Populous

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Populous
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega (JP)
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Master System
Electronic Arts (Australia)
Original system(s): PC
Genre: Simulation[1][2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4057
Sega Mega Drive
US
701601
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4] E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
EU
27014-50
Sega Master System
UK
£34.9934.99[7][8] 27014-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
025040

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Populous (ポピュラス) is a 1989 computer simulation game by Bullfrog Productions 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.

Promotional material

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Master System print advert in The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) #1 (1991-05-xx)
also published in:
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[9]
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Master System print advert in Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)
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Master System print advert in Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-09-13)
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Master System print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Master System print advert in Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-1x-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[10]
ACE (UK)
91
[11]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
75
[12]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[13]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
94
[14]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
94
[15]
Console XS (UK) PAL
75
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[17]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[18]
Game Power (IT)
82
[19]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[20]
Hobbytes (RO)
72
[21]
Joystick (FR)
92
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
90
[23]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
63
[24]
MegaTech (UK)
91
[25]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[26]
Mean Machines (UK)
93
[27]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
91
[28]
Player One (FR)
96
[29]
Power Play (DE)
86
[30]
Raze (UK) NTSC
89
[31]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
93
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[33]
Sega Pro (UK)
70
[34]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[36]
Supergame (BR)
80
[5]
Tilt (FR)
95
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
78
[38]
Zero (UK)
85
[39]
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
31 reviews

Populous

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
Populous MD JP CartTop.jpg
Populous MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
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
Populous MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Populous MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US EU Rev D Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
Populous MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
75
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
95
[40]
Console XS (UK) PAL
88
[41]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
92
[42]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
94
[43]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[44]
Game Power (IT)
90
[19]
Games-X (UK)
90
[45]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
92
[46]
Joystick (FR)
94
[47]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
75
[48]
Player One (FR)
97
[49]
Raze (UK) PAL
90
[7]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
96
[50]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[51]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[52]
Tilt (FR)
95
[37]
Video Games (DE)
88
[53]
Zero (UK)
90
[54]
Sega Master System
90
Based on
19 reviews

Populous

Master System, EU
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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 (Hotline sticker)
Populous SMS AU hotline cover.jpg
Cover
Populous SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Hotline/NIAL stickers)
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Cover
Populous SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (EA sticker)
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Cover
Master System, AU (Classics)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 c7a1fdef
MD5 cc694ca94c4d74b487983332facc8b86
SHA-1 d6142584b9796a96941b6a95bda14cf137b47085
256kB Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:Populous MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. File:Populous SMS EU Box.jpg
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 165
  5. 5.0 5.1 Supergame, "Maio 1992" (BR; 1992-05-xx), page 30
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  7. 7.0 7.1 Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 28
  8. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 11
  9. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 83
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 178
  11. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 86
  12. 12.0 12.1 Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1991" (DE; 1991-11-15), page 152
  13. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-08), page 37
  14. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  15. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 49
  16. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 133
  17. Famitsu, "1991-08-23,30" (JP; 1991-08-09), page 1
  18. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  19. 19.0 19.1 Game Power, "Dicembre 1991" (IT; 1991-1x-xx), page 34
  20. Hippon Super, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-03), page 90
  21. Hobbytes, "1/1994" (RO; 1994-xx-xx), page 31
  22. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 144
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 62
  24. Mega Drive Fan, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 91
  25. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  26. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 26
  27. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 50
  28. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  29. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 30
  30. Power Play, "11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 138
  31. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 70
  32. Sega Power, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-01), page 30
  33. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  34. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 21
  35. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  37. 37.0 37.1 Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 75
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 21
  39. Zero, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 122
  40. Consoles +, "Tilt Hors-Serie" (FR; 1991-07-xx), page 48
  41. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 143
  42. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 104
  43. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 149
  44. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  45. Games-X, "12th-18th September 1991" (UK; 1991-09-12), page 36
  46. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 36
  47. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 189
  48. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 73
  49. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40
  50. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 10
  51. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  52. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 72
  53. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 84
  54. Zero, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 85
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