Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous in this modern God-Game where Nature is the Star!
User reviews: Mixed (1,200 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 17, 2011

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About This Game

From Dust is the latest original game concept by Eric Chahi, creator of the cult classic, “Another World / Out of this World”.
Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous! You control the destiny of a primitive tribe against the backdrop of a world in constant evolution—a universe where mighty Nature reclaims what is hers; and your mastery of the elements is your people’s only chance of survival...

Key Features:

  • Ground-Breaking Technology

    Play in the sandbox of one of the most advanced real-time nature simulations, where everything you see and interact with evolves dynamically, offering a constantly renewed experience.
  • Unique Art Direction

    Discover a large variety of environments: Tropical islands, volcanic landscapes, deserts and so much more…
  • Rich Story Mode

    Explore 13 breathtaking territories of emergent gameplay. Master the natural forces at play on a mysterious archipelago and help a primitive tribe to recover the lost powers of their ancestors.
  • Confront Mighty Nature

    Protect your tribe against Nature’s most devastating attacks. Face down tsunamis, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, torrential rains…
  • Master Godlike Powers

    Control the forces of nature to sculpt the world in your image. Hold back lava, stop raging waters, empty lakes, grow forests and raise mountains!
  • Live Up to the Challenge

    Race against the clock on 30 additional maps in Challenge Mode. Each scenario is a puzzle-like challenge where time is of the essence...
  • Online leaderboards

    Compare your Challenge Mode scores with the community on worldwide leaderboards.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 2.3 GHz AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+
    • Memory: 1.5 GB (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista/Windows 7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (*see supported list)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0-compliant sound card
    • Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller
      *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

      ATI RADEON HD 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 series

      NVIDIA GeForce 8800 / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 series

      Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

      Crossfire or SLI-equipped systems may run the game but are not supported. It is recommended to use a single card while playing From Dust.
      * This product does not support Windows® 98/ME/2000/NT
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 920 or 3.0 GHz AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    • Memory: 3 GB DDR3
    • Graphics: 512 MB Geforce 9 or Radeon HD 4000 (*see supported list)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB
    • Sound: 5.1 sound card
    • Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
      *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

      ATI RADEON HD 3000 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 series

      NVIDIA GeForce 8800 / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 series

      Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

      Crossfire or SLI-equipped systems may run the game but are not supported. It is recommended to use a single card while playing From Dust.
      * This product does not support Windows® 98/ME/2000/NT
Helpful customer reviews
128 of 136 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I FIXED IT!

To everyone that keeps saying that Uplay crashes and that you can't play this is what you need to do:
1) Uninstall the game and Uplay (AKA Ubisoft Launcher)
2) Install Uplay from Ubisoft's site.
3) Login with your account (on Uplay) and make sure you're online.
3.1) There is an option to activate game, choose it.
3.2) Copy the game's activation code to it (the one Steam provides you)
3.3) It will ask you if you want to activate From Dust to that account, choose yes.
4) In Uplay, choose "Go Offline", and that's it (but don't close Uplay).
6) Install the game on Steam and play
Note: In Uplay's settings I recommend that you choose "Always start Offline" and disable any synchronization to Uplay (specially the save files), because it is absolute garbage, you should also disable overlay.

For those wondering, the problem is the interaction between Steam and Uplay, and the fix is launching (and installing) Uplay by itself instead of letting Steam do it.

The game itself is a lot of fun, it sucks that Ubisoft had to ruin it, I would recommend the game, but not the company.
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131 of 154 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
A good god sim where the only thing more powerfull than you is Uplay
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
While most others complain about Uplay its not all that bad. You can get the game easily working within 5 minutes, you just have to uninstall the uPlay that comes with the game, and instead use the one from the official website.

Beyond uPlay this game is fantastic. With the completely terraformable worlds and amazing powers and gameplay its a definite buy in my opinion. I personally like the water physics most. Its just very intricate and well scripted, even on a large scale when the lakes and tsunamis are involved. And who can resist taking a large glob of lava and setting your village on fire?
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
The game was really good, but it's ruined by cursed U-PLAY...

