Parents' Guide to

Dust: An Elysian Tale

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Pretty side-scroller has mild but frequent violence.

Game Xbox 360 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Give this gem a chance

I agree with the reviewer on most accounts, but not entirely. I played the game through to the end, and found the story had a very positive message about the protagonist. Without spoiling the game, what you learn of Dust, his journey and his personal conflict and the choices he makes at the end, really project a positive role model. At the very end, the story ties together nicely and if anything, is a gem offering children how important choices are, and doing good and helping others is. I shed a few tears at the end, it moved me so ... adults should play this game, too. It has a simple but heartfelt lesson at it's core.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Dust: An Elysian Tale may be worth playing simply to take in its gorgeous anime-style graphics. The game begins with a run through a lush green forest filled with beautifully animated animals, including families of deer frolicking together and rabbits washing their cute faces with their paws. Things get a little darker as the game progresses, but the game's unique beauty persists.

The action, unfortunately, is a bit ho-hum. A variety of moves and attacks are unlocked over time, but most players will likely just mash buttons to plough through the game's baddies and wind up finding battles a bit monotonous. It's a shame that the imagination and care that went into the game's presentation didn't continue on through to play. Instead, Dust: An Elysian Tale is a visual feast with a mediocre core.

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