Frank Herbert's Dune (video game)

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Frank Herbert's Dune
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Developer(s)Widescreen Games
Producer(s)Olivier Masclef
Designer(s)Sylvain Blanchot
Programmer(s)Jérôme Berthier
Sylvain Paris
Artist(s)Dominique Peyronnet
Robert Foriel
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2

Frank Herbert's Dune is a 2001 3D video game based on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries of the same name. The game was not a commercial or critical success, and was one of the last games by Cryo Interactive, which went bankrupt shortly after the game's failure.[2]


By the time the game was made, Cryo had already started to be in financial debt. The game turned out to be a costly flop, and the studio was unable to find creditors to keep operations running.[3] The PlayStation 2 version was released only in Europe.


As Paul, the son of the Duke Atreides's concubine and heir to the throne, the player must earn the trust and respect from the natives of the desert planet Dune, the Fremen, to ultimately become their prophesied messiah and free them from the desolate conditions of the planet. He also needs to overcome the evil Baron Harkonnen who slaughtered the Atreides family with covert backup from the Emperor.

The story behind each mission is accurate to the novels, though taking place during the two-year span in the 1965 novel Dune when Paul gains the trust of the Fremen.

Critical reception[edit]

Dune was a finalist for The Electric Playground's 2001 "Best Adventure Game for PC" award, but lost the prize to Myst III: Exile.[8]


  1. ^ a b Pilou. "Tests; Frank Herbert's Dune". (in French). Archived from the original on December 6, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Overview: Cryo Interactive Entertainment". Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Walker, John (2015-06-22). "I Kind Of Miss Dreadful Adventure Developer Cryo". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  4. ^ "Frank Herbert's Dune for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  5. ^ "Frank Herbert's Dune for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  6. ^ Bub, Andrew S. (March 26, 2002). "Frank Herbert's Dune". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on August 4, 2004.
  7. ^ Harris, Neil (December 20, 2001). "Frank Herbert's Dune". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on January 29, 2004.
  8. ^ Staff (January 25, 2002). "Blister Awards 2001". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on February 8, 2002.

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