Take control of a nimble janitor to rid the world of dust and debris.
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Mixed (28 reviews) - 67% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,482 reviews) - 87% of the 1,482 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 17, 2012

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Dustforce DX Update

Dustforce DX is a free update to the game, which includes 16 new maps, 109 community-made maps, a new music track, bug fixes, and support for Steam Trading cards. It also has a redesigned overworld system that makes the game friendlier to newer players, and more exciting to veterans.

About This Game

Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-'em-up platformer.
Key Features:
  • Over 75 levels varying in difficulty from elegant exploration levels to intense challenges for hardcore players.
  • Over 100 community-made levels included in their own area of the game.
  • Compete on the online leaderboard and instantly watch replays of every players' best attempts.
  • Play against your friends with local multiplayer matches.
  • Roam through a myriad of beautiful environments accompanied by an original soundtrack.
  • Make your own worlds with the level editor, and seamlessly share and play them with the rest of the community.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 400MB Free Space
    • Video Card: Dedicated graphics card with Shader Model 2.0 support
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 400MB Free Space
    • Video Card: 256MB RAM with Shader Model 2.0 support
    • OpenGL: Version 2.1
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Mixed (28 reviews)
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Swordfrog
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
A hardcore, rewarding speedrunner's platform game. Imagine Super Mario Bros with brooms, wallrunning and such a high skill ceiling that you can run the same level several hundred times over many hours and still only land in the top thousand records. Watch other players' replays in-game to see how the pros route the level (great feature!), master your favorite character (each of them play differently, and the differences are even more notable in high level play), complete the simpler levels to unlock progressively more insane stages (and possibly the most challenging secret stage zone I've ever seen), and feel the power of your own improvement. Visit Dustkid.com to get involved in the running community and save all your replays - a sure way to track your own rank and improvement. This game becomes more fun with every minute you put into it.
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GDBeagle
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Wow, everything about this game is, well, it's disappointing to say the least. Poor controls, a varying degree of difficulty and a quick sense of repetition make it tough to appeciate the nice art style of the game and the potential that was wasted.
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Metallama
( 1,347.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Dustforce DX is not an easy to pick up game. I'm one of the best active players in the game atm, and as you can see that my hours reflect the dedication needed to be among the of the best.

However, as a casual game, while the mechanics take some getting used to, they start feeling fluid and cohesive. There are 4 action keys along w/ the arrow keys (I use keyboard), which take a ton of time to get into muscle memory. But as the difficulty increases and the game keeps teaching you different mechanics, the satisfaction from beating a difficult level is immense. The soundtrack, composed by one of the devs of the game, is simple and elegant IDM, creating a calmer atmosphere, even in the middle of spikes.

I'd highly recommend this game to fans of technical platforming and those who enjoy a real challenge and have real patience in gaming. If you want to achieve a really good time, or complete that really difficult level, it'll take a while to get there. But I think the dedication and payoff is worth it.
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OrionKai
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Dustforce DX is a game aimed around timetrials.
How quickly can you clean up - but not sounding so tedious.
It's difficult to master but really easy to sit down and chill with.
The controls are smooth and easy to learn seeing as it consists of lots of wave dashing, air dashing and sliding up walls.
Its a casual game for the committed OCD gamer types who want those Platinum/S+ grades.
Music is great too
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Grospoliner
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
It's good.
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Axelrad
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Decent platformer with overly precise controls. Seems to be geared towards the competitve platforming scene, which is a niche audience if there ever was one. If you're that sort of gamer, there's tons of depth here. If you're not, then the music is soothing and the early levels can be incredibly zen-like if you don't take it too seriously...though you will unfortunately be gated to them unless you suddenly become really good.
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danshame
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
very allergic
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Ulcar
( 212.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It's ok / 10
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Meoid
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I don't remember the last time a game got me rage like this game.
The difficulty ppl are talking about comes from a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ af controls

Got ptsd from my ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ guy starting a roof run instead of directional up attack when my combo meter is about to run out.

I spent 1€ for this and still feels like a waste of money
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Banana Joystick
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Fun little platformer.
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SuperSubzero
( 52.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This game is amazing, only thing I wish it had was more multiplayer stuff
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Yella 🎓
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Dustforce DX is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has trading cards
- it is indie
- it is difficult
- it has a good soundtrack

Enjoy!
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hispongebob
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
time to clean this dirty city
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Carbonate [CO3 2-]
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
One of the best games I have ever played, its very addictive and keeps you very engaged. The soundtrack is epic and makes you very involved in the game. I have not had this much fun in a game in a really long time and that's a lot to say.
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Lord Dake Kai
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
First off, Steam didn't record my play time the first time so I had to play another agonizing 10 min to write this.

