moments and accompanying dialogue were genuinely effective, and the game made me laugh very hard very often with all it's jokes and gags.

I was also pretty flabbergasted by some of the darker jokes that the game managed to sneak in. There were references to suicide, murder, making deals with the devil, organized crime, and all sorts of crazy things I was honestly amazed they got away with, all the while the game standing around wearing it's E10+ rating like a badge of honor. 

The game's narrative elements work their way into gameplay fairly often as well. Jokes are sometimes the solution to the problem, and narrative events can affect the outcome of a fight. There are also some levels with full mechanics that solely apply to that one level due to situational necessity. Overall, the writing did a fantastic job of adding weight to your adventure and tons of clever wit to the easy-going atmosphere the game has going.  

The sound design also deserves special mention. The jingles for collectibles were also distinct and catchy, with every random goody you pick up giving you that little boost of confidence that they should in a game like this, and the cue for the level transition in particular always got me excited for what was coming, alongside the gorgeous title cards that came with each mission.

Title card for the mission "Murder on the Owl Express".

The soundtrack has been stuck in my head the last few days, as right from the get go it hits you with track after track of catchy-as-all-get-out platforming tunes that you'll find yourself humming along to after only a few minutes. The soundtrack as a whole clocks in at a whopping five hours of original music across 78 tracks, and none of it feels low-effort or undercooked. From the spaceship hub theme guest composed by Grant Kirkhope that has you feeling calm and cozy, to the frantic theme to the "Train Rush" mission, to the various remixes of the main theme, the music had me invested in the on-screen action the whole way through.

Running, Jumping, Picking-Upping

While there is some light combat and a fair bit of collecting to be done, the main gameplay mechanic of A Hat in Time is the platforming. The controls and abilities that you start the game with give you a great sense of flow and precision. From the get-go you can easily run part-way up walls, jump off walls, double jump, dive in midair, and even chain most of these maneuvers together in order to cover a great distance and make it up tall platforms and across large gaps.

Most of the time I spent playing this game involved utilizing the platforming and movement mechanics to their full advantage in order to complete the stage or collect more goodies scattered across the usually wide-open maps. This brings me to the subject of collectibles, which in a collect-a-thon, are the bread and butter of the gameplay, which I am happy to say A Hat in Time understands very well.

While there are only 40 time pieces to collect, which does sound rather low compared to a number of other similar collect-a-thons, every level hides oodles of money and secrets to search for and collect, on top of the grand variety of mission objectives. What's important in games based mostly around collecting things is to make sure that every collectible has a purpose, which again, A Hat in Time understands very well. 

Money can be used for all sorts of useful things, such as unlocking certain levels, purchasing badges that allow you to upgrade yourself and customize your playstyle however you want, and even activate displays for special relics you find throughout the levels, which when done correctly gives you both a decoration for your hub as well as access to a bonus challenge level. Money is all over the place, and following it can lead to even more secrets. Just wandering any give level with little direction following the trail of pocket change feels like your making progress.

You can also find tokens in levels that give you access to a slot machine in the main hub where you can pick between one of three random prizes. These can be alternate colors for Hat Kid's outfit, to remixes of certain songs in the game, to alternate designs for your different hats. There's just a lot to find and a lot to do with what you find, which keeps the reward cycle constant. It also helps that the levels are all quite well-designed and visually appealing, which further encourages exploration and further mastering your abilities.

Explore enough and you'll be bouncing off a burger in no time.

Then there are the balls of yarn you can find. Throughout the levels you can find different kinds of yarn balls, and if you manage to both find the correct kind as well as enough of the stuff, you can knit yourself a new hat that acts similarly to new item in the Zelda series, and unlocks a new ability for progression you can use by equipping that particular hat. These things can range from a sprint function, to a ground pound that let's you travel across the map in special ways, to throwing handy explosives to blow up certain objects.  

Having brought up the Zelda series, let's talk a bit about references. I have seen plenty of games that take clear inspiration from others, as well as plenty that outright directly reference what they're inspired by, but it's been quite a while since I've seen one that did it quite as lovingly and blatantly as A Hat in Time.  

There were visual callbacks to Super Smash Bros.Super Mario GalaxySuper Mario SunshinePsychonuats -- the list goes on. On top of the badge system being very reminiscent of the Paper Mario series, there were also a few particular visual callbacks to that series that to me -- as a huge Paper Mario fan -- just screamed homage.

Like, the kind of references that are so specific and so non-memetic that you'd practically have to be somebody who grew up with these games and loved them like the developers did in order to catch them. If you don't believe me then just look at this:

What Could Have Potentially Been Better

I personally had few issues with A Hat in Time's design, but there were still a few things that I feel could have been a little better polished. 

