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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (8,412 reviews)
Release Date: May 24, 2013

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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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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
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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 grafics 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
One of the best platformers you can get on PC and it's made by 1 person (if you don't count soud designers & Voice actors)

Right when you jump in, you'll have a hard time believing that only 1 person could create this game, and this feeling will last till the end of the game. It's beautiful hand-drawn world that you are going to fall in love with.
You are playing as Dust, which is a boy that can't quite remember who he is or how he ended up where he is right now, shortly his swords begins to talk to him, but it's not going to reveal much. And after that, you are going to meet your sidekick fidget. She can be a bit annoying but it's a cute character that's making the game more interesting. She is not there just for the heck of it, she is a guardian of the sword your hero weilds and she decides to follow you if you are not going to retur the sword and in fact, she proves to be useful on your jurney.

The combat is flawless, fluid and responsive. Even tho there's alot to do, you'll be right at home with the mechanics. you are not only going to be killing stuff with your sword, you are going to learn some magic too and that's where fidget is going to proof useful to you. She cast it, you make it better. It's as simple as that.

You are going to be picking up some loot and coins alog the way, it's a RPG game after all complete with vendors and some crafting. While you can't craft yourself, you are going to meet a blacksmith, that's going to craft you whatever she can, you'll just have to find the resources and pay a fee. In the end, the gear can change how you play and what bonuses your character is going to have. You are also leveling up and each level you get to choose what stat are you going to increase.

You get quests as well as side quests and each is unique in its own way. I'd suggest you to complete every single one, it's worth your time. You can also find challanging places in the wrold. You have to complete certain challanges in them (run through an area fast and destroy all targets).

The story is easy to follow and yet it's great. You may think that you know who your character is after a while, but in the end it's all quite different and surprising. Each character have its own individuality, which makes it even better.

The music is one of the most important aspects of any game for me and here it's outstanding. I love the soundtrack, it's memorable and is making the game even better! I guarantee you are not going to be disapointed.

I 100% the game and I would play it again, any time! It's full of nice references from other games that don't get in the way. It's working great with both a controller (it's ported from xbox after all) and keyboard. The PC port is one of the best ports out there, some major AAA devs could learn a thing or two (I am not kidding).
If you like platformers and you don't own this game yet, for the love of god get it! It's well worth the 14€
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I had this game from months ago and didn't bother to play long. I thought this game was going to be boring so I don't bother to play long, but today i played again and found out that my first impression of the game is wrong.. I actually love it after 1 hour of playing. I guess I wasn't fond of a "rabbit" as a main character and his accompanion flying cat thing (I forgot what her race name -- again), and I didn't like the control LB-RB to dodge and your first attack will be on counter direction from where you jumped to, took me about 15 minutes until I used to the control.

But after an hour of playing and see the worldmap, the village, the sidequest and everything. I think my first impression was wrong. I keep playing it for hours and found out that this game is actually highly addictive. I think the problem with me was just happened on first hour of playing, I just didn't get the feel of the game (well, this also happened to me 14 years ago with suikoden II --but later I beat this game for 10 times, with all characters +best ending without guide)

I don't want to say much, to avoid spoiling the game. you better play it yourself :)
I recommend this game!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Let me first by stating that this is everything I wanted Odin Sphere to be.

This is a semi open world 2D RPG with mechanics not dissimilar to a fighting game.

- Great art style, the game is gorgeous
- really fun/ in depth mechanics in dealing with enemies
- the soundtrack, my goodness, I listen to it while playing other games due its epicness.

I believe this game suffers from the Psychonauts syndrome. Highly critically acclaimed, however no one heard about it.

This is a beautiful game. I recommend to anyone interested in any genre no matter what you say you play.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
fidget made this game.... ;-; <3
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
>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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Independently developed Metroid-vania style game with beautiful graphics and a fun combo system. Feels like a AAA title. Fantastic music and voice acting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game is amazing. It was a game that really touched your heart when you played it and it literally brought me to tears when it ended -- like how some people cry when their favorite show is over. There are no issues in the game program wise, and in game some parts are very frustrating, but honestly, it was worth it. I would definitely play this more than once.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Pros:
1. Great story
2. Likable characters
3. Easy (also a con)
4. Challenging (also a con)
5. Lots to do
6. Great combat
7. Great art
8. CMOA=Made by 1 guy over the course of 4 YEARS

Cons
1. It ends
2. Difficulty fluctuates at times
3. We only got 1/3 -2/3's of the PLANNED GAME
4. Anthros, so not for everybody

