User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari ST release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (14 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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[Budget re-release] A must buy from a developer (Bullfrog) that bothers to write real games rather than money-making dross.
Atari ST User (May, 1989)
I can't think of any other game which has grabbed me as hard as Populous. It has everything and I find it very hard to think of any criticism of the product.
The One (Jun, 1989)
Surprisingly, the graphics are of a very high quality, virtually identical to the Amiga's. The feel is good and there's no loss of speed. The sound however, has been compromised, as while there's still the excellent Rob Hubbard title track and spot effects, the background wailing and chanting has been lost. Despite that, this version is every bit as impressive as its Amiga counterpart - not to be missed.
ST Format (May, 1991)
Fancy playing the greatest role of all time? Then play God in Populous. The greater your population, the more power you can use to terraform land to your own advantage. But it's not all one-sided - your opposition has similar abilities. You can even play a friend via modem. Eight land types and thousands of worlds to explore.
Power Play (Jun, 1989)
Fazit: Wer “Populous“ noch nicht hat, bringt sich um den Genuß, eines der besten Spiele zu besitzen.
Once you know what all the icons mean gameplay is simple, relatively fast and completely addictive. The ST game duplicates the Amiga graphics perfectly, but sadly the soundtrack and atmospheric heartbeat are missing leaving only effective spot FX. But with gameplay this addictive that's only a minor point, this is an essential purchase.
ST Format (Jan, 1992)
Populous was hailed as a classic when it appeared a couple of years ago. Those doing the hailing were absolutely right. its easy to use but tough to play and it draws you in. The power of being a god is too much to resist. If you haven't got Populous, now is the perfect time to rectify this. How ever, with Populous 2 now out you might want to spend the extra - look at our review on page 30 to see how far it's come. Buy one of them - at least! - and achieve immortality.
Von den 16-Bittern sind es nun nur noch die PC-Besitzer, die auf Ihre Version von POPULOUS warten müssen. Die ST-Eigner können sich nämlich nun schon seit ein paar Wochen über eine haargenaue Umsetzung dieses Klasse-Games freuen (Ausnahme: Der Herzschlag-Sound wärend des Spiels fehlt). ELECTRONIC ARTS hat mir diesem Spiel ein ausgereiftes neues Konzept präsentiert, das sich auf dem ST sowohl grafisch als auch inhaltlich genauso anläßt wie auf dem Amiga.
Retro Archives (May 01, 2018)
L'Atari ST livre la version de Populous à laquelle on pouvait s'attendre: un parfait clone du jeu paru sur Amiga. Dommage, malgré tout, que la musique soit passée à la trappe dans la manœuvre: on ne me fera jamais croire que la machine d'Atari n'était pas capable de jouer un thème sonore pendant la partie.