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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 Desert environment - a nice break from the standard fertile land
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 Amiga Power over the people.
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods Genesis Game options

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)

The Press Says

ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1992 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1993 11 out of 12 92
Power Unlimited SNES Dec, 1993 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 85 out of 100 85
High Score Macintosh Aug, 1994 4 out of 5 80
High Score Genesis Nov, 1993 4 out of 5 80
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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