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Populous
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU), Sega (JP),
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Original system(s): PC
Genre: Simulation































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 G-4057
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 701601
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[1] E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[3] 27014-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 27014-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 27014-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 27014-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025040



Populous (ポピュラス) is a 1989 computer simulation game by Bullfrog originally released for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST .It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive internationally and Sega Master System in Europe. The American Mega Drive version does not have any TMSS support at all.

The Mega Drive Populous is said to have been the first game Electronic Arts released for the system (or indeed any Sega console).

Gameplay

In Populous, players play as a deity who controls land to affect peoples's lives in the hopes of crushing followers of another deity. The game is played from an isometric perspective, although unlike later attempts at simulations (such as Sim City 2000), there is no scrolling.

History

Legacy

Populous' sequel, Two Tribes: Populous II (a renamed version of Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods) was also released for the Mega Drive, as well as the more combat-orientated Power Monger.

Magazine articles

Main article: Populous/Magazine articles.

Artwork

Promotional material

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The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) (1991-05-xx)
also published in:
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[5]
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Master System print advert in
Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)
</div>
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Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-09-13)
</div>
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Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Master System print advert in
Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №38, p86[6]
94 №4, p34[7]
75
87 №1, p32-34[8]
92 №11, p144
90 №5, p62
87 №5, p10/11
91 №1, p79[9]
93 №2, p50-52[10]
96 №4, p30/31[11]
89 №2, p70/71[12]
93 №13, p30/31[13]
100 №23, p54
70 №5, p21[14]
65 №18, p66
85 №15, p122
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Populous MD US BoxBack.jpgPopulous MD US BoxSpine.jpgPopulous MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US CartTop.jpg
Populous MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
Populous MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Populous MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD JP CartTop.jpg
Populous MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
Populous MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №0, p47-49
92 №118, p104-106[15]
94 №1, p149Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[16]
90 №1, p32-34[8]
90 №21
92 №3, p36/37[17]
94 №18, p189[18]
75 №2, p43
97 №11, p40/41[19]
90 №11, p28[3]
96 №21, p10/11
100 №23, p58
80 Sega Pro
80 №10, p30[2]
90 №24, p85
Sega Master System
90
Based on
15 reviews

Master System, EU
Populous SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Populous SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Populous SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Populous SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

Populous SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

References

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