Populous: The Beginning

aka: PopTB, Populous 3, Populous: A l'Aube de la Création, Populous: El Principio, Populous: The Third Coming
Moby ID: 666
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Populous: The Beginning is the third part of the Populous series originally created by Peter Molyneux. This is the first part with 3D graphics. Gameplay also received a major overhaul; the player no longer simply has to lower and raise land to gain bigger houses which can defend themselves stronger. Now the player has to chop trees to build huts. Depending on how many men are in the house, the faster its population and the house itself grows. It's possible to train men as fighters, priests, etc. New spells can be added to the shaman's spell inventory through the act of prayer at shrines scattered all over the world. Most spells take the form of natural disasters such as tornadoes and volcanic eruptions.

Each level is represented by a tiny planet that the player can scroll around freely. Aside from the single player campaign it's also possible to challenge other players online.


  • ポピュラス ザ・ビギニング - Japanese spelling
  • 上帝也疯狂 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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  • The Populous Team @Bullfrog Productions
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Average score: 84% (based on 33 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 47 ratings with 1 reviews)

Better Then The Windows Version!

The Good
It has better graphics, new features and some other minor stuff thats better

The Bad
Moving the cursor around with the playstation controller isn't as easy as mouse so you should use a playstation mouse!

The Bottom Line
One of the best games of all time

PlayStation · by bart simpson (1) · 2004



At the end of each level - if you win - your followers will celebrate and start cheering and dancing madly. At first they will run around crazily and start praising the heavens. However, if you have a large group of followers standing next to each other, there is a good chance that they will form a congo line and start congo-ing in unison, and more followers will continue to join at the end of the line. Also, if you have fire warriors, they will shoot fire into the sky for a display of fireworks.


The music for Populous: The Beginning is encoded as MP3; several music files can be loaded into Winamp (or your player of choice) and played!


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Runner-up as Best Strategy Game of the Year
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - Best Remake in 1998
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best Real-Time Strategy Game in 1998

Information also contributed by Matt Neuteboom


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Game added by robotriot.

PS Vita added by Fred VT. PSP added by Charly2.0. PlayStation added by Adam Baratz. PlayStation 3 added by DreinIX.

Additional contributors: JubalHarshaw, Accatone, MAT, analoguedragon, vedder, CaesarZX, Jordi Vilalta Prat, Fred VT, Barbarian_bros, Patrick Bregger, Plok, Neil Castillo.

Game added January 4, 2000. Last modified February 20, 2024.