U-Play's latest update prevents the game from loading up. Why studio's feel the need to use U-Play is beyond reason.
Totally uneccesary!!!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
From Dust gives you a place you can design on your own. Throuugh the story you will unlock more powers and so you can shape the land stronger. The Story is perfectly told and hides many secrets you will uncover. A negative point is the lack of a Sandbox mode. You are in a quarter and you can only form the land in that quarter. In conclusion this game is worth buying though you shouldn't expect much from it.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Was entertaining for awhile, but it got old pretty quick. Level after level, it had the same exact intro sequence; some people crawling out of a hole in the ground. It definitely got challenging, but at that point I had lost interest.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
An amazing adventure, magical humble little game that puts you into role of a god that guides mysterious tribe on journey to discovery through the power of terraforming. Every mission is essantially a puzzle to solve and with increasing difficulty it results into about 10 hours of top notch entertainment. Some people throwing temper tantrums because of the uplay, I had no problems with it at all (I never had uplay crashing or anything those guys are "experiencing").

The important thing is that a review that only lists problems with uplay is not a review of this game at all. The game is an overlooked gem, it has amazing aesthetics and so much charm most of the other titles would be envious. It's not a groundbreaking title, as this was done before, but it's done really well.

Two reasonable criticisms - mouse controls are not that good, and while your villagers aren't exactly lemmings, they can be pretty dumb. Neither of those are serious issues and will only take a few moments to get used to it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
While this is a recommendation in favor of From Dust, it comes with a lot of qualifiers. This is not a game that is worth full price. Yes, the graphics and production value are above average. And yes, this is a well designed God Game. And yes, because of the dynamic way in which the world behaves in reaction to your choices can drastically change the playthrough of any particular level. And ultimately yes, the levels (what few there are) are well designed.

But that brings me to my first complaint: There are only 12 levels (not counting the finale which doesn't really count since you can easily win simply by not using anything but the Breath of Earth.) For a full priced game, this is scaled more as a tech demo and paying full price is outrageous. (And I mean that to be a bit dramatic, because Fromt Dust is offensively short.)

It took me roughly 6 hours to beat the game (And I had to play at least three maps over.)

Which leads me to my next complaint: There are no saves. If you fail, you have to start over from the beginning of the level. That's not horrible, but it is made painful by the unskippable cutscenes and monologues at the beginning of each level. If you're not beating the level in the first or second try, the tedium of unskippable cutscenes is likely to drive you slightly mad. The cutscenes are "cute" the first time through, but after that they start to grate on your nerves. Your followers don't speak English. Everything is subtitled. While this seems like a novel idea at the beginning, people speaking gibberish at you on the start of each level (coupled with the fact that you cannot bypass it) quickly becomes annoying. This annoyance is mercifully mitigated by the short "single player campaign." (Of questionable value, since it also means there isn't much meat on the bones of this game.)

My third complaint is that it requires Uplay, Ubisoft's DRM. Ubisoft's DRM is draconian. There are multiple features in many games that simply do not work if you do not have an active internet connection (as opposed to Steam, where that connection is only required on first activation.) Additionally, Uplay fails to install correctly when installed through Steam and you have to jury rig it to work (I put a guide together under From Dust for anyone who buys this and runs in to the installation problem and goes looking for the solution.) While Ubisoft has removed some of the other unpalatable elements of Uplay DRM, it still remains the poster child for "what not to do" among game producers.

However, if you catch this on a sale ($5-10 tops) and you can tolerate dealing with Uplay, you will find yourself faced with a few (very few) enjoyable hours with Fromt Dust.

The gameplay that derives from wielding god powers (water, warth, fire and life-- no air here) is enjoyable. The sense of urgency that derives from the interaction between floods and earth washing away, or between a lava flow steadily working its way into your followers-- these interactions are compelling and interesting.

Unlike Molyneux's "God Game Remake in Godus" there is no farmville experience here. You really are left solely with Godly concerns. How do you unlock your next power?, how do you expand your followers across the world in the face of looming environmental disaster?, how do you help them escape the world before the tenuous balance you've maintained comes crashing down around you and your followers?

The story is nothing special. It starts as a question, and it ends as a question.

