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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Dust and Neon (2023) is a shooting game set in a futuristic wild west where you play a lone gunslinger taking on robots. It takes the twin-stick (one for movement and one for aiming) shooting play in a more considered direction, as you work to stay close to enemies for accuracy and use the time-slow mechanic to make sure every shot counts.

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.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. To beat the game takes tens of hours, but each run takes, on average, 45 minutes to an hour.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

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.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Dust and Neon usually costs £24.99.
 

Dust and Neon

Steam Store PC £24.99
Switch Store Switch £24.99
Android Store Android Free Free

Netflix

App Store iOS Free Free

Netflix

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/02/2023

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Shooting (Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Rogue Co (@Rogue_Co)


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