Populous™ (1989)

About This Game

Miracles are child’s play. Earthquakes are serious fun. The all-powerful can perform miracles in their sleep. But omnipotence isn’t what it used to be. These days, it takes awesome natural disasters to dominate a world. You give them good land. You tell them when to farm and when to fight. You make them content beyond their wildest dreams. But then they become raging arsonists. What’s a deity to do? Disasters are your divine prerogative – volcanoes, quakes, swamps. For stubborn non-believers, nothing beats a flood for spring cleaning. Cruel ice, lush grassland, parched desert… With 500 worlds, a deity’s work is never done.

Populous is the original god-game, a strategy title that lets you shape the isometric isometric world and the fates of its inhabitants. Be sure to check out one of Bullfrog’s earliest classics, from the mind of Peter Molyneux!

Gameplay

The main action window in Populous is viewed from an isometric perspective, and it is set in a “tabletop” on which are set the command icons, the world map (depicted as an open book) and a slider bar that measures the level of the player’s divine power or “mana”.

The game consists of 500 levels, and each level represents an area of land on which live the player’s followers and the enemy followers. In order to progress to the next level the player must increase the number of his followers such that they can wipe out the enemy followers. This is done by using a series of divine powers. There are a number of different landscapes the world (depicted on the page in the book) can be, such as desert, rock and lava, snow and ice, etc. and the type of landscape is not merely aesthetic: it affects the development of the player’s and enemy’s followers.

Features

  • Includes Populous and the Promised Lands expansion.
  • Become a god, assume godly powers, shape civilizations, and make them all bow to your will
  • The power of light or the force of darkness? Holy wrath or divine miracles – you decide
  • Punish the infidels with plagues, earthquakes, and tornadoes. A ”little” volcano here and there might also convince them as to which god they should pray to

Populous™ © 1994 Electronic Arts Inc.

Game Details

Genre Strategy – Real-time – Managerial
Languages English
Size 18 MB
Company Bullfrog Productions / Electronic Arts
Released June 5, 1989

System Requirements

[Windows]
Minimum System Requirements
[Windows]
Recommended system requirements
System Windows XP or Vista System
Processor 1.8 GHz Processor
Memory 512 MB RAM Memory
Graphics 3D graphics card Graphics
DirectX DirectX 7 DirectX DirectX 9
Storage 2 GB HDD Storage
Sound Sound
Other Other

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Populous™ (1989)

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