"Can you beat this community gauntlet with just 3 lives?"
—Challenge Road Description

Challenge Road is a mode that compiles a handful of community mod levels and tasks the player with completing them with only three lives. It can be accessed by speaking to the Mafia Goon in the Mail Room.

Presentation

Challenge Road is styled identically to the Death Wish Mode in Seal the Deal, using the same sound effects, purple Time Pieces and lives system found in several of the challenges. The player was also given a contract while attempting the challenge, much like in Death Wish levels, but this was patched out later. The art used for the opening is from Award Ceremony, as are the trophies that are given as rewards.

Gameplay

To play a Challenge Road, the player must first download all the required mod levels if they do not already have them. This can be done by opening the levels in the mod menu and selecting the "View in Workshop" button, but the levels can also be found in the "Challenge Road" category on the Steam Workshop. Certain levels may also require the player to have certain DLC.

Once the player has begun, they must complete all the levels in order. The amount of levels included in a single road is most often 2-4, but can go as high as 7. The player may bring any modded Hats and Badges with them, but it is recommended that they also have all the vanilla Hats as well. Dying will cause the player to lose a life, and losing all three lives will end the Challenge Road and force the player to restart from the beginning. Completing an individual level will not award the player with a Mod Rift Token as usual: they must play the level individually to collect this.

If the player completes every level in a Challenge Road, they will be greeted with the following message:

"You did it, congratulations! A new Challenge Road will appear in the near future..."

They will also earn a trophy, which is exclusive to their save file. The amount of trophies earned is displayed on the file select screen, but otherwise, the trophies serve no mechanical purpose. A player can replay the same Challenge Road as many times as they want but will earn no additional trophies for doing this.

List of Challenges

As the Challenge Road changes after a certain amount of time, this list will show all previous Challenge Roads.

4/6/19

(Update showing the date of the first Challenge Road, and a tweet by @HatInTime detailing the levels in the first Challenge Road.)

  • Runway Rift
    • i made it to see what more stuff i can do
  • Metro Rift
    • This is my first time creating a custom level.
      It's a Timerift Made with Nyakuza Metro DLC Features.
      Warning: Requires Seal the Deal DLC and Nyakuza Metro DLC.
  • Foggin Funky Mauve Metro
    • A very short and sweet pink Metro level in the sky using the new Power Pon mechanic as seen in DLC 2. Run, jump and dive across this pink fog swamped Metro to collect 50 shiny electrical pons and unlock your prize; the timepiece! Refill your health at the snack vendors and take a ride on the cat propelled trains to reach different separated platform islands on your way to the finish.

17/6/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the second Challenge Road.)

  • OPERATION: RE-RAIL
    • A brand new mod in the OPERATION line up! Help the Conductor get back his precious train from the Nyakuza cats in this thrilling action-packed mod!
  • Just Out of Reach
    • This is my first level design. A simple level for simple level folk. The time piece is there in front of you but just out of reach, you have to go up and around to get it.

1/7/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the third Challenge Road.)

  • Exactly 12 Red Balloons
    • i counted. you can't use 2 of them though so it could be considered only 10 balloons, but i'm counting those 2 as balloons even if they are only for decoration and not for bouncing. the first level i have made and i nearly destroyed my save file in the process of making it so please say things in the neutral-to-nice range to me and please do not be mean. it is kind of short and features too many little round birds, but if you're a fan of little round birds then it's great for you.
  • Nyatronic Manhole
    • Hop between trains to collect all of the Power Pons to restore the barrier between you and the time piece! This short level provides a light but fun challenge to collect every power pon!
  • 4 Floor Run
    • This level was designed with speedrunning in mind, however it can be enjoyed casually too.

15/7/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the fourth Challenge Road.)

