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PowerMonger

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Genesis
...
3.7
DOS
81
3.9
Sharp X68000
...
4.0
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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 Atari ST We'll take it over, one piece at a time!
PowerMonger SNES Even the game over screen looks nice!
PowerMonger Amiga It's snowing.
PowerMonger Atari ST Intro: the troops move into action!

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

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The Press Says

Zero Amiga Nov, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Joystick (French) DOS Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Mar, 1991 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jun, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Megablast SNES 1993 78 out of 100 78
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Aug, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Sega Force Genesis Sep 30, 1993 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67

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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

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