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: It was obvious, really: the next evolution of 2D action RPGs lies with cat people wielding talking swords. At first glance, Dust: An Elysian Tail may look like an action platformer intended strictly for children, due to the game’s potentially off-putting cartoon protagonists.
Pros: Intuitive, flowing combat, Excellent levels that encourage exploration, Playing non-stop to resolve the surprisingly stirring plot
Cons: How the Hardcore difficulty makes you feel like a wimp, Doesn’t last forever, That feeling when your friends walk in on you playing a game starring cartoon animal people
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.
Conclusion: Thank you, Mr Dodrill, for bringing back fond memories of Don Bluth, Dogtanian and the C64 version of Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo. Thanks for creating a cartoon world that's never sickly sweet, nor excessively doom-laden, and could exist outside the confines of a game - and,...