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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Very Positive (76 reviews) - 93% of the 76 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,723 reviews) - 96% of the 12,723 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

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    • 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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Tazinko
12.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a fun game that is all the more miraculous given it's development was the effort of mainly one man. I have made a brief review video that further expands my thoughts on the game, but I thought it was well worth plopping down the money: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-NY9dmnWLk
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Lelouch
6.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
This is a good indie project. Although the aesthetic of the game is kind of childish, the gameplay has some hardcore points.
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Sony
20.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
I would not recommend this game to the general player.

One caveat being that I would recommend it to fans of loot/collecting/clearing, as this is obviously meant to be the driving force of Dust. It is a completionist's wet dream. Don't come here looking for a fulfilling story arch, truly engaging characters, or a big amount of variety in combat mechanics though.

The music of Dust is phenomenal, with great battle and fantasy themes serving to enhance the entire game and its atmosphere. The backdrops and scenic color palettes are also fantastic, giving the game a very artistic and welcoming look. Dust has some great level design and is a bunch of fun when chaining large combos and hacking tons of enemies to pieces at once, though the combat truly begins to grow stale and uninspired over the length of the game. That's about it for its more pleasant qualities.

The story itself isn't anything to write home about, and honestly it didn't progress in a manner which caused me to care for any of the characters or their fates. It simply wasn't satisfying.

With regret I must say that Dust does not have anything to really drive most players to keep playing. The only reason I personally kept pressing forward until its resolution was because I had already invested so much time and effort into beating it on a tough difficulty as a challenge. I suggest playing on such a difficulty if you want to curse your existence.
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SpectralPhox
9.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
I thought I'd get bored of just all the repeats of combos, but I think what kept me playing to the end was the voice acting, visuals and different types of enemies where you had to change the way you attacked constantly.
8/10 on the SpectralPhox scale
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thomasregan0
9.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
Wonderfull game, i look forward to the sequel if one gets created
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inukiba
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
Great story, art, and voice actors so far. Combat seems really simple, but in a good way because i feel a more complex one would make the game feel like a chore. 4/5 personal opinion :)
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Quelex
9.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Fun short game. Not too much depth gameplay wise but it's definitely worth the sale price during steam sales.
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Kat Tales
12.0 hrs
Posted: September 20
Dust reminded me of all the things I loved in video games as a child. Dean Dodrill and Humble Hearts delivered a game that felt sincere. You can tell that effort was put into every aspect of this game. If you're looking for classic young adult adventure and you happened to have a fondness for Neopets then look no further.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Well.. how do I start with this.
I admit that I buy games and usually don't even finish them.
But this one just held me in it's grasp.
Dust is a game that is in my opinion a must buy for furries and non-furries.
You just feel every single character until the end.

So what are you waiting for?
Support those awesome people who created this masterpiece and buy the game for yourself.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
i owe that sword game
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a 2D action-RPG platformer. It reminds me of games we had on the SNES-console. The game is almost completely programmed by one person.
You play a character named Dust and you’re suffering from memory loss. You partake in different quest to find out the truth about yourself.
It’s an action game that’s best played with a controller (I played it with an Xbox One wired controller).

The graphics are beautiful and look hand drawn and are nicely animated. The game has good sound effects and music. The story is fully voiced with good voice-acting.
With the experience points that you gather while fighting and completing quests you can level Dust and craft new items. While completing the levels you gain new abilities.
It took me 14 hours to complete the game. Replay ability comes from completing all the quest and difficulty modes.
The game supports 2560*1080 resolution.

I highly recommend this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Excelent Game, Great Bang For The Buck. Hope the developers make more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I can definitely say that Dust has earned a place in the Indie hall of fame. I played both Ori and Undertale at around the same time that I played Dust, and all three have shown their own love of story, characters, and gameplay that can be very difficult to find in other developers' arsenals. Dust is one of the best games I've ever played, and especially up there with the rest of the amazing indies.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I haven't played a lot of this game, but I decided to try it as a last minute game for a recording and wow.. I was stunned by how beautiful this game is. It seems polished, it has an intriguing story that is leaving me wanting more and I love the combat mechanics thus far. I cannot say a bad thing about this game yet. Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Beautiful aesthetics combined with old school 2D side scrolling beat 'em up action make this game really nice to play. The story is quite plain and clichéd and the combat mechanics are a bit repetitive and simple, although I would still recommend this game to spend a few fun hours of button smashing and moving through beautifully designed levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I am at a loss for words to describe how amazing, and beautiful this game is. This is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. I love this game so much!! 10/10 Would, and will play again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
one off the best games i ever played, it was so good, the music,the story, evreything
the end of the game the final cutscene was so emotional
for short: the best game i ever played
its totaly worth your money
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Writing this review, I feel torn. I want to recommend this game. I like Dust's style and concept, and the gameplay is fun, but I ran into too many serious game issues and design mistakes.*

One caveat - I played the game on maximum difficulty, which has a tendency to amplify any game bugs or annoyances one encounters, particularly if they force one to repeat long sections of game.

Pros
+ Combat system is simple, but fun. Good combination of traditional platformer and fight combo.
+ Characters are cute, which some may find endearing, especially fidget.
+ Small point, but the game does seem to run comfortably at 4k
+ The creator's hand-drawn art style is appealing, and because it was done by one person, it is consistently styled throughout, representing a coherent artistic vision. (Generally speaking, the game's weaknesses are not in its art.)
+ The music is good, if short and not especially memorable.
+ While the story may be a bit shallow (by the standards of a jaded adult such as myself) it is still compelling enough to generally keep my interest. I care what happens to Dust and even the hapless characters he encounters.

Cons
- Forcing your players to repeat tedious cutscenes every time they die to a boss is perverse and unforgivable. On higher difficulties, where bosses can easily kill you in one hit, it becomes quickly infuriating. This very thing is what kept me from completing the game.**
- Characters are cute, which some may find cloying, especially fidget.
- Furry, Disney-like animal people aren't my style, though I know they turn some folks on.
- Many people, including myself, have had intermittent problems with save points and other interaction triggers failing to work correctly, leaving me unable to save the game after long, dangerous stretches of play. I've been unable to resolve this problem.
- The combat system awards extra XP for hits, which directly competes with damage (since you can hit something more times if you hit it for less damage). The result is that fighting to gain XP and fighting for gold and crafting materials are in direct opposition.
- The game makes you repeat areas over and over after movement abilities are unlocked that allow travel to new areas. This was done better in Ori and the Blind Forest, in which a map showed you what areas you had yet to explore rather than having to scour the entire area again and again.
- While the art is nice, it is oddly mixed with 3d-rendered objects (such as Dust's sword) and poorly aliased objects (falling stones) that can be jarring, especially on higher resolutions, which tend to make the difference more obvious. The result is that some things look like they were imported into the game from another universe.



* Note that these could be corrected, in which case I'd reverse my recommendation. I also freely confess that my decision to mark the game down had something to do with the volume of uncritical reviews it has recieved. Uncritical reviews don't help anyone improve anything.

** I find this a bizzare mistake, given that this game has a relationship with Super Meat Boy, a game I enjoyed thoroughly despite its difficulty because it used the genius idea of letting you instantly try again every time you die.
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