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 (113 reviews) - 89% of the 113 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,931 reviews) - 96% of the 12,931 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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tyrjal
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
One of my fav games ever! Have it for 360 and ps4 as well. Smooth gameplay, great music and wonderful characters make it one of the few games I replay on other systems. I haven't finished it on PC yet, so don't let my hours played fool you.
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Mad_as_a_Hatter
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
You don't even have to be a furry to love this game!

.....But it would probably help.
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Space Dandy
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Rating: Overhyped; Dont Buy

Other then the poorly designed main character, who looks like a samurai cosplay gone wrong - The gameplay is EXTREMELY boring (all 3.7 hours so far) button smashing ONE hit button and spamming fireballs for huge and easily achievable combos. Also, the story is terribly slow and the first boss battle is so boring it's hard for me to stay awake while writing this review. In summary, play this game if you like poorly designed charcters, pointless button smashing, and a story slower then that one monotone teacher you had during chemistry class.

P.S. Thank goodness I got this overhyped garbo in humble bundle, if I could donate the game back I would
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Bones
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Amazing game with a great story, fantastic art, and fun combat system. One of the few games that I have gone through recently where I honestly can't think of anything that I wish they had done differently. Easily a 10/10.
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BurrfootMike
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This game was incredible. Good combat, excellent graphics, great music, and most importantly the story was top notch. This game is easily in my top 5 games ever played and the sole reason behind that is the story in this game. It's intriguing, funny, cute, and emotional. I'm going to keep it short and just say that if you want to play a good game, then don't hesitate to play this one. Simply put, its one of the best games I've ever played and I've played games since the release of the NES.
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meganile
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a while. Great storyline and very addictive gameplay.
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ToastySunlight (sandvich)
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I never managed to ever beat this game
but I can tell you it's a sold game
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I'm just Flareon
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Amazing, simply amazing.
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Conrovbichovshigorbichovkitoshka
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Pretty good. We need more sidescrollers like this.
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sigsegv
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Kill Everything On The Screen: X, Y, X, X, X, Y, Mash B, Hold Y
Single-Target DPS Pump: X, X, X, Down + X, Repeat

The Good:

Art Assets - environments, splashes, music, etc. are among the best I have seen in this genre
Exploration - regions are distinct and visually impressive. It is exciting to unlock new ones.
Combat Feel - this game has exceptionally responsive/impactful animations/effects for attacks

The Bad:

Combat Depth - it seems tricky at first, but the first combo listed above will win every battle.
Stat Management - you don't make many choices; your character just gains power over time.
Subtle Telegraphing - telegraphs are too fast and subtle. parries/rolls are underpowered.

The Otherwise Noteworthy:

This appears to be intended as a kids game, though I (age 22) found it perfectly enjoyable. Some people might want to be forewarned about the following:
- Everybody is a furry
- Your companion has a mild case of squeaky-anime-girl-syndrome
- The story might come off as 3deep5me
These can all improve/damage your experience in accordnace with your mindset.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
A colourful, characterful, entertaining game. The gameplay is reasonably easy to pick up even for someone not experienced in the genre, the puzzles are often challenging without being overly frustrating, the story is decent and there is a reasonable amount of content.

It is not without its flaws - the ending really falls down a bit both through overblown writing and by turning combat into a confusing mess by flooding it with both allies and enemies, and the game is prone to sharp framerate drops even on a GTX1080 - but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
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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
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Awesome game! Graphics for this game will age perfectly troughout the years. If there ever comes out a dust anime, you know who to call! 10/10
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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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
i love this game,had it on the xbox and had a blast, dont know if it came out on pc first but if not great port
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Made me cry. Was a great game.
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1 of 1 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
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
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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