Aug 20, 2012

Dust: An Elysian Tail Review

Dust: An Elysian Tail is available on the Xbox Live Arcade for $15.

In Dust you control a guy named Dust who doesn't know anything about himself. He bumps into a creature named Fidget, and a talking sword. With your crew, you're on a journey to find out who you are and where you are.

Dust puts you on a 2D side-scrolling playing field where hoards of enemies come and you have to defeat them. This is the main point of the game. There are different paths you can take to find hidden treasure, and a ton of paths as well. Though each path feels the same with the hoards of enemies coming, later in the game you do get different abilities, like to climb vines or slide under things. Though just going through and fighting enemies did get repetitive after awhile. Dust does look really nice, and the music sounds great too. The voice acting was even well done.

After leveling up your character, you can put a gem in your stats. A gem does what every other leveling up system does, and it makes your abilities stronger. There are also shops around that you can buy different armor, and weapons that help you along your journey. Also during the game you can collect blueprints, and take them to a blacksmith to build for you.

The controls were really smooth. I had a very easy time controlling Dust and attacking all the enemies in the game. There a couple different moves and they were all easy to control. Sometimes my jump seemed to not work properly, but this was very rare.

Final Say: Dust is a really great looking game, and it is fun for a while. It does get repetitive after when played a lot, but it's still a fun game to play. For $15 this is a purchase that's worth it for any platformer fan.