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Dandara

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

56%

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Based on 28 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchFeb 6, 2018
PCFeb 6, 2018
PlayStation 4Feb 6, 2018
Xbox OneFeb 6, 2018

Publisher: Raw Fury

Genres: Action, Platformer

The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara. Welcome to a unique 2D metroidvania platformer, full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression. Awaken, Dandara, to bring freedom and balance to this directionless world. INNOVATIVE CONTROLS Built natively for both touch screen and gamepad input, movement and combat interact smoothly and seamlessly. BOUNDLESS EXPERIENCE Traverse across the esoteric world of Salt through fast and fluid jumps off any surface, unhindered by gravity, in lovingly-crafted environments. CHALLENGING PROGRESSION Use a combination of speed, skill, wits and reflexes to solve puzzles, earn power-ups, and access areas previously unreachable. BEAUTIFUL AND IMMERSIVE WORLD A visual and auditory wonderland comes to life through gorgeous hand-crafted pixel art and original soundtrack compositions.

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Dandara Switch Announce Trailer

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A prickly 2D Metroidvania with a curious twist, Dandara admirably finds something new to do with the genre, but it's tough work to get onboard.

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The sense of mastery never quite comes, resulting in a game that flashes its potential in one scene only to undermine that thrill soon afterward. Even with its occasional stumbles, though, Dandara offers enough excitement and beauty to push you onward.

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Dandara has a firm foundation, but suffers from inherent design flaws and a lack of direction. Despite its imperfections, I mostly enjoyed my time with it. It treads a lot of familiar ground with its gameplay mechanics, but those were the portions of the game I found myself having the most fun with.

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Dandara is an artistic pixel art metroidvania with ideas of his own, like an original control scheme and a little Dark Souls touch. The problem is that, as a game designed to be played on smartphones without physic controls, the gameplay mechanics and power ups tend to be a little simple. But if you love the metroidvania genre, you'll enjoy it.

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