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a game by Red Thread Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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I knew that Dustborn was a game for me about 30 seconds into the trailer. This is a story driven road trip. The description of the game being about hope, friendship, love, and robots is something that really clicked with me. The whole game looks like an interactive graphic novel and I can see this game being a massive hit over time the same way the original life is strange game was.

The Divided States Of America

I really do not know where to start when talking about the story as there is so much going on. Dustborn takes place in 2030 and the USA is a very different and messed up place after an event called The Broadcast. You play as Pax and she is an ex-con and she is tasked with transporting a package from one end of the country to the other.

She has a whole bunch of people after her, plus she is four months pregnant too. Oh, she also has to pretend she is in a band and she has a “supernatural” ability! This story is nuts, but I am loving it.

Using Your Words

Dustborn is a 3rd person game where you attack people with your words. Like you yell words, like MOVE for example will push people back. You will learn more as the game progresses and you can link words together and make new words too. It is a very interesting way to go about combat and it fits in with the whole “weird” and strange thing that the game has going on with its story.

The Scooby Gang

As you progress across the country, you will add more people to your group. Your cover story is that you are a band and you can actually do some band practice that will lead into a battle of the bands. Each member that you add will have their own backstory and special abilities. Building relationship through dialogue is a massive part of what Dustborn is all about. It has a very dynamic branching dialogue system where the way you talk to people can affect their relationship with you. I love this kind of stuff and it is sure to make multiple playthroughs of the game offer unique scenarios.

Off The Shelf

The presentation is the first thing that captures your attention about Dustborn. It has a graphic novel kind of look to it like a higher end one from Marvel. The way the characters display emotion through the fantastic facial animations really is going to get you more invested with what is going on. It almost has a kind of Borderlands vibe about the visuals and I mean that as a very good thing.

It is very rare that a game can capture my attention the way that this one did. I was not exaggerating when I said that I knew this game was for me within 30 seconds of seeing a trailer for it. I love the idea of the story that Dustborn is telling, but they are taking this amazing story and adding a very interesting combat with words system that I think is very clever.


With such a strong “family” dynamic going on with the people you meet along the way. I have no doubt that this is the kind of game where people will end up getting very attached to the characters.


  • The way the game looks like a graphic novel is awesome
  • The story looks like it is going to be amazing
  • Using your words for combat is very interesting
  • I am sure this will have plenty of replay value


  • This kind of game is not for everyone
  • There is no word on when the game will be completed

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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