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Hyper Light Drifter

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Hyper Light Drifter is a Kickstarter-funded 2D game with a high focus on resource-management and nostalgic vibes. It is the only game of its sort — no Hyper Light Drifter series exists. The title has been initially released for PCs, after half a year it has been ported to the consoles and in 2018 the Switch version сame to life. The developers position their title as a tribute to The Legend of Zelda and Diablo series. Among the sources of inspiration are also Studio Ghibli cartoons.
Hyper Light Drifter follows a story of Drifter, who controls a sword composed of technological achievements not yet known to the world game resembles. The point of the protagonist's adventures is to find a cure to the strange disease no one knows how to heal.
The central Drifter's weapon is an Energy Sword. The resource-management part comes in handy when the player is up to charge their sword and long-ranged weapons: must they not find an energy supply within the world, but should they hit the enemies to gain power from them.

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Heart Machine
Abylight, Heart Machine
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Not rated
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System requirements for Xbox One

System requirements for PC

  • 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

System requirements for PlayStation 4

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for macOS

  • 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

System requirements for Linux

  • 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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Don't Give Up!
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hello, i'm doing a little hld project, thought this might interest some of you, so you could even... help me or sth if you want
Sep 20, 2023
how do i get to this area? (and the fragment)
Sep 21, 2023
not sure if this is the place to ask but does anyone here happen to know the artist for this piece of the Alt Drifter? I've looked everywhere with no luck and would love to see more of their work if possible
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ok i have been wondering aimlessly for a frustratingly long amount of time, does anyone know where can I find the final 2?
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Hyper Light Drifter reviews and comments

Stellar art direction, good moody OST, fast and vicious combat. Couldn't tell you whats going on tho
Played for an hour and half ish. I thought it looked cool but I really didn’t like it. The gameplay doesn’t feel that fun and I was constantly getting lost. I had no idea where to go most of the time. It’s seems like a vibey game but I’m not feeling it. Maybe someday I’ll give it another go but idk. Probably not.

Jk I gave it another go, figured out how the map works, and now I’m enjoying it a bit. Plus I’ve had some upgrades so that’s made it better.

I don’t mind this game when I’m not lost. But I do get lost a lot.

I’m enjoying this just enough to keep going. It’s kind of stressful and annoying but now that I have a few upgrades and I understand the signposting a bit more I am having fun, sometimes.

Im very close to beating the game. I raised the 4 pillars and I only need two more the triangles before the final boss but I’m bored. I gave this game a strong attempt. I don’t really it.

Final Score: B-
Boring game with no story and strange controls. I was already angry at the game after one hour. Didn't have fun during that time.
«Waste of time»
I really wanted to like this game due to its beautiful graphics, lore and music but it is too damn hard for me v_v
If the gameplay was a little more forgiving/less difficult and there was a stronger semblance of a story, this would've gotten an exceptional rating. As it stands, Hyper Light Drifter is a flawed, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately worthwhile experience with absolutely beautiful visuals and environments. 
I honestly couldn't tell you the story but I know I really liked what I played
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«OST on repeat»
Just completed final boss on main story with little extras.
Can I recommend it? Yes
Did I like it? Of course
Is it a good game? Well, kind of. It has very smooth combat, incredible art style and music, but storytelling through environment isn't that great. Hollow Knight did it better. Even Hob did it better in my opinion.
But if you want to play not that long beautiful pixel journey - you just have to play this game. What are you waiting for?
«Just one more turn»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
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After 18 Hours of pure Play, I had the Game through, with almost all The Secrets, and I can just say I wish so much it would be even longer. It IS already a huge World for such a beautiful, epic Indie game, and it takes you a whole While to search everything again for secret Paths, and yet you want to play a Game like that even longer, no matter how long it takes. The best €20I've spent again in a long time, so a Splendour In 16 Bits is just divine to look at. A Mix of Dark Souls and Zelda hits it really very well for this Game, it's incredibly tough in some Places, extremely tactical Fighting style against sometimes very many Opponents at once, who's just fiddling around here doesn't live long. The Bosses can certainly keep up with many in Soul'S Titles, I've sat on some really long, a wrong Move and it was probably your last! Also the Possibility to be able to determine where to go first, and what Skills you want to learn little by Little I just think wonderful as in Souls, you really have a lot of Freedom in the Game, even if it doesn't look like it. All in all, I would have spent far more on such a Masterpiece than the €20s', so BITTE supports the Developers and gets it!
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