Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond.
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Release Date: May 24, 2013

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"... Fabulously executed."
EGM 9/10

"Dust pretty much has it all."
Giant Bomb 5/5

"... A beautiful, well-written, and entirely fun action-RPG."
Digital Trends 9/10

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About This Game

Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. At your disposal is the mythical Blade of Ahrah, capable of turning its wielder into an unstoppable force of nature, and the blade's diminutive guardian, Fidget. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, take on a variety of quests from friendly villagers, discover ancient secrets and powerful upgrades hidden throughout the massive, open world, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past.

Key Features


  • A traditionally-animated action-adventure tale, now in gorgeous 1080p
  • An expansive world filled with unique characters, quests, and secrets
  • Action-packed nonlinear platforming rewards exploration and experimentation
  • Fully voiced cast and a deep, rewarding storyline
  • Full support for gamepad, mouse+keyboard, or keyboard-only controls
  • A wide range of performance options to cater to every PC
  • Award-winning musical score by Hyperduck Soundworks

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible video card with shader model 3.0 support
    • Direct X®: 10, Windows Media Player
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Input: Keyboard
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® 9600GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 5000+ or better
    • Direct X®: 10, Windows Media Player
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
    • Input: Mouse and Keyboard or XInput-compatible Gamepad
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Input: Keyboard
    • OS: Mountain Lion 10.8.5, 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ support
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Input: Mouse and Keyboard or Gamepad
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit (S3TC NOT required)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Input: Keyboard
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 64-bit, S3TC texture support
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ support
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Input: Mouse and Keyboard or Gamepad
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DriftRacer14
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game definitely scores a 10/10.

Dust: An Elysian Tail kept me playing. I started out using a mouse and keyboard, which worked well, but when I remembered I had a Logitech F310 USB controller lying around, the game really began to shine. The different difficulty levels add a boat load of replay value; a fight you had no issue with on your first playthrough suddenly becomes more daunting on your next playthrough, all because you upped the difficulty this go round. If you want long fights, max out the difficulty. If you're just in it for the storyline, set the difficulty as low as possible and the game does all but walking and jumping for you. Controller support is phenomenal, the levels are beautiful, the storyline is gripping.

There was one small issue, and that's the placement of one mission. During this mission, you are tasked to hit a high hit combo, but I noticed that, generally, you've leveled up quite a bit before you even make it this far. This creates an issue where, by the time you get your combo halfway there, you've knocked out all the enemies. Luckily there's an item in game that weakens you, but that seems to be the item's only purpose. As stated previously, it's a small issue, but it does tend to be a nuisance.

Despite this, I can only hope for a sequel.
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Nicholas
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
A colourful, characterful, entertaining game. The gameplay is reasonably easy to pick up even for someone not experienced in the genre, the puzzles are often challenging without being overly frustrating, the story is decent and there is a reasonable amount of content.

It is not without its flaws - the ending really falls down a bit both through overblown writing and by turning combat into a confusing mess by flooding it with both allies and enemies, and the game is prone to sharp framerate drops even on a GTX1080 - but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
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DBZFORMERS
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
its ok but dont buy into the hype. get it on sale its rly not worth 15$ for this dull button-mash fest
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solitas777
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
THe gameplay was so repetitive that I only could put in 116 minutes. It's also easy to get lost and retreading the same way I went before got boring. It's a side scroller that is beautiful to look at and has great voice over but the story isn't compelling enough for me to put up with the tedium of smashing the attack buttons over and over.
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Maxmetpt
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This has probably become one of my favourite Metroidvanias on Steam (along with Valdis Story)! Not something I'd hold as the hallmark of game design, but the combat is so good that it makes playing the whole game really fun, despite being somewhat monotonous, otherwise.

Valdis Story is a very methodical metroivania with a pretty deep combat system (with combo-cancelling, lot's of timed dodges and parries, etc.) and tough, pattern based boss fights that you really need to try to learn and pay attention to learn the game, and it's incredibly satisfying when you do!

Dust: An Elysian Tail, on the other hand, is very loose. You fight dozens of enemies at once, if necessary, but your attacks are very large and throw enemies all over the place, making you feel like a badass! Fighting these many enemies at once is really satisfying, if not a bit too chaotic to be challenging (in a fair way).
The crux of it is that your sword attacks have a rather wide range, and you have the ability to suck enemies in. With that, plus a helpful magic, you'll easily manage dozens of enemies, racking up combos of 1000+, at times.

In short, you're like a ♥♥♥♥ing tornado. With fire/lightning at the center.

And that's enough, surprisingly enough. The combat is very fluid and looks awesome!
Most of the game will be you tearing throw many enemies at once. However, there are different enemies, some of which can be tough, and require more attention, and parrying to defeat. Which helps a lot to keep things somewhat fresh!

