Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies.
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Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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July 15

'Next Update' is live, some input and minor fixes

Hey folks,

We put a new build up in the BETAS channel (right click on Hyper Light in your library> Properties> BETAS tab> click on the drop down and select "next_update").

This build fixes some input errors during very specific scenarios some were experiencing, as well as other minor bug/collision fixes to a handful of rooms

Please let us know if there are any issues with the build! We will push it to the main channel once we confirm it's working well for users.

See you all soon.

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June 8

Multiple language support and some fixes in "next_update"!

Hey folks,

We posted up a new build in the BETAS tab under Properties, labeled "next_update". It fixes a few more bugs with coop and other random problems users have reported, as well as language support for Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and French among others!

Please try it out, and let us know if it breaks anything for you. We'll push it live if it's all good.


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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: 1.2 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 mb video memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7 and above
    • Processor: 1.2 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 mb video memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04/Steam OS
    • Processor: 1.2 ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 mb video memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Very Positive (447 reviews)
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( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A little more could have been made to make the protagonist's motivation more clear, the story feels like just one giant second act (but maybe this is due to a 3 act structure bias that we now come to expect of every piece of media) and perhaps add some invulnerabilty frames when you get hit so enemies dont stunlock you to death , BUT, despite those issues, this games is absolutely gorgeous, both in visuals and sound, it's mechanics solid and consistent and a bold attempt at wordsless storytelling. WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND.
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( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Game is amazing w/ an awesome soundtrack. Just buy it!

P.S. - be prepard to be challenged.
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( 48.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Just play it
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( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game is awsome. Honestly the best game ive played in ages (even though i havent played many). Its very calm, beautiful, mysterious and you soon forget about the pixels and see the bigger picture. It is difficult, it may take you a couple of hours to figure out. The bosses may be hard but overall its a great game 10/10.
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Scrublord 5000
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
TL;DR- The only reason you should consider NOT buying this game is if you don't like being confused.

This... This game... I love it.

Lack of handholding/extensive tutorial phase? Check.
Immersion in a beautifully designed and expansive world? Check.
Plenty of things to do/collect? Check.
Exciting and challenging combat? Check.
Nonlinear extravaganza? Check.

One of the only bad things I've heard about this game in other reviews is criticism on the game's vague and mute storytelling, but I personally don't have a problem with it. Far from it actually! It adds to the atmosphere and leaves me thinking even after I stop playing the game about what the **** is actually going on in the story. (Which is a good thing :P) The other main issue was the lack of information given by the map. I do wish the map would reveal more as you explored areas, but as it is that's my only complaint with the game thus far.

I haven't finished the game yet, and will update my review when I do (If I even need to), but until then I strongly recommend you get this game. It will not dissapoint!
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( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
awesome game horrible price buy on a very good steam sale otherwise not worth it
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( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Beautiful, mysterious and with fun gameplay. Took me around 8 hours to finish with plenty left to explore. Gave me a lot of 2D Zelda vibes.

Definitely worth checking out!
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Turbo Boi
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Hyper Light Drifter is everything I wanted it to be. I have been waiting for a game like this since Bit.Trip Runner, which may not make a lot of sense, but let me explain.
Bit. Trip Runner is an absorbing game. You must focus at all times, as there is always an obstacle coming right up ahead. The rhythm aspect goes very well with it, as every obstacle you clear makes a sound adding to the music playing, and the music adding another layer of melody to the song every time you collect a core. It's very difficult, very satisfying, and very absorbing.
Hyper Light Drifter accomplishes this is a whole new way.
It's not a rhythm game, and it's not a platformer. It's an open-world adventure game collectathon. The absorbingness (I know that's not a word) is accomplished by-
-The environment
-The tight and very satisfying combat
-The unclear (but clearable) storyline
-The sound

The environment is bursting with life. If someone told me this game was made with a level making tool, I would deny it until they proved it.
The combat is very challenging and very satisfying. Every enemy poses a different threat, and it's easy to charge them when they're alone, but you must think about the situation fast when multiple enemies of differing types block your path.
The "cutscenes" usually consist of images or certain characters/enemies attacking the Drifter, yet he always seems to survive. The story is very vague, but if you're up for some translation, you can solve the mysteries.
The sound is cinematic. One particular moment that struck me was while I was climbing a mountain, and I reached a vantage point to view the mountain, and I saw a giant being frozen in time, perfectly matching my emotion as the sound suddenly changes to a deeper, louder tone.
Another thing is the rumbling on beat to the heartbeat when you get to really low health. I really like that one.

I find myself yelling "No!" when I die during a crucial moment, I'm that invested in it.

Now, if you don't like collectathons, don't immediately dismiss this game; you don't need to collect very much to progress the story. Now, if you are a big fan of this game (like myself), you want to explore all the nooks and crannies, and really see the world this game hides from you. If you have an eye for secrets in video games, you will have a hayday discovering all the secret paths and invisible floors.

