Summer of Arcade’s next title is From Dust. Will it blow away in the wind?
A tsunami is heading for my island. I zoom in closely to see my villagers scared shitless. I gather my powers to build a wall around my island, in hopes of protecting them. In a matter of seconds, I build a wall that not even King Kong himself can climb. That’s when I realize that the tsunami is coming from the other side of the island as well. I’m so screwed.
From Dust, a game from the developer Eric Chahi, creator of Another World. Given the powers of God, you try and fix your mistakes by changing the world and protecting your villagers. You put out fires, make pathways over lava, and even saving them all from a erupting volcano. It’s true that all of the problems are mine to begin with, but I still have a hell of a lot of fun saving their butts. That’s basically it.
Your objective is simple. Save the villagers any way to can using the elements. Fire, water, earth, wind, etc. Using these elements and such things as plants, you fix these disasters using your “breath” to collect the elements. They gather up into a ball. The more of the element you have in the ball, the bigger it gets. The balls can get so huge that I would be scared shitless if I were a villager. You simply use these powers to do what is necessary to finish the job. While that’s easy, the rest of the game is insanely complex. You have to come up with strategies that would make military generals look on with confusion. You literally have to think of every variable.
However, even god has faults. The path finding system is horrible. My villagers would sometimes just stop walking, despite the 50 foot wave about to crash down onto his pretty little head. The camera was also a issue at times, but that was no biggie.
Graphics and Audio::
This game is simply gorgeous. From the massive tsunamis to the ever impressive fluid water system, it just stuns me that this is an arcade game. Full retail games would kill for the graphics and engine that From Dust uses. It’s just simply amazing.
The sound is also very well done. It really sounds like you are above a island with all the animal sounds, the crashing of the waves, and even the cries of the villagers as lava seeps into their village.
From Dust is a beautiful, well done game. Never before have I loved being a god. It’s extremely fun, but complex at the same time. This complexity can either ruin the game for a player or make them smile with excitement. It’s all about preference. There are a few faults, such as the path finding and story, but that can easily be overlooked.
8.5 out of 10
From Dust was reviewed on an Xbox 360