Dust: An Elysian Tail for the Xbox Live division of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is a solid 2D action title that offers quick combo-based action in a vibrant hand-painted world.
Developed by Humble Hearts, Dust: An Elysian Tail features Dust, a warrior who comes across the Sword of Ahrah. Dust learns how to utilize the sword to combat waves of enemies and uncover his past.
The control system is solid with a light and heavy attack that can be alternated for progressive Hit Chains. Users will gain new abilities throughout, all of which extend the dynamic combo-based combat.
In addition, users can utilize Fidget, a small air-creature who is the protector of the Sword of Ahrah. While Fidget can only produce a number of small fireballs, Dust can initiate a Dust Storm to unleash the projectiles in all directions to strike a mob of enemies.
Players can upgrade their stats using points from defeated foes. In addition, levels are multi-leveled to involve exploration to find keys that can unlock additional support and magic items.
The graphics engine is solid at 60 frames-per-second. The hand-drawn characters against vibrant polygonal backdrops. Animation is lush with detailed character builds against ambient sound effects and well-acted dialogue.
Dust: An Elysian Tail is a great 2D action title with enough depth and style to keep users pummeling through every action-packed level.