All member reviews for Dust: An Elysian Tale

Common Sense Media says

Pretty side-scroller has mild but frequent violence.

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(out of 3 reviews)
age 9+
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Parent Written byQuicksandsurfer October 3, 2012

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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byKai Wu September 25, 2013


It's a really good game but in the story has references of genocide in one part of the story you kill the supposed last of a race
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bypseudo.canadian August 21, 2015

Gorgeous hack-and-slash is close to perfect

"Dust: An Elysian Tale" is an indie, 2.5-D hack and slash/platformer made by one man. The graphics and art style are incredible to look at, and runs well on any system you choose to play it on (the Windows port will freeze occasionally though, along with very infrequent frame dips). The story is about a person named Dust, who wakes up in the middle of nowhere with a bat-like creature named Fidget, and a powerful sword by his side. Throughout the game, more and more is revealed about Dust's true identity and past, accumulating into an incredible (and sad) finish. The story is more engaging than it lets on to be, but the gameplay can get stale (and potentially challenging) in certain segments. Overall, "Dust: An Elysian Tail" is an excellent Metroidvania hack-and-slash sure to please young and old. In terms of content, "Dust: An Elysian Tail" is tame. The violence is intense and packed in every level, but combat is colorful and fantastical. There's no blood or gore of any kind. Language is absent, apart from one occurrence of "damned". Also, one character's avatar might be smoking, but it's never dwelled upon. There's no sex, drinking, or drug use of any kind.