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Hyper Light Drifter is a top-down action RPG.

Players take control of the Drifter, a mysterious character who is dying of a strange disease. He wanders through a post-apocalyptic world searching for the cause, and potentially the cure, of his illness.

In combat, the Drifter can use his sword and several different types of guns. Guns are refilled by slashing objects and enemies with the sword, forcing the player to find a balance between melee and ranged attacks. The Drifter can also dash to avoid enemies and jump across gaps.

As the player explores the world, they will find many secret areas and items. These include keys and diamonds that open up doors in the world, as well as medkits which heal the Drifter. The player will also find coins, which they can use to upgrade the Drifter. The player can buy additional sword attacks, grenades, dash moves, and more upgrades which greatly enhance the Drifter's effectiveness in combat.


Hyper Light Drifter Macintosh Intro: The Drifter, haunted by visions of Judgement.
Hyper Light Drifter Windows Intro 4
Hyper Light Drifter Macintosh Intro: The Great Wellspring
Hyper Light Drifter Macintosh Found by another Drifter

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Hyper Light Drifter Screenshot
Hyper Light Drifter Screenshot
Hyper Light Drifter Screenshot
Hyper Light Drifter Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "ハイパーライトドリフター" -- Japanese spelling

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The Escapist Windows Apr 12, 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Informer Magazine Windows Jul 26, 2016 9.5 out of 10 95
Push Square PlayStation 4 Jul 29, 2016 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
CGMagazine / Comics and Gaming Magazine Windows Apr 18, 2016 9 out of 10 90
MAN!AC PlayStation 4 Sep 23, 2016 87 out of 100 87
Polygon Windows Apr 06, 2016 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 05, 2016 85 out of 100 85
Slant Windows Apr 01, 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gamer Windows Apr 01, 2016 78 out of 100 78
GameSpew Xbox One Aug 04, 2016 6 out of 10 60


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