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Electronic Arts released Populous in the year 1989. It's a very good simulation game, part of the Populous series. Populous is abandonware, runs on DOS and can be played by 2 players.
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Facts and trivia

The 2001 game Black & White, also led by Molyneux, has been called the spiritual descendant of Populous.

An expansion pack called Populous: The Promised Lands was made available, which added five new types of landscape. In addition, another expansion disk called Populous: The Final Frontier added a single new landscape-type and was released as a cover disk for The One.

Populous was possibly one of the first games to use a non-linear level progression: the score for each game was calculated from the game statistics, for example the number of towns, the number of successful battles etc. Depending on the score the player could progress to a different world or level and quite typically jump five to ten levels forward each time.

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More technical details

  • system: DOS
  • view: 3rd person, isometric - 2.5D
  • multiplayer: LAN or Internet (1-2 players)
  • input: keyboard, mouse, joystick
  • distribution: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
  • graphics: CGA, EGA, Hercules, Tandy, VGA
  • sound: Adlib, PC speaker, Roland, Tandy
  • popularity: 6244 page views

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