Result- 9/10
Few flaws, but a great game that I'd recommend to anyone
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Dust: An Elysian Tail is one of the few games I completed entirely, multiple times. I love this game for many reasons: the music is absolutely amazing, the background and characters are beautifully rendered and react to wind, rain and fighting, the combat has about 6-7 combos in total but you have so much freedom of movement that it feels like your pulling off 15-20 string combos, and the story is amazingly compelling. The sidekick you have through the game, Fidget The Nimbat, made me laugh many times and is a really good asset in combat. The combat rewards you for having long unbroken combo chains (there is an sidequest that has you get a 1000 hit combo) and reminds me of something Platinum Games would make.

There are many little nods and easter eggs in the game from all of gaming history. They can be usuable items to the merchant to treasures you find in the world. The game really rewards exploration with items and money and health upgrades.

The one weakness Dust: An Elysian Tail suffers from is the boss battles. It is usually one enemy that you fight , and it becomes trivial because you dodge their attacks and chain combos on them when there just standing there. The boss battles can be overlooked if you get really interested in the story.

I would reccommend you play this game of the "Tough" difficulty, because normal is too easy for most people. The "Hardcore" difficulty is best saved for a second playthrough because you take more damage and enemies take less damage.

I cannot reccommend this game enough to anyone that calls themselves a gamer. If you can get over the fact that the characters are anthromorphic animals and it is metroidvania styled , you will see a compelling story, beautiful design, music that is on par with Super Mario Galaxy, and a combat system that allows you to chain combos indefinitely.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Good game over all 7/10

Dislikes
Some of the mechanics start to become repetitive later on in the game which makes it drag on.
No urge for replay

Likes
Lots of voice acting.
Combat makes you feel like a BA
Enjoyed all the characters
Looks amazing. Feels like i'm in a Disney movie just wrecking s$!t
Price is right. Even better when it goes on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Annoying sidekick. Great game.

All the game elements come together perfectly to make a light, but enjoyable RPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Definately worth the money.
Literally, the story, the background art, the fighting style, and the music all comes in to this game.
Everything is so beautiful, I'm totally loving the story line and hoping there would be any news the sequel.
BUY IT. PLAY IT. LOVE IT.

***EDIT: MAKE SURE YOU SAVE ON A SEPERATE FILE, THE AUTO SAVE HIT ME THAT TIME AND I HAD TO RESTART THE WHOLE GAME. AND I HAD A TON OF RARES :(
IF YOU DON'T WANT TO RESTART, MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE GAME ON A SEPERATE SLOT.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This game isn't extremely different or special. However, it's ♥♥♥♥ing fantastic. Story, awesome; gameplay, fantastic; artwork, gorgeous; overall SO GOOD! Love it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game is awesome.
Awesome.
Yeah, awesome.
Dont believe me?
I give no ♥♥♥♥
Still think it's awesome.
Awesomeness everywhere.
Good day.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Dust is eye candy. Dean Dodrill is a great artist and it shows in this, his first and only game.
To boot, the controls are fluid, the maps are well thought out, and the side-quests are rewarding and straight-forward.
It really shows that Dodrill and I grew up with the same mind-bending 8-bit adventure games. Castlevania and Master Blaster are obvious influences.
The story and characters are solid: nothing too out of the ordinary, but not cheesy, maudlin, or too over the top.
It is well worth the $15, and if you catch it on sale don't hesitate to buy it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A more than decent side-scrolling beat-em up with RPG elements that is overall fluid but somewhat overstays it's welcome and grows repetetive in the last chapter. The story is deeply, deeply trite, but the characters and their dialogues are charming enough to make up for it.

Gorgeous backgrounds and sound design.

All in all, a very impressive feat for a single developer.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I would tell anyone that know as a friend to play this if I were you. It has a great story, nice beat'em-up styled gameplay, and a huge amount of replay value if you enjoy finding secrets and doing sidequests.

9/10 "Amazing"
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
From the people of the VGCats website, this game was born. Now this game was something that I never saw before....Either that or I did but I was just distracted by all the beautiful colors. The animation and graphics are beautiful, it had a certain vibe of calmness and beauty into one glorious game. The characters are very likeable, and the main character is a great character. References and abit of fourth wall jokes were funny to, and some of the lines the characters say are pretty funny, too. The game is great and shouldn't be overlooked. One of the finest Hack'n'Slash games I have ever played, and while it's not for everyone, it is something that you will not be disapointed by.
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