Populous (SEGA Master System)

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User Score
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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Svenska 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.
Computer 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.
With all these additions and improvements, this classic game has taken a step closer to immortality with this excellent conversion.
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?
Video 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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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?
ASM (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.
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