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Nukezilla ( )

The game’s aesthetics are what really make it special. Dustforce is one of the prettiest games I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

May 3rd, 2012 · Windows · read review

GameZebo ( )

If you’re like me and you love the repetitive challenge of doing the same little thing over and over again until you get it absolutely perfect, you’ll find a lot to love in DustForce. The leaderboards and available video replays will keep you constantly in search of taking off the nanoseconds here and there, and local multiplayer is available for those who want to test their skills against some friends. The very minor problems in the previous paragraph should in no way stop you from picking up this little indie gem.

Jan 20th, 2012 · Windows · read review

GameSpy ( )

Dustforce's high-flying core is a mix of nearly unreasonable demands and an aesthetic that basically pats you on the back, tells you to take a deep breath, and says, "No, you can do this. I believe in you." It's -- in all likelihood -- the most stylish thing ever to prominently feature janitors, but it definitely doesn't lack in substance. So move over, rotund Italian plumbers of the world. There's a new blue-collar hop 'n' bop hero on the block.

Jan 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Destructoid (8.5 out of 10)

As I said at the beginning of this review, I have played a lot of challenging games in my time, but Dustforce is one that has asked more of me as a gamer than any other in recent memory. It asked me to refine my skills like no other, to sharpen my reflexes and timing until they were absolutely perfect. After all of that hard work, after all that time spent retrying and perfecting your cleaning run, your reward is the chance to do it all over again, but this time on an even harder level. If you’re looking for a challenge, look no further than this platforming gem.

Jan 23rd, 2012 · Windows · read review

Tech-Gaming (B+)

Ultimately, I tend to look for games with deep plot lines or intense strategy requirements. Dustforce is none of those things, but even so I found myself wanting to play it in place of those more complicated games. It may not bring you great mental challenge or bestow heavy weapons, but it does deliver a massively enjoyable game. Between the cute critters and the awesome music, Dustforce is a great source of good, clean(ing) fun.

Feb 5th, 2012 · Windows · read review

4Players.de (81 out of 100)

Na, meinetwegen. Dann also den Besen. Wenn mir die Reinigungsmittel so liebenswert entgegen blinzeln - womöglich kann ich Jörg das Abstellen in die Putzkolonne irgendwann verzeihen. Denn Dustforce macht viel richtig! Es entführt mich in eine stimmungsvolle Welt mit vielen offenen Türen. Wenn ich eine sehe, spiele ich drauf los oder gehe zur nächsten. Wie „fies“, dass ich auch etliche verschlossene Türen entdecke, die ich erst öffnen darf, wenn ich einen anderen Level perfekt gemeistert habe... Es gibt anspruchsvolle Herausforderungen, eine packende Highscore-Jagd und irgendwann sogar einen bereits eingezeichneten Level-Editor. Eine punktgenaue Steuerung fehlt der Schmutztruppe aber leider ebenso wie ein erzählerischer Rahmen sowie ein paar mehr spielerische Elemente. Ich schätze, das liegt in der Natur der Sache: Ein kleiner Nachgeschmack gehört beim Putzen eben dazu.

Feb 1st, 2012 · Windows · read review

IGN (8 out of 10)

Dustforce easily merits the low, $10 barrier to entry. Some better in-game explanation concerning Dustforce’s content and mechanics would really help, but this addictive platformer succeeds nonetheless. The artful way the characters’ abilities allow you to move through the environment are entrancing, and the meticulously crafted levels create moments that made me look and feel awesome.

Jan 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Entertainium ( )

It is this tone of music that strikes such a contrast with the realities of the game. Dustforce is a tough, sometimes frustrating game. The platforming demands a lot of deft action on your part, but the rewards and sense of accomplishment makes the trial and error gameplay worth the effort. The mountain of content and constant drive to improve those ratings ensure there’s plenty of entertainment in store, while the user-level catalog guarantees you’ll never be without something new to play. Dustforce will provide hours of enjoyment and the purchase is entirely justified at the low $10 price.

Sep 28th, 2012 · Windows · read review

JeuxVideoPC.com (16 out of 20)

Dustforce est une excellente surprise. Bien qu’il ne soit pas comparable avec un Super Meat Boy, il a toutefois le mérite d’en tirer d’excellents enseignements et de les appliquer à son contenu. Aussi facile à jouer que difficile à maîtriser, le titre indépendant est également une perle d’un point de vue artistique grâce à une excellente ambiance visuelle et des musiques orchestrées d’une main de maitre. On aurait juste aimé pouvoir accéder à un contenu de base plus généreux durant les premières heures de jeu. Mais à seulement 10 euros, on aurait bien tort de passer à côté de ce petit jeu indé qui a tout pour plaire.

