Video Game: Dust: A Tale Of The Wired West
"Five days. One town. No law."
Dust is a 1995 Wild West Adventure Game
created by Cyberflix similar to (and taking place in the same universe as) Titanic: Adventure Out of Time
from the same company. The story takes place in 1882 in which the player takes the role of a man only known as "The Stranger
" who has to escape trough the desert fleeing from a group of outlaws led by"The Kid
". You end up in the small town of Diamondback in the deserts of New Mexico. The story takes place over five days and the player has to talk to the numerous inhabitants of the city, dig deep into it's many mysteries and secrets and prepare for another confrontation with The Kid and his gang.
Most of the game is presented in a Myst
-like first-person Point-and-Click Game
-perspective. It also includes some elements of shooters.Needs Wiki Magic Love
Tropes used in this game:
- Asian Store-Owner: Mr. Help (yes, that's his name), who offers hints if the player gets stuck and who is, at least to begin with, rather rude to the Stranger.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Mr. Radisson Bloodstone-Hayes.
- Corrupt Politician: Mayor Cosimo P. Macintosh.
- Creepy Mortician: Hiram Sidewinder
- Game Within a Game: There are people in town with whom you can play blackjack, poker or checkers. There is also a shooting range.
- The Gunslinger
- Informal Eulogy
- The Many Deaths of You: It's the wild west. If someone with a gun (that is, most people) doesn't get you first, some of the local venomous fauna probably will.
- Miss Kitty: Miss Oona Canute.
- Mixed Ancestry: The Stranger turns out to be the son of a native american mother and a white father. That is basically the only piece of background information we ever get on him.
- Multiple Endings
- No Name Given: The protagonist is only referred to as "Stranger" and later on "Sheriff".
- Opening Narration: The game and every chapter starts with a monologue from the anonymous Narrator. He also gives an Informal Eulogy every time you die.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The Belcher brothers really doesn't like chinese people and the Stranger has to confront them when they try to burn down the local chinese owned store. And in the final confrontation, The Kid tries to get the Stranger of balance by mocking him for his Mixed Ancestry.
- Shout-Out: The town doctor's name is Hillary Rodham.
- Real-life journalist Chet Flippo plays Mr. Chet Flippo, the owner of Diamondback's only newspaper.
- Showdown at High Noon
- Small Town Boredom: The Mayor's daughter Marie Macintosh *really* hates her hometown.
- The Trope Kid: The Kid, one of the game's two main Big Bads.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The Belcher brothers, Dale being the stupid, relatively Harmless Villain and Cobb the somewhat less stupid, definitely Not-So-Harmless Villain.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: There are basically two main story-lines in Dust, the first concerning the upcoming confrontation between the Stranger and the Kid. The second is the Strangers involvement in the quest for the mysterious Devil's Breath Mine.
- Vision Quest
- The Wild West
- You Fight Like a Cow: The stranger and the Kid does this during their final confrontation. Before drawing their guns, both tries to get the other one of balance by insulting him. The more personal insults the player can deliver to the Kid, the more his reaction time slows down when time comes to draw. This makes it important for the player to do recearch on the Kid during the previous days, listening to rumors and gossip about the outlaw. The Kid, on the other hand, mostly mocks the strangers Mixed Ancestry.