The graphics are pretty spectacular (for what it is). There's not a ton of individualized follower behavior (You typically zoom all the way out and do your best to stay on top of the floods, or the tsunamis, or the volcanos that are poised to end your followers.) But the environmental effects are pretty interesting. Water that is volumetric and looks like water. It has waves, it feeds plant life, it cools lava. Lava that is equally volumetric, and which cools when it thins, leaving behind a layered rock strata on which the next wave of lava will rise over it. Each river, be it water or lava, is unique and behaves according to physics which seem realistic (so long as you don't analyze them too heavily.)

The game performs well (one crash of the game, one crash of Uplay before I applied the installation fix I mentioned earlier). The audio is well designed, if a bit shallow and repetative. The digeridoo sounds are thematic and interesting (but if you don't like them, they become fairly constant in late game and that is likely to get on your nerves.)

All in all, despite its many flaws, I would give From Dust a positive rating-- at a much lower price point.

If you happen to see this on sale and feel like a few hours with a novel take on the God game genre, then give this a try. (But don't get it except on sale, because there just isn't much under the hood to justify the cash expenditure.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Wonderful game! I expected a sandbox game but From Dust turned out to be refreshingly challenging and I just love the smooth graphics and interesting gameplay.

I did have some problems with Uplay, as first the game wouldn't launch at all and Uplay was being glitchy. However, it's a common problem with this game and steam community had found a good solution to it, and simply by following simple instructions I got the game working. And it was worth it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
From Dust. 9 / 10
Shape the Land, control Water and Lava protecting the people from Tidal Waves and Volcanos. Provide natural protection for their societies to evolve.... This should be called A "Mother Nature" game.

This is a Unique game - and if you like a variety of games then this is a TREAT : ))

Many people don't "get" this game.... that's ok; they don't "get" it. That's why the scores on Metacritic are all over the place - score variability is high - because Gamer Type is widely variable.

But make no mistake.... This is a Great Game. I have played for 20hrs+ (offline)


Update 2015.04.18
Well somehow Uplay has started working again for me.... yeah I was pretty upset with Uplay before.... Good luck to you my dear gamer....
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
As god my mission was to lead my people to safety.
Man did i ♥♥♥♥ that up.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
A rather short game but fun all the way down. It is as fascinating to watch as it is to play. The fantastic idea gives you the power of being the protective creator of a tribal group of people by modelling nature and landscapes. Even if the main action of piling up and excavating the level's territory may not sound spectacular, I already played it through several times. Not least this is due to the physics which grant sensible effects from all my godlike actions. You have the power over lava, earth and water with which you can shape the landscape in favour of the tribe. The goal is to create a save passage over the map to some ruins which grant access to the next scenario. In this sandbox nature is your persistent opponent. If you are not careful fire burns your village down or flood washes your people away.

A real downside of this game is the story. Actually there is no notable plot which could be called a storyline. Other than the campaign you can also play in custom empty map where you can build your own landscapes.
It has also to be stated, that the game requires UPlay since it is an Ubisoft game.

So it is a game that is different. Unfortunately it is not complete, neither by its extent nor by its plot. Nontheless, it reminded me as well of endless hours in the sandpit during childhood. Not least thanks to the still pretty graphics I recommend this terraforming god game.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Kill your own civilization simulator
genocide/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
What happened when God is a human, and that human is you.
6 out of 10

When this game announce their first gameplay preview I was extremely excited as if I were a little kid who sees the first movie of iron man. However when the game came out and after about 5 hours playing the game, it does bring disappointment; Such how the sandbox mode being executed, the number of levels, difficulty level, challanges and other factors of the game that makes it really disappointing.

Does it worth the money?
I wouldn't really suggest you to buy the game, but if you want to support the game developer for the gorgeus art and physics, you might consider your 20 bucks for it too.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Wonderful game! Hours and hours of fun, there's even a lot of quality end-game stuff to do too!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Love this game even for how short it was it was pretty awesome
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A nice little game to pass the time alone and just screw around with the elements of nature. Unique!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Great Game. Yes there is the uplay problom, but it can be fixed by just going to the website and downloading and installing uplay. its that simple.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
A really enjoyable open world God game.

It is really short and easy, but there are parts where it can
get really hard.

I would give it:
7/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
simply amazing
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