Dust: An Elysian Tail is an enticing and mesmerizing game that uses its beauty and action to bring an entertaining game to its players. Dust: An Elysian Tail is an enjoyable 2D action adventure game that focuses on the story of Dust, a character that is suffering from what a lot of other video game protagonist suffer with, amnesia. Dust quickly learn that the world he inhabits is plagued by monsters that attack innocent civilians. it becomes clear what Dust has to do, drive the monsters back and save who he can.
The art style of the game is truly beautiful. The game draws the player in with the art design that was presented to them. The game contains dimly lit ice caverns, creepy dead forests, snow covered mountains, and more. Each location pops into life with a beauty that is rarely seen in many games. The dynamic weather effects and use of ambient lighting provide the mood in each environment visited. The smooth animations of Dust and the rest of the cast make the aesthetics of the game mesmerizing.
While the visuals are amazing, the combat is just as good. The game while it has a short amount of moves, they can be connected in various ways. Fighting in boss battles, is not as enticing as it is during battle with regular enemies. The banality of boss battles is seen in a lot of games, and Dust: An Elysian Tail is not an exception. The bosses tend to only have a few attacks and are not much a challenge. The combat, when not facing boss battles, is fluid. Jumping, slashing, hacking, and dodging works when controlling Dust. The gameplay controls feel right when playing as Dust and it keeps the game fresh.
The game is big on rewarding exploration and taking down enemies . Fidget, who is a anthropomorphic sidekick that assist in the game, notifies Dust when there are hidden objects. Once the player puts everything together it creates a sense of wonder, knowing that a new area is open for exploration. Every enemy that is killed, rewards the player with XP. The game only has four attributes, but once the player collects enough XP, these attributes can be powered up. Some attributes are clearly more important than others. Health is superabundant in the game, so up grading heath is not as important as up grading strength. Dust: An Elysian Tail also has a crafting system, but it is very distracting to hunt down the material needed to make something useful.
The only real major shortfall of Dust: An Elysian Tail is in the narrative. The story of the game is not compelling. The game contains some humorous banter between Dust and Fidget. Dust plays much like those mysteries badasses that are conflicted about certain aspects of their lives. It is cliched and overdone in many video games, especially in protagonist. The voice acting is solid in the game, each character is done well and provide them with some personality, instead of feeling like they are hollow characters.
There are many peaks and joyful moments in Dust: An Elysian Tail. Dust is not a great character, poor crafting system, and the story is not very compelling, but there are more positives in this game than negatives. The gorgeous environments, fun progress, enticing exploration and fun combat makes this game a pleasurable experience. Dust: An Elysian Tail struggles at times, but it is filled with charm.