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 has over 50 levels, from elegant exploration maps to intense challenges for hardcore players. -Compete on the online leaderboard and instantly watch replays of every player's best attempts. -Roam through a myriad of beautiful environments accompanied by an original soundtrack. -Create and share custom maps with the powerful level editor and integrated map sharing server. -Play against your friends with local multiplayer matches.
If there's anything this game excels at; it's the art/style. It's a beautiful game; although at times the game play might be frustrating, the scenery is great to look at and the music is gorgeous.
Game play is also great; there is a good tutorial to teach the basic controls. However, some "advanced moves/tactics" must be discovered yourself; and these moves are essential for beating the 50-some levels.
All levels and other utilities are connected with the same world. There are virtually no menus, and with the recent update, getting around is very easy for any newbie.
Dustforce! Is a game by Hitbox Team. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a trailer for Dustforce a few months ago. The art and music drew me in as well as the appearance of fluid gameplay.
You're treated to a short cutscene set to a short, fun song, and then you're thrown straight into gameplay, able to start in the tutorial right away. The game is centered around making it through platforming stages and dusting as much dust as you can (done by swiping or running on top of). The tutorial is designed well, with the controls building upon themselves as the tutorial progresses. You see this combo meter, not sure of what it is, until the end where you can see "oh, I get a completion and finesse score!"
At the end of the tutorial, you feel like you have a grasp of the game!
Until you realize you don't. But not in a bad way. Note that this game is very difficult - you'll get crushed in the first few easy stages, working for the perfect rank (done by dusting all the dust without dying (which breaks your combo)).
The death mechanic is done in a nice way, sending you back to a previous checkpoint, or you can just restart the stage. This way, working from just learning a level to perfecting it is as non-frustrating as possible.
You do well in stages to unlock keys in harder stages, so in a way the entire game you are getting better and better at the controls. Very nicely designed difficulty curve - the controls at first can feel finicky, but as you get experienced you realize that they are quite smooth and elegant to traverse the world with.
All of this is set to an awesome soundtrack and easy-on-the-eyes graphics. This game is beautiful, and I mean it...just watch a trailer. All of the aesthetics fit together perfectly - the smooth graphics, melodic-but-not-in-your-face soundtrack, and the fluid gameplay. It's a steal, and it even has a level editor now so there is theoretically an endless source of stages.
Sure, the game is great and all, but what really got me is the soundtrack. I just love it.
I listen to it while working.
I listen to it while writing.
I listen to it while driving.
I listen to it while playing Dustforce.
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This is a phenomenal game with fantastic music. The levels are easy enough to play, and going back for SS provides a nice challenge, unlike so many games where it's impossible to fail. If all that's too easy for you, there are a few extremely difficult levels in each area that are harder to finish. Of course, you'll have to find them first...
This game is excellent. Skill-based platforming ala Super Meat Boy, and combo-oriented combat which captures the spirit of Devil May Cry. Excellent original music reminiscent of classics like Donky Kong Country. Controls are great, so long as you have a gamepad, because the keyboard controls are awful.
The artstyle is simple in concept but complex in execution; this game is stunning. The art style is beautiful and inspiring, with vector-style sprites featuring fluid animations.
Single-player is the star here, with unlockable levels begging to be challenged again and again to achieve the perfect run. With online leaderboards and shareable replays for each level, it can get quite competitive, shaving off milliseconds from your score! Multiplayer is fun, but not nearly as addictive as the core game. Custom maps are fun, but the map sharing can be glitchy and the interface is a bit confusing.
This game is incredibly difficult, but rewarding and fun with a lasting appeal, all at a low cost! Highly recommended - just remember to bring a gamepad!
Map sharing can be glitchy
Keyboard controls are awful