Excerpt: Inelegance is a terrible thing to be stricken with in platforming, both for a gamer and a game. In a second, the poorly timed shift in weight from a directional key to the “jump” key can change everything. Such is the case, too, when the reactionary synapsis of choosing an execution, keeping your eyes a slim measurement ahead of your character, planning, is tarnished by dulled controls.
Pros: Tremendous soundtrack, Flowing, sprightly game design
Excerpt: In a day and age when game companies are more eager to ensure that the player sees all a game’s content, rather than be challenged by it, indie developer Hitbox Team presents Dustforce . Its premise of acrobatic janitors versus the forces of dust and debris is ridiculous, barely managing to tie together a series of levels that demand complete mastery to overcome. Only the strongest of will can hope to see their way to the end of this game.
Conclusion: Dustforce is definitely a fun game, and one that will inspire you to perfect the mechanics and replay the same course a dozen times just to see if you can trim a few precious seconds off of your time. Games like this provide you with effectively unlimited replay value. Once a few of the rough edges of the UI are smoothed out, I’d be hard pressed to find anything to complain about.
Excerpt: Most people see a janitorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s job as being a boring, mundane occupation. What if you were a janitor cleaning up not only trash and dirt, but taking out dirt monsters while performing acrobatic moves in the air?
Pros: + Beautiful visuals and animations, + Wonderful soundtrack, + Technical yet fun game play, + Controller enabled
Cons: Controls take some getting used to, Local multiplayer only, Many levels locked until you perfect unlocked levels
Conclusion: Dustforce is a decent game with great visuals and an addictive soundtrack. Sadly, its platformer gameplay isn’t that polished so you’ll find yourself cursing at the screen when failing that dreaded double jump or when you miss tiny bits of garbage. If you enjoyed lessons in patience and muscle memory like Super Meat Boy, then you might find a decent challenge in Dustforce. If you don’t like getting annoyed, however, you might want to steer clear of it.
Conclusion: Whether that separates the noobs from the pros is up to each player. If you’re the kind that relishes a challenge and has understanding neighbours (for when you swear loudly), Dustforce is a low cost yet deep title that can keep you mercilessly addicted for hours. Watching replays in awe is an addiction all in itself and the local multiplayer options are worthwhile if you regularly gather a few bodies around the PC.
Summary: Entwickler Hitbox Team hat uns mit Dustforce einen sehr unterhaltsamen 2D-Platformer beschert, der erst nach anfänglicher Eingewöhnungsphase sein volles Potential entfaltet. Freilich, Veteranen werden sich bei diesem Titel sofort heimisch fühlen, Genreneulinge hingegen könnten sich vom hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad schnell überfordert fühlen. Das Einarbeiten zahlt sich jedoch aus! Schon nach gut einer halben Stunde zeichnen sich die ersten Erfolge ab.
Summary: Dustforce è il risultato di un'idea che funziona e soprattutto è l'ennesima conferma che anche i generi videoludici più vetusti possono avere ancora molto da raccontare, quando sviluppati con un pizzico d'originalità. Dustforce è già disponibile su Steam a prezzo budget, per gli amanti delle sfide e per i giocatori in cerca di qualcosa per spezzare la monotonia del mercato mainstream.