Xeodrifter is a sci-fi action adventure game developed and published by Renegade Kid for the PC, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4. The player is tasked with repairing a spaceship by exploring an alien world, fighting ancient guardians and learning the secrets of a long lost supreme culture.
An interstellar drifter who is exploring a small cluster of planets in the Omega sector is marooned after a collision with a rogue asteroid damages his warp core. He notices energy signatures on one of the planets that just might provide the right materials to fix his damaged warp core. What begins as a routine mission to fix his spacecraft spirals out of control and now he must fight to survive by shooting and exploring his way through an alien landscape.
2D demake mock-up of MOON
Xeodrifter came about after Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham mocked up a 2D de-make of their first person adventure MOON Chronicles for fun. This spurred the desire to create an original game in the Metroidvania style.
A Wii U port was announced in June of 2015 and was released a month later on July, 30 2015. A version titled Xeodrifter: Special Edition was announced for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita and was released on the September, 1 2015 and was included as part of that months PlayStation Plus promotion.
Xeodrifter is similar to games like those from the Metroid and Castlevania series. The player must explore and unlock abilities in order to progress through the levels. It's not entirely clear at the start what order the player should explore the worlds available to them in. Abilities are unlocked by beating bosses.
Other than ability unlockables the player can gain more health and weapon upgrades. The basic gun can be upgraded with features like a higher rate of fire, higher damage, bullet spread and wave bullets.