Xbox 360

Dust: An Elysian Tail

14 critics
8.30
criticscore

Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
4
8.00 to 8.99
9
6.00 to 7.99
1
4.00 to 5.99
0
0 to 3.99
0
Lucas SullivanAug 13, 2012
With its supremely satisfying swordplay, enthralling exploration, and a story you’ll want to see through to the end, Dust feels like the Xbox homage to Vanillaware’s cult classics Odin Sphere and Muramasa. Though its aesthetic may turn some biased gamers away, they’ll be missing out on some of the best single-player action that $15 can buy.
Brad ShoemakerAug 20, 2012
That Dust is largely the work of one lone developer makes it all the more impressive, but the circumstances of the game's development aren't even a consideration when you consider how good the game is at face value. Cramming this many elements into a single downloadable game seems like an audacious move, but Dust pulls it off with confidence, style, and heart, resulting in a game that deserves to be played by a lot of people.
Heather MclellanSep 04, 2012
Combined with its story, Dust owes much of its atmosphere and success to its truly gorgeous art and original, often complex music. Almost every backdrop is a hand-crafted gem that is aided by music that shifts in depth and tone at just the right moments to create a beautiful sense of setting and atmosphere. As with the writing and acting, there's a simple harmony at work between the art and music in most levels that works so well as to be virtually invisible....
Angelo M. D'ArgenioAug 16, 2012
When all is said and done, Dust is one heck of a good time. Its story is great, but even when you aren't watching a cutscene or listening to the competent voice acting, you will get plenty of joy out of simply seeing numbers pop up over your enemies' heads in swarms. Still, Dust may not being everyone's bag of tricks. Anyone who is put off by furry art will probably be a little creeped out by the rather realistic dimensions of some of the animal characters in the game.
Game TrailersAug 22, 2012
Still, few developers have gone broke betting on our capacity to be mesmerized by flashy combat. Illusory as their depth may be, the game’s fundamentals will propel you easily enough through the 10 polished hours it’ll take you to see it through. If you’re game for a striking take on the classic side-scrolling adventure, albeit one populated by a cast of urgently self-serious talking animals, you could do much worse than Dust: Elysian Tail.
Jennifer DingleAug 22, 2012
At the end of the day, voice work not withstanding, I found that I fully enjoyed Dust: An Elysian Tail. With entertaining combat mechanics and gorgeous graphics I was pleasantly surprised that it was not the childish, cartoonish game I was expecting. At only 1200 points you should experience the beautiful hand painted work of art that Dean Dodrill so delicately crafted. I have to say that this title is a wonderful final offering in this year’s Summer of Arcade and you would be crazy to not to consider it.
Jim SterlingAug 13, 2012
Dust: An Elysian Tail took a long time to reach us, but the wait has most certainly paid off. Few Xbox Live Arcade games are superior, and most of them pale in comparison. At times it can get a touch repetitive, and there are a handful of exasperating moments, but this is nonetheless an arresting game that offers more than the average XBLA title. Yes, it's full of anthropomorphic rabbits and foxes, but if that stops you from playing, that'll be your loss.
8.50
Vincent IngenitoAug 13, 2012
It's hard to believe that such a content rich, well-polished title could be the product of one man's hard work. Aside from the incredible orchestral soundtrack and savvy voiceovers, creator Dean Dodrill is responsible for every aspect of Dust. Sure, the RPG elements could have been stronger, and the boss battles are a bit of a letdown, but if those are the worst things about your game, you're in pretty good shape. An Elysian Tail is a rare example of artisanal game craft.
Joe JubaAug 14, 2012
Every gamer has spent time daydreaming about their perfect game, mentally mixing and matching different concepts and mechanics into a hypothetical supergame. Instead of just daydreaming, Dean Dodrill decided to make it happen. Dodrill is the one-man team behind developer Humble Hearts, and Dust: An Elysian Tail is the triumph that resulted from his efforts.
Joseph TrotterSep 03, 2012
With a beautiful graphical style and surprisingly good soundscape, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a delight for the senses. However, one cannot escape the sense that Dust is actually a rather superficial experience, using a spectacular looking (if not wholly spectacular to play) combat system to hide the fact that in reality it is a rather shallow adventure and, frankly, despite the myriad of features and themes, it isn't really all that interesting.
Brittany VincentAug 21, 2012
Crisp visuals, a fantastic soundtrack, and an impressive campaign make Dust: An Elysian Tail easily the best Summer of Arcade release thus far, clearly ending the promotion with a bang. If you’re looking for an RPG with old-school sensibilities to spend a weekend or two on, Dust must not be missed. In fact, forget the rest of the XBLA Summer of Arcade games — Dust is where it’s at.
Salva FernándezAug 15, 2012
Dust: An Elysian Tail es una bonita y agradable sorpresa para un bazar de Xbox 360 que no para de recibir grandes propuestas. Nos encontramos ante un producto muy completo en lo que contenido se refiere, gracias a una larga campaña principal acompañada de decenas de misiones secundarias, arenas de desafíos y multitud de tesoros y secretos que buscar en los mundos.
Sergio MartínAug 15, 2012
Sin duda aquellos fans del Bazar de Xbox Live van a darse de bruces con otra obra espectacular, muy recomendable y, además, bastante duradera. El Summer of Arcade de esta temporada va a despedirse con un título sensacional. ...Humble Hearts ha creado una auténtica delicia 2D en forma de aventura hack'n slash, que ofrece la variedad suficiente, una duración respetable y una calidad visual sin precedentes. Un clásico de Xbox Live.
Jens BischoffAug 27, 2012
Dust ist nicht nur ein exzellentes 2D-Abenteuer für Fans klassischer Action-Adventures im Stile von Metroid und Castlevania, sondern eine unglaublich charmante Liebeserklärung an das gesamte Genre. Hier wird traditionelle Spielmechanik in attraktive Tücher gehüllt und als stimmungsvolles Ganzes serviert: Es spielt sich herrlich rund, sieht verdammt gut aus und motiviert ungemein.

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