Most of my big gripes with the game come in the form of technical issues. I unfortunately ran into multiple crashes, almost always after returning to the hub or loading a new level, and frame dips happened to me often in a number of areas even when there wasn't much going on.

Going back to the graphics for a moment, while the game still does look nice on the lowest settings, even on higher settings some textures just looked like stickers on top of models at times, and sometimes they would just fail to load, and this would cause some particle effects to be replaced by pattern tests or a series of specks trapped in a square.

Just for reference, I played this game on my laptop, which is not particularly suited for gaming, but could still run the game fairly well on lower settings nonetheless. I am fully aware that my weaker PC was likely the source of a number of these issues, but it still hampered my experience regardless, and I've heard of other people with stronger PC's running into issues with the framerate and textures as well.

Lastly, I honestly wish their had been a bit more combat and boss fights. Don't get me wrong, the core gameplay is still tons of fun with the combat as low-key as it is, but for a 3D platformer I thought the options available to you for battles was pretty impressive, and I wanted to see more out of it. Plus, I thought that every boss fight was just fantastic with their complicated patterns and lots of great banter with your opponents. I just wish there was more of that to appreciate. None of this seriously affected my overall experience -- expect for the crashes -- but they are things that I hope are addressed in the future free content updates that Gears for Breakfast has promised us.

Has Gears for Breakfast Succeeded? 

At time of writing, I have not 100% completed A Hat in Time, but I definitely plan to. For this review I decided to simply play to the end of the main story, but I still played at my own pace and took my time getting there. I finished the game after about 13 hours and I could easily see getting all the remaining collectibles taking another 3-4 hours on top of that, so I feel the game hits the sweet spot in terms of length, where it's long enough to be satisfying but not feel bloated.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have an absolute blast while playing A Hat in Time. Some of the technical difficulties did hamper my experience a bit, and on one or minuscule occasions the game's design got on my nerves, but that didn't stop from playing for hours at a time with a huge smile on my face. I'd even say that I love this game -- but that comes with a qualifying statement.

My score doesn't go any higher than it is because the technical issues and relatively small-scale do hold it back just a bit, but I can easily see that being fixed. If some of the performance issues were updated with future patches, and depending how solid the local co-op update is, as well as how substantial the two planned free DLC chapters are, I could see my score going up further and this game being boosted into the status of a definitive 3D platformer classic.  

But regardless of all it's slight issues, I still think that Gears for Breakfast have succeeded. They've managed to create a game that serves as a spiritual successor to a beloved genre of games, as well as take great inspiration from the titles they love themselves, and make something well-designed and very personal that feels like a glimpse back in time and a step forward all at once. I heartily recommend A Hat in Time to anybody who loves 3D platformers, charming comedic games, or anybody just looking for something full of love and imagination.

A Hat in Time is available now for $30 on PC, and is expected to come out on PS4 and Xbox One later this Fall. You can watch a trailer for the game below:

[Note: Review copy provided by Humble Bundle]

A Hat in Time To Be Released In Fall Of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/1mca6/a-hat-in-time-to-be-released-in-fall-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/1mca6/a-hat-in-time-to-be-released-in-fall-of-2017 Wed, 17 May 2017 13:32:05 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

A Hat in Time, the collect-a-thon 3D platformer being developed by Danish indie developer Gears For Breakfast, has finally been given a planned release window of Fall 2017.

A Hat in Time claims to be made with the Nintendo 64 era of 3D platformers in mind -- namely those from the golden age of Rare, as well games like Super Mario 64 and Psychonauts. And looks to keep the spirit of those games intact while innovating at the same time. Unlike the recent Yooka-Laylee, however, A Hat in Time does not seek to closely imitate any one game, and merely wishes to make a game that is of the same style and quality that fans of the genre will remember. 

The game revolves around the story of Hat Kid, who must collect fuel for her spaceship in the form of hourglasses in order to find her way back home -- all while dealing with the likes of the Mafia of Chefs and Mustache Girl.

She must accomplish this by jumping and exploring through a number of colorful and intriguing worlds, all with their own stories, upgrading her hat with gameplay-altering badges, and grappling across obstacles while battling baddies with her trusty umbrella.

The game will include both full voice acting and an option for a Banjo-Kazooie-esque voice mumble, along with several music tracks by legendary composer Grant Kirkhope, a two-player co-op mode, 7 total chapters, and many more exciting features.

If you want to learn more about A Hat in Time, then you can visit the official website. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as we come closer to the game's scheduled launch window!

