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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"A gorgeous and action packed 2d game made by a single person. It's a real labour of love and it shows, if you can get past how annoying the sidekick is."
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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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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

Requisiti di sistema

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
Recensioni utili dai clienti
4 persone su 4 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
19.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 14 agosto 2014
Questo gioco è una piccola perla, in un genere che sul PC non si vede moltissimo. Grafica, animazioni, reparto audio tutti di ottimo livello, anche il doppiaggio in inglese è onesto considerando il budget di questa produzione, portata avanti quasi completamente da un solo sviluppatore. I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e la storia godibile. Unica pecca forse le poche mosse disponibili in combattimento. Completando tutte le queste vi occuperà una quindicina di ore. Consigliato a tutti gli amanti dei platform grandi e piccoli. 8.5/10
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3 persone su 3 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
33.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 14 agosto 2014
Nonostante io non sia un grande appassionato del genere fantasy, ne tanto meno dei gdr, ho amato questo titolo. Il nostro protagonista, Dust, si sveglierà nel bel mezzo di un bosco, senza ricordarsi ne di chi lui sia ne di come sia finito lì. Dopo aver incontrato una spada parlante di nome Ahrah e la sua guardiana Fidget, avrà inizio un lungo viaggio alla scoperta della sua identità. Questo è solo il pretesto per dare origine a uno dei giochi più belli a cui abbia mai giocato: la trama è fantastica, avvincente ed è riuscita a mantenermi costantemente interessato, grazie anche ai magnifici colpi di scena. Le ambientazioni sono favolose e spesso "fiabesche", lasciando grande spazio all'esplorazione e alla ricerca di tesori nascosti, questi ultimi non sempre trovabili semplicemente ispezionando la mappa, ma a volte sarà necessario leggere le varie note e i vari manoscritti disseminati lungo il cammino, così da poter trovare strade e stanze segrete. Le musiche sono semplicemente perfette, è stato fatto un lavoro magistrale, ogni traccia è perfettamente azzeccata in base all'ambientazione o alla situazione per cui è stata composta. In conclusione posso affermare che questo titolo sia un piccolo grande capolavoro, non solo per il suo gameplay frenetico e divertente, ma, soprattutto, per la sua trama, per le musiche e per l'immedesimazione che offre al giocatore.
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3 persone su 3 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
33.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 22 settembre 2014
Appena terminato al 100% e devo dire che è assolutamente fantastico!
Gameplay semplice e divertente, mai noioso.
Veste grafica molto accattivante, niente di incredibile ma con scenari molto belli esteticamente, insomma la grafica è godibilissima.
Sceneggiatura ottima, non si brilla in originalità per la trama ma per come è scritta la sceneggiatura si riesce a non essere mai ovvi nello svolgimento della trama.
Achievement abbastanza semplici da ottenere.

Gioco preso in Humble Bundle a 1 dollaro, che tra l'altro non conoscevo e che provai solo per sbloccarne le carte da gioco, ma appena lo giocai fu amore a prima vista.
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 11 gennaio
Se potessi dargli un voto, sarebbe ben oltre il limite massimo. Bellissimo. In ogni cosa.
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
14.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 18 gennaio
Trovai per puro caso questo gioco scontato a circa 2 euro nel negozio. Nella mia mente dissi "vabbè dai proviamolo male che va butto 2 euro". Beh non mi sarei mai aspettato un gioco come questo, è stato amore a prima vista, giocato e rigiocato anche su console. Sono davvero rimasto basito e sbalordito dalla maestosità di questo gioco. Questa è un'opera d'arte videoludica non trovo altre parole per descrivere cos'è Dust: An Elysian Tail.

Pro
-Trama
-Grafica
-Audio
-Gameplay
-DIVERTIMENTO
-Costo

Contro
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Commento finale
-Questo gioco è un capolavoro rappresenta perfettamente cosa è in grado di fare UN SOLO UOMO quando ha davanti a se un computer con cui può esprimere tutta la sua fantasia. Detto ciò io CONSIGLIO calorosamente l'acquisto di Dust: An Elysian Tail

Voto
-Non ho mai assegnato il massimo dei voti ad un videogioco ma Dust: An Elysian Tail merita (parere assulutamente personale) il voto che gli sto per assegnare
10/10
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 15 gennaio
Bello, semplicemente bello.
Grafica appropriata, difficoltà bilanciata, design dei nemici apprezzabile, trama fantastica.
Poi ci sono i feels, e li si va che è un piacere.

