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PowerMonger

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
PC-98
...
...
Atari ST
90
3.8
DOS
81
3.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

PowerMonger SEGA CD Generating game data
PowerMonger SNES First, enter your name.
PowerMonger SEGA CD Helicopter camera pan of your command center
PowerMonger Atari ST Intro: the scout arrives

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

Another Molyneux classic DOS Ummagumma (73)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Zero Amiga Nov, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Joystick (French) DOS Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1992 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Megablast SNES 1993 78 out of 100 78
Gamers (Germany) SEGA CD Apr, 1994 B- 67
Sega Force Genesis Sep 30, 1993 67 out of 100 67
Mega Fun SEGA CD Jul, 1994 60 out of 100 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 14, 2015 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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

Contributed to by PCGamer77 (3020), ClydeFrog (10059), Martin Smith (63062), ZZip (795), Terok Nor (19553) and Parf (7315)