Dust: An Elysian Tail ($5.99) knocked off a lot of socks around here when it released on iOS last October. Originally an Xbox 360 release, Dust made its way to iOS in style. We liked it enough to give it our Game Of The Week and a five-star review, and I personally included the game in both my Best Overall Of 2015 and the RPG Reload 2015 Golden Pancho Awards. In short, the game has fantastic production values and it plays like a dream. That said, if you weren’t using a newer device with 1 GB of RAM or more, or simply couldn’t get on with virtual controls at all, you couldn’t join the party. Well, friends, your invite’s in the mail and you can RSVP tomorrow, because Dust has a really nice update coming this Thursday.
The developer, Humble Hearts, took player feedback into account and tried to address everything they possibly could with this new version. The first big new feature is the ability to play the game using MFi extended controllers. If virtual buttons aren’t for you, this will finally give you the game just as it was originally designed.
The next bit of good news is that the game now supports devices with 512 MB of RAM, including the iPad Mini. It doesn’t run as well as it does on newer devices, mind you, but it won’t crash on start-up anymore. In addition to those major additions, language support has been expanded to include French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. The update also includes a bunch of performance and stability tweaks to ensure a smoother time for all.
The update for Dust: An Elysian Tail should be hitting within the next day or so. If any of these new features are enough to nudge you over the line on buying it, all I can say is that you’re in for a real treat. It really is a special game, and I’m glad more players will be able to experience it now.