If you’ve not had the chance to play our delightful, Zen-like re-genesis of the god game on Windows PC or Mac OS X, there’s never been a better time to do so! Now more than ever, as we’re currently making full use of our opt-in branch by running a rapid build release schedule during our PC-focused sprint.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (4,150 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013

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“GODUS is a unique game that we hope will grow to be truly special. We've thoroughly enjoyed developing our dream game alongside the community and are continuing to refine the game based on the feedback of the players. We warn you that there are still bugs and incomplete features - this is the nature of the journey we are on. You may wish to wait for the finished game, but we have much content still to discover and improve as the game continues development. We do hope you’ll help with this. If you do, you are part of our development team. We look forward to receiving your feedback.”
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December 23, 2014

We’re on holiday! 22cans shuts up shop for Xmas

The time has come for us to emerge from the comforting cocoon that is 22cans Towers and return to the warm embrace of our friends and family, our kith and kin, as the holiday season festivities begin in earnest.

Our development and support staff will be on vacation from 4pm GMT on Wednesday 24th December 2014 until 10am GMT on Monday 5th January 2015.

Social networks

During this time, we will not be on hand to respond to your support queries via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit etc.), so now you’ll know where we’ll be instead!


We also won’t be maintaining an active forum presence during this period – that goes for our official forum, the Steam forum as well as any independent forums. You’re on your own kids, please don’t leave it too messy when we come to clear up after you in the New Year!

Customer service

Our dedicated tech support team members will be monitoring and clearing tickets as normal every day, excluding weekends, Christmas day (Thurs 25th December 2014) and New Year’s Day (Thurs 1st January 2015). Please bear mind, however, that the team won’t be operating at full capacity, so you may find that your queries take a little longer than usual to receive a response.

Here’s to a spectacular 2015!

In 2014, we brought the Godus experience to iOS and Android devices, as well as bringing ranged combat to Godus on Steam, thus completing a major step in the fulfilment of our Kickstarter goals.

We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your endless patience and unqualified support throughout our journey. Thanks to your continued positivity, we all remain super-passionate about Godus fulfilling its promise of reinventing the God game.

Our desire to bring the game to full release on Steam in 2015 and make it the experience our desktop players want it to be has never been stronger. We are fully committed to carry on making Godus a deep, enthralling game and we are currently developing content that we hope will appeal to gamers over a long time. We'll be sharing full details about these new features and functions in due course.

So, that’s all for 2014. Here’s to 2015 – may it see all our wishes come true!

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December 19, 2014

Christmas Comes to Godus! Download Our Festive Content Today!

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry because Santa has added some gifts to your God Power menu!

Turn your followers into happy little elves to do your bidding, give your world a touch of sparkle with the Winter Wonderland gift, or laugh at the Astari after dressing them up as penguins!

This festive content is available for everyone playing Godus on Steam today, so you can go grab it right now!

Known issues (that we’re looking into):
  • Some users are seeing an issue where low-end settlements are building in high-end areas.
  • Gems sometimes float in the air after using the Meteor god power to uncover them.
  • Some users are experiencing a start-up crash on Mac OS X.

We’ll be updating with the studio’s plans for over the festive season towards the beginning of next week. In the meantime, we hope our Yuletide offerings raises a few smiles!

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Godus Opt-In on Steam

We will be updating the GODUS Opt-In Beta branch more frequently than the main Early Access branch. If you would like to participate in helping us test new fixes and features, big and small, opt-in to our Beta Branch, releasetest.

Please keep in mind that this branch is for testing! Things might go wrong and when they do, send in your bugs and feedback to support@22cans.com or http://support.22cans.com

For details on how to access these developer builds, read below:

How to Opt In to Developer Builds

1. Go to your Steam Library
2. Right click on GODUS and select "Properties"
3. Click on the "Betas" tab
4. Click on the dropdown menu and select “releasetest”
5. Enter your beta access code, which is ‘22canstester'
6. Click "Check Code"
7. Hit "Close" and you're all set!

The Community's Access Password

This password will allow you to access the most recent development builds of the game. Using the instructions above, this password will give you immediate access.