  • Green Clean Rooftops
    • Welcome to Green Clean Rooftops! One of the highly anticipated stops from Green Clean Station! Here you'll find amazing floral to admire and enjoy! Meet with the locals here and grab some tasty food! Lastly, don't forget to enjoy your stay!
  • Ironsky Factory
    • Welcome to Ironsky factory, an old and degraded base in the sky. You'll need your grappling hook and dweller mask to navigate through the parts that have fallen off over the years!

5/8/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the fifth Challenge Road.)

  • Pick Your Poison (Time Rift)
    • This rift has a branching path at the middle that gives you two different challenges. The left path focuses on combat, while the right side focuses on platforming. Once you pick a side, the other one will be unavailable. Be sure to play it twice to go through both paths!
  • Random Objects Platforming
    • A simple level where you platform across random things! I'm VERY new at not making levels that are Time Rifts, so more than ever, criticisms are appreciated!
  • Time Rift: That Building
    • Nobody knows exactly where this time piece landed, but it seems it landed over a strange building crafted by someone who praises the sun. Well that doesn't matter, what matters is obtaining the time piece.
  • Gear Tower Rift
    • A small simple platforming blue time rift. Has a time piece and rift token.

19/8/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the sixth Challenge Road.)

  • Metro Nyascent [Time Rift]
    • Just a simple little blue rift that I made to take a break from my major projects. Hope you enjoy it! It's a simple blue rift focused around cat vaccuums! You'll be doing a ton of bouncing around in this level, and if you're up for it, there's a speedrun challenge as well! The goal is 1:30. A metro-styled time rift, hope you all enjoy it! I'm going to start making small maps like this in addition to my major projects, that way I have much more content coming out regularly! Stay tuned for more great maps! Current World Record is: 0:48.96 by Hat4Hours
  • The Temple of Hats
    • Are you worthy of such power? Prove yourself to the Hat and pass its 5 trials. Requires every hat and hookshot badge for zipline.

3/9/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the seventh Challenge Road.)

  • Aglaophotis transit hub
    • Constructed under the instructions of 2019 May/June A hat in time Discord's modding jam event, this secondary level metro nexus has been put together in a hurry to connects express lanes from all directions.
  • Time Rift: Cosmic
    • My second blue Time Rift. I know that it's short but I'm still experimenting with the editor and all the things that can be made with the developer tools. In order to complete the level you will need the Dweller Mask, Ice Hat, Grappling Hook and No Bonk Badge (yes, you can surf).

17/9/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the eighth Challenge Road.)

  • Uncalm Galaxy
    • A relatively short rift that quickly escalates in difficulty, ending with a timed section. Also my second practice level mod. Technically no requirements, but the hook badge is necessary to collect all five Rift Tokens without taking damage.
  • Trainbow Road
    • It's like Rainbow Road, but with trains.
  • Purple Blue Rift
    • Not to be confused with an actual purple time rift! Requires the dweller mask and grappling hook.

30/9/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the ninth Challenge Road.)

  • Casino Rift
    • A short time rift with a casino theme! Traverse poker chips, cards, and roulettes to break in and grab the time piece!
  • Yellow Jello Rift
    • Made for the 2019 Blue Rift community modding jam! A simple yellow rift with some jello. You need the dweller mask + hookshot, Sprint hat + time stop are optional.

14/10/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the tenth Challenge Road.)

  • Rainbow Blues
    • Another time rift for the hat discord's blue rift modding jam, this time with a lot more rainbow and even more difficult!
  • The Blues
    • Enjoy the gloomy yet homey atmosphere of this blue time rift that's constantly in the middle of a downpour! This is a light platforming level that isn't too challenging and only requires the knowledge of running and jumping! No hats or badges are required to beat it!
  • Zesty Orange
    • A zesty orange soda rift, full of spining platforms, bubbles, and platforming with and without the hookshot. Made in a week and on my laptop at school, hope you have fun! Requires the hookshot badge. For the discord modding jam #4, with the theme of Blue Rift.

29/10/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the eleventh Challenge Road.)

