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 (148 reviews) - 94% of the 148 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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Very Positive (148 reviews)
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Hisoka-
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
stupid game
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kyoya24
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Far far far more better than Mighty No. 9
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Swago Kaiba
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's so rare to see a game in which you don't want to strangle every single character so you don't have to listen to another word they say. This game however, will make you pause to read the actual lines being said after which you realise these characters aren't actually talking in front of you.

Dust: An Elysian Tail (fun pun) is a game that will make you laugh, cry and feel truly engaged in a story so well written, you will lose any sense of time while playing.

+ Very well written story
+ Amazing voice acting and character plots
+ Challenging gameplay with a well laid out learning curve
+ No real need for grinding in order to level up or gain items

- Lower difficulties are actually REALLY easy, especially the bosses
- Some moves are really spammable and OP (Fidget's projectiles)

All in all one of the best games of this genre ever made to date. If you don't own this game yet: get it, play it, cry at the end and then play it over again just to feel less empty inside.

9/10
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Atlan
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Ok, first review ever, so GO:

First Impression:
Nice graphics, witty dialogues, and perhaps a bit few combo possibilities.

So, then into details:

Graphics:
They are not as breathtaking as maybe Ori, but they are nice enough that you still enjoy looking at them even after some hours of playing. The advantage of the more simple 2D-style: they don't need much resources.

Gameplay:
As mentioned at the beginning, you don't have that many different combos, that you can use. This seems like a something bad, but except for people looking for a real challange, they suffice, as the enemies are not the smartest, even on hard. This leads to the next point, the difficulty. If you complete most of the quests and keep track of the items and plans you collected, you can finish of most of the enemies with one or at most two combos, even on hard. This game is more suited for a bit of casual gaming, whenever you don't want to tax yourself too hard.

Story:
I completed a complete playthrough with all hidden objects and all the best upgrades for Dust within ~15 h. As I took my time, you could probably finish the main story with some side-quests on the way in 8 h. This should give a rough estimate of the amount of story you can expect. The story itself is told mostly in dialogues, except for some sequences at the very beginning and the very end, overall with pretty decent voice-acting. Arguably the best thing of the game: the funny dialogues, especially the banter between dust, the hero, and fidget, the flying companion, which is afraid of heights.... What I personally really liked were the many more or less hidden tributes to other games, in the dialogues or the within the world itself. Can you find them all?
I won't write much about the content of the story, as I hate spoilers. Its not groundbreaking, but very solid. You may guess the twist, but nevertheless, you can sympathise well with the characters, and thats what matters to me.

So overall a neat game, for some funny casual gaming to get down after a tough day, or a tough gaming session. ;)

If you got this far, thanks for reading and cherio!
Atlan
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Frederica
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
By far the best action game on steam I've played.
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Ipsen
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A very good side scrolling action RPG with an equally powerful story to boot. I highly recommend this game for fans of both.
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barronmore
( 43.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
So, what more is there to say then 12,596 other's haven't said? Nothing really.

I'm a huge Castlevania nut. I've been having a family 'CastlevaniaThon' for over 25 years now. Obviously my favorite is SotN so i was instantly attracted to this game. Just like you, i had my doubts about pulling the trigger at $15.00. Heck, even at $3.00 i was hesitant. I was lucky enough to get it through a humble bundle. Best .25 cents i ever spent on a game. It also has the honor of being the first steam game I've ever completed.

This game is worth $15. This game is WAY worth your $3.00 Get it now! Stop holding back and just enjoy one of the best games on ANY platform. Stop reading and just hit the buy button. You can thank me later.

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Zerom Spartiacquerus
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Damn, this sequel of Bad Rats sure is different from the original game.
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Ares
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I don't normally write game reviews, but after finishing this game I decided that this one was worth the time to write one.
For starters, I love the art style of this game.
Secondly, the gameplay is really fun for a side scrolling action-RPG. I rarely play this style of RPG, but I really enjoyed this one.
Thirdly, the stroy is a solid 10/10 for me. The ending really got me in the feels. Great job Dev for doing such a great job with the storyline of this game. If there isn't a sequel to this game, there should be!
It was totally worth the money I spent on it, and I'd totally recommend this game to anyone who loves a good stroyline and well developed characters that you grow to care about as the story progresses.
Over all, I'd give this game a 10/10!
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Tozinkai.Noxturna
( 44.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The action, sound track, animation, game play, blah blah...
over all it's so great if it getting discount you better grab this game. even you buy this game in full cost it still worth for.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Buy the Game.
Play the Game.
Regret finishing the Game.
Replay it again for nostaligic feels and tears.
Many tears.

Overall, this game is everything you can want in a game. It's engaging. It has a certain level of difficulty that you eventually will overcome with practice. And the side characters are so engaging and unique, that you almost believe they are your everyday folk that you seen in real life. Dust and Fidget, the main characters, have a funny and unique relationship. You'll look forward to all the anime cut scenes within the game because they always almost make you laugh.

Now what are you doing? Buy the game! Play it! And lose yourself in this wonderfully drawn, gaming world!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I bought Dust an Elysian Tail on sale.
Now I wish I had bought it at full price.

