Hyper Light Drifter Soars to Top 5 on iOS App Store

We’re in the midst of a mobile gaming renaissance. Between the introduction of Apple Arcade and continued support by Nintendo, mobile gaming is coming into its own as something more than a hub for gacha game whales. Hyper Light Drifter, a game which impressed critics in 2016 with its launch on PC, is now available on the iOS App Store— and it’s doing really well.

The game averaged a 90 on Metacritic between its past platform releases on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch, but now that it’s found its way to mobile the game has found itself in the top 5 paid iOS games within one day of its release.

Hyper Light Drifter’s success on iOS may not come as a surprise as it’s been described as more of an experience than a game, one whose fame has led it to be included in Brawlout. The game has earned the App Store Editor’s Choice Award, which heralds the game as “pixel-perfect art,” and  having “silky smooth, lighting-fast combat.” That “lighting-fast” combat is likely a direct result of the game running at 120 FPS on iPhone and iPad, something that not even the PC version of the game is capable of yet.

Other customers who’ve downloaded the game are calling it an “absolute must buy,” and are stating firmly that “this is how iOS games should be.” Hopefully, the future of iOS gaming will start to look more and more like this when Apple Arcade, the company’s premium game subscription service, launches later this year.

If you haven’t had a chance to play it yet, the game is going for $4.99 and is available on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 or later. It’s a definite cop considering the game is currently going for $19.99 on other platforms.

Personally, I’m on the look out for Pokemon Masters. Yeah, it’s another gacha game for me to blow money on. Yeah, I’m going to spend money to go on dates with Pokemon and their trainers. Don’t @ me. Hyper Light Drifter will definitely satiate me in the meantime.


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