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Wind Waker-esque platformer A Hat in Time soars on Kickstarter

Has more than doubled its $30K goal in two days.

Last November I wrote about indie developer Jonas Kærlev's gorgeous cel-shaded platformer, A Hat in Time, and now the stylish adventure has its own Kickstarter that's more than doubled its modest $30,000 goal in two days.

A Hat in Time follows the exploits of Hat Kid, a girl who can use her spiffy magical hat for time travel. Hopping around the fourth dimension, she needs to collect several shattered time pieces before the villainous Mustache Girl can use them for evil.

When I spoke to Kærlev in November, he explained that A Hat in Time would have combat, but the focus of the game would still be on exploration, traversal, and puzzle solving. Aiding in these activities is your nifty umbrella, which doubles as a hookshot, pogo stick, and propeller. Penguin, eat your heart out!

The game will be structured like Mario 64 where Hat Kid will revisit each stage numerous times, but each mission will feature remixed scenarios and goals. Environments range from forests, to deserts, to the moon and beyond.

A Hat in Time has already passed its $50K stretch goal for co-op support, and it will feature a sixth and possibly seventh chapter if it can hit $80K and $110K respectively.

Backers can reserve a digital copy of the game for $15, while $20 will also get you a digital soundtrack, instruction manual, and postcard, and $40 comes with two digital copies of the game and early beta access.

A Hat in Time is tentatively due in February 2014 for PC and Mac, although the now eight-person developer Gears for Breakfast said it's in talks with a publisher to make a Wii U version, but it can't promise anything yet.

The A Hat in Time Kickstarter is currently at $60,779 and has 28 days left before its 28th June deadline.

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