If you are a fan of the Cyberpunk/Futuristic Dystopian type adventures than Dreadlocks and Badlands Games have a new game to immerse yourself in. Dex is 2D Platformer Action/Adventure RPG, and while that sounds like a long title it is very accurate. Before I delve deep into this world, take a look at the official trailer.


Dex takes place in a future where the outskirts of the city are plagued by crime, poverty, filth, and little chance of survival. As with many Dystopian stories, the opposite side the coin, the wealthier districts, are full of skyscrapers and bustling businesses. The game follows Dex, for which the game is named, and her band of lovable characters, the mysterious Raycast, the father-like Decker, and the comic relief hacker Tony, who help Dex fight against dangerous gangs, expose corporate secrets, dive into the depths of Cyberspace, and develop Dex’s skills.

The story begins with Dex being woken up by a mysterious voice (Raycast) and has her escape people trying to killher, and has her find Decker. We find out that she is special because, unlike most humans, she can connect to C-space (cyberspace) without a jack installed in her body. The Complex is out to kill her because she may be the surviving seed of a powerful AI known as Kether.


While the main story’s plot is very intriguing, like a true RPG, the side quests are almost just as fascinating. Everything from a news journalist trying to uncover a restaurant conspiracy to an obsessed fan who is threatening a famous lounge singer.


As you go though the main story, Dex can be equipped with body augmentations that will let you “Jump higher, run faster, deduce quicker, and kick ass harder.” This lets you really take on the difficulty that awaits you. The game is challenging and more than often I found myself doing parts a couple of times because I wasn’t careful in the combat sections. Leveling up is a little slow going but this makes you think carefully as you choose your upgrades. You can choose to be the stealthy assassin, the gunner, the brawler, the hacker, the thief, the smooth talker or a combo of the choices. I found myself making a brawler/thief/hacker and having the time of my life.

One of the best game mechanics in Dex was the Augmented Reality sections of the game. Hacking is a huge part  and it reminding me of one of the best indie games I ever played, I Made A Game With Zombies In It. If you have never played that than it is very much like Halo: Spartan Assault. Either way it is a top down shoot ’em up. This section, despite is simple graphics, is incredibly fun and colorful and can be very difficult even with an upgraded hacking mechanic.

Dex can be played many ways and the outcome can change overtime you play. Side quests have multiple endings to them, conversations can change depends on your choice of words, battlegrounds can be overwhelming depending on how you chose to fight, and so many other things can happen. Despite its side-scrolling nature there is also a lot to explore. Sewers, buildings, and streets all have hidden coves that lead you somewhere new. Be it to treasures to find, battles to take part it, or just your doom, I found myself trying to explore every inch. The game is beautiful despite being covered in trash. The lighting in the game creates an amazing ambiance. And more than once I found myself laughing as some of the dialogue. Just nerdy inside jokes that made me chuckle, for example, “I guess it’s time for the Borgs and the Bees chat,” when Decker is trying to explain to Dex about ‘plugging in’.


This game is a fantastic fascinating look into the cyberpunk genre. It is completely worth your time, gorgeously made, and fun to play. You will find some enjoyment from either the story, the action, the puzzles, the treasure hunting, the augmentations, or just all of it. Dex and her team that helps you are wonderfully written, fully voice acted, and sometimes a little weird (when you meet Dr. Niles you’ll know what I mean). There really isn’t anything bad to say about the game. If i had to give it one cretic, I would say sometimes the controls were a bit confusing. Also the shooting with the gun mechanic is a bit sensitive and hard to aim sometimes. That’s it.

So jump into streets of Harbor Prime and escape The Complex. You can find Dex out now on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $19.99. There will also be a physical release on PlayStation 4 in select territories. A PlayStation Vita and Wii U version are expected to come later this year. Check out some more screenshots below.


Dex Review
The Good
  • Story Telling (both Main and Side Quests)
  • Colors and Backgrounds
  • Augmented Reality/Cyberspace
The Bad
  • Wonky Gun Controls
  • Weird Controller Button choice
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (6 Votes)

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John D
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I have worked hard to become the COO here at GAW and I love it. I write and stream here and I couldn't be happier. I once had a show that I produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games. I also co-host a podcast called Party Up! I'm an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character I'm in it for the long haul. Or just give me your 2D platform and I'm a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.