It's So Early in 2017 But We've Already Gotten These Great Platformers https://www.gameskinny.com/w7clk/its-so-early-in-2017-but-weve-already-gotten-these-great-platformers https://www.gameskinny.com/w7clk/its-so-early-in-2017-but-weve-already-gotten-these-great-platformers Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE


There are so many other titles I could’ve listed, but if I did that then this list would go on surprisingly longer than you’d think. Some of these games might not do it for all of you, and some of you might even think that the genre is better left behind in our memories, but you can’t deny the importance of what this could mean for the upcoming landscape of games -- especially as this nostalgic trend continues to catch footing the way it has so far.


I for one hope to see a 3D platformer that can reinvent the genre the way games like Braid, Chariot, and Shovel Knight have for Side-Scrolling affairs.




I’m just going to come out and say it now: I think you should play ALL of the games on this list, but if you’re really strapped for time, cash, or both, and can only play one of them, then please for the love of Jiggies, make it Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee.


Never before has there been such a delicate artisanship to a love letter quite like this Modern take on the classic formula, as you take control of animal duo as they set off on a quest for mysterious pagies that hold an answer more valuable than the gold that they happen to be printed on.


Every analog and contrast that you can make between the two is in full effect, as you travel through 5 giant worlds that can be expanded into bigger stages with the more you collect, giving you access to new moves and abilities so that you can repeat the process again, and again. The presentation spares no expense either as it delivers some of the best fourth-wall breaking commentary towards the video game industry and game culture it panders to with writing that hasn’t been this cheeky or clever since Banjo-Kazooie itself.


Yooka-Laylee takes every single concept that was celebrated by the classic Banjo games, and amplifies them tenfold, it truly is the new-age Banjo-Kazooie, and is easily the genre finest return to form that I’ve seen so far for the genre as a whole.


Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy


The wacky jorts-wearing Marsupial is scheduled to make his glorious return with an HD remaster of the games that made him the famous character that he is today, and a part can’t help but get really excited over what’s included in this package.


It’s strange because as much as we would all like to think that this is a remake of the original Crash Bandicoot games, it’s more like a reboot considering that Activision has none of the original assets to the series, and had to rebuild every detail of the initial games by scratch.


As such, Activision will have their work cut out for them with the N. Sane Trilogy as they’ll be improving upon a lot of the quirks in the first and second one that didn’t quite age so well, including new checkpoints and time trial modes across all three games. The bundle will not only be remastered for High Definition visuals, but will also be optimized for 4K support as well, and contain remastered compositions of the original audio and soundtracks.


Sony’s classic answer to Mario will be back in style come June 30th, and it’s poised to have that huge reunion tour sensation on everyone.


Super Mario Odyssey


You know, this list already mentioned big open worlds, and Mario, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the latest game to feature Nintendo’s iconic mascot wouldn’t get name dropped sooner or later.


There isn’t a whole to add here though, other than that we know that this Mario adventure is going to ditch the conventional hub-area from the previous titles, in favor of giving the plumber some free reign to explore a giant open world that’s modeled after real-life locations. From New York to Mexico City, and the South American jungles, the scenery will be unlike anything ever seen in a Mario adventure before, complete with lifelike NPC civilians that will creep the shit out of you on an entirely different level of the uncanny valley.


Along for the ride is a new hat companion that Mario that grants the hero some new skills, like channeling his inner-Bond villain to throw the hat like a projectile weapon at  enemies, or in some instances, as a makeshift platform that can give Mario that extra umph of distance once bounced off of in the air as well.


We don’t have a whole lot beyond that, and for all we know, the game might ditch the collectible formula altogether, but until then, it’s a safe bet that this next-gen sequel won’t stray too far away from its platforming roots.


A Hat In Time


Sometime before Playtonic came onto KickStarter with their less than conspicuous Love Letter to that one Bear & Bird game that people seem to love, another studio by the name of Gears for Breakfast teased a revival of that brand of gameplay with their own crowd-funding project name A Hat in Time.


Starring the endearing Hat Kid, A Hat in Time will follow its namesake and have you exploring the different worlds through various points of history in search of Hourglasses to help her fuel her ship after she was attacked by, no joke, the Mafia.


Did I also forget to mention that her arch nemesis is another lady named Mustached Girl?


A Hat in Time is reminiscent of the open hub-world formula made famous by the Rare 3D platforming classics, as you’ll hop ‘n bop through 5 huge worlds that are filled with loads of challenges and puzzles to solve. The game is currently in Beta, and the groundwork that Gear For Breakfast has laid down so far is nothing but impressive. The scale and scope to A Hat in Time’s level design is what makes it stand out from its peers as gives you so much to do without ever overwhelming you in the process.


There’s no word yet on when the final version will be released, but needless to say that this game should be on the radar of anyone who’s looking to get in on the 3D Platformer renaissance.




