User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Genesis 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 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Player One (Dec, 1990)
Riche, passionnant, original et complètement dépaysant, ça fait beaucoup de compliments mais ils sont vraiment mérités. Et comme si ça ne suffisait pas, la réalisation est carrément pour les battements de cœur angoissants) qui vous metront dans l'ambiance. Le seul petit reproche que je ferais à la version Megadrive est l'absence d'un mode "deux joueurs". Mais cela n'enlève rien aux louanges que j'ai par ailleurs adressées à ce jeu exceptionnel.
Mean Machines (Nov, 1990)
Populous is one of my favourite games on the Amiga, and I'm thrilled to see that this conversion is perfect in every respect. It's certainly not an arcade game, but neither is it a boring, long-winded strategy game. The little people are hilarious - they sometimes stop to think, tapping their feet and wondering! The control system works surprisingly well on the Megadrive, and the game retains all of the quality and addictiveness of other versions. Simply brilliant.
To begin with, it's all a bit confusing, but it's an enjoyable learning experience and interest soon skyrockets . It will take a long time to complete and even then is unlikely to become boring. The game looks, feels and sounds identical to the other formats; the only slight gripe being that, at times, the movement of the pointer is a little too slow. A highly impressive product.
Raze (Dec, 1990)
However, it is not as good as it could be. Electronic Arts have made no improvements to take advantage of the Mega Drive's enhanced graphic and sound capabilities. Opting instead for a time-saving direct conversion, which leaves us with fairly basic sound effects and graphics that you know could be better. But that aside it is still a cracking good game.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Das geniale Strategiespiel „Populous“ ist einer größten Computersoftware-Erfolge der letzten Zeit und wurde tadellos fürs Mega Drive umgesetzt.
Power Play (Nov, 1990)
Als Ninjas, Wonderboys oder Sternenkämpfer sind Videospieler zwar die uneingeschränkten Beherrscher ihrer Monitore, zum waschechten Gott konnten es bisher jedoch nur Computerbesitzer bringen. Diese düsteren Zeiten sind nun vorbei. "Populous", All-Time-Classic und Straßenfeger des englischen Software-Hauses Bullfrog, gibt's jetzt auch für das Mega Drive.
Die Grafik war auf den 16-Bittern schon gut - auf dem SMD ist sie erwartungsgemäß noch besser. Das rucklige Scrolling ist verschwunden, und die Grafiken sind noch detaillierter geworden. Die Anleitung ist sehr ausführlich, aber leider in Englisch gehalten. Eine deutsche Übersetzung soll demnächst folgen.
80 (Sep 25, 2006)
The Genesis game was released too early to include the alternate landscapes available in the expansions Populous: The Promised Lands and Populous: The Final Frontier, and most will find the SNES release preferable due to the later release (two years after the original PC and Genesis port). This Populous features grass, snow, marsh, and desert climates, which are minor graphic and color variations of the standard grass maps. The expansions included all kinds of silly new maps including a Candy Land style, none of which really don't fit the atmosphere of the game. Boasting over 500 passworded levels, Populous is arguably the longest real-time strategy game created as far as standard missions go. While most players may not have the resolve or desire to see the game to the end and despite the existence of the SNES update, Populous remains an innovative addition to the Genesis catalog that's not to be missed.
Retro Archives (May 01, 2018)
Sans pousser la Megadrive dans ses derniers retranchements, Populous sera au moins parvenu à préserver l’essentiel de l’expérience de jeu sans que la jouabilité au pad ne soit pénalisante. Si la réalisation est honnête, elle pouvait largement prétendre à mieux, et la disparition du mode deux joueurs, aussi compréhensible soit-elle, reste dommageable. Une version sympathique, mais globalement inférieure à celles parues sur ordinateurs.