Uno dei migliori giochi che abbia mai giocato, questo è sicuro.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
30.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 11 ottobre 2014
Ottimo gioco in stile metroid-vania.

Consigliato l'uso di un pad.
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
16.4 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 1 novembre 2014
bellissimo gioco che dire t incanta al monitor c e poco da dire ottimo compratelo e giocatevelo!!!!
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
35.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 ottobre 2014
Ero incerto sulla qualità di questo gioco, ma ho il dovere di ammettere che già dai primi minuti sono rimansto letteralmente spiazzato, soprattutto al livello di grafica, la quale si presenta estremamente leggera ma anche molto piacevole, ottenendo un discreto effetto di tridimensionalità.
Al livello di gameplay, soprattutto nella storyline, non sono rimansto particolarmente sorpreso, buona narrazione, personaggi simpatici (chi più, chi meno), il mondo può considerarsi semi-open world in quanto, passare da una zona all'altra della mappa, richiede dei brevi caricamenti, ma nulla di insopportabile.
Tutto sommanto questo Dust: An Elysian Tail è un gioco di tutto rispetto e perfettamente degno di stare in qualunque libreria.
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
14.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 22 dicembre 2014
un gioco bellissimo da giocare e rigiocare!
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1 persone su 2 (50%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
14.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 28 dicembre 2014
Gioco eccezionale!
Stupendo il gameplay, bellissima la storia e ottima la grafica colorata e piacevole.
La musica abbinata alla fotografia rendolo l'esperienza di gioco molto piacevole.
Lo consiglio assolutamente!
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216 persone su 246 (88%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
21.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 17 agosto 2014
Initially Dust: An Elysian Tail was supposed to be a cartoon, titled Elysian Tail. Most of the work was done just by one person, Dean Dodrill, who was an artist, animator, screenwriter, producer etc. Development lasted 7 years and it seemed that Elysian Tail will never be finished. And may be so would be if Dean Dodrill had not decided to turn his project into the game.

 TOTAL RECALL

  The protagonist (Named Dust) wakes up in the woods and doesn't remember anything about his past. Immediately he meets new friends who will be with him all the way. Wise and calm speaking Blade of Ahrah and the keeper of this sword, a charming flying little creature (Nimbat) named Fidget. By the end of the game, we'll know who is actually Dust and what hides his past.

 ELYSIAN TALE

  From 2D game with cartoon furry characters i didn't expect epic or exciting stories. But in fact, everything is different. The story begins with a fairly quiet atmosphere of a small adventure, but ends by epic confrontation between the two armies fighting for their cause. And the personal story of the protagonist is intriguing to the end of the story. I can’t don't say special thanks to the awesome work of actors. I want to underline a terrific job of actors and artist. With their help, the game fascinates and keeps interest until the end.

 DUST IN ACTION

  Dust: An Elysian Tail is 2D beat ‘em up action RPG. Combat system uses 4 buttons with which you can perform various combos. In the game is not very many kinds of enemies, but their combinations create a variety of interesting situations, making fights interesting enough. Boss battles can be quite difficult, but still interesting.

 DUST TO DUST

  Quite unexpectedly (at least to me) the game was not just entertainment for few evenings, but very exciting story with charming characters and interesting gameplay. Watching the final credits, i had only the pleasant sensations. Wants to be back to this enchanting world to see more adventurous of the Dust and Fidget.

  Special attention is worthy of the music written by the composer HyperDuck SoundWorks. Alluring beautiful songs which helps plunge into this fabulous world and enjoy while playing Dust: An Elysian Tail.

 Multiplayer:
  Online: Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ
  Co-op: Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ
 Storyline: ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
 Graphics: ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺O
 Gameplay: ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺O
 


 Complexity of the achievements: All achievements can be easily earned for 10-20 hours (Depending on the chosen difficulty)

     Surprisingly interesting story
  about furry, telling us about the inner
  demons, worthy of the good movie
  (or cartoon, probably).

                   Amazing story and cutest companion Fidget [9/10].
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117 persone su 124 (94%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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34.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 novembre 2014
Before I start, I have to say something, if you're looking for some short review of this game, this is probably not the right place to search but I'd like to encourage you to read those "few" words I have in my mind for quite some time.

The game itself is a work of art, a masterpiece, practically made by one man who just wanted to show and share his story, it took him almost 4 years to make it real. It's not just a simple platform/slasher game with a pinch of RPG. This game gives you what AAA games don't, when you play it, it stays in your mind and your heart for a long time, you just can't stop thinking about main characters and their quest until you turn this game on again. Then, after 15-20 hours of playing which is a very long time for an indie game, the end comes leaving us with emptiness and one thought in mind... why it had to end so "quickly"?

But that's enough of my jabbering, lets talk about the structure of this game.

The playthrough gives you a lot of pleasure, both of fighting hundreds of enemies and of finding well-hidden secrets or collecting your "friends". You can reach some of them only before the final bossfight, which is a great opportunity to backtrack a little and find out what we missed during our journey. Exploring the world isn't something that the game force you to do so, you just want to do it yourself. Why? Because the environment is just marvelous.

A hand-made graphics and backgrounds are one of the biggest advantages of this production because it looks like a fairy tale that you can live in. You can explore it and admire such a fantastic and well-planned world. Every single location has its own charm and atmospfere without any unneccessary elements that could distruct us. Literally, every little piece of it is in the right place.

Of course this game has some flaws and bugs but it just doesn't matter when you're experiencing such a wonderful adventure.

And lets say something about it. You can't say a bad word about the main plot, if that was a movie, the author would definitely receive an oscar for it. The enjoyable mixture of both main and side quests gives you a wide range of every known and unknown feelings human ever had. I'd like to say it that way... from happines to sadness with sorrow and anger along the way in only 10 seconds.

Let me say something about soundtrack too. Maybe while beating opponents to death, it's hard to pay attention to music playing in the background but when we stop slaughtering everything around, it's nice to hold on for a second, watch the view and listen to those wonderful tracks. This music is magic and it fits perfectly but listening to it without playing Dust is as much pleasurable. Ideal for a quiet, alone night with a cup of tea...

And at the end... what about the fighting system? At the beginning you might think that simple sword-swinging combined with jumping isn't going to drag your interest for a long, even if it looks astonishing, but during the game we can find various of unique moves and techniques that can provide new ways of making incredible hit-combos up to 1000 hits!

There's much more I would like to say about this game but no amount of simple words can express the way I feel after playing this, for me prefect at any aspect, game. I hope my review will give you a proper answer to the question: "Is this game's worth playing?"

And one last thing, you may think that 15 euro for this game is a little to much and you may be right, you can just buy it in a bundle or wait for a discount but... this game is worth much more... 15 euro is nothing for such an experience like this that not many games can give you, really, honestly.

Thanks for your time and have fun, you'll have it, that's for sure.
(and sorry for possible mistakes in this text)
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0.7 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 23 novembre 2014
castlevania but with furries

how could you go wrong with that
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29 persone su 30 (97%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
22.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 20 ottobre 2014
Dust: An Elysian Tail is an awesome action platformer! The story in this game is just fantastic... I felt excitement, compassion... and I even dropped a tear! (As far as I know, only 1 other game made me cry). The feelings are really strong in this game. There's way more to the game then just the story though! The platforming is good and the combat is fine. The art is simply amazing and the music is extremely good also!

I can't believe i've stopped playing about 1 hour in when I bought this game back in 2013. I came back to it just a few days ago and I had to play it until the end when I really got into the story. I've finished the game way past bedtime...

I actually really like the item system and character stats. You have to put your skill gems where you want your strength to be and it affects how you will play the game. I love finding new materials and crafting items too, it's quite simple, but well done. The metroid-style layout of the map is very enjoyable and the numerous save points makes the game a non-frustating experience.

Honestly, apart for some aspects of the combat (such as no food cooldown and clunky movement during melee strikes) and the game only taking 13 hours to 100%, this game is perfect. I would recommend anyone to purchase this game if you want a good story and an amazing game in general!
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25 persone su 27 (93%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
28.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 30 agosto 2014
Gorgeous gem of a game

Just to get straight into this: I fell completely for the unique charms of this game. During the past month of so, I've played a lot of Dust: An Elysian Tail, and I enjoyed every single minute of it. This is one of those games I bought during this year's Summer Sales, at a very neat price. It's basically a 2D sidescroller hack and slash game, with basic RPG elements. You play as Dust, a strange character who doesn't know where he is, who he is or what he has to do. There a two friends on your journey: a magical sword, and one of the most cute characters EVER in a game: Fidget, who has to look after the sword. It took me only minutes to fall in love with Fidget, especially thanks to the exceptional voice-acting. The story may look bland at first sight, but actually is very good and cleverly built: there is one mani storyline throughout the game which unfolds in an often unexpected but still easy-to-follow way.

As far as the actual gameplay is concerned, Dust mainly focuses on swift attacting combo's (which are ideally suited for an Xbox 360 gamepad, the game actually being an Xbox-port) and some jumping and puzzle-solving action. None of these are really difficult, but there are some hidden places which need some skill to be found, and six arena's that offer a good challenge to anyone. Combat combo's are limited, and once one gets up to strength by levelling up, things get a bit too easy. During the last third or so of the game, I felt like incincible, only to realise at the very end I needed all my strenght for the final boss fight. I strongly suggest playing the game on the "hard" difficulty setting - it will be difficult during the first hour or so, but then the extra challenge really pays of.

Visually, Dust is stunning. The combines a gorgeous 2D sidescrolling scenery with a handpainted look with very distinctive figures of all characters, used during the dialogues. Some of these are so cute that I'd like to have them printed out and hung above my bedside. The visual style gives the game an unique artistic look: it feels like having a soul of its own, just like a good comics book or a series of drawings. Soundwise, Dust is a blast as well, with very well suited music, and absolutely fantastic sound-effects, not to mention the exceptional voice-acting.

All in all, this is a gem of a game, a non-pretentious masterwork with a touch very much of its own. I can't think of any other game using the same visual style, nor the adorable cuteness of Fidget.

Gameplay: 24/30 (there could be more of a challenge during the later parts of the game, and the rpg-element feels a bit underdeveloped, but all the rest, including exemplary controls and inventory is perfect)
Grapics: 18/20 (gorgeous, and with made with obvious love for the game)
Sound: 9/10
Longelivety: 7/10 (it's a quite long game all the sidequests included, but once finished, I felt no need for a second playthrough)
Steam integration: 8/10 (there are trading cards and a good bunch of achievements, cleverly devised)
Technical: 10/10 (running flawless really)
Personal appreciation: 10/10

Overall: 86/100

Go and get it, and enjoy it to the full.
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23 persone su 24 (96%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
26.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 1 novembre 2014
Dust: An Elysian Tail...

To be honest, I only bought the game due to the viusals on the previews. Those alone seemed to be amazing and played a decisive factor. At first, given all the reviews, I was a bit sceptycal. I was afraid that it would be an over hyped game by the community and in the end it would something bland. Fortunately, it wasnt the case.

So the big plus on Dust:
+ amazing visuals (except cut scenes - those appear to be from early free flash games)
+ cool combat system. Amazingly fluid!
+ cool soundtrack
+ interesting level construction
+ Easy to play and to master
+ gameplay length just right

The bad:
- Story is rather generic (it has a couple of twists, but nothing unseen before or trully unpredictable)
- may become repetitive at times
- can´t seem to skip some cut-scenes.
- perhaps a "nightmare" mode should be considered

I think those minus can even be neglected / forgotten given the quality of the game. I can imagine myself playing it over again in a couple of years time.

I had fun playing this game. I took my time to make my character quite strong (I think I was level 50 - 52 when I finished the game. I had a lot of fun in some levels, and loved the final boss battle. I have finished the game, recovered my last save, gained a couple of levels only to play the final boss battle again.

I thought that the game could be a bit more difficult. Appart from a couple of situations that were actually tricky, you can almost go through the whole game without actually feeling that you are in an eminent risk of dying. However, this is a dream game at every level for a younger audiance.

My recommendation - get the game and play it. You will often find it on steam sales w 75% discount (I have seen it like that 3 or 4 times until decided that I should buy it), but after playing it, I feel that the full price would be a fair deal.

Hope the analysis was useful for all the undecided.

Cheers,
Latinnus
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25 persone su 28 (89%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
40.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 22 novembre 2014
An action/platforming RPG in the vein of Castlevania, Dust drew me in, hook, line, and sinker.

The game puts you in the shoes of an anthropomorphic amnesiac called Dust, and teams him up with floating friend Fidget and wizened talking sword Ahrah. Together, the three of you travel the land of Falana, righting wrongs and uncovering the secrets of Dust's true identity. The plot walks a tight balancing act between family-friendly and dire darkness, and while it's successful overall, some characters (Fidget) do tend to add a somewhat childish, yet still charming flavor to the tale. Despite the world's somewhat medieval vibe, the dialogue is wholly modern, which is oddly jarring, but in a Disney-film-set-in-the-olden-days-but-everyone-talks-like-it's-1990 sort of way. The banter between the three leads is mostly fun, and goes a long way to establishing them as companions — and eventually, friends.

