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Dust: A Tale of the Wired West

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
80
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Windows
64
4.1
Windows 3.x
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User Reviews

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Macintosh Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 5 4.1
Windows 3.x 7 3.7
Combined MobyScore 12 3.9


The Press Says

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100
Windows 3.xWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
Dust is wonderful entertainment, both within the adventure and with the arcade elements. It is truly one of the most engaging games I've seen in a long time. One of the things I especially appreciate about Dust is that -- despite the fact that the opening scene concentrates on the tension between your character and the upcoming confrontation with the gunfighter -- most of the game is centered around a wide variety of other activities. Unlike "shooter" games, where violence is the key, Dust emphasizes teamwork, deduction, and creativity much more than the simple negativity of violence. This multi-level game truly has a lot to offer to teens and adults alike.
100
WindowsWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
Dust is wonderful entertainment, both within the adventure and with the arcade elements. It is truly one of the most engaging games I've seen in a long time. One of the things I especially appreciate about Dust is that -- despite the fact that the opening scene concentrates on the tension between your character and the upcoming confrontation with the gunfighter -- most of the game is centered around a wide variety of other activities. Unlike "shooter" games, where violence is the key, Dust emphasizes teamwork, deduction, and creativity much more than the simple negativity of violence. This multi-level game truly has a lot to offer to teens and adults alike.
100
MacintoshJust Adventure
DUST: A TALE OF THE WIRED WEST is a fun, ambitious title from the talented folks at Cyberflix. An entertaining romp through a dusty New Mexico town in the 1880s, it's a game that has many virtues, but its flaws keep it from being a genuine classic.
100
WindowsJust Adventure
DUST: A TALE OF THE WIRED WEST is a fun, ambitious title from the talented folks at Cyberflix. An entertaining romp through a dusty New Mexico town in the 1880s, it's a game that has many virtues, but its flaws keep it from being a genuine classic.
98
MacintoshMac Gamer
I found world of Dust to be captivating and the interface easy to use. Within a short time, I became a full-fledged addict, sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was around the next corner. Dust evokes the suspension of reality only found in a handful of other games such as Myst and Buried In Time. The characters were believable: so much so that you just may find yourself talking to them as if they really exist. I classify Dust as a must have.
98
MacintoshMac Ledge
I found world of Dust to be captivating and the interface easy to use. Within a short time, I became a full-fledged addict, sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was around the next corner. Dust evokes the suspension of reality only found in a handful of other games such as Myst and Buried In Time. The characters were believable: so much so that you just may find yourself talking to them as if they really exist. I classify Dust as a must have.
80
WindowsAdventure Gamers
Dust: A Tale of the Wired West is a fun, ambitious title from the talented folks at Cyberflix. An entertaining romp through a dusty New Mexico town in the 1880s, it’s a game that has many virtues, but its flaws keep it from being a genuine classic.
79
Windows 3.xGameSpot
Overall, Dust is a far better-than-average game and is an especially good introduction to the adventure genre. While this title is not terribly taxing at the outset, even seasoned gamers will have to leap a few hurdles before happily riding off into the sunset.
79
WindowsGameSpot
Overall, Dust is a far better-than-average game and is an especially good introduction to the adventure genre. While this title is not terribly taxing at the outset, even seasoned gamers will have to leap a few hurdles before happily riding off into the sunset.
76
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Dust eignet sich für Spieler, die lange Dialogverzweigungen und Interaktionen mit NPCs zu schätzen wissen. Die SVGA-Spielumgebung ist zwar klein, aber realistisch, und viele kleine Animationen entlocken dem Spieler das eine oder andere Schmunzeln. Negativ oder positiv? Die furiose Schlußsequenz steht im krassen Gegensatz zu dem ansonsten eher bedächtigen Spielablauf.
60
MacintoshAll Game Guide
If you get a chance to play Dust: A Tale of the Wired West, you really should. It's everything an adventure game should be and is filled with humor as well.
60
WindowsHigh Score
Dust är helt klart ett kul spel som både överraskar och roar. Problemet är bara att det är alldeles för långsamt, en PowerPC eller Pentium är minimum för att inte Dust ska kännas trött. Handlingen är väl uttänkt men spelet blir ofrivilligt töntigt mellan varven. Cyberdockorna ser riktigt fåniga ut när man pratar med dem. Fast pistolduellerna är väldans skojiga.
60
WindowsQuandary
