Indie RPG Hyper Light Drifter Lifts From Zelda: Link to the Past And Diablo

By Eugene . September 16, 2013 . 10:15am

Kickstarter really is the golden boy of the indie-go-go crowd, and it’s easy to see why. Check out Hyper Light Drifter, a retro-style 2D action RPG which has already smashed past its funding goal. According to its developer Heart Machine, the game “plays like the best parts of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo”.


Here’s the premise: Players take on the role of Drifters, collectors of forgotten technologies and history scouring the land for hints of a time before ours. As one of these Drifters, players have been afflicted with an insatiable illness, forced to delve ever deeper into the lands of Buried Time where treasures await. Hopefully, there is a cure somewhere, someplace, deep inside where the echoes of dark, violent and distant past eras resonate and seek to claim his life.


Fights look to combine both long and short-ranged combat, with a survivalist element from scrounging up battery packs to power deadly armaments such as battle rifles, light rail pistols and more. Getting around the map looks to be a cinch too, with a promised triple(!!)-dash system to help get past overhangs or zip around the battlefield. And that pixel art style is beautiful, sleek and entirely hand drawn.


Developer Heart Machine is working alongside Beau Blyth (Creators of the indie title Samurai Gunn out on PC later this year and showcased at Evo 2013) on programming and mechanics. Disasterpeace aka Rich Vreeland (Music composer for other indie titles such as Fez, Shoot Many Robots and Penny Arcade) will be doing music.


Hyper Light Drifter promises full controller support and will initially be out for the PC, with Mac, Linux, with stretch goals for PS4 and Vita support, if they are met. It is estimated to be out sometime mid-2014 and there are still a few days left to get in on the action.


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  • Ava1on

    Indie RPG Hyper Light Drifter Lifts From Zelda: Link to the Past And Diablo (and Sword & Sworcery)

    • Rohan Kishibe

      Don’t forget Boktai.

  • TomSkylark

    Also EVA judging by that one enemy design… Looks like the first Angel, but with Pacman ghosts in its shoulders.

    • Brimfyre

      *polite cough* Third Angel….

      • Spider-Man

        *Politer cough* Sachiel the Third Angel…

    • 657rod

      Hmm this would need a “Sachiel approves this” meme.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Saw this a few hours ago and threw a few bucks their way. Kinda wished I saw it when they still had the art prints as a backer tier, but oh well. It looks pretty dang good at the point it is right now, so I hope they hit all their funding goals for the PS4 and Vita versions (and hopefully other consoles too).

  • idrawrobots

    I have 25 buck-os going to this.

  • Kelohmello

    Visuals and a couple other things remind me strongly of Radio the Universe, another indie game that was also funded by kickstarter.

  • Jonathan Tse

    saw the first pic, immediately put $10 down for it.

  • Rohan Kishibe

    Looks so much like Boktai….. LUUUUUUUHVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Put 16 bucks down on it, def. want it on the PS4. Picking one up on launch. I really like the look of this, it was what made me put down money on my first Kick Starter.

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