Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 6, 2012
    90
    Surprisingly exceptional and unique. [Dec 2011, p80]
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    90
    A sandbox game in its truest interpretation - nature simulated via a charming strategy game.
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    85
    With freeform gameplay and an enchanting visual style, From Dust is well worth the asking price of $15.
  4. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Nov 13, 2011
    84
    Gorgeous visuals and excellent physics. [Dec 2011, p.107]
  5. Play UK
    Nov 18, 2011
    82
    A beautiful game with plenty of good intentions, but a near-vertical learning curve and some baffling AI render it art more than enjoyment. [Issue#211, p.98]
  6. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Oct 29, 2011
    80
    From Dust takes the god game to a slightly flawed but intriguing place. [Dec 2011, p.77]
  7. 80
    Although sometimes frustrating, From Dust's take on the god genre with a series of objective-driven levels and fast paced challenge maps is an interesting twist on an old favourite.
  8. 80
    The combination of aesthetic beauty and environmental manipulation make for a relaxing and pleasing game that also manages to keep you on your toes, thanks to the chain reactions that may be caused by subtle changes.
  9. Sep 26, 2011
    75
    Being God is always fun, period! Challenging gameplay and a unique atmosphere make for a very addicting experience, but control issues and plain stupid AI keep it from reaching the absolute top in the genre.
  10. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    This really typifies the message which From Dust projects. The natural world is unfathomably more complex and diverse than man can comprehend and so fighting against it is like holding sand – eventually, it'll slip though your fingers.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 13, 2011
    70
    A fascinating and absorbing game. It's also infuriating and chaotic. [Dec 2011, p.97]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 30, 2011
    9
    Good looking game, puzzling game play who will keep you playing for hours to get the vegetation all over the map! I can recommend it forGood looking game, puzzling game play who will keep you playing for hours to get the vegetation all over the map! I can recommend it for people who wants some chillout game with a bit of stress sometimes to make the game not too easy. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2011
    10
    It's a 10 from me for this great game. It's not without its faults but as a downloadable title, small presentation issues can be easilyIt's a 10 from me for this great game. It's not without its faults but as a downloadable title, small presentation issues can be easily overlooked. The game is a breath of fresh, nostalgic air amidst a market of mass-produced clones, invoking fond memories of classic gameplay and genres almost forgotten. It's not all a testament to past innovations, however. The core gameplay requires you, as the omnipotent Breath, to protect your tribe as they seek to populate increasingly dangerous environments. This is accomplished by manipulating the elements of each environment, thus adapting and taming the landscape. This system allows for astonishing experimentation, thanks to the impressive physics at play. A totally unique experience and a healthy evolution for the god game. Full Review »
  3. Feb 12, 2017
    9
    An excellent entry into the God Game genre. Once you get into the controls you'll be manipulating the environment like a true elementalAn excellent entry into the God Game genre. Once you get into the controls you'll be manipulating the environment like a true elemental master. Picking up sand or water (and later other materials), zooming out and then rushing to somewhere else and zooming in to carefully deposit it where you want.

    The tribes people AI is pretty intelligent, not amazing but it does the job well. Also their animations are pretty nice. You can zoom right in to see them up close, and enjoy the environment from the ground.

    The graphics are spot on. Actually I've returned to the PS3 after playing other systems for a few years and it still looks great in 2017! The water effects are amazing and very realistic, like when you drop some earth (or the environment "tilts") and all the water runs in another direction.

    The puzzling is very inspired, revolving around how water feeds plants and kills fires, but fire feeds off plants and destroys villages but is stopped by rock, and even rock can be destroyed. Various (and strange) types of trees add to the puzzling system. Plus all the special powers add greatly to the experience and fit in really well. It's pretty easy to play and not too taxing. Basically this is what Godus wanted to be... The next evolution of Populous. I'd definitely buy the sequel if it comes! Just imagine how awesome that'd look on the PS4!
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