As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D, sweep-'em-up platformer.Read full description
"it's impossible for me not to recommend any fan of platformers or 2D games to wait any longer to play it." - Gaming-age.com
"Style and intelligently scaled difficulty make Dustforce an instant classic, and a lesson in the rewards of hard work." - PCgamer.com]
Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-'em-up platformer.
'Dustforce' is one of my favorite games of all time. It could quite possibly have the number one spot. But it took a little work to get there. I remembered playing the prototype a few years before. Whatever my experience at that point, it must have been pretty unremarkable. I fired it up again a while later, and something hooked me this time. I'm not exactly sure what changed, but my friend and I would run through levels over and over just to try and top each other's scores. I've put more time into this game than any other. Now, I may not know what changed between my first and second trys at playing this game. But I do know why I love it now. This is one of those games that asks you--the player--to get better. I don't necessarily hate leveling systems (I still play JRPGs every now and then), but there's something inherently more satisfying about getting past something hard through your own abilities than going back and grinding until you can take on a boss. In 'Dustforce,' you have all of your moves from the beginning of the game. You just have to figure out how to use them. But you're not alone in that. The game has online leaderboards included, where you can watch other players' runs. After you've gotten to the end of a level once, you can use this to figure out how to improve your own runs until you can get an SS. And then onto the next level... (There's also a very friendly community over on Reddit that loves to help new players.) I'll admit, I'm a bit partial towards this kind of game. The kind where you just keep playing a level until you've mastered it, your character swiftly flowing through. But that's not the only thing I like about 'Dustforce.' Honestly this is completely inconsequential, but there are secrets scattered around the levels. Every now and then you'll jump into an out-of-the-way secret passage just to find a piano playing a nice song, or you'll go a little bit above the end of the level and find a telescope that zooms out the screen and lets you see the stars. These little things give a human touch to the game. They're completely unneccesary and have no effect on the game whatsoever, but it's nice to find these little easter eggs when you get tired of trying to SS and just want to explore a bit. And I haven't even mentioned the music yet. Even if you're not interested in playing this game, at least give the soundtrack a listen. It's some of the best video game music I've ever heard, and it does its best to calm you down after you've missed the same jump ten times in a row. If I were reviewing this game in its incarnation from when I was really getting into it, I would dock off a bit for a slightly misleading hub world. The four areas (Forest, Mansion, City, and Lab) were separated into their own sections, making it almost seem like the ideal way to play was to clear one whole area before moving onto the next one. In reality, you want to move around between them, first finishing the easier levels in each area before moving on to slightly harder and so on. Fortunately, the 'Dustforce DX' update has remedied this problem. All four areas are combined into one big section now, with the design of the hub world leading you towards levels in approximate order of difficulty. If you see a door and can't get to it, you'll just have to play around more until you've mastered the character's movement enough to get you there. The update also added sixteen new levels that try and ease new players in a bit more gently than the harsh difficulty curve of the original game. With this fix, I have no problem giving 'Dustforce' a perfect score. This is exactly what I look for in a game.
To break it down simply: • Charming art style and premise • Deep, fluid movement mechanics • Challenging but fair difficulty curve • Low skill floor, high ceiling • Speed is only limited by your ability, not by arbitrary restrictions (++) • Huge replay value with ranking system - strive for the top! I've invested well over 300 hours in this gem, but it's quite niche. If you love solid movement and platforming, then this is definitely worth checking out.
I really appreciated the simplistic art style in this game. The outer world layout reminded me of games from long ago that I cherished. Contrary to the first couple minutes, this game does get complex and very challenging. There is only one achievement on this game, and I don't believe I'm even close to earning said achievement. There are multiple characters, but I stuck with the original much of the time. This game can be played casually, or you can dedicate quite a bit of time to it. If you're not focused on perfection, you can beat the game in a decent amount of time.
This game is rich in old school platformer goodies, and still has enough originality to make it stand out. The jumps and controls are smooth, the game ideas are fun, the engine and the graphics may be a little spartan, but that makes the game a little easier to pick up and less frustrating, as some platformers that overdo it on the details simply throw you off the main objective, this game is goal oriented. This is not one of those platromers where you repeatedly die on difficult puzzles, but rather that kind with a high replayability value and a focus on speed running. The game runs smoothly enough for people to go full on speed attack mode, but can also be 100% clear focused, so people can have the option of that or the other, for the hardcore players going for both, which is also an option; not an easy achievement. Over-all I've encountered very few problems with this game, and have enjoyed every minute of it. It starts out with a thorough tutorial before it start punishing you with crazy jumping challenges, so people can transition into the actual game without major difficulties. I'd definitely recommend this game to anyone.
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