Game stirs up the Dust
FROM classics such as the Metroid Prime series and re- releases of
Castlevania, to more modern titles such as Shadow Complex, gamers can’t seem to get enough of the tried and true role- playing game formula.
This new downloadable gem joins the ranks, with one key difference . . . it’s been created almost entirely by one man.
Dust: An Elysian Tail successfully combines slick combat and light role- playing elements with all the exploration and back- tracking that fans of the genre crave. What’s more, it does so while telling an engaging tale and looking stylish.
Despite the game’s entire cast being inspired by a Saturday morning cartoon series, the voice action is credible. Add in a stirring orchestral soundtrack and a plot that is far more thematically evolved than the visuals suggest, and the gaming experience is mostly satisfying.
Dust juggles equal parts combat, platforming and exploration flawlessly, with sword play at the centre of the gameplay. Like any memorable action game, the basic mechanics are easy enough to grasp but require patience and practice to master.
Sadly its intended high points – the boss battles at the end of each new area – are not as much fun as simply ploughing through mindless hordes of minions during the rest of the game.
But Dust provides the usual experience points and levels up with new abilities and customisable features, while a basic crafting system lets you assemble more power gear, if and when you have the right materials.
Ultimately though, whether you focus on magic, or hack and slashing, the combat is flashy, furious fun.
This one- man- made game may not be entirely original in conception but it is the complete package, featuring rewarding combat and exploration, polished visuals, an engaging story, and a surprising amount of content when you consider the budget price tag.