Get dis game :D
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( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
if metacritic gave this game 84, then i'd love to see what makes anything above a 90, because i absolutely loved this game. it was awesome! it felt like a zelda reload. the graphic style and music made this game so unique and cult like. it felt a little challenging at first to figure out mechanics of the pistol, but after you realize that dashing is your friend the game gets a lot easier. i won't lie, it is still quite challenging, BUT as you go along you level up your skills and weapons, so it becomes more easy in that sense. i guess it was the perfect balance of challenge-to-frustration ratio. i don't think i ever beat a boss on first try, and a few times i probably attempted 25x, but the music is so rich i never felt frustrated or upset. only real complaint was the use over use of hidden passages. i felt like i had to walk along every wall just to see if there was something i was missing. that was a little lame, but this is still probably my favorite game on steam to date.
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( 37.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A fantastic mix between dark souls and the old legend of zelda.
I've spent about 37 hours on this game and I'm still not quite sure what it's about. That's not to say the game is confusing, but beautifully mysterious. This game gave me chills on SOO many occasions.

The combat is honestly my absolute favorite combat out of any game I've ever played. However, I recomend that you play with a smooth gaming controller or else your life will be hell. The combat is hard. REALLY HARD. But the game is really forgiving. It may take you 5 tries to clear a room but when you die you at least start back at the beginning of the room-- NOT the last checkpoint or spwan or whatever. It's fast-paced combat though you have to rely on patience and LOTS of skill.

Reasons to get the game:
-Incredibly mysterious world
-Fast-pace, exciting combat
-Beautiful atrwork (every frame could be it's own painting)
-Nice soundtrack

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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
completed main game in one sitting and do not regret

10/10 would drift again
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12

Hyper Light Drifter is a story which is being told slowly and is not necessarily easy to understand right away, because of its abstract way of unfolding. In the game you play as one of the many drifters, a nomadic AI who seeks to unravel the technologies of old times, forgotten from long ago. You get sidetracked, left to find a cure for your sickness and also saving the world from corruption.


The world itself is really well made. Everything you see tells its own story, like dead cities, sky-scrapper sized titans, robots, labs, temples and so on. You might even stop for a second to soak the whole greatness up. And it is drawn oh so good. Music being a key part of this game is also really amazing. It is calm and melancholic, and reminds me very much of the older movies like Blade Runner. It doesn't distract from playing the game, rather manages to sweeten the experiance.


The game is very hard, on a level of Dark Souls and beyond. While the enemies you encounter can be tough and even tougher if they come in groups, the real difficulty shows on bosses. They each have different moves and stages and take quite a few hits to defeat. It is likely to get stuck on a boss for a while, but if you kill them in the intended order, there shouldn't be too many problems.


There are a lot of little secrets hidden in the game, some of which are gearbits used to upgrade the dash ability, weapons, health kit slot upgrades and grenades. You can also find monoliths that tell stories of a race that lived before, constumes and keys that unlock specials doors containing said valuables.


The game plays best with a gamepad, which includes dashing, attacking with the sword, shooting, aiming and switching weapons, throwing grenades and healing. Said controls are weird at first and need getting used to, with dashing being the main problem. You need to press dash rhythmically to do chain dashes, which are vital to progress through the game. After a couple of hours though, all the pieces somehow fall into their place and when you start getting the hang of it, the game becomes a nice experiance, rather than an awful nightmare.Besides it is more of a design choice, rather than developers own fault.

The negative

The only deal breaker for some could be that the game only plays at 30 FPS. That could lead to some missed opportunities to dodge or attack, but I can say for myself, I honestly didn't have any problem with frames. The gameplay is smooth, even on a fast paced game like Hyper Light Drifter.


I'd totally recommend this game, even at its current price. If you are on a budget, don't worry, this game is totally worth every penny. I think that everyone should experience what awesomeness this is.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
The Legend Of Zelda and Dark Souls had a beautiful pixel baby and it's name was Hyper Light Drifter.
A really enjoyable game with an excellent soundtrack too.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Honestly can't recommend this game enough. The world-building is some of the best I've experienced, with the story being told almost entirely through the environments you encounter and the secret areas you uncover. This game does more with atmosphere and music alone than many other games manage to do with dialogue and text.

The combat is certainly difficult but only teeters on the edge of frustrating in a very small number of encounters. Some may complain about the boss fights, but much like Dark Souls, all of them are winnable if you simply pay attention.

Bottom line, this is one of my favorite games to come out in years. You definitely owe it to yourself to give it a shot.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
An utterly fantastic experience, and I'd say I am about a 3/4 of the way through my first run. Challenging, but really fun with the slick combat. There's even a fair amount of customizability which adds to the RPG aspect, and one of the coolest parts of the game is how the story unfolds. Nothing is handed to you or explained, you are just a vouyer to an amazing story unfolding organically right before your eyes. NPCs tell you stories through beautifully handrawn pictures. Add amazing graphics, detailed sprites, with amazing animations for enemies, bosses, mini bosses, NPCs, and of course the protagonist himself to make an epic game. A nostalgic experience that also revolutionizes what you can do with a pizelated , 2D adventure action RPG. I can't recommend it enough.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I saw Kanye West in the credits. 10/10 IGN

Honestly, when I saw this game, I thought it looked beautiful.