Super Mario 64 is a game that still lives on in the hearts of many gamers who grew up playing Nintendo 64, as it was a game that had this larger-than-life scale to its world, and abundance of possibility to its three dimensional take on the Mushroom Kingdom. Every 3D platformer that came after it did what it could to adapt its pocket-filling mechanics around their own distinctive themes and gimmicks, but they did everything they could to be different without alluding a lot to the source material that inspired them.


Polykid’s Poi does the exact opposite of that --  it does everything within its power to openly tribute the mechanics of the Italian Plumber’s first 3D outing.


In its conceit, Poi definitely nails the colorful backdrops and engaging worlds as it hands you control over two orphan siblings that you can alternate between in a journey to collect shiny Explorer medallions for a kind old man who know more about your journey then he’s letting on. Each world is broken down into segments that center around one specific object to collect the prized collectible much like the 3D Mario titles, significantly changing something about the level each and every time you enter it. Poi does expand upon the foundation it heavily homages though as it gives players the chance to collect coins that they can spend on tools and skills that will come in handy later for the more challenging medallions that require their use in order to be collected.


Poi is out now on Steam, and is currently enjoying its first sale, I recommend any fan of the genre that doesn’t particular need a heavy reverence towards Rare in their 3D romps to be enjoyed should go check it out.


2D Side-scrolling games are so commonplace nowadays that it’s getting hard to call them old-school games; when you think about the fact that they’re on nearly every single platform that you can think of, can you really say that they’ve technically aged?


While the jury is still out on that one, there’s a “new” retro throwback that’s quickly turning out to be a comeback, and that’s the 3D Platformer, a genre built around the idea of treasure hunting and adventure across an assortment of unique locales that make up one giant world to explore. Thanks to KickStarter and nostalgia, 2017 will play host to a number of collectathon romps have you thinking that the days of the Nintendo 64 and original PlayStation never left us; here are some of the few that’re worth looking out for!

Collectathon Platformers Are Back in 2017, Didn't You Know? https://www.gameskinny.com/vbava/collectathon-platformers-are-back-in-2017-didnt-you-know https://www.gameskinny.com/vbava/collectathon-platformers-are-back-in-2017-didnt-you-know Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Bryant Pereira

After enduring a slumber last generation, collectathon platformers are undergoing a resurgence, and 2017 is looking to be the renaissance.

The announcement of Yooka-Laylee in April, 2015 struck the internet with a sea of nostalgia, surpassing its Kickstarter Goal of £175,000 within 30 minutes.
Two years later, Playtonic Games' new entry is joining titles like A Hat in Time, Poi, and the newly announced Super Mario Odyssey in making 90’s inspired platformers a hit trend once again.

Playtonic Games is a development team primarily consisting of veteran Rare developers. The creative minds that brought classics such as Donkey Kong Country, and the raunchy Conker’s Bad Fur Day, are releasing their spiritual-successor to Banjo Kazooie on April 11th, 2017.

Yooka-Laylee reached all of its Kickstarter stretch-goals, and was the fastest game to reach $1 million on Kickstarter. The game includes a myriad of features like local co-op, a multiplayer versus mode, mine cart sections, and an old-school N64 shader mode. Their page even promises a “GK Rap” by ex-Rare composer Grant Kirkhope.

At it’s core, though, Yooka-Laylee is all about its gameplay, and of course those sweet, sweet collectibles. Throughout the game players will collect Quills, Pagies, and Play Tonics, but these aren’t just a number count on the screen. Each collectible in Yooka-Laylee serves a purpose. Upgrading stats, gaining new abilities, and expanding and adding worlds are Playtonic Games’ way of showing this is an evolution from the days of Donkey Kong 64 -- minus the rap.

Playtonic Games’ campaign is only one example of the interest gamers have in collectathon platformers. Sony revisited the world of Ratchet and Clank last year, and although the movie could have been better, the remake of the original was the fastest selling game in the series. Recognizing that nostalgia prints money, Sony is also working on a Crash Bandicoot trilogy for the PS4. Although games like Knack and Puppeteer didn’t leave much of an impact, the remastered classics are bringing the genre back into players minds.

Yooka-Laylee is not the only title to find success with indie game fans. Poi is a popular early-access Steam game scheduled to release February 1st. The vibrant journey tells the story of a young boy on a quest to become a master explorer, and focuses on exploration and collection. The game already received a number of awards such as the Humble Bundle Monthly.