Jan 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20)

Aussi surprenant que cela puisse être, Dustforce risque bien de vous rendre accro au ménage ! Ce jeu de plates-formes particulièrement pointu va en effet ravir tous les amateurs du genre qui cherchent à la fois du challenge et de la compétition. Il vous faudra donc redoubler d'adresse pour espérer inscrire votre nom aux côtés de ceux des meilleurs joueurs mondiaux.

Jan 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (8 out of 10)

Those with an addiction to high scores will love the many hours they spend smashing themselves repeatedly against the levels' pitiless design. And those who aren't up for the challenge? Dustforce will just take them to the cleaners.

Jan 25th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Calm Down Tom (8 out of 10)

I’m not sure I’ll ever be that good at Dustforce. I’m probably in the bottom half of the leaderboards for every level. I’ll keep playing though. For the music, for the atmosphere and for the sheer joy of being a cleaning ninja, Dustrforce has me hooked. Who knows, maybe if I keep playing I might even get good at it one day!

Feb 16th, 2012 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (7.5 out of 10)

There are a handful of other, smaller issues that drag Dustforce down from greatness. On one computer, the game performed without issue, while on another similar setup, it suffered major performance dips when traversing the overworld and would infrequently crash on specific stages. There is also a mysterious video tab in the options menu that has been left completely blank. Being able to perform the basic functions of resizing the game or playing in a window would be a welcome addition. While these issues do reveal some rough edges, the game proper is left largely unaffected. Sliding through the world of Dustforce is a fun, free-flowing experience, and it's easy to get hooked on it.

Jan 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Indius (15 out of 20)

Dustforce est donc un jeu sympathique, mais à ne pas mettre entre toutes les mains. Parfois horripilant, il est aussi capable de procurer cet immense sentiment de fierté, propre aux jeux hardcores. Une expérience extrême, comme on en voit rarement de nos jours, qui découragera certains et enchantera les nostalgiques d'une époque révolue.

May 18th, 2012 · Windows · read review

PC Action (Germany) (74 out of 100)

Dustforce ist ein Spiel für Profis mit viel Geduld und einem Hang zum Perfektionismus. Während des Tests bin ich aufgrund des irren Schwierigkeitsgrads und der Bedienungsmacken aber fast an die Decke gegangen. Doch nach jedem Fehlschlag überredeten mich die zauberhafte Atmosphäre und das rasante Gameplay zu einem neuen Versuch

Feb 2012 · Windows

Gamekult (7 out of 10)

Si l'on arrive à dompter la maniabilité pas forcément intuitive, à passer outre ses légers soucis techniques (plantages au démarrage, chutes de frame rate occasionnelles) et à accepter le sans-faute imposé pour découvrir une grande partie du jeu, on trouvera son bonheur avec Dustforce. Jeu de plate-forme exigeant à la réalisation plus que charmante et à la construction savante, il livre pour une poignée d'euros un défi conséquent dans un enrobage savoureux, avec la promesse d'encore plus de contenu grâce au futur éditeur de niveaux. Autant dire qu'il n'y a pas vraiment d'hésitation à avoir si l'on aime ce genre de titres semi-hardcore.

Jan 23rd, 2012 · Windows · read review

Softpedia (7 out of 10)

Dustforce is a decent game with great visuals and an addictive soundtrack. Sadly, its platformer gameplay isn’t that polished so you’ll find yourself cursing at the screen when failing that dreaded double jump or when you miss tiny bits of garbage. If you enjoyed lessons in patience and muscle memory like Super Meat Boy, then you might find a decent challenge in Dustforce. If you don’t like getting annoyed, however, you might want to steer clear of it.

Jan 25th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Gameblog.fr ( )

Dustforce propose une expérience plate-forme élégante et difficile qui ravira les fans de challenge au chrono. Il faudra tout de même s'habituer aux contrôles, vraiment prise de tête, surtout au clavier. Et même en reconfigurant !

Jan 23rd, 2012 · Windows · read review

Rock, Paper, Shotgun N/A

It looks beautiful, the wonderfully painted backdrops gorgeous to skid your meticulously animated cleaner about. And it's packed with so many levels that becoming infuriated with one means you can run far, far away to a different zone and be infuriated there instead. Or indeed be MAJESTIC IN VICTORY, as you nail that S,S, and receive the reward key to open a new level, where the cycle begins again.

Jan 17th, 2012 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) N/A

Als uitdagende 2D platformgames je ding zijn, dan mag je deze game niet missen!

Jan 31st, 2012 · Windows

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Critic reviews added by Hans Wuerflein, OFF, Cavalary, Alsy, Patrick Bregger, Jake AM, Tim Janssen, Cantillon.