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.
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Release Date: Nov 21, 2011

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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

    • 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.
    • 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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
While the multiplayer is inherently dead due a lack of players the single player portion remains the only reason most people would need to purchase and enjoy this game.

Essentially this is an over the top, arcadey aircraft racing game that has for added comedy and randomization reasons a range of weapons and powerups, the game is also not that bad looking considering that it was originally released back in 2011.

Finally the relatively low requirements the game demands from the user's system are an added bonus for people who are stuck on lower end systems and wish to experience a video game that has high visual quality production levels without having to go bust and break the bank.
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45 of 63 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
What a surprise!
This is an extremely fun arcade racer with boost, powerups and unlockable stuff.
The graphics are beautiful, the landscape is stunning, the entire game is fantastic!
This game is similar to BLUR, but with airplanes.
Don't worry, it's not easy at all, it's challenging even at the first few maps!
This game is underrated and overlooked by any means.
The only flaw however: no split-screen 2 player mode.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
*Yes, for casual gamer who enjoy sky-racing, combat flight, speedy flight, competitive racing
*No, if gamer is looking for professional flight, plane modification, open world, it doesn't have.

  • Singleplayer Campaign (Stage by stage)
  • Multiplayer (Game mode same as campaign)

+Free demo is available!
+Good quality graphic for 2011 tech
+Beautiful landscapes!
+Nice designed planes
+Exciting fast-paced speedy mode to play!
+Combat balanced!
+Encounter some traps during last lap!
+Easy to learn!
+Easy to unlock
+85% discount on STEAM!

-Map repeat but different challenge
-Need more map
-Need more game type
-Limited area to fly

*Score for Campaign 8/10
*Score for Multiplayer 8/10

*My Screenshots:
*IGN review score 8.0/10

*Yes, if you want the developer continue make a good game in future!
*No, if you can wait for 85% sale in future!

*Price History:

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
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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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Extremely fun game, got it on sale and don't regret it, would have payed more.

Haven't even tried multiplayer yet and I can say it's one of the most fun games I've played in a while. There's an element of adrenaline, chaos, split-second decisions, not even good racing games are as cool as this. The game looks and sounds good, the planes have a degree of customisation (paint) and you have enough planes to choose from. The combat system is good as well, making it easier for new players to adapt rather than making it difficult to shoot stuff. Arcade is the largest factor of this game, simulation not so much, and good for it.

You do need some time to adapt, won't be pro on the first tries, but there's no way you're not gonna enjoy this even a little bit. It might not be addictive, grant it, but that's not a bad thing; this is the sort of game you keep in your library and now and then come back to, because it's gonna be fun anytime.

PS: Joystick or at least controller, keyboard won't be as good.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Love the game
One of the best racing games ever
Love the concept
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
This game is really, really fun. Imagine Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, except in this game you're always flying. Give this one a chance, because it's worth looking into and playing!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
The Good:

* Pick-up-and-play gameplay works well
* Well-balanced combat and plane variety
* Entertaining difficulty (not too hard or easy)
* Well worth the price

The Bad:

* Bad graphics for its time
* Recycled textures
* Physics engine is poor
* No plane customisation
* The power-ups could be rebalanced

Bottom line:

Good for a quick ten-minute gaming session when not in the mood for something more serious. Certainly worth spending 2 or 3 USD on during a sale.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2013
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  • Game Name: SkyDrift
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Genre Tags: Racing; Arcade; Multiplayer; Action
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-12 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: Auxiliary
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Nostalgia chasers; Multiplayer gamers; Casual gamers

Skydrift is a hidden-gem of an combat-racer game involving what feel like go-kart versions of airplanes. It reminds me of Diddy Kong Racing from back in the day, (which was like Mario Kart but with planes). The game is a lot of fun, especially in multiplayer. If you’re looking for some simple-pleasure arcade action, you probably want to check this out.

At the core it is a racing game, so your objective is always to come in first. As you buzz around, you collect power-ups (like protective shields for your plane or missiles to launch at your enemies) which will help you win the race. It’s simple and arcade like, and as such don't expect it to feel anything like you’re flying a plane for real. But it is easy to get the hang of, and is a nice casual experience. That said, I highly recommend using a controller, because it is much more natural than a keyboard & mouse.