A Hat in Time launched a Kickstarter campaign in May 2013, doubling its funding goals within the first two days. The game is scheduled for release sometime this year, and a Beta release is available for backers. Players take the role of Hat Kid, a young traveler who collects fuel for her spaceship to travel through time and race against evil. A Hat in Time draws heavily from titles like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Psychonauts. However, developer Gears for Breakfast plans to innovate the genre with a new combat system and adding in co-op.

What better way to wrap up the year of collectathon platformers by celebrating with a brand new 3D Mario title.

Super Mario Odyssey isn’t releasing until the end of the year, but Nintendo understands its fans’ desires for a true successor to Super Mario 64. Super Mario Sunshine and Galaxy are both amazing games, but each fall short in either execution or content to really emulate the definitive N64 title that changed gaming. Only a few minutes of Mario’s adventures in New York City have been revealed so far, showing a lush world with unique, explorable environments. These trailers show Nintendo is ready to one-up itself in the genre it popularized.

All of these games illustrate the same message -- it’s time for shooters to step aside and let 3D platformers take the crown back. The N64-era of open-world platforming is ready to take back the hearts of gamers from around the world, and hopefully use them to make more games in the wondrous genre of collectathon platformers.

5 Modern Collectathon Platformers to Play Before Yooka-Laylee Releases https://www.gameskinny.com/cznd3/5-modern-collectathon-platformers-to-play-before-yooka-laylee-releases https://www.gameskinny.com/cznd3/5-modern-collectathon-platformers-to-play-before-yooka-laylee-releases Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:48:41 -0400 Donald Strohman


1. Rayman Legends

PS4, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, Windows

Let's just a take a moment to appreciate the fact that Ubisoft actually made a creatively smart decision. While Rayman has existed since the early PlayStation 1 days, the franchise didn't really gain a significant following until it was rebooted in Raving Rabbids. Yet, even there, Rayman was eventually kicked out from the series so the games would focus entirely on those annoying little white alien rabbit hybrids.


That all changed when Rayman got an official reboot that he himself starred in with Rayman Origins, a platforming masterpiece. However, if you want the best experience possible, you need to purchase Rayman Legends. Not only does it continue the hot streak of beautiful animation, fun level design, insanely funny multiplayer, and tricky boss battles, but it also has the majority of levels featured in Origins as a bonus! You know you're in for a wild ride when there's an entire level dedicated to rock and roll music that you get to jam out to.



Did we miss any of your favorite 3D collectathon platforming games? Be sure to let us know what you're top 5 favorite titles in the genre are. And finally, be sure to keep an eye out for the multi-platform collectathon Yooka-Laylee releasing early next year.




2. Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time


This series of games, starring one of the PlayStation's most iconic duos, has definitely set the bar high for 3D platforming titles. While the series did just get a new entry on the PlayStation 4, that tied with the painfully unfunny Ratchet and Clank film, A Crack in Time stands as the pinnacle of what a Ratchet and Clank game should be like. A great adventure across the galaxy awaits those who pop this into their trusty PlayStation 3.


Hilariously over the top weapons you can upgrade and purchase, tons and tons of bolts to collect, platforming and shooting segments, it's all here. And with added puzzle sections that tease your brain to actually think for a change, and a great story to match it all, A Crack in Time is easily one of the best entries in the franchise as a whole.  



3. Freedom Planet

 Wii U, Steam

Sometimes you don't have to be the most original game in the world to perfect a genre. Freedom Planet was created as an homage to the early days of Sonic the Hedgehog, and while the similarities are quite clear, the end results are hard to ignore.


Freedom Planet serves as a great example of the collectathon platformer done right on an indie developer level, all thanks to the high octane speeds, power ups and rewards. The best part is that you don't need to be PC gamer to enjoy it, as it is also available for purchase off the Nintendo e-Shop for the Wii U. And if you need more, a sequel was recently announced to come out soon!



4. Super Mario 3D World

Wii U

There certainly will never be a shortage of Mario games any time soon. From his space exploration adventures in Super Mario Galaxy, to fighting with his own friends in Mario Party, the dynamite character from Nintendo appears in a whirlwind of titles that have defined every single one of the consoles they appeared on. So it only seems fitting that one of the Wii U's best titles is another great Mario platforming game.


Combining many of the elements that made earlier games in the franchise a success, such as suit power ups and multiplayer modes, Super Mario 3D World stands tall as a title that defined Nintendo's short lived system. With a plethora of colorful worlds to explore, treasures to find, and enemies to defeat, any owner of the Wii U most definitely should have this in their collection.



5. Sonic Generations

PS3, 360

This little blue gaming icon may have fallen from its once proud days on the Sega Genesis, but that doesn't mean Sonic the Hedgehog can't still have some enjoyable adventures. For every Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric or Sonic and the Black Knight, there exists a Sonic Colors. But if you want the cream of the crop in modern day Sonic titles, look no further than Generations.


