Hyper Light Drifter Alternatives and Similar Games

Looking for more games like Hyper Light Drifter? Below you'll find the curated list of the most similar games to give a try.

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Games Like Hyper Light Drifter

Games like Hyper Light Drifter are all about engaging gameplay, absorbing soundtracks and possibly immersive storytelling. Hyper Light Drifter is known for its wordless way of storytelling as well as fast-paced isometric gameplay. This list contains well-designed games with unique visuals, epic boss fights, mostly challenging combat and great level design.

Bastion game preview


Just like Hyper Light Drifter, Bastion is an isometric action RPG with combat revolving around melee and ranged attacks as well as dodging at the right time. It’s simpler compared to Hyper Light Drifter, and is certainly not as hard as the famous pixelated 2D title. In fact, you can even start the game in ‘No-Sweat Mode’ if you want to avoid the frustration of having to start a level all over again, letting you more fluidly enjoy the game’s charming, cartoonish graphics and touching story. Throughout the game a narrator reacts to every action you make, so if you’re looking for a nice action RPG that has its own unique spin on storytelling then Bastion is for you.
Transistor game preview


Made by the developers of Bastion, Transistor includes a narrator noting your actions while slowly uncovering the story. Yet another isometric action RPG, Transistor is a blend of real-time and turn-based combat. Using abilities called Functions, Transistor lets you pause time and choose your next move, where you can mix up various functions on an enemy and/or simply move away from danger. Functions drain the action bar, which recharges after completing your turn. They’re also usable in real-time, of which only 4 can be equipped, while other abilities can be applied as passives or upgrades to the ones you use. Each Function uses a specific amount of memory, requiring you to carefully think about which abilities to use. Overall, with an interesting combat system, great sci-fi visuals and a mysterious, short narrative, Transistor might be
Hollow Knight game preview

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a 2D side-scrolling metroidvania that has you battle insects throughout a fantastic, dark, hand-drawn world. Tons of enemies and intense boss battles are in store for you, each of which require you to learn their behavior in order to successfully beat them. Exploration is fun and new abilities acquired open up even more exploration opportunities, while maps, compasses and more that you can buy help you navigate environments easier. If you’re a fan of metroidvanias, then Hollow Knight is an absolute must.
Furi game preview


Furi is a tough mix of bullet hell and hack & slash gameplay, gameplay that is entirely centered on boss fights. Bosses are the only kind of enemies you will fight in Furi, each of which has their own personality and thus different moves to learn to counter. Battles take place in diverse 3D areas viewed from a top-down perspective, while long backdrops to these epic one-on-ones feature cinematic camera angles and a character that looks like a bunny explaining what is to come. If you’re looking for more challenging gameplay and have always wanted to play a game entirely based on boss fights, then Furi is for you.
Axiom Verge game preview

Axiom Verge

This retro 2D metroidvania has you shoot down various alien-like creatures using a variety of different guns you find throughout the dark alien world. Every part of the game explored is marked on your map, while platforming and backtracking represent common occurrences. In Axiom Verge you play as a scientist who also uses tools for environmental puzzles which, when solved, allow you to progress forward. Inspired by old classics, if you’re into metroidvanias, then you’ll love this challenging side-scroller.
Dark Souls Series game preview

Dark Souls Series

Exploration and difficult yet satisfying gameplay is at the core of this action RPG franchise. Played in 3rd-person, these games feature mysterious storytelling and memorable boss battles. Overcoming the many obstacles these games throw at you feels so rewarding. Not all areas need to be explored to beat these games. There are optional bosses you can slay alongside the mandatory ones, while finishing the games unlocks New Game+ mode. If you liked Hyper Light Drifter, then you’ll certainly love these medieval-fantasy games.
Ori And the Blind Forest game preview

Ori Series

The Ori games are outstanding in just about every way. From the undoubtedly stellar hand-painted visuals and crisp animations to the fantastic platforming gameplay and atmospheric storytelling, these games have it all. Exploring the dying Nibel forest in Ori and the Blind Forest is a blast, and gets even better as you continue to unlock new abilities in metroidvania style. Don’t expect to fight any bosses in the first entry, nor any complex combat system as these games are much more focused on platforming and puzzle-solving than action-packed battles. If you’re looking for 2D games with great platforming then the Ori games definitely won’t disappoint.
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight game preview

Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight

Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight may not be an isometric action RPG, but it’s an excellent 2D metroidvania with fast-paced ranged and melee combo-based combat where dodging and figuring out enemy attacks are important to exploit their weakness. A unique pixelated art style coupled with anime-like enemies can be seen throughout your journey packed with lore, secrets and useful items. With 4 difficulty settings to choose from, one of which has to be unlocked by beating the game on hard mode, this prequel to a possibly unfamiliar series has something for everyone. If you’re looking for an exciting challenge, then this 4th entry in the Momodora series is for you.
Salt and Sanctuary game preview

Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary takes place in a very dark, gory island full of secrets and punishing enemies. This 2D side-scrolling action RPG surely is not a walk in the park. Heavily inspired by the Dark Souls games, Salt and Sanctuary features just as engaging combat that includes hundreds of different weapons, armor, items, spells as well as a myriad of enemies and bosses. With a variety of classes that merely serve to give you starting equipment and skills you prefer, coupled with an in-depth skill tree, personalizing your playstyle is entirely possible. If you’re looking for an action RPG that lets you play with a friend in local co-op, then you’ve just found it. Salt and Sanctuary is equally an amazing single-player and co-op experience that will keep you on your toes from start to finish throughout its metroidvania-style island.

Some Facts About Hyper Light Drifter

In Hyper Light Drifter, you play as a character you initially know only as The Drifter, a visitor to a torn and broken world who possesses ancient technologies that have been lost for centuries. On a quest to cure a mysterious illness you have contracted, you must explore this world, and hope it is not too late for you.

About the Game

  • Released: 31 Mar, 2016
  • Genre: Action, RPG, Adventure, Indie
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Developer: Heart Machine
  • Publisher: Heart Machine
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System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 and above
  • Processor: 1.2 ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 mb video memory
  • Storage: 2 GB

How Long to Beat

  • Main Story 7½ Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 11½ Hours
  • Completionist 29 Hours
  • All Styles 9½ Hours
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