  • Pink Sunrise
    • A mod for the blue rift community mod jam of A hat in time Discord in 2019. A little blue rift with nothing too special. I hope you can have fun!
  • Time Rift: Superheated Panic
    • Time Rifts are born from disturbances in space-time. The conditions of a Time Rift are dependant on where they are opened. In extremely rare cases, a time rift can open atop an exploding star, making it into a Superheated Rift! Hat Kid must collect the time piece from this rift to allow the explosion to finish, but it'll be quite a heated ordeal!

18/11/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the twelfth Challenge Road.)

  • Time Rift: Rogue Echoes
    • This is a mod exploring the VERY underused Echoes Act 2 powers in a platforming perspective. If you're not familiar with jojo, this means that there is literal grafitti littered all over the level that you can interact with.
  • Sky Rift
    • this rift will takes you to the skies, reach to the top with clouds and hooks while carefully not to fall and avoid saw blades. this was made for the Blue Rift Modding Jam 2019. it only requires just the hookshot
  • Time Rift: Seal gardens
    • A Time Rift with so many cute seals? This has to be a dream, right?

3/12/19

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the thirteenth Challenge Road.)

  • Time Rift: Barrage
    • A Blue Time Rift made for the 2019 Blue Rift modding jam. Dive into what is possibly the most actively hostile Blue Time Rift there is!
  • Windy Alpine Rift
    • The Express Owl does not know how to get back home due to the front door was blocked. If an alarm clock go off, You will be able to move the Fat Bird which is in the way. Beyond a valleys and the sky, let's climb to the top of the Alpine where there is the alarm button!

14/1/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the fourteenth Challenge Road. This is the largest road to date, with 7 levels. This was also the first road to contain levels from previous Challenge Roads.)

  • Yellow Jello Rift
    • (This level first appeared in the ninth Challenge Road.)
    • Made for the 2019 Blue Rift community modding jam! A simple yellow rift with some jello. You need the dweller mask + hookshot, Sprint hat + time stop are optional.
  • Pink Melted Donuts Time Rift
    • blue PINK time rift about delicious pink donuts. This mod was made for the 2019 A Hat in Time's official Discord server's time rift themed modding jam.
  • Zesty Orange
    • (This level first appeared in the tenth Challenge Road.)
    • A zesty orange soda rift, full of spining platforms, bubbles, and platforming with and without the hookshot. Made in a week and on my laptop at school, hope you have fun! Requires the hookshot badge. For the discord modding jam #4, with the theme of Blue Rift.
  • Red as Heck Rift
    • A weird rift has appeared in some place, and Hat Kid doesn't know what to do other than find out what awaits her by jumping into it! A short rift with some challenging platforming.
  • The Blues
    • (This level first appeared in the tenth Challenge Road.)
    • Enjoy the gloomy yet homey atmosphere of this blue time rift that's constantly in the middle of a downpour! This is a light platforming level that isn't too challenging and only requires the knowledge of running and jumping! No hats or badges are required to beat it!
  • Rainbow Blues
    • (This level first appeared in the tenth Challenge Road.)
    • Another time rift for the hat discord's blue rift modding jam, this time with a lot more rainbow and even more difficult!
  • Foggin Funky Mauve Metro
    • (This level first appeared in the first Challenge Road.)
    • A very short and sweet pink Metro level in the sky using the new Power Pon mechanic as seen in DLC 2. Run, jump and dive across this pink fog swamped Metro to collect 50 shiny electrical pons and unlock your prize; the timepiece! Refill your health at the snack vendors and take a ride on the cat propelled trains to reach different separated platform islands on your way to the finish.

11/2/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the fifteenth Challenge Road.)

  • Geothermal
    • What do the mafia need a geothermal power plant for anyway? Eh, who cares! There's a timepiece in there somewhere! Short level made for the "Temperature" themed modding jam. Requires Hookshot, Dweller Mask, and the Ice hat.
  • Time Rift: Obstacle Course
    • A time rift featuring a series of small challenges. Requires ice hat, dweller mask and hookshot badge.
  • Low-Poly Heaven
    • Have you ever thought that life was better when computer graphics were simpler? Take a trip back to those days in this low-definition nostalgia fest! -Requires Hookshot Badge-

2/3/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the sixteenth Challenge Road.)