Combining two different campaign play styles, some levels designed around old-school Sonic mechanics and others designed around the modern-day Sonic, players will have a hard time not enjoying the fast paced nature of finishing levels and collecting as many rings as you can.





War has changed. An industry once dominated by game companies clashing over who had the best platforming mascot, has since been replaced by titans trying make the next best selling first person shooter. Yet, even in an era so cluttered with zombie apocalypse games or futuristic first person shooters, there still exists the occasional glimmer of hope for collectathon platforming fans. 


With Kickstarter-backed newcomer Yooka-Laylee releasing next early year, we've compiled a list of collectathon 3D platforming games you can play while you wait. And the best part is that you don't need to pull out your old N64 to play them! All of these titles can be found on modern day, high definition consoles!

Yooka-Laylee & A Hat in Time: Why You Should Keep an Eye on Them https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxw8/yooka-laylee-a-hat-in-time-why-you-should-keep-an-eye-on-them https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxw8/yooka-laylee-a-hat-in-time-why-you-should-keep-an-eye-on-them Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:30:01 -0400 Donald Strohman

With E3 2016 wrapping up soon, audiences were met with a flurry of new games to look forward to in the coming months. From an all new re-imagining of the God of War saga to the latest in Legend of Zelda, fans were definitely happy to see their favorite franchises get the love and attention they deserve. As usual, however, the conference was dominated by familiar names and faces as opposed to new and creative ideas. For every Resident Evil and Spiderman, there was nothing too fresh in new ideas to help balance the conferences out. And even at that, fans have been demanding a new modern day platforming game in Crash Bandicoot for years now, and all they were met with was an announced remastering of the first three games off of the first PlayStation. 

Where's the Fresh Perspective?

As much as we love hearing about new chapters in our favorite franchises, so do developers. Much like the Hollywood industry, familiarity is almost always a guaranteed success. Why make a new IP that risks failure when you can create the next Silent Hill? (And promptly cancel it, thanks Konami.) That's why a lot of smaller developers that wish to refresh the face of gaming with new ideas or throw backs to the older days have to turn to fundraising websites like "Kickstarter" or "GoFundMe" to make their dreams a reality. Mighty No. 9 is coming to fruition soon, thanks to the donators who backed the project, but that title has had a rocky road to say the least. If anything, two games you should be excited to see roll off the Kickstarter factory line are A Hat in Time and Yooka-Laylee

What Are Those Games Like?

Yooka-Laylee (as pictured above) is being developed by a group of ex Rare developers as a spiritual successor to the beloved Banjo Kazooie games created for the Nintendo 64. Since Rare has been busy making such beloved gems as Kinect Sports, and not the type of game fans have been asking about for years now, a group of former employees who worked on the original Banjo Kazooie games decided to form their own team and give the fans what they wanted. The only way to do this, however, was to receive the funds through donations, which the fans were more than happy to provide seeing the title became the fastest game project to reach $1 million in donations in Kickstater's brief history. Instead of using familiar faces however, the team created new characters to help recapture the nostalgia of today's young adult generations.

A Hat in Time, on the other hand, follows a similar pattern as Yooka-Laylee in needing donations to come to existence, but without such a fancy backstory in its creators. It was just a product of the lack of 3D platform titles in today's market.


As much as newly announced E3 games like Days Gone look like they could be fun games, the idea behind them lacks innovation. They're titles we've seen done to death in the past two console generations. First person shooter after zombie apocalypse after third person shooter after horror games gone action adventure. E3 has mostly started boiling down to feelings of familiarity.

Games like Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time are such rarities on the multi-platform front that you'd have to turn to the far reaches of Steam or indie developers to get anything remotely fresh and creative nowadays. But even that has started to shift thanks to the popularity of the indie smash hit Five Nights at Freddy's. You can complain all you want as to how the industry is running out of new ideas, but it's only when gems such as these games become a success that the face of the market changes.

What Should I Take Away From This? 

Think with your wallet. If you want change, support titles such as Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time. Kotaku received an early demo of A Hat in Time and has praised it. Our best gaming memories come from new experiences, which is why Resident Evil 7 is trying something different to win back its fan-base after the abomination that was 6. If these two titles succeed on a large scale, we could see developers follow suit in future titles. If you really do want your new Crash Bandicoot game, developers will without a doubt listen if your wallet is doing the talking. 

Yooka-Laylee is currently slated to release in the first quarter of 2017 on the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and Windows. A Hat in Time hasn't revealed a release date yet, but is currently set to release on Microsoft Windows. Be sure to let us know if you plan on picking up either of these titles the moment they release, and thereby supporting the return of 3D platforming games!

