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Hyper Light Drifter Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Hyper Light Drifter is a fast action role-play game that combines exploration and puzzles with arcade style shooting. You play a Drifter who can access technology in a post-technological world. This grants access to upgradable energy weapons to help you in battle, but also requires you to investigate and make sense of the strange world.

You dash through lush woods and crystal lagoons, and you fight poison wolves and old knights with an electric blue sword and a modifiable gun. Rather than scavenging ammunition you gain bullets by hitting enemies and objects with the energy sword. This, along with the rapid approach of increasingly difficult monsters, makes battles frantic and reaction-based. As you progress you can upgrade weapons, learn new skills, discover equipment and traverse a dark, detailed world with branching paths and secrets abound.

But alongside this brash neon combat threads a story, underscored by orchestral music, about the tragedy of the world's dark and violent past. You discover a land steeped in treasure, blood and dilapidated architecture. You are haunted by an insatiable illness and must travel deep into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Heart Machine Z (@HeartMachineZ)


Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete. Although, to see all the extras, areas and items in the game can take up to 30 hours.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.


Hyper Light Drifter usually costs £15.49 to £17.99.

Hyper Light Drifter

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.49
Steam Store PC Free

EA Play

Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition

Switch Store Switch £17.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence to fantasy characters caused through the use of bladed weapons and firearms. Small characters can be quickly killed and then disappear. Larger characters will respond realistically to being attacked, and either disappear after a few hits or will fall to the ground and remain in view. Regardless of the size of the character attacked, hits are indicated by large and small blood splatters.


This is an intentionally difficult game. You can pick your settings. You can also pull up a map at any time.
Our Hyper Light Drifter Accessibility Report documents 11 accessibility features:

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