It is also noticeable that the graphics are pretty nice. They aren’t anything amazing, but for a game that is clearly focused on gameplay as a selling point, I thought the graphics were an excellent bonus. I mean: if you’re going to blow your opponents out of the sky while doing a barrel-roll through a hollow stone circle, it doesn’t hurt if it looks pretty cool too.

It’s pretty easy to beat the "campaign," leading to the game feeling somewhat short. You unlock new maps and new planes as you play through, but there is very little noticeable variance to be honest; regardless, the game is short enough that it doesn't really matter much. By the time you start to become bored, you will have beaten it.

The multiplayer is a whole different ballgame. The game is much more exciting to play against other people. When I played I was able to find some games, but it wasn't very populated. If you can find some people who want to meet up, that is probably your best bet. I did it a few times on the weekends and a few random people jumped in too and we wound up with full games. That was fun, but I wouldn’t count on that being the standard.

Anyway, Skydrift is definitely a fun game. If you think you would like what it offers, it is worth your consideration. Doubly so if you have a couple of friends to play with.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Very addicting arcade flying game with a surprising amount of depth that will reveal itself gradually once you start putting more hours into the game.

Early game can be very off putting as gameplay seems so hard. Especially if you are crazy enough to try Normal/Hard difficulties. AI will leave you in the dust as you keep crashing. Speed racing especially can be a big 'nope' moment for many.

But as you learn the levels - which there are not that many - then the differences between planes and tactics in levels. not to mention aerial acrobatic/low flying comes into play.

Multiplayer games are a blast. You only need 2 players of equal skill and you got yourself very tight races. Every single time. You will need to learn to master those counter measures and offensive weapons.

Game is strong on singleplayer too. Just do the campaign on Easy or normal and then add some difficulty. Good luck trying to 100% all achievements.

ps. get the Premium Airplane pack. it is so cheap and adds useful planes to the game.
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13.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
+ Great graphics / sound
+ Excellent combat / power ups
+ Best air racing combat on PC IMHO

- Multiplayer is dead
- Some unlocks require Multiplayer
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27.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
Let me get this out of the way: This is one great racing game. It has good sense of speed, the items are a litle generic but work nicely, the AI is surprisingly fair (though on the hardest difficulty it does seem a little less so) and the challenge seems adequate for what it is. I understand the coplaint about there being too few tracks, but the mirror courses are -to me at least- different enough to count as bonafidenew tracks given the game's price. The tracks and planes look great considering how old the game is and it should playable on almost any computer worth gaming on. Finally, the single player has leaderboards so you could aim to beat other peoples times on a given track.

The game's single player mode has three types of events: there's the Power Race, which plays a lot like the plane parts of Diddy Kong racing where you can collect items and even stack them to use them against an opponent, the there's Survivor, where the last player in the race is knocked out after a certain amount of time until only one racer remains. and finally, there's Speed race, where boost rings are littered across the "tracks" and there are no items.

This is where I start having complaints about the game. The first is that there's no time trial, which to me would have extended the longevity of the game and seemed easy enough to implement (though I'll admit I am no programmer and I could be wrong about that). The second complaint is that there is no single race mode, meaning that that if you want t play survivor on a given track you have to first unlock the event on the single player mode and then find it. this one is more perplexing since they could have reused the online play interface for this.

Speaking of online play, I actually bought this game for me and like 5 friends with DLC and everything because basically 90% off. At the time I figured 15 bucks would last me about 5 hours and that would be that. However, you can tell by my time with the game that I ended u enjoying it for a longer time. Buyin multple copies was a god idea though because, truth be told, there's nobody online, besides my friends I only managed to find a full room once during a sale, so ideally you would schedule something in advance with your friends.

Knowing this, you can play the game with up to 7 other people on any of the tracks and game modes. the matches I had were a lot of fun but there is a bit of a risk of a runaway leader, meaning that once a person builds a small lead, it can become impossible to recover if other players don't notice this (or if you are just amazing). This is compounded by the fact that mines in this game are very powerful. Having said that, I think the skill ceiling of this game is fairly high and you'll be looking for ways to shave off seconds of your time constantly.

as for actual complaints on the MP front, I do have a few. the most important is that you can't easily change game modes or tracks when you host a game. I would have loved to be able to go from power race to speed race and to Deathmatch, but alas, such is life. My next issue is that there are no bots online. This would have made it so that games with two people would be ruined by the runaway leader problem.

