Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous in this modern God-Game where Nature is the Star!
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Mixed (1,658 reviews) - 63% of the 1,658 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Bacon Brain
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
I would rather go on an expedition to my cats litter box in search of crusted kitty turds then to have to play this rotten trash again.
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nill329
10.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
Don't get this game it uses Uplay. And it's ♥♥♥♥.
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Battlemage4
13.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
my dad liked it
I liked it
bought another one for him for his account.
I'm done with game .
short story. was good.
he keeps playing
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Bio-Cuttlefish
8.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Very nice little puzzle game. Awesome graphics, the whole theme and atmosphere of the game is amazing.
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KIDMOCO
7.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
Don't buy this game becouse it's from Uplay/Ubisoft
And you know that if you install it 3 times you will not be able to play it anymore becouse they suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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brokenheadset
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
bought the game on accident
it's a garbage port of a garbage game
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Aenath
32.8 hrs
Posted: August 17
A different game like no other!
Control the elements and be the hand of god.
Beautiful graphics, amazing gameplay.
It's a MUST HAVE
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TheBoxMan
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
Love It Played It For Dayzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz AND SANDBOX
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Fillet
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 10
Wonderful game. Short though. Would like to see a more substantial sequal.
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judgey
33.3 hrs
Posted: August 7
All these reviews. I never had a problem. Love this game and have been looking for another like it ever since.. So amazing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This was a pretty terrible game. I got it mostly because it reminded me of Black & White, but that should have warned me as Black & White was also released a barely functioning sandbox as opposed to a game. I got through everything the game had to offer in less than five hours, but that is because all it has to offer is environmental sandbox manipulation and no matter how much you call them puzzles that doesn't make them puzzles. I concede that the game looks and sounds beautiful, but its an extremely shallow beauty with no depth whatsoever. This is of course aside from the issue with Uplay that might render the game unplayable for most people. This is of course aside from the fact the game is meaninglessly locked to run at a lower frame rate to match those of the console versions.

You can find the full review over here: http://mouseandcontroller.blogspot.com/2016/07/from-dust.html.
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195 of 213 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 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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191 of 222 people (86%) found this review helpful
168 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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146 of 168 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2015
TL;DR, I highly, highly recommend playing this game, but I do not recommend buying it. This is one of the coolest concepts I have ever seen destroyed by an unusable DRM scheme.

From Dust is a work of art. Watching the form of the earth change and mould as the player manipulates it brings back memories of Black and White, but with a sense of visual awe that comes from being a much more recent game. It is something that I feel any gamer owes it to themselves to experience at least once. Sadly, I can't recommend buying the game, as I have an ethical objection to UPlay. The alternative, a Chrome app that is free in the Chrome Store, is okay, but ultimately Ubisoft's disingenuity has ruined, or at least limited access to, what I consider to be an actual art piece.

Fun fact: Ubisoft actually patched the game to remove UPlay. I had been hoping that would happen and bought it shortly after. Only a few months later, I had been happily enjoying my new game when I launched one day to find UPlay had been patched back in.

Ubisoft, I know you're not listening, but stop punishing your customers for buying your products. You did the right thing once before and removed the DRM from this game. Now that the DRM is back on, I would not be surprised to find the number of seeders for this game on torrent sites has spiked. No one wants a content management system inside another content management system, especially if they only have one or two games in the "nested" one.
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157 of 186 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!

Ubisoft's U-play seems to no-longer be compatible with Steam. Neither Ubisoft nor Steam will take responsibility for this issue & the game will not load, crashing every time you try to play it. This sucks, because it's actually a really fun game which I really want to play again. It's a total waste of £7.99 to buy it because IT DOES NOT LOAD.

I REPEAT, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, IT IS BROKEN!!!!!
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135 of 168 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
uplay DRM ruined it, nothing worked right.

Got a refund.

Boycott uplay.
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178 of 238 people (75%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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94 of 114 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
Don't get this game, not because it's bad, but simply because it uses Uplay.
I pre-ordered from dust when it came out and loved it, sadly I lost my old email and I've been unable to login to Uplay. I contacted Ubisoft and pretty much got a big middle finger in response; they refused to help me, even when I offered paypal transaction details. When I said the legality of their pracices relating to CD keys is questionable within the EU, they stopped responding and two weeks later, they sent an email saying that the support ticket had been closed.
I've tried their support another three times but they've offered me no help.
Find some other way of playing this game if you must, it's pretty fun; but don't buy it from Ubisoft.
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88 of 107 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2015
From Dust was a very fun puzzle sandbox game, until UPlay got involved. It didnt need it back when it got released, but now you cant play it unless you log in with a Ubisoft account. Now dont get me wrong. While I dont mind too much about logining in and saving the info so I dont have to do it over and over, the fact that the game didnt have this at launch(or a couple years after) is what drives me away. The fact that they felt it was neccesary to include this "Feature" that late in the game just shows me what kind of paranoid, crazy, and untrusting company Ubisoft is becoming.
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92 of 114 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
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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