Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods (DOS)

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Populous II continues the "god game" genre pioneered by Bullfrog's classic Populous. In PII, you're an unproven immortal who must fight your way through an entire pantheon of Greek gods, each with his or her own strategy and attacks, and ultimately enter into a showdown with Zeus himself.

The gameplay mechanics are similar to Populous, but PII features a wider array of spells, digitized sound, and high-resolution graphics to give the spell effects extra punch. Multiplayer is supported via serial link and dial-up.


Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS Default game world view in hi-res mode
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS Desert environment - a nice break from the standard fertile land
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS Poseidon wrecking havoc!
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS THIS. IS. SPA...AAARMAGEDDON!

Alternate Titles

  • "Two Tribes: Populous II" -- Genesis title

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User Reviews

Prettier but not as much fun as the original anton treuenfels (37) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Much better that its predecessor Emanuele Ravasi (20) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Power Play Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 82 out of 100 82
PC Joker Jan, 1993 81 out of 100 81
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1993 76 out of 100 76


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  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Strategical of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Strategy Game in 1992
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Strategy Game in 1991
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #8 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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