  • FrostBurn Cliffs (Demo)
    • A mysterious land where heat and cold collides regularly with no sign of civilization nearby, probably for being uninhabitable, such place with mysterious power and many crows that seems to have adapted to the area has unfortunately been greeted with a time piece, something doesn't feel right about this place but yet those time pieces don't collect themselves anyways.
  • Time Rift: Cherry Ocean
    • A Time Rift full of puzzles and cherries. Warning: This level is very difficult and it can be really frustrating!'
  • 2D in Time: Sky High Station
    • I've had this level sitting around for a while, so I decided to just finish it already. It is a level entirely 2D, and isn't too long. Their are also a bunch of rift tokens for you to collect. You don't need any specific hats or badges, so just enjoy!

13/4/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the seventeenth Challenge Road.)

  • Skydome Madness [REMASTERED]
    • Hat kid finds herself in a skydome orbiting a black hole... will she escape or be sucked into the unknown?
  • Afternoon Time Rift
    • A Blue Time Rift set in the afternoon. Inspired by Kingdom Hearts' Twilight Town themed into a Time Rift! Requires the DLCs, Hookshot Badge, Ice Hat & Dweller Mask.

8/6/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the eighteenth Challenge Road.)

  • Chocolate Rift
    • A Time Rift perfect for chocolate lovers. Unlike my last Time Rift (Cherry Ocean) this rift focuses on platforming, rather than puzzles. It is also much easier than that level.
  • Fadola Purple Time Rift
    • All you need to have to reach the end of this map is a dweller mask, a grappling hook badge, an ice hat and I think that's it... Oh also, don't panic if the map is taking some time to load, it is completely normal!
  • Concert Crashing
    • There's a new face in the bird music industry who's been quickly taking over, and DJ Grooves needs your help to stop her! V-Hen the Virtual Peahen may be using some shady tactics to win over the masses...will V-Hen overtake DJ Grooves and kick him out of the music industry? Or will you discover the truth about V-Hen's flashy concerts?

6/7/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the nineteenth Challenge Road.)

  • Crystal Cove
    • A short, but scenic path through a forgotten sea cave. There are no enemies or traps to hurt you here so all you'll need is your adventurous spirit.
  • A Misty Dream
    • An old and forgotten place. Requires no hats or badges, and is a fairly short level depending on how fast you go through it.
  • Chill Rift
    • A simple laid-back blue time rift, made as part of a 2 hour challenge. Hope you enjoy!

Requires the Hookshot badge and the Dweller Mask.

  • Farewell
    • Farewell is a time rift-esque level that's heavily inspired by Celeste's new chapter, which also has the same name. The level is split in 3 Parts; The A-Side, The B-Side and The C-Side. These levels get harder the further they progress, so the player gets a rift token after each one. If this mod ever gets into Challenge Road, only the A-Side will be accessible and you will be able to get the Time Piece.
  • Small relaxing level
    • Unlike many levels on the Workshop, This one isn't nearly impossible. Actually, it's pretty simple. Download it and relax from all those frustrating platforming segments. Dweller mask needed.

27/7/20

(Tweet by @HatInTime announcing the twentieth Challenge Road.)

  • Cookies and Cream Rift
    • First map ever made, making notable use of cookie platforms. Short and sweet but I hope you enjoy!
  • A Spiral Climb
    • A blue rift I decided to make while I debate whether I want to undertake a more complicated project like the last level I made. Should be fairly straightforward, hope you enjoy. Required items: Hookshot badge, Dweller Mask and Ice Hat.
  • Alpine Dreamstate
    • No speedrun tricks, just straight difficulty. Items required: Dweller Mask and Hookshot badge.

Achievements

One achievement can be earned through this mode.

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