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PowerMonger takes the basic design and concepts of Bullfrog's previous game Populous, and places it in a war context. The game cast the player as a dispossessed warlord plundering his way through 195 territories on the way to world conquest. Several other leaders have the same goal.

The gameworld is now made up of polygons, so the view can be rotated and moved with greater freedom than Populous. Trade, diplomacy, inventions, and scorched earth invasions all play a key role in how the player progresses through the game. Two-player games via modem links are available on computer versions.


PowerMonger Atari ST The enemy
PowerMonger Amiga Intro: Your scout's map.
PowerMonger SEGA CD Generating game data
PowerMonger SEGA CD Helicopter camera pan of your command center

Alternate Titles

  • "パワーモンガー 魔将の謀略" -- Japanese Super Famicom spelling
  • "Power Monger: Mashō no Bōryaku" -- Japanese Super Famicom title
  • "Power Monger" -- Genesis title
  • "パワーモンガー" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Dragon Atari ST Apr, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Atari ST 1991 82 out of 100 82
Zzap! Amiga Feb, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play DOS Aug, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1993 2 out of 6 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Sep, 1994 6.6 out of 10 66
Play Time SEGA CD Jul, 1994 63 out of 100 63


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1001 Video Games

The Amiga version of Powermonger appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Strategy Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – Best Strategy Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #32 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Strategy Game of the Year

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