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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.


PowerMonger Amiga Close up of a village.
PowerMonger FM Towns The map of the realm
PowerMonger Genesis The loading screen
PowerMonger Amiga The main menu.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "パワーモンガー 魔将の謀略" -- Japanese Super Famicom spelling
  • "Power Monger: Mashō no Bōryaku" -- Japanese Super Famicom title
  • "Power Monger" -- Genesis title
  • "パワーモンガー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Mar, 1991 973 out of 1000 97
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Joystick (French) DOS Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Compute! Amiga Mar, 1991 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars 88
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Jun, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Nov, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Sep, 1994 33 out of 50 66
Retro Archives Atari ST Oct 25, 2018 13 out of 20 65
Retro Archives SNES Oct 25, 2018 12 out of 20 60


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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.


  • 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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