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-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK)
91
[10]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[11]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
94
[12]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
94
[13]
Console XS (UK) PAL
75
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[15]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[16]
Game Power (IT)
82
[17]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[18]
Hobbytes (RO)
72
[19]
Joystick (FR)
92
[20]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
90
[21]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
63
[22]
MegaTech (UK)
91
[23]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[24]
Mean Machines (UK)
93
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
91
[26]
Player One (FR)
96
[27]
Power Play (DE)
86
[28]
Raze (UK) NTSC
89
[29]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
93
[30]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[31]
Sega Pro (UK)
70
[32]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[33]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[34]
Supergame (BR)
80
[5]
Zero (UK)
85
[35]
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
27 reviews
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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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 Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
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 [36]
92 [37]
94 [38]
90 [39]
90 [40]
90 №21
92 [41]
94 [42]
75 №2, p43
97 [43]
90 [7]
96 [44]
100 [45]
80 Sega Pro
90 №24, p85
Sega Master System
91
Based on
15 reviews

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)
Populous SMS AU ea cover.jpg
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. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 86
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-08), page 37
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  13. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 49
  14. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 133
  15. Famitsu, "1991-08-23,30" (JP; 1991-08-09), page 1
  16. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  17. Game Power, "Dicembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 34
  18. Hippon Super, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-03), page 90
  19. Hobbytes, "1/1994" (RO; 1994-xx-xx), page 31
  20. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 144
  21. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 62
  22. Mega Drive Fan, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 91
  23. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  24. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 26
  25. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 50
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  27. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 30
  28. Power Play, "11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 138
  29. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 70
  30. Sega Power, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-01), page 30
  31. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  32. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 21
  33. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  34. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  35. Zero, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 122
  36. Consoles +, "Tilt Hors-Serie" (FR; 1991-07-xx), page 47-49 (47)
  37. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 104-106 (104)
  38. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 149
  39. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  40. Game Power, "Dicembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 32-34 (34)
  41. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 36/37 (35)
  42. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 189
  43. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40/41 (40)
  44. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 10/11 (10)
  45. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
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