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Hyper Light Drifter – Review

Hyper Light Drifter – Review

Hyper Light Drifter, is an old school of old school looking game, with pixelated graphics and 2D animation; even so Hyper Light Drifter creates a brilliant gameplay experience through an amazing story and tweaked up combat mechanics. The visuals though old school capture you through it’s trippy colours and beautiful audiotrack. 

It explores the theme of a man’s quest through a broken and deserted world, with high maturity and great attention to detail making it a treat for the player. The sleek combat with smooth and diverse attack moves pulls together a meaningfully challenging way through the story. The combat moves vary from long range attack to melee attacks to dash move, all set so tightly over the controls that the combat is satisfying even if difficult. Though story remains elusive to the end asking the player to interpret through the setting to fill in with clues. Though this might cause the story to not pay off for many who might not understand it, it is amazing to see games taking such bold steps and doing what mediums of literature have already attempted.

Platform- PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Price- 565 Rs
Developer- Heart Machine
Engine- GameMaker Studio


  • Elegant Animations
  • Music is great
  • Good storyline


  • Enemy Swarms at points spike difficulty

Score: 9/10


Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16­bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.

• From each character to subtle background elements, everything is lovingly hand-animated.
• Easy to pick up, difficult to master; enemies are vicious and numerous, hazards will easily crush your frail body, and friendly faces remain rare.
• Upgrade weapons, learn new skills, discover equipment and traverse a dark, detailed world with branching paths and secrets abound.

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