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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.


Populous: The Beginning Windows Main Menu
Populous: The Beginning Windows a high tower
Populous: The Beginning Windows A shaman launch the volcano spell.
Populous: The Beginning Windows Warriors training ground

Promo Images

Populous: The Beginning Magazine Advertisement
Populous: The Beginning Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "上帝也疯狂" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Populous: The Third Coming" -- Working title
  • "Populous: El Principio" -- Spanish title
  • "Populous: A l'Aube de la Création" -- French title
  • "Populous 3" -- Informal title
  • "PopTB" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ポピュラス ザ・ビギニング" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Windows Jan, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited Windows Dec, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91 Windows Sep 24, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 02, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Windows Dec 01, 1998 B+ 83
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Hacker PlayStation Apr, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Strategy Gaming Online Windows Jan 14, 1999 7.4 out of 10 74
NUKE Computer Gaming PlayStation 1999 6 out of 10 60


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At the end of each level, if you win you're 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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