Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
When It's Done

Windows, Mac, Linux - Steam
Also Targeting Switch
Other Platforms TBC


Regular Price:


A Pulp Adventure Thriller from the minds that brought you Crawl and Peridium.

Mick Carter's been drifting a while now - never staying one place long, moving from job to job. Forced to return to his old home town, he witnesses a violent murder, is pursued by mysterious armed men, and killed.

And that's just the start of Mick's problems.

His consciousness ripped away, thrust back into his own body seconds before his death. Framed for the murder he witnessed, tormented by his own past, and haunted by a feeling something followed him back from the other side. Mick is sucked headfirst into a mad web of shadowy corporations, murder, and the thousand year old obsession of a madman.


Back in 2002 Dave cut his teeth making indie adventure games with Adventure Game Studio, and over a 15 years later still has a passion for the genre. In 2017 he convinced Barney (the other half of powerhoof), and a group of collaborators to enter Adventure Jam, a narrative focused gamejam, where they've won first place honors three years running. On the back of the success of their thriller entries, Peridium and Alluvium, Powerhoof decided to work on a longer commercial title in the same style.

The Drifter has been in the works since late 2017, starting as a slow-burner side project for Dave, but ramping up to full time production for the team in 2021.


  • A Pulp Adventure Thriller from the minds that brought you Crawl and Peridium.
  • An engrossing roller-coaster of a story - Drawing on King, Crichton and Carpenter, with a dash of 70s Ozploitation.
  • Point 'N Click or Controller - Unique twin-stick interaction makes The Drifter as comfy to play on the couch as at the PC.
  • Brooding dark-synth cinematic score.
  • Fully voice acted.


Announce Trailer YouTube


download all screenshots & photos as .zip (31MB)

download logo files as .zip (447KB)

Monetization Permission

Powerhoof allows for the contents of The Drifter to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from The Drifter is legally & explicitly allowed by Powerhoof. This permission can be found in writing at http://www.powerhoof.com/press/sheet.php?p=The%20Drifter.

Free Adventure Jam game by the same team powerhoof.itch.io.

Free Adventure Jam game by the same team powerhoof.itch.io.

Free adventure game creation tool, developed by the team alongside The Drifter powerhoof.itch.io.

About Powerhoof

Powerhoof is a two man independent games studio located in Melbourne, Australia. While both tinker in all aspects of game development, Barney Cumming is the preeminent artist and animator, and Dave Lloyd's background is in programming.

Their first project was Crawl - The dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters. This was followed up by Regular Human Basketball, a multiplayer party-starter (no giant mechanical death-machines here), as wells as a plethora of smaller free titles.

Both members of the duo now have a pet project they're currently working on - Barney with Acid Knife, and Dave with The Drifter.

More information
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The Drifter Credits

Dave Lloyd
Programming, Design

Barney Cumming
Art, Animation

Louis Meyer

presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks