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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Overwhelmingly Positive (154 reviews) - 95% of the 154 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,619 reviews) - 96% of the 12,619 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Overwhelmingly Positive (154 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,619 reviews)
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dsagent
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
Amazing gameplay and visuals. Proof that small team indie games can soar.
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Printendo
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is totally worth getting called a furry every time I launch it.
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Fezza
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I don't play a lot of Metroidvania games, but I fell in love with this game the second I started playing it. It looks abolsteuly gorgeous, and the combat is simple, yet has enough flexibility to pull off and rack crazy combos. The RPG elements are solid and although there is crafting, I personally didn't use it all that much. The music, good LORD, the music is so incredible. Everything about this game is so wonderful and well-paced. The story is gripping with a large cast of interesting characters who give you solid side quests to flesh out the lore. Not to mention there's lots to explore and find in the world of Dust. You will definitely find a lot of replay value here. Simply put, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a fantastic title.
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Azura
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is absolutley amazing, 10/10. The beautiful art, fun battle style, and heart-wrenching storyline all come together to create the best side-scroller RPG I've ever played.
I cannot wait for the sequel!
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Mdlkxzmcp
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Never did I expect to play a game made by a single person that, well, turns out, is a genius! Don't know if that's really the case, but Dust: An Elysian Tail is one of the best games I have ever played! It's super smooth, funny, intense, always exciting and just overall fantastic! Although some might not like the set universe and the main characters, but for me they started as kinda neutral a bit mehy, and turned into really great ones with depth to them, interesting personalities, goals, just wow.
I didn't even once feel, like there was something missing, nor was the story too short or too long, difficulty level is also just right. For that reason I give this game a true 10/10. Oh I didn't mention the sounds and all that, ♥♥♥♥♥, well, it's as good as the rest!
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Anjing-anjing Intan
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
do not let the furry and cartoonist art deceive you!
this one man project still better than 4 million funded project that brought legend franchise name on it.
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OneWingedDash
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Literally the best game I've ever played.
It's so much fun, it's art looks beautiful, the gameplay is smooth as all hell and it's so colorful and fluent.
10/10, would recommend.
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Cossack-HD
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
It can be enjoyable, but isn't just as good as the reviews suggest. I guess the f... fandom has boosted the game's review score, it should have had around 75-85% which would have been reasonable, but not the nearly perfect 95%.

I tried to hop on the "2D indie metroidvania" bandwagon after Ori and the Blind Forest. Dust: An Elysian Tail was on the list, and while it looked very promising at first, after a short while it became clear that this game lacks polish, variety and quality in some aspects. It's nothing that demolishes the experience but neither is it fair to say that this game is perfect. It has obvious flaws. It's basically developed by just one man and it took almost 4 years, which is extremely impressive! But instead of covering so many aspects alone (inventory system and such), maybe the developer should have focused on most important things? Instead, this game is "a little of everything", it just works, but it's not working so good that it should have 95% positive reviews.

With all that in mind, I'd say I recommend this game (considering you are aware that it's a cartoon inspirated game), but there's an issue which affects my experience - broken depth perspective (more info on this later).*

-The artstyle is nice, the scenery looks great at times, but not always - the quality varies a lot.
-The music is fine, sometimes inspiring, but can be repetative.
-The combat is literally same thing all over again (AOE Spam&Slash). If you don't like the combat, the game will be really boring.
-The controls, while they make it possible to reap&tear through the enemies even while mid-air without any problems, are somewhat questionable. Blocking done with the base attack button, by just holding it? Without any "blocking" animation so you don't know if block is engaged?
-Voice acting is somewhere in between AAA and indie games. The emotions are well expressed, clear pronounciation.
-The writing is funny, whether or not you will like it depends on your taste. This game likes to break the 4th wall.

With all that in mind, I give it 7.7/10, which is high considering that I didn't give any game a score higher than 9.6 (because nothing is perfect). If you are into the theme and enjoy the slasher sort of combat, grab it. If you have doubts, take your time.

*A huge issue I have with this game is sort of distorted depth pespective, the space perception is broken which can be seen while moving, or simply by judging objects' sizes. Objects which are supposedly closer to the viewpoint are moving as fast as some objects which are further away. This doesn't affect the gameplay, it just messes with my sight, a lot! This is subjective, this issue exists in many 2D sidescrollers. I guess I can get used to this, but right now, I can't play more of the game just because it gives me a light headache. Even though it's a decent game which actually deserves a positive review, this issue is enough to give the game a thumb down, and I believe it's fair, considering that this game is somewhat overrated already.
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Hisoka-
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
stupid game
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kyoya24
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Far far far more better than Mighty No. 9
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Buy the Game.
Play the Game.
Regret finishing the Game.
Replay it again for nostaligic feels and tears.
Many tears.

Overall, this game is everything you can want in a game. It's engaging. It has a certain level of difficulty that you eventually will overcome with practice. And the side characters are so engaging and unique, that you almost believe they are your everyday folk that you seen in real life. Dust and Fidget, the main characters, have a funny and unique relationship. You'll look forward to all the anime cut scenes within the game because they always almost make you laugh.

Now what are you doing? Buy the game! Play it! And lose yourself in this wonderfully drawn, gaming world!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I bought Dust an Elysian Tail on sale.
Now I wish I had bought it at full price.

In my Opinion everything in this Game is just Great
So i can't tell you anything negativ about Dust An Elysian Tail

One tip from me:
Play it with a Controller :)

And now stop reading my Review,
because i didn't said anything helpful. :p
just buy it and have fun :D
11/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Good stuff all around, with lots of sidequest if you're into that.

The combat, while satisfying, also doesn't really change much at all once you get the general flow of things, so it tends to get a bit repetitive towards the end.

Dust himself is my favorite character. It's rare for me to ever like the main character more than everyone else, but he's a cool guy.

The game has pretty environments and a well-made UI, altough the character designs could use a bit more care and detail for the most part, but it is understandable as this game was made mostly by a one-man team!

All in all, a great Metroidvania game with enjoyable combat and exploration.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Honestly, I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to write a review of Dust: An Elysian Tail.
Everybody already knows that this game is awesome. Tens of thousands of reviews have been posted. I believe that everything that needs to be said about the game, has probably already been said. Furthermore, I can't make up a bunch of complaints and flat-out lie, just so I can be "Mr. Contrarian". If were to present an argument that Dust isn't really all that great, first I'd have to convince myself, and that isn't happening.

Why do I think Dust is great? It's mainly due to the controls and level-design. If you've played this game, then you're well-aware of the protagonist's abilities, particuarly his uh... tornado spin?(Press Y button while in mid-air*). This move homes in on enemies, and can even cause Dust to be launched miles into the air, if he's aiming for a flying enemy. A neat trick is using a Lightning storm, then following with the tornado, as enemies are lifted into the air by the electricity. There's a certain joy to be found in soaring through the sky, even when there isn't an incentive (such as treasure).

At the same time, Dust's ability to practically fly isn't a hindrance to the level-design. There are a few shortcuts, and maybe even a sequence break or two, but there's nothing that comes off as really awkward. Due to Dust's mobility, he doesn't really work in a pixel-precise-platformer. Thus, all of the platforms in this game - moving or otherwise - are wide enough. I'd say that on average, they're more than two "Dusts" in width.

Now hang on a second. How does one measure "Dusts"? In platformers, it's always important to consider the character and their relationship with the world. Take Super Mario Bros. 1 for example. The smallest block in SMB1 is only slightly wider than Mario. This gives players just enough time to react, but they don't have to constantly measure their jumps. Having to adjust your landing for every single jump not only affects the pacing of the game, but it also becomes tiring for the player. Another example is the first Sonic the Hedgehog game. Sonic is a faster character, so the platforms he lands on tend to be twice as wide as he is. There's more that could be said here, but it would all be irrelevant to this review of Dust: An Elysian Tail. In short, platforming in this game works, because the player has enough freedom to move around.

The combat also benefits from all of the mobility. There are many tools to play around, and even if they're at times unnecessary, they're still appreciated. If a player wants to tornado through all of the enemies while tossing storms everywhere, that's fine. They can just as easily stay on the ground, and decimate everything with the sword alone. Switching between multiple styles is seamless, and it works wonderfully.

Oh and if you haven't noticed this before. In the final area, if you perform an air-grab on the flying ships, the game pauses for a suitably epic second. The game doesn't do this for any of the other enemies (even the final boss), and that's really cool.

Other than that... Well, I'm afraid I don't have anything else to add. This is a superb game, but you already know that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I actually cried at the end of the game, i played this game knowing nothing in the beginning, and then i started playing it, and i was really happy with this game, awesome game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I love love love love love this game! <3
I played through this game twice with a gap in between of about a year, and when I played through it for the second time I fell in love all over again.

The story is amazing not to mention the gameplay. The controls are quick and easy to learn (I used an Xbox controller).
Through beautifully made backdrops, from dark caverns to fiery mountains, you will journey through the world as Dust discovers about who he is. This was my first side scroller game and I have loved every second of it, (apart from a few frustrating moments, which are still super satisfying when you succeed!).
100% recommend this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Relatively easy yet enjoyable platformer
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This game is a classic.

Dust is one of the most well designed and well thought out games in its genre. The artwork is fantastic, the story is great, the characters are fun, it's easy to learn and overall the time playing it is well spent.

My only regret is that I didn't get it earlier.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Aweosme and a brilliant game, go hit that button and download it. NOW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
A simply beautiful game, Artwork is outstanding and great gameplay. Would definetely recomend!
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