LW4K Game Spotlight: A Hat in Time

This is the next video in a new Learningworks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on A Hat in Time. Click below to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer Sam  for his work on this awesome video!

Hey everyone, welcome to Learningworks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and learn more about how video games can be a part of a balanced play diet. 

Today we are going to be talking about the platforming adventure game A Hat in Time. This game focuses on a character simply known as Hat Girl. After her spaceship loses all of its fuel (called timepieces), she must go down to the planet’s surface and gather them up again. Hat Girl must explore the world around her by running, jumping, and crafting new hats which come with special abilities. 

The player will need to use their flexibility skills because 3D platformers can require the player to approach obstacles from different directions or angles. Flexibility can also come in handy when switching between hats. Because the hats in the game have different abilities, choosing the best one for the situation requires adaptation and a willingness to try new things.

 Players will also need their time management skills, particularly when they are in the platforming areas of the game. Timing jumps and sneaking around in stealth mode both require the player to know when to stand still, when to jump, and when to make a run for it! 

And finally, planning is a good way for players to determine what badges they want to purchase. Hat Girl can collect bubbles that can in turn be used to purchase additional badges which feature upgrades like automatic pickup for items. 

What is your favorite hat and what are its abilities? Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and play throughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 


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