What Mighty No. 9 Could Say About the Future of "Kickstarting" https://www.gameskinny.com/5aih9/what-mighty-no-9-could-say-about-the-future-of-kickstarting https://www.gameskinny.com/5aih9/what-mighty-no-9-could-say-about-the-future-of-kickstarting Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:57:16 -0400 Donald Strohman

So, you've probably seen the latest trailer for Mighty No. 9 if you're reading this. You know the one we're talking about, the one with the infamous quote:

"Make the bad guys cry like an anime fan on prom night."

Maybe mocking a good chunk of your fan base wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Mighty No. 9 had a smooth development history. But considering the fact that this is just one of numerous times the developers have hurt their fan base -- such as with the decision to delay this game THREE times before official release -- Mighty No. 9 could be dead on arrival long before the official release. 

So What's Been Going On?

If you weren't already familiar with the background of this title, Mighty No. 9 serves as the spiritual successor to Capcom's dormant Mega Man series. Funded entirely by donations through an online Kickstarter campaign, this title was supposed to be the answer to many gamers' burning desire for a new 2D action platformer to enter the market. Yet, now that the game has been delayed more then three times, many of those same gamers have grown tired of waiting for it to actually be released. Even though the game is slated to arrive in the market on June 21st, it wouldn't be that far fetched to speculate some people are just waiting for it to be delayed inevitably once more. 

The Problem With "Kickstarting"

Websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter have become prime locations for people to raise funds for their creative projects. From independent filmmakers to struggling game studios, if you have a great idea that needs to get off the ground, all you need to do is set up a donations page and ask everyone you can to contribute. However, the underlying problem with websites like Kickstarter is that contributing funds to the project doesn't equal a guarantee in delivery of said product.

Funds can be mismanaged, take the outcry against Anita Sarkessian's "Feminist Frequency" Kickstarter campaign after being accused of stealing online gaming videos instead of using its $158,000 donations to buy the actual games (although they remain only accusations.) Or sometimes the project you donated to could take years to even come to fruition. Take Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy creator Maxwell Atoms' Kickstarter project Dead Meat. Since Cartoon Network wasn't interested in the idea behind Atoms' new series idea, he turned to Kickstarter to make the project a reality. Over a year and $56,000 in donations later, the series has still not seen the light of day. It continues to receive project updates on its official Tumblr page, but who knows how long it'll be before the show comes to fruition.

Therein lies the problem with Mighty No. 9's development, they can take as long as they want because they already have your money. Sure, delaying a game several times will turn away those who didn't back the project and might've been interested in buying the game, but they ultimately still have the tens of thousands of dollars already pledged to them to take as long as their heart desires. The development team is already in talks to make a sequel, and they aren't even done making the first one yet! 

What Could This Mean for the Future?

If Mighty No. 9 does turn out to be as bad as the trailer might suggest, it could kill off any chances this series may have had to be the next Mega Man. But that's not the biggest problem that could arise if this game fails. If other Kickstarter backed projects follow a similar pattern in Mighty No. 9's development shortcomings, it could destroy any potential the website would offer independent game developers at all. Customers may not be as interested in contributing to these projects if they continue to be disappointed in the results, which is a shame considering the fact that many of these development teams wish to spice up a market largely dominated by the FPS genre. Fellow Kickstarter backed project Yooka-Laylee is slated to be a spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie platforming series, but could yield better results for the industry as long as the development goes over better than what Mighty No. 9 chose to do. 

What Do You Think?

Either way, all of this is just speculation up until Mighty No. 9 releases in North America on June 21st. So, what do you think will be the results of Mighty No. 9's numerous delays? Do you feel they were ultimately necessary, and will help ensure the game will be a fun one? Or do you think the game is doomed from the get go? Be sure to comment below and let us know if you plan on picking up the successor Mega Man, or plan on waiting to see what the reviews have to say first.


Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of PAX East 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/hpi27/top-5-most-anticipated-games-of-pax-east-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/hpi27/top-5-most-anticipated-games-of-pax-east-2014 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:23:21 -0400 Ish Lewis

PAX East 2014 is officially 10 days away from happening. There will be hundreds of games showcased at the convention. Most of them will be from independent developers, but we'll also see games showcased from larger developers like Square Enix and Ubisoft. Everyone has games they’re looking forward to at the event. These are my top 5 most anticipated games of PAX East 2014.

#5 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a sequel to the original Hotline Miami which was released back in 2012. The game will retain the entire unique and violent top down action that was presented in the first game. Hotline Miami 2 is set to take place a little bit after where the first game left off, but story details are still scarce at the moment. Be sure to expect more '80s influences, trippy and psychedelic visuals, and a once again stellar soundtrack from developer Dennaton Games and publisher Devolver Digital. Be sure to have your animal mask ready when Hotline Miami 2 sails into PAX East 2014.

