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:
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Very Positive (173 reviews) - 92% of the 173 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,420 reviews) - 96% of the 12,420 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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Very Positive (173 reviews)
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JaCKaL
( 23.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
One of my all-time favorite games. Easily my favorite of the platformer-vania-oid games I've played.

Pros
+ Beautiful graphics/environments
+ Excellent music
+ Extremely responsive controls (<--seriously this makes a HUGE difference in this kind of game)
+ Delightful characters. Some have to grow on you a bit, but loved them all by the end.
+ Inexpensive. Especially on a sale, but it's worth full price.

Cons
- No sequel. Doesn't *need* one, but I want more, dammit!

10/10
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Requiem
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
First off, this game HAS COLORBLIND OPTIONS! This was a very big deal for me. You have no idea how often I have been stuck in a game on a puzzle just because I am red/green colorblind. That was a huge deal for me.

Now on to the game itself. I am not usually a fan of this kind of game, but I really enjoyed my time with this! The characters were interesting, the art style was charming, and the combat does a good job of making you feel powerful.

If I have one complaint is that when I played (on normal difficulty) I felt perhaps overpowered. Spent most maps just flying through the air raining death down on everything below. Alternatively, every so often something would actually HIT me and then I'd be near death in a few seconds, which felt wierd.

However, that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the game overall, and I was quite interested in the world and seeing where the story would go. While the plot is pretty standard faire and you will probably see many of the twists coming, it is still a fun adventure to go on!
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[TWS] SWAG
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
this must be one of my fav games. when i started playing it i just cudent put it away so i playd throe the game in on go
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jonpmota
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Summary: Set in the beautiful yet mysterious world of Falana, this game chronicles protagonist Dust's journey to liberate an oppressed village, and (cliché) rediscover his past. He is aided by an ancient sword, Ahrah, and his helpful if unreserved sidekick, Fidget.

Beautifully hand-animated and painted. if you enjoy exploration, platforming, and above all else, a simple but developed fighting system that rewards skill, This is a great option for you.

Casual players will appreciate options tailored to allow them to enjoy the narrative without frustration, while seasoned players will enjoy collection, a deep combo and experience system, and increasingly challenging encounters. Another great entry from Microsoft Studios that was surprisingly great. I recommend this and look forward to another entry to the series.
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Rachelreano
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Great game for mashing the buttons destroying waves of enemies to feel like a boss.
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Jhoh gun schlaxer
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Don't let the "deviantart furry" art style fool you, this is one of the best metroidvanias out there, a lot of emphasis on the "vania" part as there's a lot of influence from the old Castlevania games as well. Combat heavy but not light on exploration. Good characters and voice acting. Great environments. Lots of good action (though maybe a bit simple). I really like the store system where you catalogue crafting items by selling one to a store, and after that stores start gradually stocking up on them, so you don't have to go grind for them yourself when you need them.
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G4M3HORD3R
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
fu ri game
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beyondtool
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It is hard to fathom how one man can build a game so beautiful and polished when teams and large budgets fail at this type of thing.
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chim1aap
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Sooo pretty.
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Timon
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
...Fidget stole my heart...

11/10
Artistically majestic
Controls = fluid and easy
Graphics = eyeboggling
Sound = refreshing
Gameplay = innovative
Replay = high
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rafael.t.vaz
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Boring enemies. Annoying voices. All around mediocre game with potencial for more
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Gero
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Simple, but entertaining gameplay, beautiful graphics and music. The game could be better in terms of story, but I loved it anyway.

9/10
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Hammerark
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I can't really add anything new to the already overwhelmingly positive reviews but I needed to at least give this game a huge thumbs up.
I wanted to just say that this game surprised me from the moment I started playing and captivated me throughout. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
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LeVi
( 36.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Furries... Furries everywhere.
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DeadEye
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Worth it for a once-through. Though there's not a whole lot in the way of replay-value but the gameplay itself is well thought out and enjoyable. The story is good, and the 2D Sidescroller action is almost nostalgic.
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SmokeHero
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Fun gameplay with a nice story and easy to pick up and play.
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SaddestCrow
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Simple but clean "metroidvania" style game with way too many puns at times.

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MartialZen7
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Lots of fun! Short & simple, but fun. Art style is very unique.
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Oddler
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Игра крайне хороша!
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jzygorodimos
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
11/10 great to yiff to
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
The game itself:

I have played it to a completion of about 83% in 15.5 hours, so it has a decent lenght, a absolutely adore this game and i realy wish for a sequel


but anyway, i am getting distracted, here are the pros off the game:

+ a very epic and ownderfull story
+ Characters who all have their unique charm
+ gorgeous scenery and music
+ a very fluid combat style
+ no material "grinding" once you sold a piece of material, the shop will restock it themselfes overtime
+ a very nicely done crafting system


but as with every game, there are contras altho i cant find many:

- some secret areas are impossible to find without a guide or something
- some may think that the game to to cartoony in terms of style, but thats something i personally love
- platforming a bit unbalanced at times
- you need insane ammount of healing items on the higher levels
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
10/10. Great hack and slash game with a great plot and a beautiful world. Graphics are very nice for such game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
One of the best arcade style games I've played. Complete with an amazing blend of skill and button mashing. Dust: An Elysian Tail has interesting characters, involving story, and rewarding combos.

