Indie Corner: Hyper Light Drifter


Jacob Dimino, Staff Reporter

Today, in the Indie Corner, I will review the indie game Hyper Light Drifter. Hyper Light Drifter is a fantastic game in the indie space because of its clean artwork, intense boss fights, and well designed storytelling, which encourages the player to explore even more of the world. Hyper Light Drifter is a RPG, role playing game. An RPG allows the player to create their own story from some of the pieces that the game gives them. This game also pays homage to the 8- and 16-bit games of the past with its art style. Overall, I think that this game allows the player to figure out the story and create their own very well. Although not my favorite genre, I do believe that Hyper Light Drifter holds its own in the Indie world, total score: 8.5/10.

The ability to tell your own story is done very well in Hyper Light Drifter. Because there is never a word spoken by the NPCs, Non Player Characters, the player has to interpret the images that the characters display instead of reading a text box. I think that this design choice is very ingenious because it lets anyone play the game from anywhere around the world. This also contributes to its beautiful artwork reminiscent of 8 and 16 bit games. 

Each NPC leads the player to a new boss of a new region. Each boss comes with its own unique attack patterns and art design. The only way to discover these bosses and their patterns is to run straight into them. Unless you’re really good at reading attacks, you’ll probably die but each boss is unique and very different to play against.