How exactly is this game getting positve reviews?

Are they paid for?

Bad music. Bad sound. Bad graphics. Bad gameplay. Bad control. Bad concept.

It's simply a bad game and a waste of money. NES has superior games.

If it was a hard copy, I'd burn it...
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Spack Jarrow
( 57.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
controls are super bad
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Vetyt
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
The game looked like an interesting platformer and I really wanted to try it but it just failed to meet expectations.

There is something about controls that it feels like a chore, like I'm struggling with a basic controls. Even when my character did all those ninja moves it just didn't feel like a consequence of my actions. I played for a short while but it was just not satisfying nor enjoyable experience. Also I don't know if there is any plot later on but from these few levels I played it just looks like a loooooong series of challenge rooms. Nothing to keep me interested.
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sloa123
( 31.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
By far the best platformer of its kind.
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The Jumping Ghost
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Before commencing this review, I would like to note that this is a game that should really be played using a gamepad. The default controls use the keyboard but the game does not work well when it's played that way. If you don't own a gamepad you may not necessarily have the best experience with Dustforce.

I'm not normally the type of person who enjoys platformers, especially fast-paced ones like these, but something about Dustforce resonates very strongly with me. I entered the game wary, as the complicated gameplay and challenging levels that I had seen were intimidating, but in under two days I've put over ten hours into it and I haven't had this much fun in a video game in a long time.

I suppose this is a difficult game to review objectively, but if you're an obsessive perfectionist like myself then this game will likely have you playing for hours at a time without slowing down. The good music, relaxed atmosphere, and very fluid animations of the game make that much easier to accomplish. I suggest that even if you aren't a fan of platformers, if you like a game with many testing challenges to overcome, then you should definitely buy this one. It's worth every penny.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,347.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Dustforce DX is not an easy to pick up game. I'm one of the best active players in the game atm, and as you can see that my hours reflect the dedication needed to be among the of the best.

However, as a casual game, while the mechanics take some getting used to, they start feeling fluid and cohesive. There are 4 action keys along w/ the arrow keys (I use keyboard), which take a ton of time to get into muscle memory. But as the difficulty increases and the game keeps teaching you different mechanics, the satisfaction from beating a difficult level is immense. The soundtrack, composed by one of the devs of the game, is simple and elegant IDM, creating a calmer atmosphere, even in the middle of spikes.

I'd highly recommend this game to fans of technical platforming and those who enjoy a real challenge and have real patience in gaming. If you want to achieve a really good time, or complete that really difficult level, it'll take a while to get there. But I think the dedication and payoff is worth it.
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130 of 139 people (94%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,405.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I should have written a review long ago. After all, I've played this game for 1,000+ hours and idle'd in its level editor for a few hundred more.

Dustforce DX is the deepest and most technically demanding 2D platformer ever made. It has a momentum based engine where all actions have real weight and consequence, attacks have start-up frames, things are jump and dash-cancellable, and there are tricks measured in how many frames they save. Every level has leaderboards both for score and for raw time, and the community is fiercly competitive and still very active. More importantly, every run on the leaderboards also has a replay embedded. Being able to watch your run (or anyone else's) is not just fun, it's a fantastic learning tool. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, then keep reading.

Dustforce DX will never hold the player's hand. Several people ragequit the third TUTORIAL, and a wide number of the advanced mechanics and workings of the game are never explained in-game. To really master this game and understand everything in it, you need to know other people who play it and/or engage on the subreddit and IRC channel. Even if you do that and arm yourself with knowledge: this game is HARD. When you think you've finally gotten good and beaten the game, you have only just begun because you unlocked "The Difficults". Honestly even getting that far is going to take you a hundred hours at least, because the only way to unlock new levels is to complete easier levels perfectly. I'll explain...

Dustforce DX has 4 main hub areas of one large world (The Nexus). Each hub has 4 baby levels, 4 easy levels, 4 medium levels, and 4 exceedingly hard levels. Each tier of level above the first is locked by a key, and you earn progress toward keys by playing the levels in the tier below. But the only way to get a full key from 1 single level is to get an SS rank. One S is completion: for cleaning all the dust and defeating all the enemies. The other S is Finesse: for never losing your combo from dying, getting hit, or letting it time out. The game doesn't just reward perfection, it demands it if you even want to see all the stock levels.

