Nova Drift

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a game by Chimeric
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Best Roguelike Games, Best Indie Games, Space Games
Nova Drift
Nova Drift
Nova Drift
Nova Drift

There was once an arcade classing known as Asteroids. One ship drifting through a seemingly endless black abyss, thrusting and shooting. Nova Drift takes this beloved classic and ups the ante. Nova Drift looks at the classic games roguelike elements and goes all the way. The developers create a multilayered upgrade system that is both deep and complex and splatter it over the top of the tried-and-true gameplay that players have loved for almost half a century. Add to the formula a high gloss polish and you have a chaotic fast paced blaster that will keep gamers jamming in their sticks and banging their buttons.


Nova Drift is built on a gameplay formula that is as almost as old as gaming itself. Take control of a drifting ship in space move using your thrusters and shoot your blasters to eliminate objects that approach your vessel.

In this interpretation of the classic game your ship has some serious upgrade potential. You have three special upgrades that define your ship. You can pick your gun, your hull and your shield from a rand selection. After this you have seven unique upgrades that you can pick up and use each time your level up your vessel. If that was not enough depth for an arcade shooter each element that you add also has upgrades that increase its usefulness in the game. This presents the player with an awesome metagame. Picking a solid combination of upgrades has a direct impact on the in-game action.

This awesome upgrade system is what sets this game apart from the classic arcade coin op. The depth breadth and depth of the upgrade system makes this more than a clone of the original it makes it an awesome unique experience. The deep upgrade system that goes so far that is provides upgrades for the upgrades makes for a dramatically unique experience based on player choice. That is truly a modern twist on a classic formula.


The fast and furious gameplay of the Nova Drift is presented using a beautiful glossy neon pallet with a drab filter that gives it just the right amount of sci-fi grit. The player ship and enemies are rendered nicely and when the action peeks the screen explodes with a wide array of geometric explosions with your custom craft at the center of the action. This is another area where Nova improves on the foundation laid by its predecessor.

The Conclusion

Nova Drift is soaked in nostalgia. It so heavily leans on the foundations of its classic predecessor then it adds layers of depth that players and developers would have never imagined 40 years ago. The ability to build your ship to fit your playstyle is an amazing addition. The games hazards are presented in a large endless universe where arcade style combat is fast and furious.


This game is rooted in classic gaming conventions and shows the best fruits of modern indie sensibility.


  • Roguelike Elements
  • Classic Gaming Style
  • Customization Options


  • May Not Be for Everyone

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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