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Populous

MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
78
3.1
SEGA Master System
84
3.7
PC-98
...
4.0

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Acorn 32-bit 1 4.0
Amiga 25 3.7
Atari ST 11 4.0
DOS 76 3.6
Genesis 10 3.7
Macintosh 3 3.5
PC-98 1 4.0
SEGA Master System 7 3.7
Sharp X68000 1 4.0
SNES 11 3.1
TurboGrafx-16 2 4.1
Windows 1 4.0
Combined MobyScore 149 3.7


The Press Says

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100
Atari STThe One for ST Games
A must buy from a developer (Bullfrog) that bothers to write real games rather than money-making dross.
100
SEGA Master SystemSvenska Hemdatornytt
Jag skulle kunna gnälla över översättningagrodorna i manualen men nu gitter jag inte längre. Det är dock den enda minusfaktorn och det påverkar ju inte själva spelet.
100
Atari STAtari ST User
I can't think of any other game which has grabbed me as hard as Populous. It has everything and I find it very hard to think of any criticism of the product.
100
AmigaAmiga Power
Totally unique gameplay and smooth 3D isometric graphics add up to a game with depth and sparkle. The icon control system is really very confusing. An essential for all open-minded Amiga owners.
96
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Terrific graphics, well presented, are complemented by life-like sound effects and eerie choir-like music. Absolutely wonderful stuff that will keep you playing and playing. Bullfrog are going to find this one a tough act to follow.
96
GenesisPlayer One
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.
96
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Some may find the gameplay a little too abstract and esoteric, but those willing to persevere will find that Populous is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding games to appear on a computer. It's divine in every sense of the word.
95
Atari STThe One
Surprisingly, the graphics are of a very high quality, virtually identical to the Amiga's. The feel is good and there's no loss of speed. The sound however, has been compromised, as while there's still the excellent Rob Hubbard title track and spot effects, the background wailing and chanting has been lost. Despite that, this version is every bit as impressive as its Amiga counterpart - not to be missed.
95
Atari STST Format
Fancy playing the greatest role of all time? Then play God in Populous. The greater your population, the more power you can use to terraform land to your own advantage. But it's not all one-sided - your opposition has similar abilities. You can even play a friend via modem. Eight land types and thousands of worlds to explore.
94
AmigaZzap!
Loads of options, easy to understand layout and icons, and a myriad of little touches. Superbly solid scenery with well drawn features and easily identifiable icons. Choice of music or sound FX, both of which are subtle and amazingly atmospheric - perfect for the game. All the icons and options could be initially confusing and the complexities may take a while to grasp. Once you get into it it's an overwhelming experience. An amazingly original and superbly constructed strategy game.
94
AmigaCU Amiga
If EA had let me know sooner they were releasing a god simulator they could have just given me a call and I would have officially endorsed it for them. Despite this, Populous is the best game I have played yet on the Amiga. It is an outstanding work of imagination. Amazing.
93
SNESGénération 4
D'un intérêt toujours aussi génial, Populous est en revanche moins bien réalisé que sur micro et se rapproche de la version Megadrive. Le jeu se révèle lent, les scrollings sur la carte sont hachés et le logiciel répond avec retard aux sollicitations du joypad. Autre critique, le curseur manque souvent de précision, entraînant le joueur dans des actions qu'il ne voulait pas toujours effectuer. Un bilan mitigé donc pour cette version Super Famicom qui semble avoir été quelque peu bâclé. Dommage car Populous méritait beaucoup plus d'attentions !
93
AmigaYour Amiga
Just occasionally a game comes along that makes a significant impact in computer game history. I believe that Populous is such a game. Go and buy a copy today.
93
GenesisMean Machines
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.
92
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Start playing and you won't believe you're using an 8 bit Sega. Graphically it's extremely close to the 16 bit versions of the game, but what is most noticeable about Master System Populous is the speed in which the landscape scrolls - it's incredibly fast? And, unlike the pretty sloppy Megadrive conversion, 8 bit Populous has a redesigned control method which suits joypad play perfectly. It's heartening to see that stuff other than flickery shoot 'em ups being released for the Master System, and when that stuff has the quality and depth of Populous, it makes you wonder why you upgraded to a Megadrive in the first place.
92
Atari STPower Play
Fazit: Wer “Populous“ noch nicht hat, bringt sich um den Genuß, eines der besten Spiele zu besitzen.
92
AmigaPower Play
Populous ist nicht nur eingefleisct eri Strategie-Fans zu empfehlen. Durch seine überschaubaren Regeln und das gute Handbuch st es leicht verständlich. Wer einmal Blut geleckt und seine ersten Erdbeben ausgelöst hat, kommt bei diesem Spiel nicht so schnell vom Computer weg.
92
AmigaZero
Awright, awright, if you saw Populous II in last month's issue, you may think this is a bit old hat. But mate, there ain't many excellent games at bargain prices and this is one of 'em.
92
AmigaAmiga Action
Anybody who plans to buy Populous 2 shouldn't bother with this, otherwise buy it right this moment because it's an excellent strategy game with thousands of lands to master.
92
AmigaST/Amiga Format
Populous is an excellent game – graphically exciting and amazingly addictive. It is one of those games which you just cannot leave alone
92
DOSPower Play
Endlich gibt es die göttliche Göttersimulation auch für PCs. Das Spiel um Völker, Erdbeben, Sintfluten, Vulkane, Sümpfe und Kreuzritter ist tadellos auf MS-DOS umgesetzt worden.
91
GenesisACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
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.
90
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
Once you know what all the icons mean gameplay is simple, relatively fast and completely addictive. The ST game duplicates the Amiga graphics perfectly, but sadly the soundtrack and atmospheric heartbeat are missing leaving only effective spot FX. But with gameplay this addictive that's only a minor point, this is an essential purchase.
90
MacintoshPower Play
Die Faszination des Programms hat in den letzten Jahren kaum gelitten. Das unverwüstliche Prinzip fesselt auch heute noch an den Monitor: Kaum wuselten die ersten Männchen über die isometrische Landschaft, war es mit der Arbeitsmoral — nicht nur in der Redaktion — völlig vorbei. In hastiger Eile wurden zwei Layout-Macs belegt und per Netzwerk dem Kollegen ein gepflegtes Erdbeben und ein kräftiger Ritter hinübergeschickt. Unsere Layouterinnen waren gleich Feuer und Flamme, haben fürs erste Tetris von der Platte gebannt und sind seit Tagen in heftige Populous-Matches vertieft.
90
AmigaAmiga User International
Populous puts a new twist on the compliment, 'Dahling... you are absolutely divine,' and makes you think twice about the world icon. It may not appeal to the fans of the simple shoot 'em up but for anyone who wants a game that is exciting and out of the ordinary, it is highly recommended.
90
SEGA Master SystemZero
Although it takes a while to understand all the features of the game, it's all rather good fun being the supreme being - the idea of controlling the ultimate destiny of worlds and peoples really appeals to me! My only worry is that, while each progressive planet does have a quicker and nastier god, once you've grasped the basic tactics they don't really alter that much. Getting through those 5,000 screens could also prove tricky! Still, if a supreme being can't handle it, who can?
90
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The main bulk of the graphic detail is restricted to the window on the world but what there is is full of detail and a charm all of itself. The rhythmic beat of your heart (increasing when you do badly) together with a simple but highly atmospheric soundtrack greatly enhances an already great game.
89
GenesisRaze
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.
88
Atari STST Format
Populous was hailed as a classic when it appeared a couple of years ago. Those doing the hailing were absolutely right. its easy to use but tough to play and it draws you in. The power of being a god is too much to resist. If you haven't got Populous, now is the perfect time to rectify this. How ever, with Populous 2 now out you might want to spend the extra - look at our review on page 30 to see how far it's come. Buy one of them - at least! - and achieve immortality.
88
SEGA Master SystemVideo Games
Die verblüffend gute Master-System-Umsetzung hat im Vergleich zu allen anderen Versionen definitiv die schnellste Grafik. Die Steuerung mit dem Joypad ist gut gelungen. Viele strategische Details und eine Spielbarkeit, die den 16-Bit-Vorbildern in nichts nachsteht, motivieren auch den verwöhnten Spieler.

