Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    For years, Dust: An Elysian Tail will be a testament to what one person is able to create. But it also shows how problems in a game can sometimes be missed by the creator as well as the players.
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    70
    There are better 2D brawlers out there, better ones on Xbox LIVE Arcade in fact, but probably none prettier. And it seems like that's probably just enough to make my weird old brain smile.
  3. Aug 23, 2012
    70
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is good but not great. The graphics are gorgeous, but every other aspect of the game feels like it is incomplete, or simply ruined from bad design choices. Anyway, the experience is still good enough to grant some honest fun. 1200 MP are way too much, 800 would be much better.
  4. Aug 21, 2012
    70
    The last push and final confrontation are a union of repetition and frustration, overstaying its welcome and almost undoing the good work. Bookended by a flat beginning and ending, it's the entertaining centre of this adventure that is its strong suit.
  5. Aug 17, 2012
    70
    Dust does many things well, but it doesn't do anything brilliantly. The combat's decent, the structure invites the revisiting of old areas, and the narrative stays interesting. Taken together, these things are enough to keep you plugging away till the end.
  6. Aug 16, 2012
    70
    Inconsistent, though the good tends to outweigh the bad. Missteps aside, the game is genuinely fun, and at the very least worth a try via demo. If nothing else, Dust offers an intriguing promise of things to come: if Mr. Dodrill could craft a game like this on his own, what could he accomplish with more?
  7. Aug 14, 2012
    70
    Dust: An Elysian Tail periodically stumbles, but impressive visuals and enticing exploration make for a successful journey.
  8. Aug 13, 2012
    65
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is a pleasure to look at. The combat is deep and highly kinetic, but the rest of the game can't keep up with that energy. What's left is an inconsistent and sometimes boring product that doesn't live up to its potential.
  9. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Dust: An Elysian Tail is a satisfactory game, but it is no more than a series of recycled condiments.
  10. Aug 24, 2012
    60
    Visually stunning, with roughly 12 hours of gameplay, Dust remains quite spectacular, especially knowing it's the work of only two people. But after a charming start, one doesn't take long to witness a gigantic shortcoming: there's no challenge whatsoever and the heroes don't benefit from any sort of evolution over the course of the adventure. The game design thus becomes void, when all you need to do is to press four buttons continuously to finish the game.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Aug 30, 2012
    10
    It is one of those games that captivates you from the moment you see it. Dust: An Elysian Tail to my opinion, is the best game to come out onIt is one of those games that captivates you from the moment you see it. Dust: An Elysian Tail to my opinion, is the best game to come out on Xbox Live Arcade to date. RPG, platform, action, a combat system that is not boring, otherworldly visuals. In short, by 1200MSP can play a game that easily surpasses many physical games that have flooded the market these days. Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2012
    10
    I think guillermops review has its integrity ruined by his prejudice against an art style. Which is sad, since the game has stunning art,I think guillermops review has its integrity ruined by his prejudice against an art style. Which is sad, since the game has stunning art, touching story that appeals to the younger generation as well as leaving light hearted jokes that can charm many ages of gamers. Since it failed to touch on anything else but focus on the "furry" issue they cannot get their head around, I can't really deem that a useful review. Surprised that one other person did, somewhat.

    The story really expands when you begin to do all the quests, without them, you simply will be missing out on particular chapters of the game that just make it a fuller experience. The voice acting is staggeringly good for a game made by a single man, considering his low budget and tiny team, I'm thoroughly impressed by what he has achieved here. A must buy.
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  3. Aug 24, 2012
    10
    powell22 not only you're spamming your useless **** retarded ads, but you give also this game only a 6. Are you also an useless retarded otherpowell22 not only you're spamming your useless **** retarded ads, but you give also this game only a 6. Are you also an useless retarded other than an useless **** spammer? Really, spamming your ads in a review spot. You're useless. Ah, and the game it's great by the way, I really love it. A full 10. Full Review »