#4 Child of Light

Child of Light looks to be the most beautiful game that will make its way to PAX East this year. A platforming turn-based role-playing game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. Child of Light looks to tell the story of Aurora, a little girl who needs to return to her homeland to defeat the Queen of the Night. The sun, the moon, and the stars are being held captive and it is up to Aurora, her companion Igniculus the firefly, and more unlikely companies to restore light and peace against the Queen of the Night.

Child of Light is set to use UbiArt Framework, the same engine used to display the great visuals that were previously showcased in games Rayman Origins and Legends. Child of Light will feature classic turn-based RPG gameplay and a diverse and versatile crafting system to create new items, armor, and weapons to aid you on your quest. Child of Light is set to be released to weeks after PAX on April 30th, and I can’t wait to see if I’ll have a reason to purchase it.

#3 Shovel Knight

Since the first time I saw Shovel Knight last year, I fell in love with the title. A classic side-scrolling action title reminiscent of games like Mega Man and Castlevania. The game claims precision-based platforming and robust boss fights. Shovel Knight looks to bring back the challenge from the 8-bit era of games that we once knew. A classic story of a knight in shining armor coming to save his beloved princess from evil. Shovel Knight looks to dig its way into our hearts in the spring, but you can get a nice taste of it at PAX East.

#2 A Hat in Time

A Hat in Time is a collectathon adventure game developed by Gears for Breakfast. You control as the protagonist Hat Girl, as she travels through time to defeat the evil Moustache Girl. With time on your side you’ll be able to change the course of the game and take down vicious enemies. The game plays like platformers from the Nintendo 64 era. Collecting items and completing quest to progress through the game. It’ll feel like we finally got the spiritual successors to games like Banjo Tooie or Donkey Kong 64. If you’re a fan of games like Super Mario 64, Banjo Kazooie, or The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time then A Hat in Time is probably on your radar. Pre-order the game and try it at PAX. You won’t regret what looks to be a hilarious and adorable little game.

#1 Transistor

Transistor is the spiritual successor to my all-time favorite indie game, Bastion. It’s a sci-fi action RPG by developer Supergiant Games. Enemies called The Process are in pursuit of the protagonist Red, as she has in her possession an intelligent and powerful sword called the Transistor. Transistor’s gameplay consists of free movement in real-time, but with a mechanic called the planning mode. A red bar is displayed on the screen, and when filled Red can use a bunch of commands to take out her foes. Strategy is key because you have to wait for the bar to refill before you can use more commands. A good comparison is Final Fantasy 13’s gameplay, but used in a more unique way with high speed.  Transistor is a game everyone should get a chance to play, and if you’re a fan of Bastion it’s a must.

With so many games at PAX East being showcased this year these aren’t the only ones I am excited for. What games are you guys looking forward to at PAX this year? Leave a comment below and hopefully I’ll see some of you guys there.

12 Indie Reasons To Celebrate Next-Gen https://www.gameskinny.com/xmfnw/12-indie-reasons-to-celebrate-next-gen https://www.gameskinny.com/xmfnw/12-indie-reasons-to-celebrate-next-gen Sun, 03 Nov 2013 07:41:24 -0500 Coatedpolecat


Another game that's already had a PC release, but will come to the PS4 at launch, is Rogue Legacy by Cellar Door Games.


A Hat In Time will find a release on WiiU, and is being made by Gears for Breakfast.


A.N.N.E. is from Gamesbymo and will release on the WiiU.


Primal Carnage: Genesis finds it's creative team to be Lukewarm Media and will be a PS4 title.


Rime is another PS4 release being made by Tequila Works.


Secret Ponchos will be a PS4 title, developed by Switchblade Monkey.


Outlast, developed by Red Barrels, has already launched on PC but will also be available on the PS4.


Everyone's Gone to the Rapture is being created and developed by The Chinese Room and will be on the PS4.


Galak-Z from 17-Bit comes to the PS4.


Don't Starve is a PS4 release from Klei Entertainment.


Contrast is a PS4 title that's in development by Compulsion Games.


Basement Crawl is coming to PS4 by Bloober Team.


In a couple weeks our two new consoles will release, and with some of the most innovative titles to grace any console.  I wanted to take the time and highlight some games I'm looking forward to.  A few of these will launch with the next-gen hardware, while others I'm just excited to play whenever they come out.  I chose these screenshots to encapsulate the genre, and the outstanding charm and artistic style of each game. Enjoy!