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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 DOS When it comes to settlements, this is as good as it gets
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS In-game help is available for all your "divine interventions" (hi-res mode)
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods SNES Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Prettier but not as much fun as the original DOS anton treuenfels (37)
Much better that its predecessor DOS Emanuele Ravasi (20)

Critic Reviews

Info Amiga Apr, 1992 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1992 985 out of 1000 98
Atari ST User Atari ST May, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Play Time DOS Mar, 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 81 out of 100 81
High Score Genesis Nov, 1993 4 out of 5 80
High Score Macintosh Aug, 1994 4 out of 5 80


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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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