If you are willing to look past the near impossible battles that can take hours to get right, then you should definiantly pick up Dust: An Elyssian Tail
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Don't let the "deviantart furry" art style fool you, this is one of the best metroidvanias out there, a lot of emphasis on the "vania" part as there's a lot of influence from the old Castlevania games as well. Combat heavy but not light on exploration. Good characters and voice acting. Great environments. Lots of good action (though maybe a bit simple). I really like the store system where you catalogue crafting items by selling one to a store, and after that stores start gradually stocking up on them, so you don't have to go grind for them yourself when you need them.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Absolutely fantastic game I can't believe one man made this alone it's a testament to the fact that we need to give game developers the freedom to make a game they're passionate about
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
I just got this game, and it is pretty phenomenal. Great music, gameplay, story line, and some humorous moments. It's refreshing to see that they still make some great games, in this world of repackaged remakes! Great Metroidvania title!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This is an extremely fun Platformer/Hack n' Slash that includes tons of fun secrets and interesting upgrades that will keep you playing until the end, and if you're a completionist, to the end of the end.

I highly recommend it as one of the first memorable purchases I've had on Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Spectacular game. Great metroidvania with really good story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Ashes to ashes... Dust to dust. Relearn your past, is what you must.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
this game is amazing, you go like swosh and swish.
also good story
only con is that it ends
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Just have to say that Fidget is love... Fidget is life

..for the new players... I recommend to start maxing your health and armor 'cause playing tanky in this game is the easiest way through even with the hardest difficulty.

5/5 would play a 1000000 times 100% again :3

This game is just basically a must have. Enough said..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Absolutely amazing game. Beautiful graphics, great music and sound, really motivated voice actors. The combat is fun and as soon as you unlock fidget's powers, becomes truly satisfying when defeating large groups of enemies at a single blow.

And fidget is the cutest and most adorable sidekick ever!!! *wants a fidget doll*
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Awesome game. I hope there is a sequel.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Fun 2D sidescrolling action! Some of the best controls for a controller based PC game! The characters and animation are well done, fun, and interesting. I'm very glad I played this game. It reminded me of playing Megaman or Viewtiful Joe back when they were good... all the well designed abilities, etc.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
10/10 would play again.

It's simple but yet amazing. Compelling story-line and fun side characters.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Introduction
I have to say, this game caught my attention for quite awhile now. And when I purchased it, I knew I was in for a real treat.
So now that I have completed the main in-game campaign, here we are, the Dust: An Elysian Tail review! Don't worry, there are no spoilers :P

Storyline
What? You thought you could get it out of me that easily? No, I think you're better off expirencing the game's story for yourself :P
All I can say is that the story was really good. Prepare some tissues though, there are a few sad moments...

Presentation
The visuals in this game are by far the best I have ever seen in an Indie title. Trust me when I say this, you are in for a real treat once you hit the snowy mountains entrance of the game. Even the open meadows are bursting with bright colors that will brighten you more then ever.
The music is by far a master peace. I can not get over it as it plays over and over again in my head without end and I don't ever get sick of it.

Overall
From my expirence, the story really gave me that emotional feeling I was not expecting, and I'm greatful. Because I will be honest, not many games I get that from with a storyline. Do yourselfs a favor and pay this game full price, it's certainly worth the expirence.

Personal Score:
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I highly recommend this game. Maybe I'm a fool but I actually shed a few tears at some point. (trying to not say when so as to not disclose anything)

It's a bit childish here & there but I found that actually amusing. You should by now have understood that it's mainly a story based game. I'd dare say it's in the same vein as "Child of Light", though "Child of Light" is much much easier( played both on hard)

Graphics are alright, a bit less detailed than say "Child of Light".
the gameplay was overall good. a couple of frustrating pure "platforming" stages, but honestly it's nothing undoable.
Playing on hard, I farmed a bit here & there but nothing outrageous (see playtime)
On the technical aspect, I got two crashes of the game in the whole playtime, not perfect but not crippling either.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
I love this game, the combat and controls feel really good and there's so many satisfying secrets to explore that aren't hidden so well you'll never find them. Amazing art, good music and sound effects, and a handful of references to console classics along with modern indie games. I really hope there will be a sequel someday.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
this game is so good. The visauls are so detailed. The combat is fluid and the story is so gripping. 10 out of 10. A must play
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