Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 18, 2018
    You owe it to yourself to give Hyper Light Drifter a go. It’s an incredible game with a wonderful look and feel to every part of it. It’s beautiful, looking great on the Switch’s screen, and can be surprisingly enveloping as an experience even as you take it to louder, crowded public areas. Every new area and experience was a delight to me, and I kept taking screenshots all the way through. It’s a challenge, but every moment was worth it.
  2. NF Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    A near-perfect dayglow samurai dream. [Issue #36 – November/December 2018, p. 20]
  3. Oct 22, 2018
    If you groan every time you see another 2D action-RPG on the Nintendo eShop, don’t be dissuaded by Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition. While it borrows from the Zelda blueprint and games that have followed, it is packaged so perfectly that it stands above the rest. The depth of its vivid world goes beyond what you see on your screen. There’s more lurking there, and you’ll want to discover it all.
  4. Oct 8, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter is a jaw-dropping experience no matter the platform you play it on. What started as an engaging masterpiece in 2016 continues to be just as rewarding and worthwhile of a video game in 2018. With the Nintendo Switch you get the valuable bonus of being able to take this journey with you anywhere you want and believe me when I say this is a journey you will not want to step away from once you start it.
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    With stunning visuals and music, Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is a delight to play - even if it means overcoming overwhelming odds.
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is a must-own for anyone who enjoys a quality action title. Fans of 2D Zelda games will adore this for how it pays lip-service without being derivative. Heart Machine has triumphed by focusing on what people loved about action-adventures, while refining combat and challenge. In the beginning, some might be overwhelmed by the lack of direction; but those who dare to actually play will be greatly rewarded. The Switch Special Edition extras are neat, but the meat and potatoes that make up the sum of Hyper Light Drifter is still what makes it so great in the first place.
  7. Sep 17, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter is an exciting and challenging action RPG game closer to Dark Souls than to The Legend of Zelda.
  8. Sep 16, 2018
    There is no doubt: the Special Edition of Hyper Light Drifter arrived on Switch is the definitive version of the gaming masterpiece of equilibrium signed Heart Machine a couple of years ago.
  9. Sep 11, 2018
    After the canned PlayStation Vita version of the game, it’s wonderful to finally be able to play Hyper Light Drifter on the go. The developer has pretty much stated that in its mind, the Switch version is the definitive version of the game – and you can tell. With elements that make it smoother for newcomers on top of everything that made the base game great, this is a port that truly feels at home on Switch, despite the occasional drop of frames.
  10. Sep 10, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter is a neon-soaked, hyper-kinetic fever dream of an action-RPG with one of the most alluring game worlds of its kind.
  11. Sep 9, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is a more complete adventure that will captivate us not only due to its art, gameplay and story told by means of images, but also thanks to the deeper, real meaning that comes from projecting the heart disease of its creator.
  12. Sep 5, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. 90
    A masterful and beautiful experience with powerful visuals, transcendent audio, and challenging gameplay.
  14. Aug 31, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition finally puts Heart Machine’s obtuse yet engaging throwback where it belongs - in portable Nintendo form - and it makes for the definitive version. With a handful of exclusive features, a two-year-old game suddenly feels new and fresh - and with a silky smooth frame rate and every boss, secret and upgrade from the original here for you to experience, the Nintendo Switch’s indie library just got even better.
  15. Sep 18, 2018
    Like on the other platforms Hyper Light Drifter on Switch is a visually and mechanically captivating action adventure that you can’t help but admire.
  16. 85
    Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition is fantastic–one of the best games on Switch indie or otherwise. You are doing yourself a disservice by not playing it. A wonderfully unique and ensnaring world boasting beautiful sounds and imagery is complemented perfectly by the incredibly smooth combat. On top of the portability and smooth performance, the special edition tune-up offers some peripheral new content for returning players such as new items and outfits. Abylight should be commended for this marvelous porting job, and Heart Machine deserves all of the praise they have received for this magnificent game.
  17. Sep 6, 2018
    If you’re the kind of gamer who loves old-school games, post-apocalyptic style, and gameplay that really challenges your reflexes, Hyper Light Drifter – Special Edition is absolutely the game for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer your RPGs to be a little more slow and steady, this may incite a little more controller rage than you’d like, regardless of the game’s beautiful trappings. Even then, though, it’s hard not to like what the developer has done here, and for that, this is definitely a game worth a look.
  18. Sep 17, 2018
    The Nintendo Switch version of Hyper Light Drifter is far from perfect, but that doesn't make its world less beautiful or the combat lees vibrant. Due to the mysterious storytelling and difficult challenges. It's not a game for everyone, making it one of those "either you love it or hate it"... And we definitely belong in the first group.
  19. Sep 11, 2018
    Hyper Light Drifter is a gorgeous experience that everyone needs to play but keep the performance issues in mind before you get the Switch version.
  20. Sep 6, 2018
    Although it has been two years since its official launch, Heart Machine's work comes with a Nintendo Switch title that teaches you that you do not need to be more powerful to improve; you have skills that allow you to be better. The exploration and the agility stand out in a title that could have been much more ambitious in its mechanics but manages to offer a great setting.
  21. Sep 5, 2018
    Indie games don't get much more memorable than Hyper Light Drifter and this Special Edition acts as a good excuse to finally play it if you haven't already. Just make sure you're ready for an intense challenge before taking the plunge.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. Sep 6, 2018
    the art, the music, the scenery, the atmosphere, the story : everything is WoW !|
    its racefully paced in combat and its a contemplative
    the art, the music, the scenery, the atmosphere, the story : everything is WoW !|
    its racefully paced in combat and its a contemplative experience when exploring or encounter new things.

    i've never experienced a game that says so much but there is not a single word written in this game. You never read or hear someone speaking to you. You have to figure it out by yourself.
    I have goose bump just writing this short review.
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  2. Dec 1, 2018
    A nice, very polished game.

    The gameplay is a very satisfying mix of exploration and combat. In addition to a sword and various guns and
    A nice, very polished game.

    The gameplay is a very satisfying mix of exploration and combat. In addition to a sword and various guns and grenades, you have a dash move, which makes combat quite interesting. For example, having a shotgun gets a lot more fun when you can dash right up to an enemy before shooting them. There are lots of cleverly hidden areas which mean that travelling the overworld and dungeons is never boring. Finding these rewards you with various ability upgrades that keep the game fresh throughout.

    On a small number of occasions the combat felt frustratingly sluggish. I'm not sure if this was because of the console struggling, or if that's just how it is. This is rare though. I disagree that the game is particularly hard. It's challenging enough to be entertaining, but it isn't punishing, and it doesn't feel unfair.

    Something to make the game easier to 100% in the final stages would have been welcome. Instead, all you can do is retread the entire game world trying to find secrets you missed, which is tedious, and I don't think there's any final reward for doing it. In the end I didn't try to 100% the game, and I don't recommend anybody else does.

    The art and music are great. There are barely any words or dialogue in the game; the story is all visual, and as a result is impressionistic and ambiguous. Apart from some minor confusions, it's an effective approach.

    Overall, certainly recommended.
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  3. Oct 7, 2018
    Wow, what a great game. I was a little afraid that it's one of those "Hipster graphic look" games that don't amount to much of a game, but IWow, what a great game. I was a little afraid that it's one of those "Hipster graphic look" games that don't amount to much of a game, but I was wrong. Great gameplay, great graphics, interesting worlds to explore... I love the "no words" approach, it doesn't make things easier, but hey...makes it all the more mysterious. Love it! Full Review »