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Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous in this modern God-Game where Nature is the Star!
Release Date: Aug 17, 2011
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$14.99

About the 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
45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
222 products in account
143 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
From Dust is a creative and interesting god-game/strategy game. It's sort of an update on Populous. Way better looking than Populous, though.

I enjoyed playing From Dust through about half of the game's missions. Figuring out how to manipulate the environment to advance your tribe through a series of goals is fun and challenging. But after about 5 levels, the game's challenge became less about figuring out a strategy, and more about executing it with the awkward controller scheme. After about 8-10 levels, it just became too awkward to play. The strategy elements of the game outgrew their clumsy control scheme.

I might recommend this, though, if it's on deep sale. It's pretty to look at, and I had a good couple of hours of fun before deciding the juice wasn't worth the squeeze.

...That damned level with the burning trees. Gah.
Posted: November 11th, 2013
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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
244 products in account
57 reviews
9.1 hrs on record
An extremely gorgeous and breathtaking experience, enjoyable with few weak points throughout the game. If you loved Cryo Interactive's games in the 90s, such as Lost Eden, then you'll also love From Dust.

The atmosphere of this game is pretty unique. The puzzles have a gradual learning curve, the challenges are pretty cool. Sometimes things can be a bit annoying to control. Speaking of which: play this with a 360 pad, not the keyboard & mice. It's so much better.

Overall I'd recommend it almost on the atmosphere alone, which I'm a big fan of.
Posted: December 2nd, 2013
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
368 products in account
9 reviews
41.9 hrs on record
From Dust is a fun physics game that won't keep you coming back again and again to play it, but luckily the technology itself has aged well. What other game has free-flowing water, sand, and lava that can all be mixed together to create rock, land, volcanoes, mountains, earthquakes, and tsunamis? If you are hoping that the very end of the game unlocks a no-strings-attached sandbox mode, however, you may be slightly disappointed. The sandbox mode that you get at the end is another level where you get to use all the abilities you gain across the rest of the game to beat the level. After you beat it, you return to the main menu. From there you can choose to play it again, but it doesn't feel at all like a truly free sandbox mode. If you can get past that, then I would recommend this game simply so you can playing with water, sand, and lava.
Posted: January 10th, 2014
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
77 products in account
1 review
3.8 hrs on record
From Dust is a unique and gorgeous game. The single player experience is short, but very immersive and enjoyable.
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
217 products in account
30 reviews
15.3 hrs on record
I don't play a lot of "God games" but for me From Dust was fresh and different. Tasked with guiding a primitive tribe on a quest for answers about their past you are given control of the environment, picking up dirt, water, and lava, to clear paths or build them, while fighting off nature itself.

Visually From Dust is appealing with beautiful tropical islands to arid deserts and lava crusted mountains. The way your powers mold the environment also looks very good. The campaign is just about the right length with a lot of extra content in challenges or open worlds if you're craving more in the end.

For the most part everything works as expected. Occasionally you will drown or burn some of your people but almost always it's because of your own mistake. That being said, occasionally the AI has some pathing issues that lead them into unnecessary danger and get them killed. More common though is having trouble telling where the AI will allow you to go, mostly involving how steep a slope they will walk up. This can cause problems when you think you have a clear path but the AI refuses to move and reverts to complaining about how much they are now on fire. It was never bad enough for me to make me stop playing though.

From Dust is a nice change of scenery and play style that is definitely worth your time.
Posted: January 15th, 2014
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