From the start of the game to the end, even though I did get somewhat irritated at how it was difficult at points, I loved it. There is no words, no dialogue, the whole story is told through pictures and from that, it comes down to the player's interpretation of what and why things happened. It caught me off guard but it was nice to enjoy the music and not having things ruined by subpar voice acting or paragraphs of story.

The music was amazing, the graphics breathtaking, the whole game as a whole was great. I just might go and pick up the soundtrack on bandcamp because FLAC.

With all the great things that I have for this game, there is only one gripe that I have with the game.

1) It's short. There is no getting away from the fact that this game is broken up into 4 areas that even though there are secrets and puzzles all over the place, the casual player will just squeak by and go for the minimum. That being said, I did not get 100% on my first playthrough nor did I do any%, it was just a first playthrough without a guide.

Overall, I would give the game a 7.5/10 . Is it a must buy? Not it isn't, but if it's on sale, then go and pick this game up. I would automatically recommend this to anyone that enjoys games that are slightly difficult, great story and a wonderful soundtrack.

Even though I don't see myself playing this game all the time, I do think that trying to do NG+ and then doing 100% will give me quite a bit more time into this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Truly amazing in every aspect!
The game has everything i like -
~ Obscurely told lore
~ Awesome pixel art graphics
~ Challanging gameplay
~ Really cool music
The game can be frustrating, you can die alot in a single place or be stuck on a boss, BUT i think the game is fair, you know why you die and you learn your enemies and enviroment and by that you get better, you don't die "for no reason".
The game might not be for everyone but i think its nearly perferct.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3

Gorgeous, original and captivating!
I've just finished my first hour and I'm blown away. I must say I've never been so eager to write a review of a game! After finishing all the Dark Souls games I heard this was similar in gameplay, but Hyper Light Drifter is so much more.
Upon starting, the amazing pixel art is immediatley shown off with a mysterious cutscene, with haunting music.
When I started playing, I messed around with the controls before the tutorial (which was brief and effective) and found myself quickly getting used to the simple and satisfying controls. There is near to no text in-game, storytelling is told through pictures and enviorments, inspiring the imagination and showing off more pixel art. The combat is intense, with many ways to overcome foes, and is sleek enough to effortlessly combine melee and ranged attacks. And best of all, there are secrets around every corner.

If you liked Dark Souls, Hyper Light Drifter is a breath of fresh air with some familiar concepts,
For anyone else, it's an essential game for anyone who enjoys pixel art, adventure, mystery, sci-fi or a damn good game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
One of the best games I have ever played.

However it is not for everyone, here's why.

So Hyper Light Drifter follows a charecter called "The Drifter" or "The Magician", a blue skinned guy who has a kickass sword and can dash and kills stuff! The story for the most part is hard to follow if you dont pay attention and because there is no dialogue it isn't dropped in sort of easy to pick up hints. Instead when you talk to people you are shown still images that tell a short tale. From what I can tell the story is "You're part of a race called Blue-Skins, who did some bad ♥♥♥♥ and are hated. You are approached by Anubis/The Jackal who is supposed to be god, he asks your help to fight an evil called Judgement, the Jackal makes sure you do this by giving you a disease that will kill you unless you help him seek out and destroy Judgement!"

Tl:dr You're a smurf who needs to help a dog god kill a big black thing, also you've got cancer.

The game itself has a lot of big pro's and con's that will likely affect your decision on buying it

-Amazing art style
-Amazing music
-Difficult gameplay
-No dialogue
-Pretty cheap price when on sale
-A few difficult achievments to work towards
-Makes you want more high quality games

-No Dialogue
-Sometimes unfair and a bit frustrating
-Only one story or way to play the story
-Pretty short game
-Makes you want more high quality games
-Capped at 30 fps

So I put some stuff in both Pro and Con, I doubt I have to explain why but I will just in case.
Stuff like no dialogue are both good and bad, depends on the point of view.

Anyway my final review of this is

8/10 Gameplay
6/10 story
3/10 replayability
7/10 Overall
Like Dark souls and Zelda violently ♥♥♥♥ing behind a bar

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Product received for free
Followed this game during the steam sale. Loved the artstyle but I had no idea what the game was about.
Had my good friend Radimir gift me it later and I went to try it out.

I was very confused at first and felt lost, but now that I've played through the game and ng+ I feel like I understand it now.
The pixel art is beautiful and all of the areas really feel unique and colorful.
The music was great and made me feel even more connected to the game.
The combat was very confusing at first, but once I upgraded and figured out stuff on my own I felt like I was really being tested skill wise on how to deal with fights. The blend of dashing, slicing and shooting ends up feeling so natural and smooth.

Tried the local coop briefly and thought I didn't buy the game with it in mind, I could definitely see people digging this as a coop game.

I played most of the game using an xbox gamepad, but I have tried out keyboard+mouse. I don't particularly feel like one is stronger than the other in total. But I did have trouble aiming with the gamepad, but I think that's just my fault.

I highly recommend this game.
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