Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
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  1. If you’re a hardcore strategy gamer craving a deep and involved strategy game then you won’t find it here. Yet if you want to relive the glory days of gaming then don’t miss out in playing Populous again.
  2. 71
    This DS remake accurately reproduces the strategy of the original and adds a few modern graphical flourishes, but it definitely feels dated.
  3. It works well enough with a bit of practice, though, and 50 complete scenarios in the single-player challenge mode add up to plenty of time spent playing god. [Oct 2008, p.106]
  4. I imagine if you can get a group of friends together to check out multiplayer it'll help extend the life of the game quite a bit as well, and I definitely suggest it to both players that have never tried Populous before, and to those that remember the game from back in the day.
  5. Populous DS can be addicting once you get past the quirks that are unique to this series. This god-sim is an incredible challenge, and it's a refreshing shift from more modern, conventional RTS games.
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's fun in short bursts but this hasn't been updated enough to compensate for its rather shallow gameplay. [Mar 2009, p.83]
  7. One of the most important works of Peter Molyneux is finally on its way to Nintendo DS with a very concrete offer: a classic RTS adventure with the original engine system and with nothing new except for being the first time in years that this franchise takes its place on the market.
  8. Populous fans may want to find another platform to relive their memories.
  9. 58
    Populous DS floats somewhere between a time-waster and a strategy game, but it never provides the addictive "hook" of either genre.
  10. 58
    It is a shame they had not taken advantage of the opportunity to revive one of the classic PC strategy games, to improve on it and add it some more game options, which would have made it a recommended game not just for nostalgic gamers but also for newcomers.
  11. Games Master UK
    In a game packed with natural disasters, it's a shame the biggest disaster of them all is how Populous has turned out on DS. [May 2009, p.84]
  12. The sad effects of aging in all their glory. Populous used to crack top ten games lists in 1990. Populous DS isn't even one of the top ten games this issue.
  13. Even fond memories of the 1989 original can't disguise the fact that Populous isn't relevant or fun almost 20 years later.
  14. This deserves pride of place in a gaming museum, but sadly not in your DS.

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#21 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    This game have good mechanics. It's simple and fun. Plain terrain to which your people can Build and Expand. Or attack the enemies terrain andThis game have good mechanics. It's simple and fun. Plain terrain to which your people can Build and Expand. Or attack the enemies terrain and buildings. The objective? Win the Apocalypse in the end of each stage: a war between the peoples to rest only your people. The magics of this game are very cool. And the 5 gods and the 5 demons are all very cool too. Are many themes to play, in fantasy scenarios, medieval, sci-fi, Arabian nights and many more. It's fun. Have a progressive difficulty. And a long life to play.
    I recommend.
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