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  • Summary: Dex is a 2D, side-scrolling, open-world cyberpunk RPG with a focus on exploration and non-linear gameplay.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. May 22, 2015
    85
    Dex is a game that definitely deserves to see and experience. It is not the game of the year or the best indie RPG we've ever played, but it's a well-built effort that will excite fans of 2D action games, sprinkled with reasonable quantities of RPG mechanisms and a satisfactory story to support it.
  2. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 29, 2015
    76
    Brief dialogue, complex, but underexplained plot, practical minimalism in combat and no attempts to toy with 3D – two dimensions is more than enough to navigate ventilation shafts, evade hazards like toxic gas, stealthily take down a guard or break your legs in a miscalculated jump. [Issue#199, p.82]
  3. CD-Action
    Jul 27, 2015
    75
    Dex really surprised me. Under its modest externals I found a decent, complex RPG game incorporating everything that makes cyberpunk an attractive setting. [08/2015, p.56]
  4. Jun 4, 2015
    70
    Mediocre fights and design errors couldn't beat the fact, Dex is a pleasant cyberpunk RPG for the fans of the genre.
  5. Aug 10, 2015
    70
    Dex conveys a sense of depth while remaining somewhat shallow; regardless, it is an enjoyable cyberpunk experience.
  6. Jul 4, 2015
    55
    A combination of a decent role-playing game and a so-so platformer — not the best result after four years of development.
  7. Jun 27, 2015
    30
    It offers all the right elements that the genre needs, but fails to utilise them in any particularly original, entertaining or - indeed - working state. [Issue#162, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jan 1, 2018
    10
    I didn't really know what to expect from Dex. An unusual mix of side-scrolling, RPG, and cyberpunk that nonetheless not only works, but isI didn't really know what to expect from Dex. An unusual mix of side-scrolling, RPG, and cyberpunk that nonetheless not only works, but is enormously good fun.

    Once you get used to the side-scrolling controls, Dex takes you into a world that is perhaps a little cliched, even predictable in places if you're familiar with the genre, but we get so little in the way of decent cyberpunk, I can't help but fall in love with it. It simultaneously manages to take me back to old days of Beneath A Steel Sky and more recent and more combat-oriented games such as Deus Ex or Shadowrun. That alone is to be appreciated. Some potential is unrealised, but that just speaks to the emotional investment in wanting more from what is a great little game.

    The characters and voice acting are well done, particularly for such a small studio, and the game helps you build your blue-haired protagonist & beautifully voiced Dex your way. Do you favour stealth and alternative entrances or combat and out-and-out slugging? Silver-tongued dialogue or brute force? The missions are nicely varied both in content and approach, giving you a real chance to tailor the resulting experience to a given style and role. The soundtrack is wonderful, and really helps build that dystopian vibe. While small, the wonderful world built has nothing spare about it - everything ends up having a purpose, which is a joy to encounter as you progress further into the game and go 'oh, so that's what that is for'.

    I'd like to see more of this, please, Dreadlocks. Even just more of the same would be just fine.
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  2. May 8, 2015
    10
    Really great game, nice voice acting, nice soundtrack, great visuals. Gameplay decent, AI decent, story decent. Developers work with theReally great game, nice voice acting, nice soundtrack, great visuals. Gameplay decent, AI decent, story decent. Developers work with the community and are patching bugs. Overall good indie game. Expand
  3. May 12, 2015
    10
    one of the few cyberpunk games these games. dex doesn't inspire
    to become the next cyberpunk 2077 (it's not out yet :P ). but what it sets
    one of the few cyberpunk games these games. dex doesn't inspire
    to become the next cyberpunk 2077 (it's not out yet :P ). but what it sets out
    to do, it does it really great. a great atmosphere, nice quests, non-linear gameplay.

    all in all it's a 2d rpg, with good character development, that is a strange
    combination, but it comes out wonderfully.
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  4. Sep 24, 2017
    9
    That was pretty surprising, and pretty fantastic game. My second real trip into platform games (the first was steamworld dig a week or soThat was pretty surprising, and pretty fantastic game. My second real trip into platform games (the first was steamworld dig a week or so ago), after 20 years of strategy and rpg.
    So, this was great cyberpunk rpg experience with a lot of action and a bucket full of atmosphere. I'm not sure it can even be included in "platformer" category - probably no.
    The quest were interesting, some of the even suprising. The effect of choices somehow limited, but still you saw some of them. The gameplay entertaining, however fighting part would benefit with a little more variance. The lack of melee weapons was also visible. Character building elements also interesting. And the series of twists at the end - it gave me an impression of reading a well writen cyberpunk novel.
    Combine this with watching Blade Runner, Jonny Mnemonic, Minority Report, and reading some of Gibson novels - you have a very atmospheric trip into cyberpunk!
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  5. Jun 22, 2020
    8
    A small Indie gem in the cyberpunk genre. The game has good music and ejoyable voice acting. I found the story a classic but enjoyable, withA small Indie gem in the cyberpunk genre. The game has good music and ejoyable voice acting. I found the story a classic but enjoyable, with different endings too. There are a lot of interesting concepts like the hacking that is not really enjoyable at first, but gets better with some experience and some extra points in the skill.

    It's not very long but also not short for and Indie game, I found a perfect balance and it didn't get boring.

    The NPG don't have the best AI but they are quite strong especially near the ending of the game so I didn't got bored of killing them.

    Atmosphere and art fell are good and is what a cyberpunk fan expect.
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  6. Oct 12, 2019
    7
    Quite a fun little game in cyberpunk setting - I enjoyed a few evenings with it :)
  7. Feb 2, 2018
    0
    L'indé daubé du jour veut se la jouer jeu de rôle, rien que ça ! et "cyberpunk" avec ça, y en a vraiment qui ne doutent de rien... mais quandL'indé daubé du jour veut se la jouer jeu de rôle, rien que ça ! et "cyberpunk" avec ça, y en a vraiment qui ne doutent de rien... mais quand on a pas de moyens, pas de pétrole et encore moins d'idées, comment voulez-vous déboucher sur quelque chose à part un étron pas vidéo ni ludique pour un sou...

    On a donc une espèce d'ersatz de "jeu" tout en 2D, de la 2D plate comme la main comme on en faisait au début des années 90... encore que même l'Amiga proposait en son temps des trucs plus jolis que ce machin-là. En dehors des 256 couleurs et des personnages tout pixélisés, la direction artistique est simplement dégeulasse, générique et fade.

    Le gameplay est foireux et très limité, l'histoire est très neuneu, les dialogues sont risibles ; les voix en anglais sont d'un amateurisme effrayant et la musique vient de sortir d'un ascenseur en panne. En outre, je ne sais pas ce que branle le jeu pendant qu'on essaye de "jouer" à ce bidule mais il trafique le disque dur. D'ailleurs, l'une des mises-à-jour sur GOG tyrannise le disque dur pendant un quart d'heure, et ça avant qu'on ne l'annule, car on craint pour la santé du disque, vu les bruits qu'il fait... j'ai pas installé Stacker 4.0, que je sache... putain !

    Voilà, c'était le petit étron indé du jour qui se prenait pour un jeu de rôle (lol), bricolé par deux mains gauches et programmé avec les pieds. On aura tout vu !
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