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87
MacintoshGénération 4
Un Mac relativement puissant est recommandé, pour ce qui reste encore aujourd'hui un des tous meilleurs jeu de stratégie/réflexion.
87
SNESPower Play
An Spiel und Grafik hat sich nichts geändert. Leider fehlt die elegante Mausbedienung. Mit dem Joypad wird das lconklicken etwas umständlicher. Von dieser gewöhnungsbedürftigen Einschränkung abgesehen, ist und bleibt Populous eine Perle unter den Strategiespielen.
86
GenesisVideo Games
Das geniale Strategiespiel „Populous“ ist einer größten Computersoftware-Erfolge der letzten Zeit und wurde tadellos fürs Mega Drive umgesetzt.
86
GenesisPower Play
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.
85
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Wie schon erwähnt, hat die SNES-Version den Vorteil, daß verschiedene andere Landbeschaffenheiten und Bebauungen (Französisch, Wilder Westen oder z.B. Computer) schon mit im Modul sind. Die Grafik hat zwar schon einige Jahre auf dem Buckel, ist aber trotzdem sehr detailreich und weiß durchaus zu gefallen. Dazu kommt noch der phantastische, atmosphärische Soundtrack, der gleich das richtige „göttliche“ Feeling verbreitet.
85
AmigaAmiga Joker
Wirklich innovative Games veralten nicht, schaut ruhig mal bei den göttlichen Streithanseln rein und überzeugt Euch selbst.
84
SNESRaze
The graphics are very effective and the sprites, although small, are highly detailed and fun to watch as they go about their daily business. Personally, I can't believe there's anybody with a Super Famicon who hasn't got Populous on another machine already. Only disappointing for the lack of potential a real Super Famicom version could have fulfilled.
84
SEGA Master SystemMegablast
Die technischen Einsparungen gegenüber 16Bit-Versionen fallen erst auf den zweiten Blick auf: Am Master System unterscheiden sich die Bewohner nur durch ihre Haarfarbe, außerdem fehlen einige Menüs, und der Sound ist ziemlich magersüchtig. Aber was macht das schon, wenn immerhin sechs verschiedene Landschaftsgrafiken vorhanden sind, die Steuerung stimmt und man unter Garantie tagelang nicht mehr von diesem Klassiker loszueisen ist?
80
MacintoshHigh Score
Programmet är litet och verkar väldigt smart programmerat. Men varför det behövde dröja fem år innan Mac-världen välsignades med detta gudalika spel är för mig en gåta.
80
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Über die zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch junge und aufstrebende englische Europazentrale von Electronic Arts ließ Bullfrog einen Strategieknaller vom Stapel, der in kurzer Zeit alle Verkaufsrekorde brach und eine ganze Programmierer-Generation nachhaltig beeinflusste, Populous vereinbarte Tiefgang mit Spielwitz.
80
GenesisSega-16.com
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.
79
SNES1UP!
Populous a la double excuse d'être l'un des premiers jeux de la Super Famicom et d'être le père fondateur d'un type de jeux qui a bien évolué depuis des années et qui, contrairement à d'autres genres, a bénéficié de l'avancement technologique pour franchement s'améliorer. Cela explique sa simplicité, mais ne justifie pas le manque d'efforts de cette version Super Nintendo, assez représentative des autres versions consoles. Ses défauts sont si prononcés qu'ils gâchent en partie le plaisir de jeu; heureusement pour lui, son principe est si séduisant - surtout à l'époque, où il procurait des sensations et vertiges mégalomaniaques (titre d'un autre jeu du même genre d'ailleurs) non connus jusqu'alors - que l'on y revient.
76
SNESN-Force
If you like a test of strategy, Populous is an excellent choice. Gameplay's slow and at times tedious but it's very addictive, and once you get the hang of what's going on the lastability is very good.
75
SEGA Master SystemASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Systembedingt gehen leider auch die Vorteile einer Maussteuerung flöten, was den Spielfluß deutlich hemmt. Kurz und gut: Nicht der Hit der alten Tage, aber trotzdem ein lohnender Brocken für Sega-Populous-Enthusiasten.
75
SNESJeuxvideo.com
Si vous réussissez à passer outre une réalisation tout juste passable, vous découvrirez un jeu à la fois riche, prenant et très long… Trop long peut-être car sur la durée Populous s’avère très répétitif. Il reste pourtant le glorieux ancêtre de très bons jeux tels que Black & White ou Spore.
67
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Det er ingen tvil om at Bullfrog i regi av Peter Molyneux hadde store ambisjoner den gangen på slutten av 80-tallet, og det med god grunn. Det fantes strengt tatt ingen andre spill som tilbød denne typen frihet og utspring for gudekompleks. Det er kanskje ikke så rart at spillet ble så uhyre "POPU"-lært, og ledet korstoget for mange etterkommere i senere tid. Blant disse finner vi Populous II, Populous: The Beginning og Lionheads fantastiske Black & White-serie. Det er bare å bøye seg i støvet over hvor mye det her er klart å presse inn på skarve 280 KB, for dette er mildt sagt utrolig.
60
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A quasi-arcade game, but one with sustained play value. The major problem is that one cannot find “new worlds to conquer” without being successful at the predecessor levels.
60
AmigaComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A quasi-arcade game, but one with sustained play value. The major problem is that one cannot find “new worlds to conquer” without being successful at the predecessor levels.
60
SEGA Master SystemGamesCollection
Un titolo tutto sommato apprezzabile vista anche la totale mancanza di alternativa a questo genere di videogames
48
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Populous is one of those games that you either like or hate. I don't really mind so much the concept behind the game, but the overall execution is just a little too slow for a blaster veteran like myself. It's not a good game or a bad game in my book - it's just Populous.