Generally favorable reviews - based on 76 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
  1. 100
    An incredible piece of tech and an even better piece of design, From Dust is a place to lose yourself in. [Oct 2011, p.104]
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    Give it a chance and let the world of gaming open up to something uniquely different.
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    From the tiniest trickle of water to the largest tidal wave, or the smallest grain of sand to the biggest mountain top, every element combines to make From Dust one of the most beautiful and compelling games available on Xbox Live Arcade.
  4. Aug 7, 2011
    When put against some of the other excellent Summer of Arcade games, From Dust isn't for everyone. It's a fully unique experience, with a pace and style that might turn some people off. But for people willing to play a more meditative game, a god game without much building or even very terrific amounts of power, and people who're interested in games as art, From Dust is a beautiful experience and one of the best ways to spend $15 in Microsoft Spacebucks.
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    Yet one more demostration of the great potential of digital delivery: an innovative, inspired and highly satisfying game, capable of proudly standing amongst the best Xbox Live Arcade titles.
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    The framerate remains solid throughout, and seeing a giant tsunami rip through the world and completely submerge it is very impressive.
  7. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust is the God game for the rest of us, shallow enough for arm-chair deities, deep enough for messiahs who want to come to Earth and shape the world elbows deep. As one of the few games you can actually relax with and still enjoy to its fullest, From Dust should be in your library.
  8. Jul 26, 2011
    Like nothing else I have played.
  9. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust is the ideal Xbox Live Arcade game. It would be a tough sell as a retail product simply because it's so creatively constructed and hard to easily define, but as a 1200 MS Point download? It's not to be missed.
  10. Oct 17, 2011
    If this can even be called a game, it's a highly unusual one. Instead of doing missions and killing enemies you construct landscapes and battle for control over the always unpredictable elements brought to life by impressive physics.
  11. Sep 8, 2011
    A sandbox game in its truest interpretation - nature simulated via a charming strategy game. [Oct 2011, p.84]
  12. 90
    Designer Eric Chahi is possibly absolute genius and his game is very unusual experience in all aspects. Missing sandbox mode is the only flaw in this perfect god game. [Issue#208]
  13. 90
    Truly a must-have XBLA game, From Dust can hold its head up high amongst the likes of Limbo, Braid, and Super Meat Boy – much like those platformers, Eric Chahi's long-awaited return has brought back a sadly forgotten gaming genre and given it a fresh breath of life. It's been a long time coming, but with any luck a god gaming renaissance is upon us.
  14. Aug 3, 2011
    It's a shame we don't see games like From Dust more often. It doesn't get repetitive, it's entertaining and shows like no other how a great power comes with a great responsability.
  15. Jul 28, 2011
    From Dust shows that playing god is never a dull task. Trying to tame the forces of nature proves a challenge and provides a different experience every time you play. The sometimes troublesome pathfinding and suicidal tendencies of the villagers make up the only small gripe we have with this otherwise fantastic game.
  16. Jul 27, 2011
    A risky and original game that does well everything it proposes. Magnificient and engaging, with a design that gives the player absolute freedom to solve the challenges.
  17. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust shows that a cheap, downloadable game can compete with the biggies. You'll find yourself lost in this games for hours, just to create a perfect world. It requires some thinking, but most of all it requires enjoyment. Just sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the beauty that is From Dust.
  18. Jul 26, 2011
    It's pure, ambitious, rewarding, challenging, surprisingly visceral, utterly engaging and proof positive that from even the basest of materials, genuine wonders can be wrought.
  19. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust is a great playground that constantly impresses with its jaw-dropping technology and dynamic environments. A must for anyone that craves more than just an action fix.
  20. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust is a crescendo - of ideas, but mostly of the glorious and fearful drama of nature - that will leave you feeling both humbled and thrilled...But it still feels like a beginning, and not just because it tells the tale of one. It's a big idea in a small package, and it's begging to be expanded, as Ubisoft has hinted it might be. Pray that it is.
  21. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust's not magnificent because of its breezy intricacy and rugged grasp of geology. It's magnificent because it's designed with a playful deity in mind. It's built for a god who knows that to succeed is human, 
but to err – and to be creatively led astray time after time – is truly divine.
  22. Jul 27, 2011
    With a great variety of maps and tons of secrets to uncover, From Dust's amorphous sandbox ensures a consistently entertaining journey.
  23. Jul 28, 2011
    From Dust is something we've never seen in the last years: a wonderful god game with good challenges for the player. At the same time there are several limits with the camera and a gameplay where you can't do too much things.
  24. 85
    From Dust is a very well put together puzzler that's obviously had a lot of thought and effort put into it. Not only does it offer a rather breathtaking setting to the player, but the various simple mechanics all come together to create a fun and compelling gameplay experience that hasn't really been duplicated on the Xbox Live Arcade before.
  25. Jul 29, 2011
    From Dust is a magical experience, but it could have been just that little bit more. The Xbox 360 controls aren't as precise as we would have liked, meaning that putting down dirt in exactly the spot you wanted can be tricky. The camera is also completely awful, only allowing you to look from two viewpoints - a 35 degree angle, or from the top. Restrictions on the camera are always a bad idea, period.
  26. Jul 28, 2011
    From Dust is an outstanding approach to the long-forgotten God Genre, but with a few new elements that, combined, give this title a fresh look from what we're used to seeing on the digital market.
  27. Jul 26, 2011
    From Dust not only looks good and unique, but it plays notably enough to back up its artistic and technological value. A lovely crafted unclassifiable game with enough fun and personality that you'll want to help those little people and its settlements to the end.
  28. Jul 26, 2011
    All in all, Ubisoft seems to have another winner with From Dust.
  29. Jul 26, 2011
    Memorable, beautiful and unique, something that stays in your mind long after you've moved on to something else. It's a game that's as fascinating to watch as it is to play, a thought-provoking spin on the power fantasies of the traditional god game.
  30. Aug 2, 2011
    From Dust is a fantastic game and a great follow-up to the Summer of Arcade's first game, Bastion. It's not quite like anything you've ever seen before and there's plenty of content to warrant a purchase. There are a few kinks that need to be worked out but overall, this is a game that everyone should check out, just make sure you don't let your newfound godly prowess get to your head.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Jul 27, 2011
    Graphics are solid, game-play is quite good most of the time, and the tribe dynamics make for a good storyline. If it wasn't for all theGraphics are solid, game-play is quite good most of the time, and the tribe dynamics make for a good storyline. If it wasn't for all the escort missions and slow game-play periods this could have been a great one. Interesting premise, but lacks on execution. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    It's a great game pure and simple. It is a bit hard to control with the game pad but after the first few levels you get used to it and its notIt's a great game pure and simple. It is a bit hard to control with the game pad but after the first few levels you get used to it and its not a problem anymore. Its well worth the money.
    These poor user reviews are whinny BS. They are protesting DRM that doesn't apply to the game on Xbox, and a delay for the PC version. Grow up, seriously.
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  3. Jul 28, 2011
    This game is fantastic. It is very original and looks absolutely amazing. You can create completely new lands by guiding rivers, or destroyThis game is fantastic. It is very original and looks absolutely amazing. You can create completely new lands by guiding rivers, or destroy you villages by flooding them. I do not know why anyone would say that this game lacks polish, it has been made very well and is well refined. "Lacks polish" is the last thing I would use to describe this game. Full Review »