  • Password: 22canstester

Cross-platform development

Our development proceeds through sprints that may have differing platform focuses. As such, much of the gameplay available to you in v2.2 is the result of a recent mobile-focused sprint and we intend to progress to a PC-focused sprint within the coming months. Please take this into consideration, as while adjustments will continue to be made to the PC platform to account for the game's differing payment model (buy-to-play on PC & free-to-play on mobile), some areas of balance and design may retain certain elements of the mobile version for the time being.

About This Game

Have you ever wanted to play god? In GODUS, you can sculpt every inch of a beautiful world that you look down upon, where your population of Followers will settle and multiply. As you rule over your living, breathing society, a civilization will blossom across your land and offer you their belief. The more Followers that believe in you, the more powerful you will become. It is as simple to play as it is spectacular to behold. Come and lead an incredible journey - this delightful, charming world is waiting for you to make it your own.

GODUS is currently in active cross-platform development for Windows PC, Mac OS and mobile devices where the gameplay experience will evolve and expand over time as we periodically deliver updates for the game.

GODUS is brought to you by legendary designer and inventor of the god game genre, Peter Molyneux.

Key Beta Features

  • You can sculpt the entire world and make it truly unique to you
    Sculpt every inch of an entirely moldable world in the most delightful way. Uncover a wealth of mysteries and surprises waiting to be unearthed beneath the landscape, and find others atop it.

  • Be adored and worshipped by tiny, devoted Followers. Watch them live, learn and love in a fully simulated world
    Your ever-gracious population of reactive, living Followers will need you and worship you unconditionally. You’re the god and they’re your playthings.

  • Create villages and towns, grow their population and sculpt the very lands on which they live
    Group your Followers together to create charming villages or thriving towns - specialize these into Building, Farming or Mining communities.

  • Lead Followers from your Homeworld and set sail on Voyages of Discovery to uncharted lands
    Guide your Followers as they embark on regular Voyages to new and undiscovered lands that hold great rewards.

  • Nurture the growth of a civilization as it rises from the dawn of the primitive age and advances throughout the ages of humanity
    Choose various types of stickers to unlock cards that level-up your population's society, technologies and faith. Cards go into your Timeline, which allows you to make advancements within an era and unlock new abilities.

  • Meet the Astari - a fun loving, party going little tribe who worship the pursuit of happiness
    Your world is not empty. It’s also inhabited by the mischievous Astari, who will do everything they can to persuade your Followers to come and join them. As a god, you must use your powers to deal with these pesky people.

  • Cast miracles of both beauty and destruction - choose how to show your divine power, whether that be by growing forests or launching meteors
    As development continues you will see more God Powers being added that will enhance gameplay, adding depth and variety to the whole GODUS experience.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 210
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core Quad 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTS 250
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
I kickstarted this game hoping for a modern Populous. Should have just bought Populous 2 on GoG.
Peter Molyneux tricked me out of my money again. The master of over promising and under delivering.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
dear developers
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
Don't bother spending a dime on this game unless in a few months(?) you see actually gameplay footage of all announced features in the game.
I don't recommend this for anyone in it's current state, which is very likely to be very similar to it's final stage, which is far from anything it claims and previously claimed it would be.
Uninteresting, bare boned, unifinished product of a company owner who always bites more than he can chew.

Do some small research in the Steam Forums for this game before considering throwing your hard earned money at this game, because it's legitimately awful at it's current state, I question why Steam still has this in their store.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
Please be advised this is abandon ware. Paul M who is the owner of this studio has basically did a switch and bait tactic to get funding to produce this game, but instead used those funds to make a mobile version and just basically dumped the PC version to the wolves. If you purchase this based on the store page you are being decieved and will regret buying it because the features promised are missing or incomplete. There are 2 programmers left working on this since Jan 2015 so dont expect any large updates/patches any time soon.

