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Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

70%

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General Information

Available on:PCAug 12, 2019

Developers: Sean Han Tani, Marina Kittaka, Analgesic Productions

Genres: Adventure, RPG

RESCUE A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND FROM A MIND-WARPING PLAGUE Nano Dust infects the islanders of New Theland, distorting their emotions and desires. You play as Nova, a Nano Cleaner who must explore the island, seeking out the sick and shrinking inside their bodies to suction up the Dust. Anodyne 2: Return to Dust combines the thrilling scale and cinematic storytelling of 3D games with the tight design and easy-to-pick-up satisfaction of 2D Zelda-like adventures. With art that re-imagines the PS1 and N64 era, explore 3D cities, valleys, and wastelands then shrink into the varied 2D mindscapes of characters, from snowy, aurora-lit valleys to perilous volcanic construction sites! FEATURES In 3D, jump, drive, and walk across gorgeous and haunting locales, speaking with strange and memorable characters. In 2D, use your Nano Vacuum to collect dust, suck up and fight enemies, all while overcoming mind-bending challenges related to the characters’ inner lives. Experience the thrilling and emotional story of Nova. Her destiny is clear: she is the Nano Cleaner who will save New Theland. But strange characters & painful experiences will put her loyalty to the test... Choose where you want to go! The sweeping vistas of New Theland quickly open up to exploration. The Cards you find on your journey will allow you to access the outer reaches of New Theland. No waiting for horses! Instantly transform into a car to quickly drive around the world. Use your Spark to shrink into the bodies of the infected, explore the 2D Zelda-like dungeons within, and heal them. Enjoy the lush, dreamy and breathtaking 3D and 2D landscapes painted and pixeled by artist Marina Kittaka. Listen to over 50 new songs influenced by countless genres by Sean Han Tani, perfectly fitting the varied landscapes of Anodyne 2. A new game from the dream duo behind Anodyne 1, All Our Asias, and Even the Ocean. A LUSH, SURREAL LO-FI 3D AND 2D WORLD Anodyne 2: Return to Dust uses modern technology to reimagine old 3D art of the PS1, PS2, and N64 era, as well as the 2D art of the GBA and SNES. Each area captures a strong visual mood, with new characters to meet and sights to see.If you like exploring beautiful places and experiencing dramatic stories - Anodyne 2's world is ready for you to explore!

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A one-of-a-kind splicing of PS1 with 16-bit aesthetics and formal conventions, streaked with self-aware humour, sorrow and yearning.

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Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is an unusually captivating experience. The way the developers mix and match various gaming tropes shouldn't work, and yet the absurd narrative and overall aesthetic binds perfectly. If you're looking for something completely different, make sure you check out Anodyne 2.

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Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is a work of art you absolutely must play. It's heartfelt and personal, with tons of fun puzzles to solve and locations to explore.

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Uncompromising to a fault, Anodyne 2's sublime polygonal world and oblique writing will pull the player in, only to mire them in a slow-to-navigate open world bits and willfully opaque environmental puzzles. Feels almost too academic to fully enjoy.

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