About this game
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!
Gamer Reviews20 Reviews
Critic Reviews14 Reviews
Tom Mc Shea — Feb 07, 2018
There have been so many Metroid-inspired games that it’s almost impossible to stand out. Dandara’s unique movement abilities ensure it’s at least significantly different from its peers. But the same reason that Dandara is so unique is also its biggest setback. The sense of mastery never quite comes, resulting in a game that flashes its potential in one scene only to undermine that thrill soon afterward. Even with its occasional stumbles, though, Dandara offers enough excitement and beauty to push you onward.
Justin Sharp — Mar 26, 2018
In the end, I didn’t enjoy my time with Dandara. The controls, while unique, just didn’t work well for me–especially in combat. Dandara wants players to explore but the incentive just wasn’t there. If you’re looking for a Metroidvania with a unique control experience and a great art styles, Dandara might fit that bill. Otherwise, I’d pass on this otherwise beautiful game.
William Murphy — Feb 06, 2018
Dandara is a game all fans of Metroidvanias will want to try. It’s on the PS4, Switch, PC, and even iOS for a mere $12. Its adventure isn’t a super lengthy one, but for a game this unique, the handful of hours you’ll spend with the Brazilian-made game will be more than worth the price of admission. Recommended.
Lou Contaldi — Feb 18, 2018
Dandara is more than the average Metroidvania and is a game worth your time. Although its unique stop-and-go gameplay may have you stumbling at first, movement turns into an art form as you get accustomed to it. And though not everything about Dandara stands out, the titular character is executed so masterfully it is hard not to be impressed with the folk-lore based heroine.
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Neal Ronaghan — Feb 06, 2018
While a few consistent problems weigh it down, Dandara is still an engrossing adventure. As many times as the in-game map bugged me or the difficulty got me down, I kept at it, working my way through the peculiar world, seeking out new items and upgrades and figuring out how to move around delicately to attack or avoid foes. It might not be for the faint of heart, but Dandara is a wonderfully idiosyncratic game.
Jon Mundy — Feb 06, 2018
Dandara is a 2D Metroidvania platformer that's admirably intent on doing things differently, from its Brazilian folklore-infused narrative to its unorthodox and touchscreen-friendly controls. It can be a little awkward to play as a result, and it's got its fair share of structural niggles, but Dandara provides a genuinely fascinating world to spend some time in.
Kevin Mersereau — Feb 07, 2018
Solid and definitely has an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
Kevin Tucker — Feb 12, 2018
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.
Sam Bishop — Feb 27, 2018
All-in-all balance is the key word when looking at Dandara, whether that's a balance between tried and tested mechanics of old and new and interesting ones, or the balance between challenge and accessibility. There's elements in here for both young casual gamers to enjoy as well as seasoned veterans of the Metroidvania genre, and the fact that it boasts such wonderful visuals and a delicate soundtrack is just the icing on the cake.
Miguel Moran — Feb 20, 2018
Dandara is a beautiful game with a fresh movement mechanic, but it doesn’t come together as well as I had hoped. Leaping across platforms is satisfying when it works, but aggravating when it doesn’t, and even when the leaping does what you want it to do, you’ll find annoying backtracking or bizarre navigation puzzles to overcome. There are some great moments in Dandara, but the headaches you have to deal with to get to them aren’t always worth it.
Sergio Martín — Feb 06, 2018
Un nuevo e interesante exponente de los títulos de estilo metroidvania que por lo menos nos ofrece ciertas dosis de innovación. Absorbente jugabilidad, buen diseño de niveles, notable ambientación y un nivel de dificultad bien medido son los pilares sobre los que se cimenta esta producción. No alcanza el sobresaliente debido a ciertos defectos menores y, también es necesario recalcarlo, el modo tan poco habitual en el que se desplaza la protagonista puede atragantarse a ciertos usuarios. Sin embargo y a pesar de eso, se trata de una aventura muy entretenida y más que notable.
Alberto Lloret — Feb 06, 2018
Dandara es una propuesta interesante, que aborda los metroidvania desde una perspectiva original, si bien es cierto que algunas decisiones (armas y power ups poco variados o aumento de la dificultad en el tramo final) lastran el resultado final. Aún, así, si te va el género, tiene muchas papeletas para gustarte.
Albert Manjón — Feb 06, 2018
No es algo nuevo, no es algo generacional, pero todos los que anhelamos el bien sentimos un cierto fetichismo por la obra de Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, 1988) o Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, 1982) distopías clásicas de nuestros tiempos donde se ensalzan elementos tan antagónicos como el poder o la corrupción. ¿Buscamos en estas sociedades respuestas a nuestros problemas como sociedad? ¿O estamos simplemente ante una corriente cultural? ¿Una moda?
Carnbee — Feb 20, 2018
Dandara s’adresse à ceux qui n’ont pas peur de se perdre dans des couloirs éthérés aux multiples ramifications. Avec son système de déplacement original qui incite aux esquives véloces, le titre édité par Raw Fury demande de l’adresse ainsi qu’un bon sens de l’orientation. Plaisant dans ce qu’il propose, Dandara ne bouleverse pas pour autant le genre du platformer 2D malgré ses réelles qualités.