Excerpt: Dust: An Elysian Tail is a platform RPG video game by Humble Hearts, apparently the pen name of a game designer named Dean Dodrill. The player takes control of a character called Dust who is accompanied by a flying Nimbat called Fidget and a talking magical sword.
Pros: Nice handdrawn graphics, Well paced story, Humours interactions
Excerpt: Summer of Arcade 2012 has featured a stacked lineup of titles that have all managed to bring something special to Xbox LIVE Arcade and leave a lasting impression on the BioGamer Girl staff. It's sad to have to see the promotion come to an end, but it seems Microsoft was saving their best for last with Dust: An Elysian Tail .
Conclusion: Concept: Great ideas from across genres converge in a classically styled side-scrolling action/RPG
Graphics: Animations and environments are great, but the character portraits during dialogue and cutscenes look like they’re in the wrong game
Sound: The soundtrack has a few excellent tracks, and the voice acting is good – though I couldn’t stand Dust’s sidekick
Playability: Combat starts simple, but evolves to give players all the variety they need while remaining easy to...
Excerpt: Dust: An Elysian Tail is one of those stories that should really get the blood of independent game developers pumping. It’s one of vital success, the story of Dean Dodrill and his work of love, which got selected as part of the 2009 Dream.Build.Play competition hosted by Microsoft and, three years later, finally finds its place on Xbox Live Arcade as a heavily advertised title.
Excerpt: Some games innovate, others refine. Humble Hearts’ 2D action-RPG Dust: An Elysian Tail falls in the latter camp, but don’t interpret that as any sort of slight: from beginning to end, this adventure manages to capture the constant thrill of discovery (a trademark of beloved classics like the Castlevania and Metroid series) so well that it fills every step of your journey with an exhilarating dose of wide-eyed wonder.
Pros: + Fantastic pacing; feels incredibly good to control; lovely soundtrack; big maps with lots of secret goodies., + Leveling, item management, crafting; hugely imaginative, enjoyable world to learn and explore.
Cons: ? Why so many game characters with wacky accents?
Excerpt: Dust has been flying under the radar quite considerably for the past few years. Intiially slated to be an Xbox Live Indie title, it was eventually slated to be an Xbox Live release in 2011, only to be delayed into the Summer of Arcade in 2012.