In my Opinion everything in this Game is just Great
So i can't tell you anything negativ about Dust An Elysian Tail

One tip from me:
Play it with a Controller :)

And now stop reading my Review,
because i didn't said anything helpful. :p
just buy it and have fun :D
11/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Good stuff all around, with lots of sidequest if you're into that.

The combat, while satisfying, also doesn't really change much at all once you get the general flow of things, so it tends to get a bit repetitive towards the end.

Dust himself is my favorite character. It's rare for me to ever like the main character more than everyone else, but he's a cool guy.

The game has pretty environments and a well-made UI, altough the character designs could use a bit more care and detail for the most part, but it is understandable as this game was made mostly by a one-man team!

All in all, a great Metroidvania game with enjoyable combat and exploration.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Honestly, I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to write a review of Dust: An Elysian Tail.
Everybody already knows that this game is awesome. Tens of thousands of reviews have been posted. I believe that everything that needs to be said about the game, has probably already been said. Furthermore, I can't make up a bunch of complaints and flat-out lie, just so I can be "Mr. Contrarian". If were to present an argument that Dust isn't really all that great, first I'd have to convince myself, and that isn't happening.

Why do I think Dust is great? It's mainly due to the controls and level-design. If you've played this game, then you're well-aware of the protagonist's abilities, particuarly his uh... tornado spin?(Press Y button while in mid-air*). This move homes in on enemies, and can even cause Dust to be launched miles into the air, if he's aiming for a flying enemy. A neat trick is using a Lightning storm, then following with the tornado, as enemies are lifted into the air by the electricity. There's a certain joy to be found in soaring through the sky, even when there isn't an incentive (such as treasure).

At the same time, Dust's ability to practically fly isn't a hindrance to the level-design. There are a few shortcuts, and maybe even a sequence break or two, but there's nothing that comes off as really awkward. Due to Dust's mobility, he doesn't really work in a pixel-precise-platformer. Thus, all of the platforms in this game - moving or otherwise - are wide enough. I'd say that on average, they're more than two "Dusts" in width.

Now hang on a second. How does one measure "Dusts"? In platformers, it's always important to consider the character and their relationship with the world. Take Super Mario Bros. 1 for example. The smallest block in SMB1 is only slightly wider than Mario. This gives players just enough time to react, but they don't have to constantly measure their jumps. Having to adjust your landing for every single jump not only affects the pacing of the game, but it also becomes tiring for the player. Another example is the first Sonic the Hedgehog game. Sonic is a faster character, so the platforms he lands on tend to be twice as wide as he is. There's more that could be said here, but it would all be irrelevant to this review of Dust: An Elysian Tail. In short, platforming in this game works, because the player has enough freedom to move around.

The combat also benefits from all of the mobility. There are many tools to play around, and even if they're at times unnecessary, they're still appreciated. If a player wants to tornado through all of the enemies while tossing storms everywhere, that's fine. They can just as easily stay on the ground, and decimate everything with the sword alone. Switching between multiple styles is seamless, and it works wonderfully.

Oh and if you haven't noticed this before. In the final area, if you perform an air-grab on the flying ships, the game pauses for a suitably epic second. The game doesn't do this for any of the other enemies (even the final boss), and that's really cool.

Other than that... Well, I'm afraid I don't have anything else to add. This is a superb game, but you already know that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I actually cried at the end of the game, i played this game knowing nothing in the beginning, and then i started playing it, and i was really happy with this game, awesome game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I love love love love love this game! <3
I played through this game twice with a gap in between of about a year, and when I played through it for the second time I fell in love all over again.

The story is amazing not to mention the gameplay. The controls are quick and easy to learn (I used an Xbox controller).
Through beautifully made backdrops, from dark caverns to fiery mountains, you will journey through the world as Dust discovers about who he is. This was my first side scroller game and I have loved every second of it, (apart from a few frustrating moments, which are still super satisfying when you succeed!).
100% recommend this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Dust is fantastic. A friend showed me the game long ago when it first came out, and I just recently got it for myself on this account. Getting to finally go through the game in full is awesome. The gameplay is simple, but still has plenty of flexibility between the swordplay and the magic. The art is fun, and the voice acting isn't so bad! Particularly the characters who 'matter'. Obviously many side characters don't have as much focus, but Dust, especially Fidget, Ahrah, and Haley are amazingly well voiced. And the many references are a lot of fun too.

Did I mention Fidget is the best character ever? Because she is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This game is a classic.

Dust is one of the most well designed and well thought out games in its genre. The artwork is fantastic, the story is great, the characters are fun, it's easy to learn and overall the time playing it is well spent.

My only regret is that I didn't get it earlier.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Relatively easy yet enjoyable platformer
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Initially I got it because I liked the Castlevania-like mechanics, but it rapidly escalated to something else. The game has high production values, not only in the amazing graphs, but in the beautiful cut-scenes it presents. The mechanics are nice and simple with a very well managed learning curve. Even more, the game allow you to beat it pretty much following the story and without having to farm (grind) much, which also talk about how good the balance is.
As I am more of a story-driven player, I must say that the Story is what captivated me the most. It is fragmented and it starts binding as the game progress, making, full of plot twists and beautiful and sad moments. Nevertheless it is also full of funny moments and puns.
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