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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Xbox One

Xbox One

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Published by
Heart Machine LLC

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Approximate download size
1.26 GB

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Best Hidden Gem of 2016

No dialogue, atmospheric music, fantastic artwork, and solid gameplay. This is a great example of how to do abstract storytelling and how to do it right. A mystery with just enough info for the player to interpret whats going on, with challenging gameplay that truly rewards a skilled hand. "Easy to pick up, difficult to master". There aren't many games that have successfully brought the classic 16-bit genre into the modern era, but this one of them... I highly recommend this. 👍

50 out of 50 people found this helpful.


visually, this game is incredible. it's a fairly simple game, yet surprisingly awesome for being a game where there isn't a single word spoken or written. The combat is good and the game is challenging as you progress, but not brutal like dark souls. It brings a sense of nostalgia as well

40 out of 40 people found this helpful.

A love letter to the 8-bit 60 fps

I LOVE this game, it has alot of strengths and little to none weaknesses, with crisp controls, a simple upgrade and skill system that progressively transforms the Drifter into a neon blur, interesting and challenging boss encounters, and an almost top-down view that provides you with a tactical advantage. Not to mention, the style of the game visually, is amazing, and audibly, masterful. My only complaint is the use of the left control stick to aim when shooting, although I got used to it, I wish there was an option to change which stick you aim with.

37 out of 37 people found this helpful.


I've known about this game for a while and wish I had contributed to the Kickstarter, but even without my help they still raised more than enough to create something amazing. The game has a beautiful pixel art style with an gorgeous color palette, the music is intense and atmospheric (headphones are highly recommended), and the gameplay is hard and challenging but fair. The game has a story that is very cryptic as there is no spoken or text dialogue so you are left to figure things out on your own. The game has a learning curve that even if you manage to die, you can learn the enemies tactics so you can beat them. Heart Machine is a small team but they managed to create not only one of the best games of 2016, but one of the best games ever. It's truly an experience playing this game and considering it's an indie game, that's saying a lot. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a challenge and a simply incredible game.

43 out of 45 people found this helpful.

Fun but bewarned

this is NOT for those to relax and laugh, this game cah be beautiful and cryptic but has one huge flaw, not the difficulty rather the frustration and stress it can create, i did infact beat the game but i still had to cool after the "sadistic" final boss...

39 out of 41 people found this helpful.

Phenomenal Game

As a Kickstarter backer of HLD, this game delivered upon my expectations and then some. Very fluid and challenging combat, excellent visuals, stellar music, snails... What more could you want?

16 out of 16 people found this helpful.


I love 16bit games and the art in this game is amazing. The gameplay and combat are great and all the secrets in the game are fun to uncover. The map is quite large so this is a decently long game. The boss battles in this game are HARD. In alot of games, the boss battles are kinda push overs, but here, you feel sense of accomplishment when you finally defeat a boss. I can't recommend this game enough.

23 out of 24 people found this helpful.

Amazing game

It is a great modern take on what games i grew up playing. If zelda had a cousin, this is it. I felt that I was playing all the best games from the past plus more. I think its art style, music and game play difficulty was well put together. It is an adventure that should be played by any quality gamer.

13 out of 13 people found this helpful.

All around, such a beautiful game!

There's just so much to love about this game, where do I start? Immediately the first two things are the visuals and the music. They're just so well done for setting this tone of wonderment in this dark and vague, yet hauntingly beautiful sci-fi world that you want to explore. Next is the gameplay, which when paired with the visuals feel like a throwback to classic games of old like Super Metroid or LoZ: A Link to the Past. Yet still manages to feel new, fast and challenging. This game truly pulls you in quickly, with it's story... Which is not told through dialog, but with visuals alone. There are plenty of secrets within the world to explore, items to collect and puzzles to solve which help piece together this visual/audio story. So if you like action/rpg type games similar to classics of old, done in a beautiful 16-bit art style paired with great music... BUY. THIS. GAME. Trust me, it's well worth the $20. Watch some vids if you need to, and enjoy. ^_^

11 out of 11 people found this helpful.

Absolutely Masterful!!

from the gorgeous 16 bit art style to the zelda and metroidvania influence, there's a whole lot to love here. levels and bosses are challenging but fair and encourage you to explore every nook and cranny. What I also like is how the game handles player growth. other than new abilities theres no strength boosts in the game. Player strength comes from mastering your abilities and learning from each death. This is a must play!!!!

15 out of 16 people found this helpful.

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