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. Sep 23, 2011
    85
    With freeform gameplay and an enchanting visual style, From Dust is well worth the asking price of $15.
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    90
    A sandbox game in its truest interpretation - nature simulated via a charming strategy game.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 13, 2011
    70
    A fascinating and absorbing game. It's also infuriating and chaotic. [Dec 2011, p.97]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 6, 2012
    90
    Surprisingly exceptional and unique. [Dec 2011, p80]
  9. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Nov 13, 2011
    84
    Gorgeous visuals and excellent physics. [Dec 2011, p.107]
  10. 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]
  11. 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.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  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. Apr 28, 2018
    0
    Sadly this game is all ideas and very little decent execution. Frequently your people will all be killed and you have to watch the cut sceneSadly this game is all ideas and very little decent execution. Frequently your people will all be killed and you have to watch the cut scene again before starting over.
    The controls are clunky and it’s ridiculously short to boot.
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