Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space from Flynn’s Arcade and Dexter Team Games is an old-school point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. Check our Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space review!
Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space from Flynn’s Arcade and Dexter Team Games – a.k.a. single indie dev Jeremy Fryc is an old-school point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. It pays homage to the classics we all know and love, while giving us a revamped take on the point and click formula for the 21st century. It’s fully hand-drawn, which is why it looks as good as it does, and it’s also fully voice acted, which certainly helps to keep you engaged with the story as you solve puzzle after puzzle to carry on with your adventure.
What’s the story’s setup? 20 years ago, Dexter Stardust barely managed to escape from Earth when the Vreesians, inhabitants of the menacing Planet X, sent a fleet of robots to destroy all life on the planet. It’s been a while, so when a mechanical man from the 10th planet seeks Dexter with a very important message to convey, things get interesting. It seems that Dexter Stardust is the key to saving not only humans, but also the Vreesians! Dexter Stardust and his friend Aurora must now go on the greatest adventure of their lives. Oh, and they both love tacos, which is always good to know.
Since Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space plays like a classic point and click adventure game, in that you can walk around each location, talk to other characters, and interact with a ton of items in each area. You’ll be collecting a lot of items to add them to your inventory so that you can then use them in classic point and click fashion in order to be able to complete a puzzle. The game is split into five episodes that have a Saturday morning cartoon feel to them since the whole story arc is split into smaller chunks. It starts with Episode 0, and then you move on to Episodes 1-4. Each episode will let you know how long it is, how much story it has, and how much puzzle solving is involved.
You’ll be able to play this one either by using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controler, or by using the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing the game in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if you get to play Dexter Stardust: Adventurers in Outer Space on a Nintendo Switch Lite, by just tapping around the screen as needed. When using physical controls, you’ll use the left analog stick to move the cursor around the screen to then press the A, B, X, and Y buttons to look at, talk to, pick up, or use an item.
You can press the ZL and ZR buttons to reveal all hotspots/spots you can interact with so that you can speed things up. When moving around each area, double pressing the A button will make your character run. The items you collect are added to your inventory, which you can review by pressing the L buttonl. The R button will allow you see a checklist with the stuff you need to take care of and what you’ve already completed.
You’ll get a taste of the exploration and puzzle solving for the game during Episode 0, which acts as a story intro/short tutorial to show you how the game works. Dexter will end up screwing things up right at the start when the decides to go right instead of following the sign that says he and Aurora should go left. After this, you’ll be inside of a pit you can’t climb out of, so you’ll have to go out and explore.
As to not spoil the whole game, but to be able to give you an idea of the type of puzzles you’ll run into, allow me to talk a bit about the start for Episode 0. After being contracted to deliver a package at a hard-to-reach location in Venus, Dexter is separated from Aurora. In the pit he falls into, there’s some clay. If you’ve played a point and click adventure game before, then you know that you have to grab every single item that you can.
So you collect some clay, and then find a building with a molder you can use to give the clay the shape of a gun. After this, taking the gun mold out into the very bright sunlight will hardened it enough for you to take it the 3D printer inside of the building to print out a gun… once you find the missing handle that activates the 3D printer! Luckily, one screen over you’ll find some sturdy reeds, and if you break a piece off, you can use that as the handle to power up the 3D printer. Why are you doing all of this? Because there’s a giant octopus arm on your way, and unless you shoot at it, there’s no way you can move closer to the bridge on the background without dying!
If you’re looking for a fun point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch with hand-drawn art, a crazy story with full voice acting, puzzles that pay homage to the classics while also adding some 21st century quality-of-life improvements, and being able to play the game with physical controls or by using the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing on the go. And once you’ve completed the game, you might want to give it another go by activating the developer commentary to get some extra insight into how the game was made. Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 asking price.
This Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.