Have you heard about… Hyper Light Drifter?


Hyper Light DrifterI’ve abandoned trying to fill Sunday’s post with regular content. Instead it’s now a lucky dip of Battlefield 4 blogs, Crew Views and this new section “Have you heard about…” The goal here is to hit you up with titles which may not be on your radar yet, but probably should be.

Decapitationnnnnn! *imagine it sung by Jack Black*

Decapitationnnnnn! *imagine it sung by Jack Black*

I literally stumbled upon Hyper Light Drifter by accident while doing my casual Kickstarter rounds and it’s a awesome little battler success story. Developers Alex Preston and Beau Blyth, with musician Rich Vreeland aka “Disasterpeace” (who helped score Fez), were looking to make an old school styled role-playing game in the vein of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. After the modest sum of $27,000 the guys threw it up on Kickstarter to try their luck.

It was funded in a day.

By the end of the funding period they’d pulled over $640,000 for the project. Looking at classic post-apocalyptic fare, such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki as inspiration, Hyper Light Drifter is a throwback to the pixelated games of yore, with new age dimensions to it.

Attack on Drifter

Attack on Drifter

You play Drifter, and you are dying. In a world which has almost forgotten about technology you’ll need to search ruins and uncover every piece you can if you want any hope of surviving. The visual style is 16-bit styled, exploding with neon and a vibrant colour palate. The gameplay is brutal and unforgiving. Any enemy can kill you. Any. You’ll be dashing, dodging and battling hordes of unrelenting monsters with your wee sprite companion, and you can even cowboy the fuck up and co-op it with a mate.

The additional funding of Hyper Light Drifter led to additional platforms with it being worked on for PC, Mac or Linux, Steam (all DRM-free), PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, and OUYA.

If you’re not yet sold, check the trailer below and you can give Heart Machine your support by pre-ordering  Hyper Light Drifter direct.

This is a hell of a project and one I’m behind 100%.

I’ll see what other hidden gems I can rustle up for you guys in the coming weeks and feel free to toss links to any you think demand attention in the comments below.

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Dave Kozicki

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Video game reviewer, presenter and enthusiast. Film and TV-aholic. Pop culture geek. T-shirt and sneaker addict. All around nice guy and one hell of a sexy beast. Writer for Official PlayStation Magazine AU, AusGamers and Hyper Magazine.