Now why did I say stock levels you may ask? That's because the true magic of this game is its INTENSELY POWERFUL level editor. Custom Dustforce Maps (it calls them maps instead of levels) are what keep me playing. This is one of several games where the editor gives you every tool the dev had, letting you make stuff on par with, and often exceeding, the quality of the stock game. You have 20 layers to work with, tons of cool props, almost complete RGB color control and control over the %blend of the color PER LAYER, a ♥♥♥♥ ton of props and emitters to place, several things with transparency for awesome effects, and total control over the music and sound effects at every point. The last sentence is very important since this game has a truly amazing soundtrack. Free control over the music in the editor doubles as a sound test, even if you don't enjoy making maps. The nice thing about the leaderboards and replays is that you can watch everyone playing your map once you publish it. That adds another level of enjoyment to the process, a feature missing from several other games with level editors.

There are almost no restrictions on what you can place anywhere, allowing the free mixing of themes from the 4 hubs if you have the skill to make it work. The game is easily moddable and the community has several killer spritemods available, one even turns a character into Kirby! There are several different classes of mods both for art and for performance, and they are all easy enough to find on the subreddit. Sadly they aren't integrated into Steam like with many other games. The community also has several third party tools available for more detailed stat-tracking, new kinds of competition, and even a cool TAS community.

In conclusion, Dustforce DX is a great game and one of my all time favorites. It's not easy to get into: indeed you will struggle if you go it alone and it's still very difficult even with friends beside you. You'll get what you put into it. We still learn things about this game every week; the engine is just that deep. A lot of the quirks in this game are things you just won't find anywhere else. When I say that there's no 2D platformer with the complexity of Dustforce... I mean it.
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70 of 107 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This game is a matter of personal taste. Please listen to the people who are telling you it's all about speedrunning and replaying the same short levels over and over to get a better rank. The game is very simplistic and for me that was not a good thing. Simplistic as in not much to do. Unless you happen to enjoy the platforming style in the game and want to tediously perfect your ranking for each level.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game deserves the fame that Super Meat Boy got.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
This game doesn't get enough praise. This game is hard as hell. Unlike many other precision platformers, Dustforce works on your ability to react to situations quickly, and to excecute button combos correctly, rather than to have pixel-perfect timing with ice physics and infinite wall jumps. If you're a hardcore gamer, you have plenty of challenges awaiting you in this game. If you're more of a casual player, you will enjoy the easier levels and their atmosphere without a doubt. The soundtrack is something to write home about. If you ever get tired or sick of playing the harder levels, you can always go back to the easier times, with sweet music to accompany you as you autopilot your way through a level with stunning visuals passing you by.

Did I mention a level editor and community levels?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
At first this might look like a game with wonky movements, weird mechanics and physics... and it is, but thats the beauty of this game!

Its unique gameplay forces you onto learning new ways to progress through the "Main Nexus" levels and when you come to the point where getting double SS scores comes just like a walk in the park, the game feels even more satisfying and rewarding.

Can't say much about the multiplayer portion of the game because I never played, but I sure recommend this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
super meat boy but pretty and elegant and doesn't make you angry. A game where you can enjoy an activity your parent or spouse frequently asks/tells you to do that neither of you want to do.

It's hard, and there aren't a lot of easy levels, but it is a fantastic game that you should just take a chance with.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Fast paced, difficult and highly enjoyable. Absolutely recommended!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Fast paced platformer, I can see how some people would find it fun, but this just isn't my thing. It's very much speedrunning the same levels over and over for faster times.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
An extremely challenging platformer (if you go for S-rank, which you should), that results in this massive sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Superb aesthetic and audio, as can be seen in the trailer, and when you finally manage to do an S-rank level, you move with a sort of beautiful flow and skill you would normally only find if you were watching a speedrun, except it's you doing it. Perhaps this is because time is part of the S-rank, practically making getting an S-rank speedrunning and dulling the game for regular speedrunners, but it was a first for me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
286.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
cool videogame for cool videogamers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Nice motivation to clean your room
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,084.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
900 hours
cmon bb
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you're playing on a laptop or cheaper desktop, I highly recommend rebinding the keys before playing. I first thought that the controls were clunky and unresponsive until I realized that my laptop's keyboard kept dropping jump and dash inputs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
+Nice graphics
+Nice soundtrack
+Fun
+Challenging
+Custom level editor

-Bit of a learning curve
-Awkward controls to get used to (you can rebind keys or use controller though)

Overall, totally worth the price!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Solid game, I recommend this to everyone. Also it isn't Undertale so how can you go wrong lets be honest. Undertale sucks.
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248 of 294 people (84%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
SO TAKE A FEW MINUTES OUT OF YOUR PATHETIC LIFE AND PICTURE THIS FOR A SECOND

