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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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
98 of 103 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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105 of 118 people (89%) 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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154 of 204 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
I WISH I could play this game. But of course, Uplay locks me out of it. Their customer support is so abysmal YOU CAN'T EVEN LOG INTO THEIR SITE TO COMPLAIN TO THEM. DO NOT BUY THIS. You are HONEST TO GOD better off pirating this game. At the very least, you WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO PLAY IT.
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
An amazing little godmode game, where you can handle the elements earth, water and lava. I think it's too small, only 15 levels, more like an advertising game. But the concept is quite good and challenging. On the one hand you have to protect your people from deadly floods, on the other hand their villages get burned down by fire caused by the lava. Sometimes you have to fight all the elements together at once. Then you should have the right strategie to survive...
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106 of 152 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2011
control a maggot in this thrilling
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2011
This game is beautiful, the physics are the best I've ever seen and the environments are pretty, but that only gets it so far, the AI is stupid, and the men seem to be incapable of moving out of the way of water and lava coming right for them, and are confused my tiny differences in height, where I have to dump earth all over just to convince them to climb it, the game doesn't let you build a village where there is 'too much water', which is fine until you find yourself not being able to find where the water is in this tiny area, because you're not allowed to have a single drop in the place you want a village. Getting to the next level seemed more frustrating and tiresome than fun. I pre-ordered this on Steam and was really looking forward to it, but was ultimately disappointed.
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54 of 71 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2013
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.
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66 of 93 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
GAME WILL NOT WORK

I must admit this game is top noch but due to a glich in Ubisoft's Uplay, THE GAME WILL NOT WORK ON PC. steam plese remove this game from your digital shelfs before too many loyal custimers are lost.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2012
What could have been a great game, but ruined by a terrible port (the mouse doesn't work as you'd expect) and DRM. Don't bother.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
In games that allow you to "play" as a god it's always entertaining to see how people worship you and how they are just living by themselves. Unfortunatelly, world is full of dangers: tsunamis, volcanos or just terrains that cannot be reached by your mortal servants. From Dust allows you to be a different kind of god: a god who helps people by changing their environment or destroys them by creating apocalyptic disasters.

This game allows you to play with water, earth and lava. You can shape the land, flood it or just recreate landform by catching some earth and drop it in a different place. I really liked the physics and whole look of the changes you can cause. They are reallistic and - I must say - look awesome, even if you are about to destroy your village. Your servants can also summon different powers called Breaths, in example causing mentioned before tornado or activate a volcano.

Unfortunatelly, with all its original features, the main disadvantage of this game is its length. Only 15-missions long campaign is not as spectacular as the game, but I can say that this amount is average. I saw shorter games, so definitely time needed to go through whole campaign is average (not great, but not bad as well).
I was relieved when I saw a custom play mode, which allowed me to play just as I like, being away from the main campaign. Shaping your own island is one of the things I always dreamed about.

In the end I'd like to say that if you like godmode games or just want to have fun in original way and cheer your eyes with beautiful graphic, then this game's definitely for you!
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60 of 90 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
What the store page doesn't mention is that this game *requires* third-party DRM (Uplay) and that you create a Uplay account. They should also have mentioned that you'll likely be required to spend your time troubleshooting Uplay errors as a warm up to playing the game you paid for.

@ubisoft, we're paying you already for the content, please don't take the extra steps of screwing us out of as much money / information / freedom of choice as possible.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
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.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
From Dust has been repeatedly misidentified as a "God" game, which it is not. It is more accurately described as a terraforming puzzle game, and a very good one at that, managing the ideal puzzle game balance of simple, intuitive mechanics that are extended across a substantial breadth and depth of scenarios. It's one crippling drawback is the horrid, controller-developed control scheme, although this is manageable and somewhat forgivable.
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30 of 41 people (73%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
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.
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39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
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.
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56 of 88 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
First of all this game will require Uplay to play and you will have to lock your serial to that one account so don't forget the information. While annoying, this is doable and not the only game like it. Wish I had read more of the steam reviews before buying. I would not recommend this game and if you already bought it, my sympathies, but it is not the next Black and White. Buy at own risk, I cannot stress this enough.

Controls and Mechanics: Saw a lot of complaints about this. Some buttons are counter intuitive or not 'the norm' but you can grow accustomed to them fairly quickly there's only two really weird ones. UI is spare so you aren't overwhelmed with options. Movement of the cursor corresponds with the movement of your avatar and 90% of the time this is fine and you get used to it fast. The other 10% of the time it will go too far too fast or something at just the wrong time and Bad Things will happen because of it (this has caused me to restart at least one map). Similarly 1-2-3-4 isn't hard to remember, but when the powers attributed to them shift around you have to constantly check the menu to make sure you're using the right power.

The AI of the people is actually fairly decent - when it works. When it doesn't you get dozens of annoying little voices screaming at you from the top of a hastily erected pillar as rivers of lava flow around them, voices which you cannot stop until either that lava does, or one of your powers comes up, etc. Furthermore idiotic people have cost me wins before, causing me to have to restart some maps several times or making simple tasks very hard.

Camera: Similar to dungeon crawlers, up above and slightly behind the avatar with the option to zoom in a little or to zoom in completely (and not be able to do anything) on just one of your humans. Like the controls 90% of the time this is fine, but when it goes wrong it can be very frustrating giving the fast liquids you are working with.

Now to the reason I am writing this review: some spoilers ahead (I try not to name names).




Surprisingly interesting premise and I genuinely wanted to see my people through and to find out more about what had happened before me. The cut scene between maps gets annoying overtime since its pretty long and just the same footage over and over again but that's not game breaking. What is game breaking is the end. The last level. First of all the game froze just as I was about to complete it so I had to go back and do it all over again (first time this had happened). I hesitate to detail what exactly happens but suffice to say that I was extraordinarily displeased, felt that absolutely NONE of the plot points were tied up (they didn't even try to softball something in or if they did it was too subtle for my shock and disappointment to see it), we weren't given any revelations or massive info dumps, its one giant screw you to the idiot stupid enough to waste their time on this game. Before the end I was willing to give this game a pass and say there were some levels worth redoing, some content worth getting every little bit from, but afterwards I uninstalled the game without second thoughts.
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57 of 90 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Cons:
Uplay
Uplay Sometimes Doesnt Connect
Uplay Client
The AI is terrible, Probably because of Uplay
It gets boring quickly
Ubisoft

Pros:
Its Fun, worth the time to play
You can be very creative with this game
Good Graphics
The Game lasts awhile

7/10 (Those 3 missing is because of Uplay)
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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Forces you to go through some sort of UPlay game advertising system. After making an account there, it crashed. UPlay now crashes with every launch an I can't play the game I bought.
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50 of 81 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
Waste of money!

Also F*ck off U-play!!!!
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31 of 48 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2013
Dont buy it. It requires you to manually download & install UPlay, and register an account in order to play.
Screw DRM
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