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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
1991-08-09 ¥6,000 G-4057
Sega Mega Drive
US
1990 $? 701601
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1990-12[1] £39.99[1] E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1992-05[2] R$?  ?


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.

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

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.

Promotional material

TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf

Master System print advert in














The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) (1991-05-xx)
also published in:













  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[5]

Raze UK 12.pdf

Master System print advert in














Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)

MicroNews FR 49.pdf

Master System print advert in














Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 02.pdf

Print advert in














Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 001.pdf

Master System print advert in














Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

GamePower IT 01.pdf

Master System print advert in














Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №38, p86[6]Media:ACE UK 38.pdf
94 №4, p34[7]Media:CGtC UK 04.pdf
75
87 №1, p32-34[8]Media:GamePower IT 01.pdf
92 №11, p144
90 №5, p62
87 №5, p10/11
91 №1, p79[9]Media:MegaTech UK 01.pdf
93 №2, p50-52[10]Media:MeanMachines UK 02.pdf
96 №4, p30/31[11]Media:PlayerOne FR 004.pdf
89 №2, p70/71[12]Media:Raze UK 02.pdf
93 №13, p30/31[13]Media:SegaPower UK 13.pdf
100 №23, p54
70 №5, p21[14]Media:SegaPro UK 05.pdf
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
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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]Media:CVG UK 118.pdf
94 №1, p149Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[16]Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf
90 №1, p32-34[8]Media:GamePower IT 01.pdf
90 №21
92 №3, p36/37[17]Media:HobbyConsolas ES 003.pdf
94 №18, p189[18]Media:Joystick FR 018.pdf
75 №2, p43
97 №11, p40/41[19]Media:PlayerOne FR 011.pdf
90 №11, p28[3]Media:Raze UK 11.pdf
96 №21, p10/11
100 №23, p58
80 Sega Pro
80 №10, p30[2]Media:Supergame BR 10.pdf
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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  1. 1.0 1.1 File:ACE UK 40.pdf, page 165
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:Supergame BR 10.pdf, page 30
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 28
  4. File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 9
  5. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 83
  6. File:ACE UK 38.pdf, page 86
  7. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 34
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:GamePower IT 01.pdf, page 34
  9. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 79
  10. File:MeanMachines UK 02.pdf, page 50
  11. File:PlayerOne FR 004.pdf, page 30
  12. File:Raze UK 02.pdf, page 70
  13. File:SegaPower UK 13.pdf, page 30
  14. File:SegaPro UK 05.pdf, page 21
  15. File:CVG UK 118.pdf, page 104
  16. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 149
  17. File:HobbyConsolas ES 003.pdf, page 35
  18. File:Joystick FR 018.pdf, page 189
  19. File:PlayerOne FR 011.pdf, page 40