Guys, listen up. I know fedoras have something of a bad rap, by way of association with douchebags, which may or may not be in any way deserved. And I wouldn’t hold it against you if you instinctively steered away from any game that holds fedora-wearing as important enough to feature it in the title. But here’s the thing: in Hot Tin Roof, second successful project of Glass Bottom Games, the fedora in question is worn not by any old boring human, but by a cat. And I am indubitably a cat person. I’m not just so much a cat person that the cat part cancels out the fedora part; no, I’m so much a cat person that the cat part actually overpowers the fedora part, making the fedora seem fluffy and adorable by association! Which means that suddenly, through the magic of resolved cognitive dissonance, Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora consists not of one cool element and one meh element, but of two cool elements. And one hot element, ho ho ho. Seen through that lens, it only makes sense that I’d play it eventually.
Oh, and I also backed Hot Tin Roof on Kickstarter. There’s that, too. I had plenty of fun with Glass Bottom Games’ previous project, Jones On Fire: Kitties Are Cute And Should Be Saved. And I occasionally crack wise at Glass Bottom’s founder, ‘Not That’ Megan Fox, on Twitter. Maybe these two facts also made me more predisposed towards playing Hot Tin Roof? Possibly. I still maintain the kitten element is probably the strongest factor here, though.
(Spoiler levels: Narrative, medium. Mechanical, medium-high.)
(Game source: Backed on Kickstarter.)