How many of you have played this game? Because the answer should be all of you. This game is fucking great!
Dust: An Elysian Tail is easily one of my favorite indie games. The combat is simple and fun, featuring a combo counter that can go well over a thousand if you’re good enough (and I love seeing big numbers when I hit my enemies) and plenty of environmental items you can put to use (which I love just as much as big numbers).
It’s also one of the prettiest indie games I’ve ever seen. While so many others I’ve played feature 8 or 16 bit graphics with an extra modern touch (such as Shovel Knight, FTL, or Stardew Valley), Dust: An Elysian Tail features more of a cartoon-like style. From the cast anthropomorphic animal characters (all of whom I love by the way) to the goofy but menacing looking monsters, everything in this game feels like a TV show that I would’ve watched as a child.
And reminding me of more innocent, stress-free times is a good way to get into my heart.
But what really makes me love this game is the story. It’s a pretty simple plot, but it’s very emotional and character driven, like any good story should be. Dust and Fidget, our two main characters, have spectacular chemistry, and I love every interaction these two characters have throughout the entire game. This is made even better by the spectacular voice acting, featuring a huge cast of highly talented voice actors.
The standouts among these are Lucien Dodge and Kimlinh Tran as Dust and Fidget respectively, Amber Lee Conners as Ginger, and Edward Bosco as Ahrah. These four each kill it for their respective roles, and they’re only a small section of the entire cast. There are so many other roles that, while less important to the plot, are equally fantastic. These include some of my favorite voice actors, such as Justine Briner (English voice of Deku and voice of Cloud in Final Fantasy 7 Machinabridged), Curtis Arnott (aka Takahata 101) and Xander Mobus (the announcer in Smash Bros. and the protagonist of Persona 5).
This casting makes each character, no matter how unimportant they are to the plot, come to life. And when there’s this much attention to detail to every member of the cast, it brings the whole world to life. And in a world this detailed and beautiful, that only further improves the experience.
Oh, and did I mention the music? Because holy shit this game’s soundtrack is spectacular! Each track is absolutely beautiful, and they each fit their respective story beats or levels super well. The scoring in this game is spot on.
I must say it again: if you still haven’t played this game, you need to fix that. It’s available on pretty much every platform, from the PC to the Switch, and it’s available for pretty cheap, even when it’s not on sale (which, if you’re reading this on the day of release 11/24/2018, it is on Steam for pretty cheap). This is a fantastic game, and it’s absolutely worth your time.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go play the entire game again for the sole purpose of putting poison ivy in Gianni’s laundry.