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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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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
The Uplay issue has long since been fixed! The game is perfectly playable from Steam.

Now I got this game to fill the void left behind Black and White. There just hasn't been a god game to equal it despite it's flaws. This could have been a worthy successor, though it may be a little too eccentric for some players.

I like the tribal setting, its not something we get to see very often in games and it gives this game its unique sense of identity. It starts to lose its edge however as most of the game is manipulating the enviroment in very puzzle like ways, to get your little tribe from point A to point B. There's really not that much more than can be said. It's seems addicting, but it's no Black and White. Unfortantly it got tedious fast. I just can't in good concience recommend it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
This game honestly has to go down as one of my top 10 games.

People that are looking for a Black and White clone this isn't it. Its a sandbox physics game and I found it highly addictive. The water physics are amazing and I have never seen a game with water this advanced. Basically each level is a puzzle (think Lemmings if you will) where you have to get your tribes people to the exit by claiming all the different sites around the map. Once this is done the exit will open and you can lead them to it. Obviously its not that easy as tsunamis, fires and even erupting volcanoes try to stop your progress. You can manipulate the water, lava, sand etc to help you along the way as well as being able to restart the map if you feel you f'd up because you wanted to see what happened if you diverted that river into that volcano..

Sad for the people that had issues in the past with the DRM/Uplay stuff but it looks like Steam has changed that now and for me I was able to open the game right from Steam without any issue.

For the hours of fun and cheap price of £7 I would have to give this 9/10
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Please keep in mind that I am probably not being fair to From Dust.
I loved Black & White, and that is what I wanted From Dust to be. That was sort of how I interpreted the game's marketing. Instead of being like Black & White, this game felt flat. Level after level I kept wanting the game to open up, instead I got a series of small challenges. Maybe I didn't give it a fair chance, maybe it just wasn't what I wanted.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
DONT BUY IT!

It just does not start.

I spent 30 minutes to get through the UPlay launcher crashes just to get to the game... that crashes on its own!
Searching the Internet revealed tons of players with the same old issue. Some find a solution, some do not.
Ubisoft just doesn't seem to care to fix it.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Worst part of this game, is that Steam still refuses to give me my money back.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Don't get this game it uses Uplay. And it's ♥♥♥♥.
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204 of 223 people (91%) 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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196 of 233 people (84%) found this review helpful
176 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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149 of 171 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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[BKG]Sanny
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
Had since 2011, the Steam Key does not work now as this game now apparently requires Uplay which does not accept the Steam keys for this game for what ever reason.

Despite this though it's a fun game but do not buy from Steam.
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KoNe
15.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
Old, but one of the best games I ever played. Only one thing I hate on is the short length of the game.
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lobotomizedgoat
13.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
If you liked playing in the dirt when you were a kid then this game is for you. If you're expecting a deep story or rpg elements then look elsewhere. This is quite literally a sand, lava, and water box. The puzzle is in manipulating the world such that your villagers can spread rather than die. I'm hoping for a sequel.
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[HZG] EighthArrow
2.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
Uplay nightmare, unskippable boring repeated scenes, not engaging and unclear design
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(LTB) Lord Supa
14.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
Its good .. Reminds of Populas.
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Sugar Tits
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 4
In order to enjoy this game, you must give it some time at first.
This is a God game where you can manipulate elemants, you manipulate these elemants in order to get your tribe settled to a village. You manipulate the ground below them in order to clear paths for them, so they can continue spreading their knowledge across the land.

I would have to say that this game has fantastic replayability due to the fact that you can finish a level differantly each time you play it.

The description of the game I've given in the review is a very basic description, give this game a try yourself, you must see the beauty this game has to offer with it's stunning visuals. Visuals I can't describe in the review, you must see for yourselves.
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Xyletic
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 3
First and foremost, as of this review I had no issue installing or playing this game on PC. I played the game on Xbox 360 prior to purchasing on PC.

The engine behind this game is something spectacular. The ability to manipulate sand, water, and lava is definitely a really fun mechanic. Rivers will flow dynamically in sand, creating their own path and carving their way into the world (with or without your help). Lava will flow and harden into rock which allows for various other uses throughout the game. Sand will spread out over the terrain in a natural soft and smooth manner.

The game is pretty simple, your ultimate goal on each level is to move to the next level. In order to move on, you need to unlock totems. The totems grant additional powers as well as more villages and people. Of course, each totem may have their own challenge to obtain, such as raising the land out of water or using lava to help secure it from threats. There are side objectives to the game, such as collection these minor totems and filling the land completely with vegetation.


Although manipulating the elements is fun, it leaves a strong desire for more. Thinking back to games such as Populous: The Beginning, this engine could be so much more in the right hands and it's sad that it's not being used for something greater. Ultimately, expect to get several fun hours of this game, but if you're like me, you'll thirst for something more. If you haven't played Populous, it's over on GOG for $6, which may give you many more hours of a God game experience for less dollars spent.
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