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 (1,122 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
71 of 75 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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85 of 97 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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147 of 194 people (76%) 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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49 of 60 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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50 of 73 people (68%) 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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23 of 27 people (85%) 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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18 of 21 people (86%) 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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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26 of 38 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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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
This is an amazing game. However, I can't get it to work anymore. Every time I try to launch it uPlay crashes. So obviously I can't recommend a game that doesn't work.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Requires UPlay to actually play game... yeah, not playing this one now.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.2 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 trible 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 are being big ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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.

Two reasonable criticisms - the mouse controls are not very good, but you can adjust to them, and the AI of your villagers sometimes can get a little dumb, but that's not too serious of an issue.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
You Have to register for an account in which you do not want to play this Game and it takes 1hr to load because it constantly updates itself.... the game is amazing just not the company and uplay should not exist...
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Kill your own civilization simulator
genocide/10
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Its quite simple why I am not recommending this. I can’t play it, thanks to U-play Brower you have to download, not even working my $9.99 purchase is now useless. Do not buy this game, you can’t even play it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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)

Last thoughts: Uplay is badly messed up.... I can't get it to work anymore..... Ubisoft has this way ehrrr... I have unfriended Ubisoft, you know what I mean? You should get this game not on Uplay if you can find it....

Peace.... now I gotta get back to killin' Orcs in Shadow or Mordor.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Such awesomeness! The world needs more games like this one!

Play with water, sand and lava for hours :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
A great mix of Black and White mechanics and a bit of Minecraft creativity. On top of that a decent storyline that ties the level progression together.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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