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 (1,033 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
83 of 111 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
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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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A good god sim where the only thing more powerfull than you is Uplay
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
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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48 of 66 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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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40 of 64 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Waste of money!

Also F*ck off U-play!!!!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
required online login through 3rd party.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
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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19 of 34 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I dislike having to go through this stupid uplay account to play the game, everytime i try to access it the game gets to the uplay browser and shuts down giving me an error message, game looks good, but uplay freaking sucks.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Such awesomeness! The world needs more games like this one!

Play with water, sand and lava for hours :)
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
As many great things as I have heard about this game i would love to give it a great review. That is if I were able to play it at all. My cumputer has a substantial amount more of all of operating system requirements needed. But the game will only run through Ubisoft's Uplay launcher, which has crashed everytime. I have downloaded this game 4 times now in an attempt to play it at least once and to no avail. So sorry for all those who want to try the game Ubisoft apparently doesn't want us to use the products we pay for.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Really fun game ruined by UPLAY.
after this and watchdogs I don't think I can bother buying a Ubisoft game ever again in my entire life, no matter how good it is.
Depressing.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Requires UPlay to actually play game... yeah, not playing this one now.
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