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  • Summary: Drifting through the stars. Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. We join our nomad as he embarks on the investigation of a small cluster of four planets in the omega sector, after a collision with a rogue asteroid damagedDrifting through the stars. Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. We join our nomad as he embarks on the investigation of a small cluster of four planets in the omega sector, after a collision with a rogue asteroid damaged his warp core. Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets, and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers from a legendary supreme culture in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 85
    It plays great, it’s hard to beat but addicting. There’s enough content to enjoy looking for, and I honestly think that it’s a well-designed game for what it is. It’s small, and uses a lot of the same enemies, but that’s a huge nitpick on what I think is a great game. It reminded me of why certain enemies are designed the way they are, like how Super Mario Bros. certain enemies act against Mario’s primary form of mobility, jumping, by also jumping. Xeodrifter adopts this mentality, by putting upgrades in places that have challenges preceding them, and with enemies that are supposed to get in the way of how the space explorer plays. I recommend it if this sounds like an experience you’d like to try.
  2. 75
    Overall, Xeodrifter is a blast. It’s a simple game that is held up by its unique upgrades, great music, and brilliantly crafted exploration-based gameplay. If you’ve got an extra $10 lying around, I highly recommend Atooi’s latest Switch release.
  3. Mar 23, 2018
    75
    Xeodrifter certainly won’t be for everyone. The title harkens back to the days of 8-Bit gaming in not only its graphics, but also its approach to difficulty. The challenge is certainly steep, but the accompanying sense of accomplishment should please many old school purists.
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    70
    The upside is that this is a finely crafted Metroidvania that oozes quality in almost every fashion, but the downside is that there just isn’t a whole lot to it. If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward open-ended platformer that’s easy to get into (or one that’s good for speedrunning), this is the game for you. If you’re looking for an in-depth experience that you can really sink your teeth into, this certainly isn’t. We’d generally give this one a recommendation - it’s a great ride while it lasts - but just bear in mind that it won’t last you long.
  5. Feb 14, 2018
    70
    Shoot, jump and duck. These three basic actions are applied with excellence in this addictive metroidvania that will keep you hooked all evening. Despite the excellent playability of Xeodrifter, the creativity got lost in outer space together with some mechanics inspired by other Atooi worlds.
  6. Feb 15, 2018
    60
    While certainly charming and cleverly designed for its short length, Xeodrifter ultimately feels too disjointed for its own good. Separating the overworld into four, smaller maps is a good idea in theory, but the disconnect between stages takes away the interconnected feeling of exploration Metroidvanias thrive on. Bosses themselves are also a big letdown, especially since the weapon customisation would lend itself well to more varied foes. It's even difficult to recommend Xeodrifter as a beginner's Metroidvania since the early game is far harder than everything that comes after. It's endearing enough and can kill an easy three hours, but there are better Metroidvanias to choose from.
  7. Feb 20, 2018
    50
    There are some neat ideas in Xeodrifter, but they never come together to make a coherent whole.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. May 18, 2019
    9
    I love this game.... I bought it because it looked like a retro game and oh boy it is. The game while a little short is very difficult andI love this game.... I bought it because it looked like a retro game and oh boy it is. The game while a little short is very difficult and fun. I could see myself trying to beat this game twice. The only problem I have with it is that the bosses need more designs and more attacks. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2019
    8
    This game feels like a classic Gameboy game and I enjoyed playing it. It reminds of Metroid 2 in particular. There was clearly a lot of effortThis game feels like a classic Gameboy game and I enjoyed playing it. It reminds of Metroid 2 in particular. There was clearly a lot of effort put into the level design and I liked how they structured the overworld. I do think there is room for improvement mostly with the bosses. The weapon upgrading systems was also interesting but I felt that some upgrades didn't actually impact your weapon or were just pointless.

    I 100%ed this game and enjoyed playing it from beginning to end.
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  3. Mar 24, 2018
    7
    A throwback to Metroid on NES and 8-Bit style games, Xeodrifter has you flying planet to planet, defeating aliens, and collecting upgrades onA throwback to Metroid on NES and 8-Bit style games, Xeodrifter has you flying planet to planet, defeating aliens, and collecting upgrades on your quest to retrieve a power core to your ship.

    There is a fair bit of difficulty to this game, specifically saving your game is reserved to your spaceship, few enemies drop health, and no fast travelling. A few clever gaming mechanics will have you nodding for the originality.

    The game is on the shorter side, but the price is fair. If you are a fan of Metroidvania’s and harder games, check it out.
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  4. Mar 9, 2020
    4
    While I do understand that Xeodrifter was developed by a very small team, I'd still say it's not worth the 9,99€ price tag, because it can beWhile I do understand that Xeodrifter was developed by a very small team, I'd still say it's not worth the 9,99€ price tag, because it can be beaten in about 8 hours and easily much faster if you know what you're doing. By having 4 separate planets and a ship hub the game does arguably make the world feel much bigger than it actually is, because the four different worlds actually amount to 2 areas in Super Metroid. The bosses are also all the same (even the final boss, sorry to burst your bubble) and while the bullet upgrades are satisfying to collect the other upgrades aren't that interesting and/or unique.
    If you're really bored, sure, buy it, but if you're a broke boy like myself then I wouldn't recommend purchasing this.
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  5. Apr 9, 2020
    3
    Legit the only bad Metroidvania I've ever played. The jump is way too high and way too floaty with no way to short hop which leads to a lot ofLegit the only bad Metroidvania I've ever played. The jump is way too high and way too floaty with no way to short hop which leads to a lot of times accidentally jumping on a platform you don't want to be on when fighting enemies, a bunch of otherwise easy enemies that take way way too many bullets to kill, the ship controls are garbage, super linear for a "Metroidvania",gun sucks and isn't fun to use, the sub constantly sinking makes fighting in it annoying, secrets hidden behind illusory walls. Its just a **** game. If you want a good cheap Metroidvania on Switch play Spooky Ghost Dot Com, or if you're willing to spend a bit more then try Hollow Knight, the greatest Metroidvania ever created. But under no circumstances should you get this one. Expand
  6. Apr 28, 2019
    2
    This game was terrible. They start you off with 4 worlds to choose from but only one way you can really go since the other levels need aThis game was terrible. They start you off with 4 worlds to choose from but only one way you can really go since the other levels need a certain item/ability to continue through. Unfortunately, this level puts you against an overly difficult boss right off the bat. So hard, that you often wonder if you are on the wrong planet. After finally beating that boss, you get thrown in to even more crazy hard areas. Not only was it unforgiving with difficulty, but the lack of any real direction given made the game just not fun. Given the poor graphics, I can't recommend this metroidvania style game. You're much better off with Hollow Knight or Chasm if you're trying to scratch that itch. Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2019
    0
    Floaty controls, slow bullets and no sense of direction makes for a bad game. I got this game for two bucks and I still feel ripped off. YouFloaty controls, slow bullets and no sense of direction makes for a bad game. I got this game for two bucks and I still feel ripped off. You want a good Metroid clone, pick up Axiom Verge instead. Expand