I usually do not do reviews as they are a personal opinion and one persons opinion may/maynot agree with anothers opinion.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Early Access Review
It's a scam, pure and simple.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Early Access Review
It's simply a trap to those B&W's player. The endless development without a obvious progress or clean vision doesnt earn a trust from anyone paid 20USD for a early access. I doubt this game if it can be 100% finish at last.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
This game is like sex. You get into it. You enjoy it for few minutes. You prematurely collected all faith and sculped all the land then soon realise that you ran out of fuel and have to wait until next load is ready.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
Still waiting for an update to make the game not suck...
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
do not buy unless facebook games are what you like.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
This game makes me angry. I don't want to even write a review for it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
it makes almost no progress and seems to only focus on mobile development
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
This is the most peice of ♥♥♥♥ game I have ever played. It is moneygrubbing, tedious, explotative, and just plain terrible. Graphics are bad. Gameplay is worse. There are no redeeming qualities at all, DO NOT BUY THIS TERRIBLE GAME.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
Don't buy it, 22cans have been shifty as hell about this game lately
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
6 months later this crap still wont launch on my laptop. From what I can understand it's not changed much from a pay2play mobile game tapfest anyway.

Long time Peter Molyneux fan, but I'm feeling pretty goddam decieved as this was sold as a game that would follow the traditions and gameplay of his early classics like populous and black and white.

Literally all they had to do was remake populous and that would of been enough to keep me (and everyone else) happy. Easily the most dissapointing thing i've ever invested in on early access/kickstarter and I invested in double fines space base df-9 so thats saying something.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
This is a tough game to review. I usually find myself enjoying the mechanics and art style of the game, but the development for the game has been pretty bad.

There used to be multiplayer, there isn't, anymore. This is just one of many things that were supposed to be in the game, and now will apparently never be included.

The reason for that? It's pretty much "done" in the eyes of the company making the game, aside from some finishing up.

Communication has been quite bad from 22cans, with nothing answered clearly enough to indicate that they're not abandoning the game.

Frankly, the game is pretty fun to play, if you're into the whole sim-people sort of genre, but it lacks focus, development, and a future.

With those faults, I wouldn't recommend it at this price, as in retrospect, the idea of what it would become was probably what motivated me.

Knowing the game will never become much more than it is now... that kinda kills all passion to play.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
Find an old version on tpb.

The early game was perfect! Before all the micro-transactions were added the game had plenty of potential and I was moderately excited to see it hit the mobile platform after playing it for a while on pc. Then the updates came.
The first one was horrible, it trashed my original world and added a whole schlew of elements meant to make it harder and harder to progress, and then shortly there after gems were added. From then on the game was just crap, things quickly became worse and now I don't play it anymore.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Early Access Review
I bought Godus around a year ago. Its simple and colourful graphics, the User Interface and the many various features intrigued me. However, as many users said, the game has been on early access for ages and there was more re-designing than actual improvement of the game.

Many features were removed, some were later re-added, glitches regarding savegames occured and forced the user to restart from 0 - when it wasn't an update to mess up with it in the first place. Overall, what disappointed me the most is that 22cans has been playing with its fans for a while, giving an awful support which made me almost hate the game, and abandon it even before I received the (is there a pejorative of late?) reply. And as if that happened once, months after giving up with Godus I decided to get back to it, only to see that unrealistic features that I didn't even want (like the mixed and multiethnic people of a presumably paleolithic society??) were added. I begged for support and gave availability in case it was required to mod the game on my own to restore the caucasic-only population. I even explained my reasons, saying that it was good to add up races but that a player should get to pick which ones he wants and doesn't want - regardless the colour. The response I received (about 2 months later) was a copy&paste, and guess what? The writing was so bogus and automatic that it rang a bell in my head, I went checking the older email from my first ticket and they were identical!

Apart from the lacking, dumb, and almost self-generated "support", the game itself is poor as I mentioned above. You can enjoy it maybe for about 20 hours in case you have little experience with God videogames (as the undersigned), then it gets repetitive and pointless. I suggest anyone wishing to play a game of this sort to rely on the comments of god-games enthusiasts/aficionados in order to find a way better (and likely older) one.

To sum up: It seemed promising, but knowing that this game has been on early access for 16 months with little improvement, buying it at the moment would be a waste of money. DON'T LET THE VIVID COLOURS AND CARTOON-LIKE GRAPHICS TRICK YOU INTO PURCHASING. 22cans has probably hired good graphic artists in order to show off a slideshow of artworks that don't represent their game at all. Get the Maxim game SPORE instead if you really want to experience how it feels to be a God.

