Populous (Amiga)

90
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Amiga release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.8


Critic Reviews

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100
Amiga Power
Totally unique gameplay and smooth 3D isometric graphics add up to a game with depth and sparkle. The icon control system is really very confusing. An essential for all open-minded Amiga owners.
96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Terrific graphics, well presented, are complemented by life-like sound effects and eerie choir-like music. Absolutely wonderful stuff that will keep you playing and playing. Bullfrog are going to find this one a tough act to follow.
96
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Some may find the gameplay a little too abstract and esoteric, but those willing to persevere will find that Populous is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding games to appear on a computer. It's divine in every sense of the word.
95
The One
Bullfrog Productions has come up with a masterpiece. Most wargames don't succeed in generating a genuine feeling of "being there", but Populous does - for the simple reason that all the action is viewed in extreme close-up. Instead of just watching character-block-shaped tank regiments disappear from a map, the consequences of your actions are viewed in explicit detail, so you really do feel that you're shaping the course of the game rather than just watching the action from a distance and making the occasional tactical decision.
94
Zzap!
Loads of options, easy to understand layout and icons, and a myriad of little touches. Superbly solid scenery with well drawn features and easily identifiable icons. Choice of music or sound FX, both of which are subtle and amazingly atmospheric - perfect for the game. All the icons and options could be initially confusing and the complexities may take a while to grasp. Once you get into it it's an overwhelming experience. An amazingly original and superbly constructed strategy game.
94
CU Amiga
If EA had let me know sooner they were releasing a god simulator they could have just given me a call and I would have officially endorsed it for them. Despite this, Populous is the best game I have played yet on the Amiga. It is an outstanding work of imagination. Amazing.
93
Your Amiga
Just occasionally a game comes along that makes a significant impact in computer game history. I believe that Populous is such a game. Go and buy a copy today.
92
Power Play
Populous ist nicht nur eingefleisct eri Strategie-Fans zu empfehlen. Durch seine überschaubaren Regeln und das gute Handbuch st es leicht verständlich. Wer einmal Blut geleckt und seine ersten Erdbeben ausgelöst hat, kommt bei diesem Spiel nicht so schnell vom Computer weg.
92
Zero
Awright, awright, if you saw Populous II in last month's issue, you may think this is a bit old hat. But mate, there ain't many excellent games at bargain prices and this is one of 'em.
92
Amiga Action
Anybody who plans to buy Populous 2 shouldn't bother with this, otherwise buy it right this moment because it's an excellent strategy game with thousands of lands to master.
92
ST/Amiga Format
Populous is an excellent game – graphically exciting and amazingly addictive. It is one of those games which you just cannot leave alone
90
Amiga User International
Populous puts a new twist on the compliment, 'Dahling... you are absolutely divine,' and makes you think twice about the world icon. It may not appeal to the fans of the simple shoot 'em up but for anyone who wants a game that is exciting and out of the ordinary, it is highly recommended.
90
The Games Machine (UK)
The main bulk of the graphic detail is restricted to the window on the world but what there is is full of detail and a charm all of itself. The rhythmic beat of your heart (increasing when you do badly) together with a simple but highly atmospheric soundtrack greatly enhances an already great game.
85
Amiga Joker
Wirklich innovative Games veralten nicht, schaut ruhig mal bei den göttlichen Streithanseln rein und überzeugt Euch selbst.
81
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Mich hat das Programm total begeistert. Schade, daß der Platz nicht genügt, um hier einige meiner Partien zu schildern. Es dauert schon eine Weile, bis man eine Welt ganz unter Kontrolle gebracht hat. Je nachdem, wie gut man abgeschnitten hat, geht’s dann in der vierten oder fünften Welt weiter. Bei 500 Welten mit steigendem Schwierigkeitsgrad ist das eine kniffelige Herausforderung, die für wochenlangen (oder auch monatelangen) Spielspaß sorgt. POPULOUS ist uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert!
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
A quasi-arcade game, but one with sustained play value. The major problem is that one cannot find “new worlds to conquer” without being successful at the predecessor levels.