The DLC adds either new beter planes or new MP modes (DM and TDM) depending in what you buy. the first DLC may feel a little pay to win since the new airplanes are GOOD, but it's very cheap and online is largely dead, so I didn't mind it. The second DLC adds an interesting game mode with new arenas to play it, and while I found it to be fun, I wish they had made more tracks and added time trials too.

I final gripe many people had in other reviews was that framerate was locked at 30 fps. I don't mind the game being locked to give everyone a level laying field, since I think that having better hardware is not that different than buying better gear, but if you are playig this for the single player and that bothers you, now you know.

Still, I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing Skydrift, and while I don't expect to play it a whole lot more than I have, I think I easily got my money's worth. I recommend it for the single player alone and also if you have friends that own the game because it's also fun online.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 6
Crazy planes got me here
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1.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
A steal for $10. Did you grow up playing Diddy Kong racing, Super Mario Kart, do you love Sonic racing transformers?? Then this is the perfect game for you. It completely amazes me that a small indie team made a game of this caliber. Beautiful visuals, great arcadey gameplay and even online mode makes this a spectacular little gem. Buy now you won't be disappointed.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
A super fun arcade racer (or should that be 'flyer'?) Skydrift is very slick indeed. It handles exceptionally smoothly, moves at a speedy pace, has great courses and is a blast to play.

It's a smidge clunky in some ways though, but nothing that's a deal breaker.....

1) Despite supporting controllers some of the menu has to be navigated with shortcuts on the keyboard - which is a minor annoyance.

2) Most annoyingly - in multiplayer, once all the players are accepted, it then sits there for a minute and this waiting time can't be skipped. So if you're playing with friends, and know that noone else will be joining the game, it can get tedious. Yet there's no option (as far as I know) to avoid this......

However, as I said, these are small problems in an otherwise supremely polished game. And it really is a huge amount of fun to play.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
Airplane racing with Mario Kart-like power-ups and an awesome arcade feel to it! For me, the only thing missing is a split-screen local multiplayer, that would make this a great party game!
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4.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
I honestly enjoy this game. I bought it looking for something simliar to wipeout flying around getting boosts, and the graphics looked good and honestly the game delivers. It's worth the price I bought it on launch a while ago and it's great and if you can find a good room you will get some dodging starwars flying pod racing status racing fun.

Thanks devs for this one your pimps what are you guys doing these days?

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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
SkyDrift is a fast-paced aerial racing game that will feel very familiar to anyone who's been to an arcade in the last decade. The gameplay is basic, but the action is quick and twitchy as one might expect.

Flying in SkyDrift is quite simplistic, and again arcadey - with basic arrow keys for pitch and roll and 'W' and "S' for throttle control by default, the game is quick to learn which is good as the courses can feel challenging but still ultimately forgiving.

I played through over half of the game, and found at about the half-way point the game becomes repetitive as you will have played through all of the unique tracks by this point. The game proceeds to increase AI difficulty and increase the number of laps in each circuit to artifically extend gameplay. For an arcade game, keeping the player feel refreshed is usually a requirement, and the game fell a bit flat by that point.

The visuals are on par with what i'd expect in an arcade again, but I particularly like the level design and the planes a lot. The level design is really well created, with pinch points, branching paths, and a requirement for a lot of twitch flying to avoid obstacles. Each race truly does feel intense purely by navigational standards.
As a huge fan of Crimson Skies, I absolutely love the plane design as it entirely reminds me of that game.

Overall this is a pretty fun, and quick arcade game - It's about 2 hours or so of gameplay before things will start feeling like a grind, but to get all of the planes unlocked you'll have to muster on.
At the time of this review, Multiplayer no longer exists which isn't entirely surprising, but I bet it would have been pretty fun too.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: August 12
This game is awesome fun. Like Mario Kart almost, but with planes. Great game with some awesome moments. So worth the price.
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