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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:
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][4] 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




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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

TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf

PDF
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)[6]

Raze UK 12.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)

MicroNews FR 49.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

MegaForce FR 02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-09-13)

HobbyConsolas ES 001.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

GamePower IT 01.pdf

PDF
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
91 [7]
70 [8]
60 [9]
94 [10]
75 №141, [1]
90 [11]
87 [12]
60 №1991-09, p90
92 №11, p144
90 №5, p62
87 №5, p10/11
91 [13]
93 [14]
96 [15]
89 [16]
93 [17]
100 [18]
70 [19]
65 №18, p66
85 №15, p122
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Populous MD US BoxBack.jpgPopulous MD US BoxSpine.jpgPopulous MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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 [20]
92 [21]
94 [22]
90 [23]
90 [12]
90 №21
92 [24]
94 [25]
75 №2, p43
97 [26]
90 [3]
96 [27]
100 [28]
80 Sega Pro
80 [2]
90 №24, p85
Sega Master System
90
Based on
16 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

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. 1.0 1.1 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 165
  2. 2.0 2.1 Supergame, "Maio 1992" (BR; 1992-05-xx), page 30
  3. 3.0 3.1 Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 28
  4. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 11
  5. Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  6. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 83
  7. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 86
  8. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-08), page 35 (37)
  9. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  10. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  11. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  12. 12.0 12.1 Game Power, "Dicembre 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 32-34 (34)
  13. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  14. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 50-52 (50)
  15. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 30/31 (30)
  16. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 70/71 (70)
  17. Sega Power, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-01), page 30/31 (30)
  18. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  19. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 21
  20. Consoles +, "xxxx" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 47-49 (47)
  21. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 104-106 (104)
  22. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 149
  23. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  24. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-xx-xx), page 36/37 (35)
  25. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 189
  26. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40/41 (40)
  27. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 10/11 (10)
  28. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
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