List of games based on Dune

A number of games have been published based on the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert.

Card gamesEdit

Board gamesEdit

Role-playing gamesEdit

Video gamesEdit

To date, there have been five licensed Dune-related video games released. There have also been many Dune-based MUDs (Multi-User Dimension) and browser-based online games, all created and run by fans.[7]

Dune (1992)Edit

1992's Dune from Cryo Interactive/Virgin Interactive blends adventure with strategy.[8][9] Loosely following the story of the 1965 novel Dune and using many visual elements from the 1984 film of the same name by David Lynch, the game casts the player as Paul Atreides, with the ultimate goal of driving the Harkonnens from the planet Dune and taking control of its valuable export, the spice.[8] Key to success is the management of spice mining, military forces, and ecology as the player amasses allies and skills.[8] One aspect of the game allows the player to terraform Arrakis from a desert into a fertile and green planet, at the cost of sandworm habitat and reduced melange spice production.

Dune II (1992)Edit

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, later retitled Dune II: Battle for Arrakis for the Mega Drive/Genesis port, was released in December 1992 from Westwood Studios/Virgin Interactive.[10][11] Often considered to be the first "mainstream modern real-time strategy game", Dune II established many conventions of the genre.[10] Only loosely connected to the plot of the novels or films, the game pits three interplanetary houses — the Atreides, the Harkonnens, and the Ordos — against each other for control of the planet Arrakis and its valuable spice, all while fending off the destructive natural forces of the harsh desert planet itself.[10]

Dune 2000 (1998)Edit

Dune 2000, a 1998 remake of Dune II from Intelligent Games/Westwood Studios/Virgin Interactive, added improved graphics and live-action cutscenes.[12] Though gameplay is similar to its predecessor, Dune 2000 features an enhanced storyline and functionality.[12]

Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001)Edit

Emperor: Battle for Dune (Intelligent Games/Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts) was released on June 12, 2001.[13] A sequel to Dune 2000, the real-time strategy game features 3D graphics and live-action cutscenes, and casts players as Atreides, Harkonnens, or Ordos.[13][14]

Frank Herbert's Dune (2001)Edit

Released in 2001 by Cryo Interactive/DreamCatcher Interactive, Frank Herbert's Dune is a 3D video game based on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries of the same name.[15] As Paul Muad'Dib Atreides, the player must become leader of the Fremen, seize control of Dune, and defeat the evil Baron Harkonnen.[15] The game was not a commercial or critical success, and Cryo subsequently filed for bankruptcy in July 2002.[16]

Dune Generations (2001, cancelled)Edit

In 2001, Cryonetworks disclosed information about Dune Generations, an online, 3D real-time strategy game set in the Dune universe.[17][18] An official website for the upcoming game featured concept images, a brief background story and description of the persistent gameworld, and a list of frequently asked questions.[19] The game would be constructed using Cryo's own online multimedia development framework SCOL.[20]

Within "the infrastructure of a permanent and massive multiplayer world that exists online", Dune Generations would let players assume control of a dynasty in the Dune universe, with the goal of first mastering the natural resources of their own homeworlds and ultimately rising in power and influence through conflicts and alliances with other player dynasties.[18][21] Each of the three available dynasty types - traders, soldiers, or mercenaries - would provide a different playing experience, all with the long-term goal of gaining control of Arrakis and its valuable spice.[18][21]

A preview video trailer was released in November 2001.[22] The game was still in the alpha testing stage in February 2002,[23] and the project was ultimately halted after Cryo filed for bankruptcy in July.[16]

Dune Wars mod for Civilization IV (2009)Edit

The Dune Wars mod[24] is a total conversion of Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword to the Dune setting. The mod was featured by Tom Chick in the relaunched Tom vs Bruce series.[25] In 2015 an updated version of the mod called Dune Wars: Revival was released.[26]

Online gamesEdit


Dune II was an unlicensed, online multiplayer MUSH active in the early 1990s.[27][28]

Behind the DuneEdit

Behind the Dune is an unlicensed online flash single player game first released in 2016. The game is based on Dune (1992) by Cryo Interactive.[29]


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  3. ^ "D20 Product News: Dune". (Internet Archive). 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2001. Retrieved January 24, 2001.
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  6. ^ "Dune Roleplaying Game". Modiphius Entertainment. 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
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  17. ^ "DUNE Generations: Main Page". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on November 27, 2001. Retrieved November 27, 2001.
  18. ^ a b c "DUNE Generations Q&A". May 30, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  19. ^ "DUNE Generations:FAQ". Archived from the original on October 21, 2001. Retrieved October 21, 2001.
  20. ^ "DUNE Generations: Development". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on January 5, 2002. Retrieved January 5, 2002.
  21. ^ a b "DUNE Generations: Concept". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on October 19, 2001. Retrieved October 19, 2001.
  22. ^ "Preview Video Trailer: DUNE Generations (6 MB)". Retrieved March 17, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "DUNE Generations: Information Previewing". Archived from the original on December 11, 2002. Retrieved February 25, 2002.
  24. ^ "Dune Wars mod for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword". Mod DB.
  25. ^ tomchick (17 September 2012). "Tom vs Bruce: Dune Wars - Quarter to Three".
  26. ^ "Dune Wars: Revival - the sleeper has awakened! news".
  27. ^ Carton, Sean (1995). Internet Virtual Worlds Quick Tour. Ventana Press. pp. 155–156. ISBN 1-56604-222-4.
  28. ^ Benedikt, Claire Lisette; Ciskowski, Dave (1995). MUDs: Exploring Virtual Worlds on the Internet. BradyGames. pp. 65–67. ISBN 1-56686-246-9.
  29. ^ "Behind the Dune – Hardcore Gaming 101" (in American English). Retrieved 2021-08-21.

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