The most disappointing thing was the boss fights. They're mostly really easy. And I was playing on the highest difficulty. On the whole, the game is fairly easy, if you take your time to explore and learn how to deal with different enemies. Only one of the bosses was somewhat hard to me, requiring a few tries, making me switch my tactics a bit.

The game had one frustrating element, which was the environmental hazards, in some places. These do a ton of damage, often killing you in 1 or 2 hits... But, otherwise, the game was very fair.

With one exception (graveyard), checkpoints were very kindly placed, so you never lose much progress on death.

The game as a lot of other features, like a crafting system, and fairly wide equipment system, leveling up, etc. etc. These all worked pretty well, giving you several options to tackle your progression, but they couldn't really be a focus for any player. They're there to support the combat and keep the progression up, nothing more.


As a metroidvania, especially regarding the abilities you gain, it wasn't spectacular (well, the abilities weren't very interesting), but the exploration element is very present, and in a good way!
The game has side-quests that cannot be completed when you first get them, making you go back to the places you've been to after you get more abilities and... have grown overpowered. Going back to previously hard areas and feeling like a God is ... well, it makes you feel like a God. (The leveling system is exponential which explains how much more powerful you get after each area)

There are several references to other games, which are nice, and lots of treasure and blueprints to help you get stronger.

The map system is also very generous, telling you the screens where you've missed something with an icon so you can easily check back later and know more or less what you may be missing.´


I don't want to write much more about it. The game is beautifully drawn and has some nice screen effects (distortions, for the most part), with one of the most fun combat systems around. So definitely give it a go!
Not the most challenging game, so try Valdis Story if you're looking for a more difficult game.
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Kefen
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Pretty-looking, if kind of average in many ways.
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bread
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I bought this game on sale, and I can honestly say that it is worth the full price. This game is fantastic! The combat is good, the story is good, characters are full of life, and the music is great. Most definitely would recommend.
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Madrugaman X
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Jogo lindo d++
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Topi von Topi
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I don't have the right words. I'm speechless. This game showed me emotions I didn't know existed. This game showed me a world, from which I never want to leave. This game introduced me to characters, that I don't want to let go. This mixture of feelings is stuck somewhere in my heart causing never ending ache, of which I don't even want to get rid of.

This is perfection. This is beauty.

And I don't want to go.
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Jeddi151
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This was a good Beat Em up, had an interesting idea for a story that kept me engaged. Some of the voice acting was strange, but I think that was because the timing of the lines was off. But a good game, and I did enjoy playing it.

Achievement Quest: This was an achievable 100% but not the easiest. You get most of the achievements playing the game, and then need to do some exploring ( or guide looking) for some collectibles. Playing on hard was probably the hardest achievement
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Product received for free
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a tale about a person who can't remember who he is, and must follow the guidance of a talking sword, and a flying thing named Fidget, to discover his past, and find out who he is.

This is probably in my Top 3 Best Platformer of All Time list. It's seriously that good.
The art style is absolutely gorgeous, and breath taking. This is the most beautifully hand drawn game I have ever seen, for real. The characters look sub par, but what is really beautiful is the enviroment you play on. The background is detailied and beautiful, and the land that you do the platforming on isn't confusing because of how good it looks, unlike some games, where the platforming sections look beautiful, but it's almost TOO detailed, to a point where you don't know if you're gonna land on a certain platform or not. This game does not fall in that category, luckily.

I love a good platformer that also has good RPG elements. This game really has that: when you level up, which I will discuss how you do so later on, you get a skill gem. With this, you can increase one category. Attack, Health, Defense, or Magical Power. My personal favorite is magical power, you can twirl your sword so fast, it makes a dust storm, and then your companion Fidget can release magic, which by itself is harmless. But combined with your gust, it gets amplified. Using this ability is by far one of the most satifying parts of the game.

Speaking of which...the combat in this game is fan freaking tastic. I've personally never been a huge fan of side scrolling combo based combat: but this game does it so well, that I don't mind it. What I like is that doing combos rewards you by not just doing extra damage and making you look cool, but also rewarding you with extra EXP. I really could never get into games like Street Fighter, because there were simply way too many combos and tricks to learn. This game has some basic combos, that you can use throughout the entire game, I'm sure of it. And if you're up to the task, you can try learning some of the more hard to pull of combos. You can also use the dash ability to evade incoming attacks, and, if you're feeling a bit frisky, you can also try parrying. The combat feels smooth, and is one of my favorite parts of the game. From defeating enemies, you can also get certain trinkets, materials, and equipment...

