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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 Genesis Creating a deity.
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods Genesis This land needs lowering.
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods Genesis There, that's better.
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods Genesis Viewing southern lands.

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Alternate Titles

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

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Sega-16.com Jan 04, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Play Time Sep, 1993 80 out of 100 80
High Score Nov, 1993 4 out of 5 80


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    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Strategical of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Strategy Game in 1992
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    • 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

Terok Nor (23168) added Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods (Genesis) on Apr 16, 2004
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