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Developer: Long Hat House
Content Rating: Everyone10+
In a bizarre universe where the oppressed are on the brink of oblivion, Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. As a metroidvania carefully designed with both touch and gamepad in mind, we considered how you could achieve exploration and fast action using either input. The result was a gravity bending world where movement is comprised of jumping from surface to surface in lovingly crafted environments. It's up to Dandara to restore balance and give direction to a directionless world!
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- OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP
- Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 220, Radeon HD 8400
- Storage: 1 GB available space
- Additional Notes: Playing with a controller is strongly recommended.
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Dandara is a perfectly serviceable romp through a series of well-designed and attractive environments; on the other, it's a deliberate yet confusing sidestep of well-established gameplay conventions. It may be that Dandara's atypical traversal mechanic will click with some players, particularly those who pick up the game for the Nintendo Switch or mobile devices, but others may find that the game's middling charms aren't enough to make up for its potentially-frustrating controls.
But I maintain a begrudging respect for Dandara. I’ve not played a game that nailed quite this specific atmosphere, and the art and music is gorgeous. I’ve no doubt it will find its niche of determined players, and I hope it does: Brazilian studio Long Hat House has created a game that feels, in some ways, unique. But it’s tough in a way that can feel punishing. If Dandara’s traversal felt better, if its combat felt better, the constant backtracking wouldn’t really matter. But too often I just wanted to go for a walk instead.
Dandara is a treat from start to finish. Despite finding the story relatively bare-bones over the seven hours it took me to complete it, what Dandara lacks in narrative, it makes up for in gameplay. These are the most memorable and innovative mechanics introduced into a Metroidvania game in years.