REVIEW: All Is Dust
What feels like a very rushed project, All Is Dust has everything in place for much more potential – unfortunately, it fails to deliver any substance or sense of terror a title such as this should.
The year is 1928 (you remember that year, right?) and a once busy farmer and family man, Thomas Joad, experiences what is known as a Dust Bowl, which literally takes over his entire farm. That bloody dust!
With all his crops dead, there’s no signs the blinding dust will disappear anytime soon. However, Thomas quickly finds out this is the least of his worries when his family completely disappears and something very sinister takes over his land. It becomes your goal to find out what’s going on over the course of three nights – cheap scares and glitchy gameplay included.
All Is Dust puts you in a first-person perspective with nothing but a trusty lantern to keep you safe. With waypoints dotted on the map once certain items have been collected, you’ll be prompted to traverse the vacant farmland to find more clues as to the whereabouts to your family.
Sounds straight forward, huh? Well, it is – however, there happens to be a very creepy monster that constantly stalks you, dealing damage upon contact. It pops out of nowhere usually and I admit, did scare me quite a few times. At first, this can be frightening, but the monster quickly becomes highly predictable – so much you can turn around at just the right time and you’ll catch it before it manages to hurt you.
I encountered my fair share of glitches throughout the game, including being able to go through what should be solid objects and gliding off into the air after getting stuck in a fence (yep…). The best was the ladder glitch, in which I reached the bottom of a ladder, and carried on my way – however, the game thought I was still climbing said ladder and I was able to literally climb through the air until the game completely broke.
Managing to reach the end of this very short game, the ending just confused me and didn’t answer any questions. With just four chapters, you can get through this game in 15-25 minutes.
If you’re after a quick thrill, All Is Dust is worth a quick playthrough – just don’t expect anything too overwhelming. All the hand drawn cutscenes are actually really impressive, and the narrative is decent, but ultimately this is a stale game which could have been so much better.
Available On: Windows PC