YOU'RE A JANITOR
NOT SOME SMELLY MINIMUM WAGE JANITOR, NO

YOU'RE A NINJA JANITOR
YOU RUN AROUND AT SPEEDS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO MANKIND, RUN UP AND JUMP OFF OF WALLS, RUN ACROSS CEILINGS, AND JUMP WHILE IN THE AIR
ALL WHILE BEING A GOOD CITIZEN AND CLEANING UP THE POLLUTION AMERICA DOESN'T GIVE A FLAMING BADGER'S BUNGHOLE ABOUT

YOU WANT ACTION? THIS GAME'S GOT ACTION
AS IF BEING A FLIPPIN' NINJA WASN'T ENOUGH FOR YOU, YOU CAN ALSO BEAT THE HELL OUT OF DIRTY NEVER-DO-WELLS WHICH [SPOILER ALERT] TURN OUT TO BE FRIENDLY CITIZENS WHO WERE CORRUPTED BY THE POLLUTION OF AMERICA

THERE'S FIVE DIFFERENT AREAS AND TWO WAYS TO BE THE BEST AT THEM
YOU CAN EITHER BE JESUS INCARNATE AND CLEAN UP EVERYTHING WITHOUT GETTING HIT
OR YOU CAN GO FASTER THAN SONIC THE HEDGEHOG AND BEAT THE LEVEL AS FAST AS POSSIBLE
I DON'T THINK YOU'RE MAN ENOUGH TO DO IT

WARM UP YOUR BADASS GAUGE IN THE FOREST BY CLEANING UP DEAD FOLIAGE
START REACHING SPEEDS OF "HOLY JESUS" IN THE CITY BY LITERALLY TAKING OUT THE TRASH
HIT YOUR STRIDE IN THE MANSION WHERE THE FAT RICH FARTKNOCKERS CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO CLEAN UP OR SAVE THEIR SMOKIN' HOT MAIDS [WHO ARE ALSO CORRUPTED BY THE EVIL POLLUTION]
BECOME A NINJA JANITOR SCIENTIST IN THE LABORATORY WHERE ALL THE POT-HEADS SPILLED TOXIC WASTE EVERYWHERE
AND THEN IF YOU'RE A BAD ENOUGH DUDE, ENTER THE VIRTUAL REALITY ROOM AND CRY OUT YOUR PUSS BECAUSE THOSE LEVELS ARE BRUTAL

BUT WAIT YOU THOUGHT THERE WAS ONLY ONE CHARACTER? HAHAHAHA OH WOW
THERE'S A GRAND TOTAL OF FOUR JANITOR NINJAS WHO ARE READY TO ANSWER THE CALL TO CLEANING
CLEANING UP CRIME
DUSTMAN, THE BLUE EVERYMAN WHO THE GAME IS MADE AROUND. LIKES BEING A BADASS AND LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH
DUSTGIRL, THE RED FEMALE CHARACTER WHO IS BASICALLY DUSTMAN BUT FALLS FASTER AND HAS DIFFERENT ATTACK RANGES. ALSO WANTS DUSTMAN'S D BUT HONESTLY WHO DOESN'T
DUSTKID, THE PURPLE WONDER CHILD WHO ATTACKS FASTER THAN A DRAGONBALL Z FIGHT AND CAN JUMP THREE TIMES. ONLY DOWNSIDE IS HER JUMPS ARE SHORTER THAN YOUR PINKY FINGER AND HER ATTACK RANGE IS MELEE ONLY. SHE'S ACTUALLY FROM THE FUTURE WHERE DUSTMAN AND DUSTGIRL BANG EACH OTHER
DUSTWORTH, THE BADASS GRANDPA WHO USES A VACUUM AND DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT IT. JUMPS HIGHER THAN ANYONE ELSE AND HAS THE BIGGEST ATTACK RANGE BECAUSE OF HIS RAD VAC. SUCKS THAT HE ATTACKS SLOWER THAN A TURTLE IN MOLASSES. HE MAY BE OLD BUT HE HAS TO BE BADASS IF HE'S PART OF AN ELITE TEAM OF NINJA JANITORS

IS YOUR CROTCH THROBBING WITH ANTICIPATION YET? BECAUSE MINE IS
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154 of 186 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3,692.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
This is my favorite game on Steam
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56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
540.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2013
Awesome precision platformer. Tight mechanics, deep move set, smooth flow, great music & visuals, clever level design, custom level editor, leaderboards, perfect for speedrunning. It's safe and accessible for all ages, yet it's depth, difficulty, and mechanics make Dustforce worth buying over Super Meat Boy and other precision platforming "greats". After 500+ hours this game is still fresh and fun, and I have barely touched the 2000+ user made levels. With this kind of depth and replayability, Dustforce is easily worth the asking price! TL,DR: Janitorial Simulator 2014
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