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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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,416 reviews) - 96% of the 12,416 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 24, 2013

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Reviews

"... 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
26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I admit I got this game while it was on sale but wish I bought it for full price. Don't judge it as a "furry" fandom type game all because the world has anthro animals in it. The game is just the same and care taken into it as any game with human characters.

- Beautiful world
The environments and backgrounds are stunning and lovely, giving each area a breath of fresh air. I had fun going back to other maps just to learn of secret rooms.

- Great Combo System
The combo system is spot on in my opinion, specially for keyboard users with minimun controls so anyone can pick it up and try all of the combos without having to master the game. Not many games like this are spot on for keyboard users but this one is for sure.
I had so much fun comboing the enemies and it never felt like a chore, you really feel the damage you are doing in every swing of your sword.

- No Material Grinding
The shop system is a lovely touch, trade in a material you found and the shop will restock it over time, helping to lower the need to grind for materials so you can focus on the story.

- Beautiful Story
I was shocked and crying when I found out who Dust was, for ages I was curious from others reviews thinking it couldn't be any different then most cliche games have but I am so happy I was wrong. You really feel sorry for the characters including a few NPC's who you do quests for.
One of the more original plot-twists to a story I have seen in a while, specially for a video game.

- Funny Characters
This game is full of sad and funny characters all standing out from one another. I don't think I need to mention how Sassy Fidget can be while also being adorable. Some NPC's also have some lively comments to add into the humor of the game and make them appear more lively and not just there to be mere NPC's.


I really would recommend this to anyone, not just those who are into the Hack & Slash genre of games. It is really fun and well worth buying.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Truly spectacular. Definately worth the money, great characters, spectacular art, brilliant storyline, (runningoutofgoodwords) soundtrack. Definately reccomend. Hats off to Humble Hearts and Hyperduck!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
A solid action hack and slash with some platforming involved, and visuals which are a marvel to look at. It doesn't get any better than this, a fun game from start to finish.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
For reference. I played through the game just once at the time of this reveiw. Didn't 100% it but I still finished the game.

This is a really solid game which boggles my mind that this was supposed to be an XBLA only release? Its like if the Lord of the Rings movies went straight to DVD!

Pros:
-Fighting felt fluid yet easy to pick up and awesome to watch
-Enemies actually varied their tactics. Yes there were recolors but they were not plentiful
-Leveling system never felt grindy. Maintained a steady stream of level ups to match the enemies power
-The soundtrack.
-The artstyle. Some of the levels had me put down my controller and just stare at it for a while

But every rose has its thorns
Cons:
-While the platforming was fast it was also a tad imprecise for what it asked you to do. I faced death multiple times from a platform going too fast or another mishap because of the generalisitic controls
-The story, while decent, was usually handed to you in a massive chunk. It was all about "Tell, not Show" which let the game down a bit
-Some specific enemies are just ridiculous to the point where skipping them is almost required. Woe betide if you cant.
-The Tale/Tail pun bugs me. but I'm just being petty

Those are my good and bad points about Dust: An Elysian Tail. I wish it didnt take me 1 night to finish (also please where is sequel. D: )
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Dust: An Elysian Tail is, simply put, a masterpiece. A modern classic, thoroughly humble in spite of its gorgeous presentation, it is a game that firmly stands among a gamer's fondest memories: Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, Dust. But to say that this game is on the league of the classics from which it draws inspiration, is not enough. For Dust is, in many ways, better than any of those games, as it has learned and grown from them, not copied. Ocarina of Time, however wonderful our memories of it may be, is a game from the last century, and it shows. Not the case with Dust. This game runs in any resolution; it has hand-drawn high-resolution sprites; it is able of seamlessly changing between controller, keyboard and mouse inputs on the fly; it has charming and very well directed voice acting; great sound effects, graphic effects, cutscenes, dialogues, soundtrack. The technical details alone should be reason enough for you to try this game. Its wonders do not end there, however, for Dust is also a heart-touching story, unafraid of being naïve and juvenile, a fairy-tale in all the best ways — that manages to be mature where it counts. No wonder this is the work of a loving father: this is a game I'd raise my child with, confident that not only would he witness a great work of art, but that he would learn valuable lessons along the way.

If you are at all capable of enjoying platformers, give this game a try and allow it to enchant you.
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