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Populous

Populous is an abandoned strategy game designed by the video game celebrity Peter Molyneux, developed by Bullfrog. Populous was released by Electronic Arts in 1989 for DOS and for a long list of other 16-bit and 8-bit systems, both console and PCs. Populos is a really unique game: it gave the name to the the whole god-game genre since, well, in the game you're a god being adored by your believers.

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Main executable file (run this to play the game): populous/populous.exe

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Populous reviews

Zero Magazine issue 4 (1990) - "Games don't come much better than this one. Or if they do, no one round here ever lets me play them. Brilliant imagination, playability and graphics mean Populous can take on any other game and build castles all over it - which is pretty useful really, 'cos that's what it's all about.
Populous is not a million miles removed from that old family favourite Risk. To gain strength you need to provide land for your supporters to build on. Creating or destroying land or buildings is slick and dramatic. Meanwhile, the computer is doing its own Robert Macalpine Jnr impression. War is inevitable but not with sticks or stones. Earthquakes and floods are key components of your armoury.
One word of warning: playing Populous is a bit like stopping a herd of charging elephants - it's best done with a mouse. Although fairly complex to learn - the list of keyboard controls alone runs to three pages - Populous is well worth the initial effort. Like it? I want to marry it."

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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.

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Input: keyboard, mouse, joystick

Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk

Also published for: Amiga, Atari ST, Game Boy, Genesis, Macintosh, SEGA Master System, SNES

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