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You play a cowboy in a futuristic, apocalyptic wild west overrun with tyrannical robot crooks. With a range of revolvers and pistols, you set out on a mission to restore peace to the land. To do this you hunt down robots from area to area, clearing them from homes, bars, towns and the expansive desert countryside.
As you progress you get to know each weapon's benefits and drawbacks. But unusual for this kind of game, you must outmanoeuvre as well as outshoot your robot enemies. Specifically, keeping the distance between you and your target ensures greater accuracy of your weapon. But of course, makes you more prone to enemy fire as well. When you die, you start at the beginning but with access to the weapons, potions and elixirs you found in the previous run.
The result is a game that subverts the usual quick-and-dirty twin-stick shooting with slow-down and accuracy mechanics that encourage consideration and strategy over reflexes.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Dust and Neon a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence
Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence, and Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need precise aiming and a clear strategy, and as you get deeper into a run doing things quickly becomes essential to avoiding getting overwhelmed.
Dust and Neon
On iOS and Android, the game is free to download but you need a Netflix subscription to play. On other platforms, you buy the game outright.
Release Date: 08/02/2023
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon