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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 Copy protection
PowerMonger SNES Intro: He walks to the master of the castle...
PowerMonger SNES Title screen--much better than the splash screen, I must say.
PowerMonger Genesis An overhead view of the map

Alternate Titles

  • "Power Monger: Mashō no Bōryaku" -- Japanese title
  • "Power Monger" -- Genesis title

User Reviews

Another Molyneux classic DOS Ummagumma (73)

The Press Says

Joystick (French) DOS Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Consoles Plus SEGA CD Apr, 1994 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Genesis Feb, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jun, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Nov, 1994 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Aug, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamers (Germany) SEGA CD Apr, 1994 B- 67
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Sega Force Genesis Sep 30, 1993 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Jun, 1993 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – Best Strategy Game in 1990
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Strategy Game of the Year

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