Get closer than ever before to the world of adrenaline pumping sky-racing where flyboys can test and master their flying and combat skills against the deadliest opponents! Admire amazingly detailed terrains. Unlock state-of-the-art planes and personalize them with unique racing skins.
User reviews: Very Positive (548 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 21, 2011
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About This Game

Get closer than ever before to the world of adrenaline pumping sky-racing where flyboys can test and master their flying and combat skills against the deadliest opponents!
Admire amazingly detailed terrains. Unlock state-of-the-art planes and personalize them with unique racing skins.
Be the first on the single and multiplayer challenges, where possibilities are limited only by your own imagination.
The goal is simple: If you can’t overtake them, shoot them down!

Key Features:

  • Eight Modern Planes to Fly: Choose from eight modern, state-of-the art airplanes turned into killing machines, each with four different skins for a total of 32 unique racing skins.
  • Six Power-ups! Capture up to two different powers in your plane’s arsenal, then collect upgrades to increase the strength of those existing powers. Strategy becomes key as you must choose which powers to keep, which ones to upgrade and which ones to convert into Boost energy
  • Stunning Visuals: Race through scenic venues like the Grand Canyon, Alaskan Terrain and Hawaiian Islands, created with beautiful, vibrant colors.
  • 8-person Multiplayer: Take your friends down online in this fast and furious battle.
  • Three Unique Game Modes: Power Race Mode is high-speed racing paired with power-ups; Speed Race Mode where players navigate the course through ring targets that accelerates plane speed and Survival Mode where pilots race against the countdown clock and each other.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: x86 or x64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    • Processor: AMD/Intel dual-core processor running at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB for MS Windows XP and 1.5GB for MS Windows Vista/Win7
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: ATI/nVidia graphic card with at least 128MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0 support. ATI Radeon HD 3600 series and NVIDIA Geforce 8600GT
    • DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
    • Sound: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard.
    Recommended:
    • OS: x86 or x64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    • Processor: AMD/Intel dual-core processor running at 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 1GB for MS Windows XP and 2GB for Vista/Win7
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: ATI/Nvidia dedicated graphic card with at least 256MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 4.0 support. ATI Radeon HD 3800 series and NVIDIA Geforce 8800GT.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
    • Sound: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard.
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Skydrift is a fun and fast arcade style combat-racer with planes. It does a lot of things good but also has some problems too.

The good:
  • Gameplay is fast even down to the load times. You can finish a race in 3-4 minutes, so it's a perfect pick up and play game.
  • The weapons are basic, but fun to use. Machine guns, homing missiles, mines and Area-Stun shock.
  • Opponents are challenging, but not unfairly so. I'm not sure if the AI has rubber-banding or not - but they do keep up.
  • The tracks are cool with open spaces and small tunnels. Driving through small tricky spaces are awarded with boost.
  • A few different game modes like the basic death race, elimination and speed race.
  • Different planes to unlock and choose from with different stats, not a crazy amount of variation as they basically handle pretty much the same anyway. Every plane has 4 different skins to unlock and choose from.
  • The campaign is lengthy enough, nothing spectacular: No story or real progression, just pick your plane and finish the next race and earn more plane unlocks and skins.
  • Has controller support for Xbox-compatible controllers and Joysticks.

The bad:
  • Very few tracks. Fortunately, they are good and look different from one another. They do reverse the tracks in some races to give it a bit of a spin. Also in some races the scenery starts exploding and falling apart and adding hazards to the race.
  • This one is a common problem with flying racing-games. As flying gives you so much freedom in all directions it's a bit difficult to lay out a track. This game handles it fairly well in most places: the tracks are designed to funnel you in a certain direction and arrows guide you in the right direction and creates borders. But sometimes there are obstacles that fall just in the line of that funnel and an invisble wall forcibly guides you in the right direction resulting in annoying crashes.
  • There IS multiplayer. But it's a ghost town. No-one playing. This can't really be faulted on the game itself. But just a heads up for those looking to play online.
  • Has Xbox controller support - but the screen icons do not change from the keyboard layout. You can view the controls from the options however.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This is a rather obscure little plane-racing game with a few maps, a few planes, and a few powerups. I don't even recall exactly how it got into my Steam Library -- part of a Humble Bundle, I think. So my expectations were not set particularly high when I finally tried it out.

And I was impressed.

The controls are really tight, the action is frantic, and the graphics are pretty. It's not a flight sim (and not trying to be,) it's more like MarioKart with the addition of vertical steering. What SkyDrift does, it does very successfully, with a great deal of polish and refinement. A point can legitimately be made that SkyDrift pretty quickly runs out of variety, in terms of its maps, planes, and powerups, but it is a budget title, so it's a bit unfair to hold the small size of the game against it -- I'm more pleased by a limited but well-done game than a sprawling one that's buggy and barely-playable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Best War of Plane Games!!! Must Try
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
So far so good! Has the old school feel of a arcade. Highly recommended.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Skydrift is an indie plane racer for PS3, 360 and Windows by Digital Reality.

Menu:
A full menu is available to tweak with as you wish. For an indie game there are plenty of graphics settings incase you can't already run it at 60fps. Audio sliders are good to go. Menu is intended for console and so it works better with controller. Tutorials are in text form and are easy to read through.

Controls:
There is full controller and keyboard support with keyboard being rebindable. Controller is recommended to play and feels better. Keyboard feels a bit out of place especially on default.

Ingame:
Flying through campaign and multiplayer with campaign actually posing a challenge. The game looks great, you'll never see a bad texture with the speed you're going at and so my frames never dropped below 60. There are 3 game modes in campaign and 5 in multiplayer these are speed race, power race and survival with multiplayer adding deathmatch and team deathmatch to the line. All planes have different attributes for speed, acceleration, armour and more.
While going through the campaign you will also unlock extra skins for your planes. When the competition is far ahead it's difficult to catch up and going outside of the intended path will push you back. Tricks will earn you boost power and in power race you can turn in a power like rockets, machine gun and shields for extra boost.

Multiplayer:
You can play online against others and invite your friends which is ofcourse the best way.
Sadly to say nobody is playing the multiplayer so you need friends who own the game.
I was lucky enough to have these and can say that multiplayer is strong and fun.

Achievements:
Steam has a few achievements to unlock mostly done through campaign. The game also has in-game achievements in the form of medals.

DLC:
There are 2 pieces of DLC available. First the airplane pack which adds 3 awesome planes to the selection. Second is a multiplayer pack that adds a few arena maps and weather conditions.

Conclusion:
Skydrift is an action packed game and very enjoyable. For multiplayer you'll need friends who own the game. Great fun will be had! DLC is also up for debate and I would say maybe on a sale.
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