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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Zooism
17.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
This was an awesome side-scroller. First and foremost was the sensible story that kept me invested througout, along with nice voice work. The addictive nature of the game lies within the loot and crafting system. The items and armor that can be found in this game is nuts, it was one of the reasons I found it hard to quit once I started playing. This was a spectacular playthrough with an art-style to die for.

10/10
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Edgewalker
7.3 hrs
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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Alpenmilch
11.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great Gameplay, Wonderful artistic direction.
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Bluefire Silverfang
12.2 hrs
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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SpotOn
12.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Bought it ages ago for my patner, she won't play it because it's my go!
Great, fun 2D game... Will pick up 2nd game if they make it.
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Doryx
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Despite they say that the game has a complete support for controllers on Mac OSX, they forgot to say that it is limited to the xbox controller. Steam controller and the steam overlay are completly broken and the support refuses to fix the problem or even reply because, I quote from their website, they have no time.
They sell this game for a platform, require a controller, and is not playable.
I can not recommend this game at the moment on anything but windows.
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Estebang16
20.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
recien terminado, detras de la pinta medio Furrym un juego con muy buena historia y gran jugabilidad. Muy divertido, pero recomiendo iniciarlo en duro (igualmente podes ajustar la dificultad cuando quieras)
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MrVariant
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Will sum this up as quickly as possible since the good graphics make everything else a letdown:
1) Cheesy dialogue - you will pray that the gameplay makes up for how annoying Fidget is.
2) First boss takes off 60 but I can heal only 20 of my 80 hp. When I beat the 1st golem, I take on 2 at once.

This is just discouraging, to literally get hit once and be nearly killed. The revival stone helps, but honestly the fighting feels very repetitive as I have to chip away at the health of both bosses and pray I don't get hit once.
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LateTacoMaster
33.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
A beautifully crafted 2D beat em up with RPG elements peppered in. Combat can feel repetitive with a limited moveset, though exploration is an absolute joy as the densely detailed backgrounds and foregrounds will pull you in and compel you to track down every last treasure/collectible.

Its clear alot of love went into making Dust, and the plot combined with the dialogue, setting, and characters will genuinely put a grin on even the most jaded gamer.

Sereiously though, this game looks so good.
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D.Morok
13.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Very decent platformer\slasher, with a bit of good story and side quest.
But map travel could be better.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Product received for free
"Dust: An Elysian Tail" is a Metroidvania style platforming action-RPG in which you play as the protagonist, Dust, accomponied by sidekick Fidget on a mission to save Falana and it's inhabitants from General Gauis' wrath. The game was almost entirely made by Dean Dodrill (the creator) alone. He handpainted the games' visulals and vistas, wrote the story alongside Alex Kain and programmed the game himself.

I played the game on the normal difficulty setting using a keyboard and a mouse and spent about 16 hours completing all the levels and collecting all the collectibles. I made short notes about what I felt was positive and negative about the game. The following are the positives and negatives of my experience of the game.

Positives:

- You start you adventure with a descriptive tutorial in which you learn the basic controls. The tutorial also features the beginning of the story and is almost perfectly integrated into it.
- The game has smooth and solid platforming. Special skills are aqquired as the story progresses such as, double jump and iron grip, which help you platform better and visit places which you couldn't get to early in the game.
- Platforming is also quite challenging and there are many terrain based puzzles you need to solve to get to some platforms. There are many different types of barriers and obstacles and you often need to find alternative paths or make calculated sacrifices to health to overcome them.
- The game also has a strong RPG aspect to it such as collecting materials for crafting different items, completing main quests and optional side quests and grinding for XP.
- The graphics are really good in the game. The backgrounds are all handpainted and animated meaning they change dynamically as you platform and move. There are different terrains, weather conditions and day cycles which makes the game very immersive and atmospheric.
- This is also an action game in which you need to learn different combos to defeat your enemies. The combat animations are smooth and satisfying. You see different animations while executing different combos which is really important.
- The story is well-written and I personally like how it developed. There are also several reccuring themes and plot twists in the story. There is flow in how the story progresses.
- There are many different characters in the game, each with unique backstories and motivations. Doing quests for these charachters enhances the experience of the game and makes it more fun. Some characters make hilarious jokes.
- The voice acting is phenomenal and one can see the effort put into it by the actors and the director. I watched some uncut youtube videos in which the voice actors recorded their dialouges and man they were funny.
- The sound tracks was made by HyperDuck Soundworks. It is really good. My favourite is the "Abadis Forest" track.
- There are many types of enemies, each with unique traits and charachter models depending on their locations. There is also a learning curve as each type of enemy has it's own combos and attack patterns.
- You can level up from XP by defeating monsters and completing quests. The level cap is 60 as of writing this review. Going up a level rewards you with an ability point which can be used on four different traits such as attack, health, defense and Fidget's magic power.