Random features that should have been implemented (in my opinion):

-Aspects allowing the player to personalise and customise his or her followers and their society (morphology or and climate of the starting area, building architecture, followers' clothing and so on)
-A real objective in the game, whether you like a military, economical or diplomatic society (what is the point of building up a civilisation if there's no bloody warfare? Mind that archers were put in the game only lately and have little value in this sense anyway)
-Diversification of the planet fauna and flora (they should have implemented animals and plants other than pine-like trees instead of different skin colours for your followers) You can check, for instance, any info regarding wildlife on the game's wiki. All of the issues I detailed above and below can be found here on the respective topics' pages. http://godus.wikia.com/wiki/Wildlife
-A complex resource system which still doesn't exist at present, There is no hunting, there is no gathering, there is no fishing whatsoever. There aren't different types of metal or rock that you can collect. You may think I'm point out a stupid thing nobody cares about, but if managing multiple resources is just plain boring, why the hell do all the strategic games that I've played so far usually distinguish 4 types of resource the least? (Gems don't really count as a resource, it's a premium-like feat. you find in freemium cheap-♥♥♥ games)
-I could continue, but the time I spent writing this objective review should cost 22cans the money I spent on their masterpiece, for anyone reading my thoughts on it will refrain from buying, hence reducing the negative popularity of this game and eventually saving the last slice of credibility the developers have left.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
I really cant express in words how disappointed I am with this game. I remember long nights playing Populous: The Beginning when I was younger - even the little phrases of the braves, "waybo? Gid'aye" after all these years are still etched in my memory. I still from time to time come back to this game as a timeless masterpiece of the God Sim from the original God Sim master himself, Peter Molyneaux.

How the mighty have fallen.

Godus sounds good on paper. It sounds like a spiritual successor to Populous, and I was an early supporter. I forgave the game it's early flaws; a complex, confusing morass of "stickers" and "cards" for gameplay progression, a repetitive AI and gameplay, a directionless, non-existent story. Such was my reverence for Populous I was convinced that "it'll get better with the next update." I couldn't be more wrong. After some time now, various updates and promises to a loyal fanbase that this game will get better I am now finally giving up.

Godus is a frustrating and unrewarding experience. I have played since the first version and through all the updates and I still have no idea what is going on, how to progress or improve my villages and can make no sense whatsoever of the sticker system. I have found myself doing exactly the same thing since the start - continually clicking stupid little purple bubbles just to get enough "belief points" to move the slightest bit of land.. continually coming up against "you do not have this power" message, with no clear path towards gaining said upgrade or ability except another 60 hours of repetitive clicking.

This game is an insult to the legacy of Populous and the God SIm genre. It's almost an embarassment to admit that I have purchased it and I have finally had enough of wasting any more time with it.

For those who have played Populous: The Beginning and hope for some kind of spiritual successor I strongly advise to look elsewhere. This game is so awful and tedious I wouldn't even download it if it were free. I so wished it would be different and for months now I have given it chance after chance, without any improvement. It pains me to say it, but I see no hope of redemption, since it's actually gotten worse as time goes on.

Avoid - and if you are unfortunate enough to buy this game, the next time you load Populous you might notice the braves all speaking English - "told you so!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Early Access Review
At some point during the game, you will be stuck with nothing else to do but repair, repair, repair, and repair. clicking on a ton of houses....
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
I know it's early access, but wow. It's bad. don't waste your money. I got it as a gift, and I feel bad for the person that got it for me, because they paid good money for a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game. Hopefully it'll get better since it's early access, but I can just feel the ego of the tutorial narrator coming out of the screen. "i think this and that and this is where it gets fun" it doesn't. It stays slow and impossible, and there are very few ways to get the all important resource item: gems. It's like a play to win facebook game, except the store is broken so you cannot make anything but agonizingly slow progress. I know the developers can do better. Black and White is better than this game, and it came out when I was still in middle school. From what I understand it's been early access for over a year and has had very little improvement, so there isn't much hope. Save your money and put this game on the bad list. Whoever made it should not be allowed near a game designing project ever again. I can literally see the potentially fun game trying to poke its way through, only to be bashed down by poor design choices, like someone made a perfectly good angel food cake and then decided put habanero and garlic sauce on it, with a bit of liver chopped on it for good measure.
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