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  • Summary: In a bizarre universe in which the oppressed are on the verge of oblivion, Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arisesIn a bizarre universe in which the oppressed are on the verge of oblivion, Dandara has awoken to reshape the world. The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 6, 2018
    80
    Dandara‘s seemingly-impossible feat at combining elements of platforming, combat and strategy within its explorative template takes some doing and is almost an accomplishment in of itself.
  2. Feb 23, 2018
    75
    Dandara proves that there's still originality in a decades-old genre. It changes the way you control the player character, breaking from Metroidvania traditions, and creates new types of puzzles and methods of progression along the way.
  3. Feb 6, 2018
    73
    A debut work made with sufficient expertise, which will engage lovers of the genre between a certain number of insults and some satisfaction, despite the aforementioned imperfections.
  4. Feb 7, 2018
    70
    Dandara’s unique movement abilities ensure it’s at least significantly different from its peers. But the same reason that Dandara is so unique is also its biggest setback. The sense of mastery never quite comes, resulting in a game that flashes its potential in one scene only to undermine that thrill soon afterward. Even with its occasional stumbles, though, Dandara offers enough excitement and beauty to push you onward.
  5. Feb 7, 2018
    68
    A prickly 2D Metroidvania with a curious twist, Dandara admirably finds something new to do with the genre, but it's tough work to get onboard.
  6. Feb 7, 2018
    65
    Dandara isn't a bad game, it's just perhaps not the game for me or for many others. The control choice has made it very niche, and while it's likely to perform much better on the Nintendo Switch, it just feels like it doesn't quite have a home here on the PC. If you're willing to take the leap, you'll be greeted with beautiful pixel art visuals and candy for your eardrums - and that's fantastic. But, it comes at the expense of having to wade through gameplay that never really feels like it fits if you use a keyboard and mouse, and that only improves slightly if you use a gamepad. This game was meant for touchscreen, and most PC gamers don't utilize touch screen controls as there has never been a major reason to do so, and that remains unchanged even after Dandara's arrival.
  7. Feb 12, 2018
    60
    On one hand, Dandara is a perfectly serviceable romp through a series of well-designed and attractive environments; on the other, it's a deliberate yet confusing sidestep of well-established gameplay conventions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jun 17, 2021
    10
    This is a very unique and solid Metroidvania. After playing dozens upon of dozens of MVs, it's nice to experience a refreshing new mechanismThis is a very unique and solid Metroidvania. After playing dozens upon of dozens of MVs, it's nice to experience a refreshing new mechanism of moving around. This is now one of my favorite MVs after Vision Soft Reset and ESA. The difficulty is pretty fair until you get to the brutal final true boss. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2021
    10
    Soy fan del género Metroidvania, y debo decir que este título indie es por lejos mi favorito de dicho género
    Tiene buenas mecánicas y
    Soy fan del género Metroidvania, y debo decir que este título indie es por lejos mi favorito de dicho género
    Tiene buenas mecánicas y controles únicos (lo cual es su principal atractivo), además de unos gráficos retro pero visualmente atractivos y una muy buena banda sonora
    Veo que muchos lo critican por tener controles "imposibles de dominar" y dicen que no sienten progreso de habilidad para manejar a Dandara, pero eso en realidad refleja la poca habilidad que tienen como gamers, pues con un poco de práctica uno se puede mover con total soltura por los niveles
    Sí, el juego puede ser difícil (sobre todo el final real), pero yo veo eso como un punto a favor: para jugar juegos fáciles hay muchos del montón, pero a veces uno quiere verdaderos retos
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  3. Feb 20, 2022
    10
    Nunca gostei de metroidvania, porque já tinha tentado alguns Metroid e alguns Castlevania e nunca tinha avançado muito neles. Contudo, o queNunca gostei de metroidvania, porque já tinha tentado alguns Metroid e alguns Castlevania e nunca tinha avançado muito neles. Contudo, o que me atraiu em Dandara foi a sua mecânica de movimentação inovadora, tendo eu ficado um pouco desanimado depois de ver que se tratava de um metroidvania, porque eu não gostava. Todavia, eu dei uma chance e não me arrependi, porque a mecânica de movimentação entrega tudo que promete com os trailers, sendo muito boa e divertida. Por outro lado, o jogo em si é muito bom e foi ele quem me fez olhar os metroidvania com outros olhos. Foi Dandara quem me deixou entrar nesse mundo, sendo eu, hoje, um amante do gênero. Sendo assim, por causa disso, recomendo esse jogo para todo mundo, seja você um fã do gênero ou um odiador como eu era. Apenas uma obra-prima. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2019
    9
    Dandara is a beautiful and unique game, which respects and values the culture it was created in in a form I have seen done very few times.Dandara is a beautiful and unique game, which respects and values the culture it was created in in a form I have seen done very few times. While it's gameplay will take time to learn and get used to, being surprisingly difficult to properly use sometimes, it's still very interesting regardless. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2021
    8
    I was ready to give this game an 9 out of ten. But the last area (the golden one) is so out of place in this otherwise consistently difficultI was ready to give this game an 9 out of ten. But the last area (the golden one) is so out of place in this otherwise consistently difficult game it kinda sours the experience for me. The last area feels like a huge enemy spam fiesta without smart puzzles. And the last boss is rng bull **** go in with enough energy reserves and use the shield and missiles. Beware i played with a controller on PC and it requires some very fine movement - i think its impossible with m&k. Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2019
    6
    Dandara is a very interesting approach to Metroidvania style in its very unique way.

    I did not find the game mechanics easy to use and easy
    Dandara is a very interesting approach to Metroidvania style in its very unique way.

    I did not find the game mechanics easy to use and easy to master, both with keyboard and controller alike. And that is my main concern about the game because that difficulties get me bored after a while.

    The art style is awesome and the soundtrack is also very nice. And despite my complains about the game mechanics the game is very nice and deserves my support and my positive feedback. It is another nice addition to my game collection. I recommend it!

    I leave you guys a small video with some of the starting moments of the game, spoiler free:
    https://youtu.be/oMYlVmrtUdk
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  7. Feb 4, 2021
    1
    simplesmente horrivel, a gameplay é pessima, para quem joga com teclado e rato é ainda pior so nao dou 0 porque foi dado de graça na epic games

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