Negatives:

- There is no enemy scaling and the combat becomes very hack and slash after you obtain decent weapons.
- The boss fights were a major let down. First of all there were not many bosses and second, they were short. Also mini bosses with some sidestory would have made the story much better
- Some characters lacked sidestory and contextualization. I really enjoyed Fidget for example but would have liked more of her lore etc.
- There is no way to obtain some items, except for them randomly dropping from enemies. It was frustraiting grinding and waiting for these random drops, as someone who likes to max their charachters in games.
- There were some minor bugs I encountered and I had to restart the game once due to the screen getting stuck. Apart from that the gameplay was smooth.


Final Thoughts:

Dust: An Elysian Tail has a solid story, combat, platforming, soundtrack and other things it advertises. The game is well optimzed and polished. There is flow in the gameplay and the game has replay value and potential. I would recommend buying this game for an enjoyable 15+ hours experience.


9/10


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The one most beautiful game I've ever played in my life.

Amazing soundtracks, extraorinary scenery, voice-acting that is like melt butter, and a story - so brilliant that it left me collecting the burnt pieces of my heart spread across the floor.

Dust: an Elysian Tail will always have a special place in my soul. I will remember this game to the day I die - and hopefully even after that. I'd like to send my warmest regards to the people who made this; thank you for the journey of my life. How much I ever payed for this game was too little when compared to the experience I had playing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This game was gifted to me by a friend and I just had to give it a try!

Now first off the story is rather interested to say the least. Some of the plot you can kinda guess what is going to happen, but it does a good job of throwing some twists and new surprises at you to keep things fresh. The battle controls are fun, fast paced, and filled with excitement to try new combos. There are oodles of quests to complete, many hidden areas to explore, and secrets to unlock; I'm making it a challenge to find/complete them all!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Found this to be an enjoyable game with a pleasing aesthetic design. I was drawn in by the animation and had fun playing and learning the different skills. The storyline was also interesting. Definitely recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Great Metroidvania platformer with a Brawler style combat system. Dean Dodril did a great job with the animation and really makes you feel for his characters with solid voice acting and a good storyline. I would recommend that any experienced gamer play on the toughest difficulty setting. I made the mistake of playing on normal and it was far too easy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Only one word can be used to describe this game: Beautiful.

A marvel in it's genre, Dust: An Elysian Tail is without a doubt the best indie game I have ever played. It is one of the few games that have their own unique atmosphere. Every aspect of the game blends so well, that it creates an immersive experience like no other.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I really enjoyed the game "despite" the gameplay issues I mention below. To be honest the atmosphere simply sucks you in and the mix of platforming, combat and RPG works out quite well.

Positives
- A game with a signature mechanic which looks and feels very, very cool.
- A good amount of combat and platforming. The latter becomes increasingly trickier.
- Stunning graphics. Basically all of them are hand-made.
- Great music and voice acting is well-done.
- Cliché story (homage to retro games) with a good twist.
- A good mix of serious and cheesy/funny dialogues.
- RPG Elements such as customizing your different pieces of armor. Upgrades are available throughout the entire game.
- Very gamer-friendly mechanics. No material grinding or unnecessary backtracking!
- Talking to NPCs is literally rewarding as each dialogue grants exp - and often a side-quest.
- Opening treasure chests is fun as each of them requires you to beat a mini-game.
- Completing the game grants you a rather unique reward!
- Many Easter eggs and references to older games.

Negatives
- Gameplay... is the biggest issue as the combat becomes very repetitive.
1) Spamming two moves is not only the strongest, but also the most-exp-earning move in the game.
2) The main character doesn't learn any new combat moves.
3) Later on in the game, most of your regular moves will be blocked, so we're back at 1).
4) Intermediate and chapter bosses don't feel that much different from regular mobs.
- "Normal" gamemode is not challenging at all, even for average players like myself. There is no difficulty spike. I'd recommend playing it on a harder setting from the very beginning.
- 1 mandatory BS Indie game secret (which the game openly admits with a cutscene).
- Only one coin of the story is shown. Unfortunately the other half was cut due to time pressure (more information available in the post-mortem which you can find on the discussion boards).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This is so good and so fun. I cant add more than that. The story telling is good too.
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