Of course the graphics are a dated now but they satisfied my perceptions of the Wild West and I had quite a lot of fun with this game even if it isn't a classic. As I said the voice acting is overdone, outrageously so, so the humour isn't subtle. Amongst the larger-than-life characters there's a modern day look-alike that is hard to miss and in the dialogue you can catch some political quips as well as a good serving of clichés. Behind it all there's also an awareness of Native American culture, something that I missed in the TV Westerns way back when.
57
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Freunde leicht verdaulicher Abenteuerkost mit "Interactive Movie"-Einschlag können zulangen. Für gehobene Adventure-Ansprüche ist Dust allerdings ein zu kleines Häppchen.
50
WindowsEntertainment Weekly
But this cyberprairie is chockful of hackneyed stereotypes and cutesy accents, and the story is neither funny nor compelling enough to overcome the routine characterizations and lackluster graphics.
49
Windows 3.xPower Play
Die Story von „Dust“ orientiert sich an billigen TV-Westernserien à la „Rauchende Colts“. Bei jedem Charakter wissen wir sofort, wie er sich verhalten wird: da ist der miese Pokerspieler, das Saloon-Flittchen und das Flintenweib mit dem weichen Kern. Ziemlich langweilig. Die Fotos der Charaktere sind darüber hinaus schlecht animiert, so daß Ihr nur am Tonfall der Sprachausgabe erkennt, ob der Gesprächspartner nun lacht oder weint Außerdem ist die Bevölkerung von Diamondback derartig geschwätzig, daß man nach einiger Zeit genervt den Sound leiser dreht. Die meisten Schauspieler sind durch ihren Texas-Slang sowieso nicht zu verstehen. Den Sinn des Spiels habe ich leider nicht entdecken können, eine klare Storyline sucht Ihr vergebens. Und Rätsel getreu dem Motto: „Bring den Knochen zum Hund “ sind nun auch nicht gerade eine Herausforderung für Cowboys mit intellektuellem Anspruch.
49
WindowsPower Play
Die Story von „Dust“ orientiert sich an billigen TV-Westernserien à la „Rauchende Colts“. Bei jedem Charakter wissen wir sofort, wie er sich verhalten wird: da ist der miese Pokerspieler, das Saloon-Flittchen und das Flintenweib mit dem weichen Kern. Ziemlich langweilig. Die Fotos der Charaktere sind darüber hinaus schlecht animiert, so daß Ihr nur am Tonfall der Sprachausgabe erkennt, ob der Gesprächspartner nun lacht oder weint Außerdem ist die Bevölkerung von Diamondback derartig geschwätzig, daß man nach einiger Zeit genervt den Sound leiser dreht. Die meisten Schauspieler sind durch ihren Texas-Slang sowieso nicht zu verstehen. Den Sinn des Spiels habe ich leider nicht entdecken können, eine klare Storyline sucht Ihr vergebens. Und Rätsel getreu dem Motto: „Bring den Knochen zum Hund “ sind nun auch nicht gerade eine Herausforderung für Cowboys mit intellektuellem Anspruch.
40
MacintoshTap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
I think it's a pretty safe call to say this game is not going to make my top 10 list any time in this new century.
40
WindowsTap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Dust is one of the few of the adventure game genre that steps outside the usual formulas of mystery stories, ancient civilizations, et al., to do something better known to the likes of Hollywood: tell a good old-fashioned Western tale.
20
Windows 3.xComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The confusion in the design of this game brings up a general point, which is this: if you want to use dramatic elements in any narrative, you have to earn them. That means taking your subject seriously, even if it is “just a computer game.” Someone has to go to the trouble of fashioning characters deeper than your average mud puddle (and that includes giving them names that aren't farcical), and writing dialog for them that sound like something a real person might say. If, on the other hand, your intention is to satirize the form, and make fun of its tropes and limitations, you lay your cards on the table from the start; you don't try to tap into drama you don't deserve. Computer game writers need to learn that comedy is not a fall-back position, something you do when you don't believe you're competent to sustain a drama. Satire and farce can be done well, and I'm not against them, but I'm against using them as a screen for poor story-telling.
20
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The confusion in the design of this game brings up a general point, which is this: if you want to use dramatic elements in any narrative, you have to earn them. That means taking your subject seriously, even if it is “just a computer game.” Someone has to go to the trouble of fashioning characters deeper than your average mud puddle (and that includes giving them names that aren't farcical), and writing dialog for them that sound like something a real person might say. If, on the other hand, your intention is to satirize the form, and make fun of its tropes and limitations, you lay your cards on the table from the start; you don't try to tap into drama you don't deserve. Computer game writers need to learn that comedy is not a fall-back position, something you do when you don't believe you're competent to sustain a drama. Satire and farce can be done well, and I'm not against them, but I'm against using them as a screen for poor story-telling.