This equipment can be equiped, and gives you slight stat boosts. You may also find blueprints, which can be brought to a blacksmith, to make ever better items. Speaking of blacksmiths, you need materials, which you can get from enemies, or to buy. If you have materials you don't think you have a use for, you can simply sell them for cash. I like this system, it gives you freedom as to what kind of playstyle you want. Want to be a tank that can absorb a bunch of damage, a cool mage, thanks to your friend Fidget of course, or maybe you just wanna be a badass swordsman who can take out crowds with your sword. The decision is entirely up to you.
Now, let's talk less about combat, and more about story and character: as I mentioned at the start of this review, you follow 2 characters: Fidget, and your talking sword. Fidget is by far my most favorite character in the game so far: she's funny, and sometimes breaks the forth wall in the most humorous ways. And hey, I really like who ever voice acted her. Speaking of voice acting, it's phenominal in this game. I'm moderately surprised that a game like this had such good voice acting. Anyways, to wrap up the story, so far it seems promising, with some nice characters, and some possible forshadowing that you may catch on to, might I add.

The soundtrack and sounds are well made. They feel smooth when they need to be, sharp when they need to be, and intense when they need to be. The music really sets in the enviroment, and while most of it is just ambience, it's still

So, is this game worth buying? If you like platformers of any kind, yes, it is. I'm honestly having trouble thinking of any negatives of the game. It has perfect 9s-10s in every category. Music, art, gameplay, story, style, it's got it all wrapped up in one neat little package.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
You're a blue furry guy who beats the ♥♥♥♥ out of monsters with a talking sword and a flying bat/cat thing that helps you beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of more monsters with magics.
WHAT ELSE COULD YOU NEED A VIDEO GAME?
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a wonderful take on the standard "Metroidvania" formula. You have a large world map that you can openly explore (or travel around with nifty waypoints) much like in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Throughout your adventure you'll visit a variety of different locations, level up your character, and meet a variety of different characters. While the voice acting is satisfactory at best, the combat, graphics, and soundtrack are all phenomenal.

The first item that must be discussed is the art style. While it's not as active and vibrant as other 2D games (like Rayman Origins or Rayman Legends) it still is beautiful enough to hold it's own. Everything has a hand-drawn look to it and the animation is fantastic.

Combat is another area where the game excels. You're given a talking sword as your main weapon but receive several upgrades and combos to fool around with so combat doesn't get stale. Having the option to counter enemies in a 2D game is always a great addition as well.

Getting 100% for this game wasn't particularly difficult. Most are story related and there are a few missable achievements if I recall but nothing too difficult. Overall it was a very fun game to 100% and quite satisfying as well.

I would highly recommend Dust: An Elysian Tail to any Metroidvania fans or 2D side-scrolling fans in general. It's a fun game that looks great and plays very well.

8.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I saw this had overwhelming good reviews and I feel bad for only buying it for 3 bucks due to the Summer Sale but so far this game has offered a lot of fun and the combos are awesome. Reminds me a lot of Devil May Cry style
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
A colourful, characterful, entertaining game. The gameplay is reasonably easy to pick up even for someone not experienced in the genre, the puzzles are often challenging without being overly frustrating, the story is decent and there is a reasonable amount of content.

It is not without its flaws - the ending really falls down a bit both through overblown writing and by turning combat into a confusing mess by flooding it with both allies and enemies, and the game is prone to sharp framerate drops even on a GTX1080 - but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
The game is cheesy, at times predictable, and the dialogue had me groaning from time to time.
And yet I loved every second and couldn't put it down. The story is engaging, the characters relatable, and certain twists can really get in your head. Combat is fairly straightforward, but takes enough thought and practice so as not to hit 'grinding' level. Overall it's really stuck with me in spite of its simplicity and cheese factor.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I liked it.
I find game design fascinating so I often go into games with a critical eye even when I enjoy myself.

Finding things wrong with a game is still a sign of love, and I do really like this game.

As such:
the voice acting isn't great, but also not often terrible
the voice for Fidget did sorta get on my nerves from time to time
the art usually looks pretty good but looks a bit strange when 3d models and flat drawings are paired together
And the script can get pretty cheesy when it tries to be serious
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Good game, simple but versatile combo system. Simple but engaging plot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Fidget gave me furries.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
A MUST HAVE GAME
I won't lie. I bought this game on a sale and I wasn't so excited about it. However, I gave it a try and I was proven right! Dust: An Elysian Tail captured my interest with its amazing combat system. It's simple, but SO much fun. The story is better and it definately deserves a shot. It also has nice replayability as you have still sh*t to do when you finish the story...you can even choose what to do next. The game offers a certain amount of difficulty and that's cool cause you feel like you're playing a well-made game.
SUM UP :
-Fun combat system
-Replayability
-Awesome, touching story
-Well made graphics, levels etc.
Buy it.
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