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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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."
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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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TripSin
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
On sale for $3 most definitely worth it. The story can get quite emotional. I'm not a huge fan of the whole protaganist having amnesia trope and everyone being furry animals, but it was fine. The art is nice. There was some stuttering in the game at times and there was a small area that would completely glitch out for me (I searched and this was confirmed by devs but they never came up with a fix), but it wasn't game-ruining thankfully. The combat is interesting. If you are good at video games, I'd suggest playing on the hardest difficulty "hardcore". I was worried it might be too tedious given the description so I played the difficulty under it "brutal" and it was mostly too easy. Game might've been catered to casuals, idk. The combat at times would just be me rolling my thumb over the controller buttons as Fidget destroys everything on screen. Not the longest game. I got about 10-11 hours. I think I completed all the side quests, just missed a few treasure chests here and there.
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drogon.p
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
this game is a master peice , it is one of the games that hooked me in a long time , its gorges , beautiful , nice character development , nice combat and mechanics and its a wonderful platformer game
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Proto-Vile
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
+Awesome Artstyle
+Cool Gameplay Mechanics
+Beautiful Soundtrack
+Cheap
+Full Controller Suport
+Steam Cloud
+Beautiful Animation
+Overall Fantastic Game
-Only played it once

"AM I A STEAM GAMER YET?"
5/5
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Jomme
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Once you get over the furry-look it seems like quite a nice platformer!
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darthbanti
( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Beautiful hand-drawn artwork, great voice-acting, fun fast-paced combat (if a little repetitive), and a good story. Explore the world and learn the secrets of Dust! 8/10
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ReachNetwork
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
11/10 Bashed a rock column with a talking sword and a prestine, fully cooked, ready to eat, roasted chicken fell out when it finally crumbled.

Review is edited because this one wouldn't actually post:

But in all seriousness...

I bought this game for the Xbox360 when it first released, when I had heard it was released for the PC, I didn't hesitate to buy it again, at the full price. Yep, this game was valuable enough to me to BUY IT TWICE.

How this game, made by ONE person specifically for the Xbox360, gets a better PC port than most Triple A titles just goes to show the lack-luster effort devs with literally hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal throw at trying to satisfy their customers. One guy was able to do it better than an entire team of hundreds of people.

This calls back to a time when games were made by gamers, for gamers - for enjoyment. Not by Publishers, for money - because f**k you. The game basically sells itself.

People look at cliches with a stigma of "It's bad" when really most stories are just variations of the "Seven Basic Plot Points". Without revealing too much you've got: Generally quiet, withdrawn protagonist with memory loss, with the comedic relief side-kick and a literal facist antagonist. If you haven't stopped reading this review by now, buy the game dammit.

As for the Genre, it's a heavy mix of Side-Scroller, Beat'Em Up, with some RPG leveling aspects in the background. This is a game you play for the gameplay and the story, not the genre itself, of which Dust: An Elysian Tale can't really figure out which category it's in.

Speaking of gameplay, it's more akin to well, Halo's difficulty curve - veteran Halo players will know that Legendary isn't that difficult once you figure out the technique. Enemies hit hard, and have more health the further you push it up. So people looking to be an unstoppable force should start the game on Normal, it's easy enough. The biggest jump between difficulties is that Checkpoints regenerate less and less health the harder the difficulty. 100, 50, 25, and 10 percent respectively from Easiest to Hardest. Once you find an item that regenerates your health, you just go AFK and wait for Dust to heal while you grab a snack or something. I mean you could use all that food you've collected/bought - but why would you? Gotta save that resource, of which you have no limit to the number of items you can hold, all the way to the end of the, by which time you've beaten it and went through like all 14 hours of the game without eating a damn thing while, considering the moves you can pull off, Dust has to be burning like 10000 calories an hour here.

Infact, that's probably my one critique, having to handicap yourself to make the game more difficult, even on the hardest difficulty. "BUT REACH IT SAYS YOU HAVEN'T BEAT THE GAME ON TOUGH OR HARDCORE." You got me skippy, I haven't... it's one of the few games for the Xbox360 I have to be completely finished for all achievements, back when it was released.

Other things I should probably address:
-"REACH, I SEE ANTHROS IN THE TRAILER AND THUMBNAILS UP ABOVE." It's the art style, honestly, I think anthropomorphic characters suit the design and direction better anyway. Pay no attention to it, the characters, save the talking sword, talk mostly normal save a few monologues. This isn't some spat-up Tumblr/Deviantart Anthro R34 garbage. Just by playing the game you can see the time and effort the creator dumped into making this game.
-"Reach, why are you posting this review so late in the day if you bought it all the way back when?" I rarely post steam reviews, and only for game I consider to be extraordinary. This was on the front page because of the Steam Summer Sale, 2016 and I went "Huh, I should post a review on that, it's a good game."

Ending notes:
-Buy it
-It's awesome
-Lots of fun
-Good story
-Great gameplay
-Feel the effort put into the game
-Find all the goodies and extras

Final thoughts: Didn't get poisioned at all on my first run through of the game. Second play through got over confident and finally got poisoned. Found out there was dialogue for being poisoned the first time. Purposely get poisoned first chance I get for the dialogue. 9/10 missed opportunity first time around.

Talking sword said I shouldn't cause an avalanche. Flying nimbat said it was the only way to climb further up the mountain. Protagonist agrees with flying nimbat, not the sword he uses. 8/10 would tell Arrah to f**k off agian.

Mouse guy named Avgustin is totally Canadian no matter what anyone says. 10/10 best game ever, most accurate portrayal of a Canadian.

Game has hologram projectors to talk to a black smith that can somehow transport materials I'm carrying with me, along with money to the Blacksmith at the top of a huge hill and send them back to me whereever I am. Still only have a sword as a weapon. 7/10 want my Shotgun for fighting zombies.

I bashed a metal flying aircraft with a sword, hooked it by the tip and slammed it into the ground. 10/10 MGS Revengence ain't got ♥♥♥♥ on Dust: An Elysian Tale.

Wet suit has better defense stat than a Chain Mail vest. 3/10 no realism.
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medicine man
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
for me this game got repetitive very quickly. The fighting is always the same. The characters dont appeal to me and the level designs are not very creative.
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HoudiniJr100
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
didnt get far into it yet, but I can say for those who love a metroidvania game with a good story to boot. get this damn gae!
it was a gift to me from a friend via this year's sumer steam sale so I hope you also can get it!
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Captain Velociraptor
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
I'm only 17 minutes in and I can already say that I ♥♥♥♥ing love this game. The combat is smooth and natural, the story so far seems great, and the voice acting is top-shelf. 'Only problem I can imagine anyone having with it is the furries. This game has a lot of furries.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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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4 of 4 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Aweosme and a brilliant game, go hit that button and download it. NOW!
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