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Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods

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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 Amiga Title screen.
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods DOS In-game help for Fire Column (low-res mode)
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods Genesis There, that's better.

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
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Nov, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Amiga Action Amiga Feb, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Macintosh Aug, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Video Games SNES Nov, 1993 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) DOS 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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