[CONSOLE] NEC PC-Engine Game
Populous © 1991 Hudson Soft.
Not that many games have players incarnate almighty gods and as such, Populous really stands out of the crowd. Populous gives the player world domination on a plate. It offers several scenarios where two civilizations (the blues and the reds) try to conquer each others lands. The map is presented in a clever 3-D isometric view and four different terrains are available. A cursor is used to interact with the map and the Select and Run buttons switch from the two action and option menus. The player receives Mana energy from his people and use it to shape the terrain, build armies, trigger earthquakes or change the weather. And the better are the people, the more the player benefits. They also evolve as they get more land and change from Prehistoric cavemen to Medieval knights. The goal of Populous is to first get the people to grow and their towns to expand, which will slowly increase the player's powers and get him to use even more devastating mesures. But, it is always good to keep an eye on the other god and his people, as they do the same on the other side of the world. Soon, each camp has enough power to call for the final Armageddon and a fierce battle will decide of the ultimate winner.
Released on April 13, 1990 in Japan for 6900 Yen.
Populous was originally created by Bullfrog (led by Peter Molyneux) and released in 1989 for the Amiga, Atari ST and PC Computers.