Hyper Light Drifter – Throws the book at pixelated excellence

Hyper Light Drifter is currently being produce by indie games developer Heart Machine after it took Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight by storm. The early art and conceptual gameplay clearly strung a cord with the online community and the game reached well past their initial pledge of $27,000. Currently the figure stands at a whopping $645,158.

To better describe Hyper Light Drifter we have to journey back to the brisk, late-dawn of video games (1995) where a truly superior genre of video game was emerging. Action Adventure, a genre characterised by incredible titles like; The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metriod and Super Castlevania IV. Or if you had a Sega; Alex the Kid… and… Golden Axe? Honestly? The Mega-Drive can’t hold a light to the SNES in this category. And before your accusatory fingers start typing the words “Nintendo fan boy” I would like the reader to know that I was lucky enough to own both consoles. I am just saying that, obviously sonic withstanding, the Megadrive was pretty poor…


Machine Heart have struck their hand into the mid-90s and pulled the – still beating – heart from Nintendo’s bosom, implanted their own dark, modern enhancements and altered the beat to gentle trance. The result is both atmospheric and beautiful. The combat looks addictively challenging. With more ways to toast your enemies than a Samurai Gunslinger, it looks as though you can immerse yourself in producing plenty of monster sushi. Not to mention the grand sense of epic adventure! Can you feel the pixilated mountain air flowing through your –strangely- static hair? Smell the digital blood of retched evil doers as their death animations play out before you? Of course you can’t! That’s entirely ridiculous! And possible future upgrades to the Oculus Rift, or would be if those * Libellous Comment Removed* at Oculus VR read my e-mails…

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HeartMachine have just announced a playable preview (a bit like a beta/demo) for its Kickstarter backers which will be released starting on the 26th of September at 12:01. For those that didn’t pledge on Kickstarter but are desperate for a taste, there should be an “Early Access Humble Widget” on heart-machine.com.

You can keep up to date with development at Heart Machine’s tumbr account;


Hit the jump for the trailer.


If the video wet your pixelated taste buds and you have acquired a thirst for something similarly nutritious, why not try Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

By Joe Dowthwaite

  • Jeff Masser

    Really looking forward to this game… wish I had backed it on kickstarter…. last game I backed failed, though (cult county)..

    • Me too! It looks amazing. This and Wulverblade are the two main indie games that I’m looking forward to at the moment.