As I mentioned, the game unfolds much in the same way as the Symphony of the Night flavor of Castlevanias: explore a variety of locations in 2D space, gather new equipment and ability upgrades to slowly expand your movement possibilities, fight lots of enemies and bosses, help out others via side quests, and gather hidden treasure. While Dust only has access to his sword and several of Fidget's magical projectiles, the tight physics and the outstanding combat keep the game feeling exciting all the way through. Mixing and matching various attacks and combos is thrilling, and combined with the awesome animation, the battles are utterly chaotic and begin to seem like one epic, violent dance. The final level and battle of the game are an utter symphony of carnage. Fortunately, the controls are tight, and you're very much in control of every slash, smash, and dodge. Dust occasionally turns to face a target other than the one desired, but it doesn't happen nearly often enough to really bother me. Also, while the entire game felt very fair, there is one particular enemy late in the adventure that can break all of the established rules of battle. Parrying you while facing the opposite direction or knocked down to the ground and dodging into the background with far greater frequency than even the final boss, this enemy felt a little cheap — though this is admittedly a nitpick that only affects the final hour or two of the game.

Visually, Dust looks like what every Disney game from the 1990's aspired to be. The hand-drawn background art is gorgeous and diverse, and the character models are big, colorful, and move with a fluid grace that gives Rayman a run for his lums. There are numerous particle effects like rain, wind, snow, and ash, and tons of dramatic lighting and blur effects during combat. If 2D graphics were food, I would eat Dust all day.

The musical score is deep, emotional, and diverse, and lends a huge degree of weight to the various locations and scenes it underscores. There's plenty of audio feedback during combat and in menus too, and all of it lives up to the high-water mark set by the graphics and music. The voice acting is generally pretty good — Dust in particular gives a great performance — but a few here and there (Fidget) are a wee bit cutesy for my taste. Still, no character's voice is outright bad.

The PC version automatically detects your control setup and changes the menu layout to suit your choice of mouse and keyboard, keyboard, or gamepad. Keyboard/mouse combinations are certainly serviceable, but the best way to play is undoubtedly with a controller in your hands. There's also a nice selection of knobs and dials to prettify your visual experience if you've got the hardware for it. Considering all of that, Dust absolutely makes a great transition to PC.

The game has a set of four difficulty options, the usual suite of Steam achievements, and several challenge rooms for you to struggle with, as well. Playing on hardcore difficulty and completing 100% of the game took me in the neighborhood of 19 hours, so there's certainly plenty of game here for the price, too. Dust was undoubtedly a labor of love by its creator, and it shows. This game oozes craft, artistry, and love, and shows it off in every facet of its design. There's great gameplay, graphics, music, and heart here, and I have no reservations whatsoever in wholeheartedly recommending it to anyone that enjoys these kinds of games.

A Must Play

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11.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 25 novembre 2014
+ Agreeable game-length for a platformer
+ Very fluid, solid, and thoroughly enjoyable combat system
+ Amazing soundtrack
+ Beautiful level designs
+ Gorgeous art-style

- Uninspired narrative; not terrible, but little that you haven't seen before
- Marginal replay value
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Pubblicata: 28 ottobre 2014
>Furries

Ok. That's out of the way.

What I liked:
+Background Design
+Music and Sound Effects
+Combat* and Control
+Level Design

*Combat feels good but is ultimately pretty shallow. I played on hardcore my first time and by the endgame I was feeling like the game wants you to abuse the Dust Storm and lightning too much. The few combos that are in the game aren't super flashy and the dust storm outshines them really early unless you ignore Fidget and don't craft rings. The dodge ability could have been soley on the right stick and the triggers could've been freed up to modify combos and give some more variety.

What I disliked:
-Character design
-Story is nothing special
-Voice Acting*
-The ♥♥♥♥ing poison shooting plants in Chapter 2 (Seriously ♥♥♥♥ you)

*I actually didn't mind Fidget at all. My issue here might be more with dialog writing than acting. Some of Dust's lines are stupidly edgy and overly dramatic. And the country bumpkin Mudpot people annoyed me a little too. Again that might be a writing issue. I felt a lot of the voices and characters were just fine barring these few.

Overall Dust is a very solid game that I would recommend to fans of action platformers or Metroid style exploration. Made 95% by one dude, it's impressive that a game of this length and scope turned out as well as it did.
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