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  • Summary: This isn't a Populous for the 3D-accelerator age; it's a game that takes inspiration from the original, but little else.
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  1. Jan 23, 2020
    10
    Amazing game for its time. One of my favourites, just wish it was available to play on newer systems
  2. May 6, 2013
    10
    Absolutely fantastic. the first game i brought, and all the subsequent rts i played felt substandard. With populous you literally feel likeAbsolutely fantastic. the first game i brought, and all the subsequent rts i played felt substandard. With populous you literally feel like you are a part of the tribal command. The unique spherical 3d world is amazing and also good to command troops over. You will really grow to care for your bases, have fun rallying troops and sending them to conquer new territories. Oh, and by the way, there is also a shaman at your command who has wide arsenal of spells. They don't make 'em like this no more Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2020
    10
    LEGENDARY GAME! WHY.. WHY!!! Has no one picked up this series and made more. I just simply don't get it! Cmon developers! Do it!
  4. Nov 29, 2019
    10
    Juegazo, mejor juego de estrategia alguna vez creado. A quien no le guste no tiene idea de la vida ni de los juegos.
  5. May 3, 2013
    10
    This was one of my first games, and i still love it. I just immerse in it while playing. There are two states of it peaceful, relaxing, whenThis was one of my first games, and i still love it. I just immerse in it while playing. There are two states of it peaceful, relaxing, when you build your village, cut down trees, make new mountains, train warriors and priests, build watch towers and boat stations. And then, the WAR comes. You lead the army, you come from air with fire, you create tornadoes and volcanoes, sending destruction to where you want. That's it. And it does taste good. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2013
    9
    first off, I'm giving populous an 8.7, but this ass-backwards site doesn't allow that.
    This game really is a lost treasure. It had nothing to
    first off, I'm giving populous an 8.7, but this ass-backwards site doesn't allow that.
    This game really is a lost treasure. It had nothing to do with peter Molyneux who ran the show for the revolutionary populous 1 and its sequel, populous 2 and it shows. the game is a complete stipdown and redoing of the franchise, which has very good implications. the old interface is gone, it was dated and fully renders a 3d environment with pixel-drawn sprites for all people in game.
    the most notable difference from the old games is that you have direct control over the world, you can order followers around like an RTS game and you have an avatar of sorts as the shaman of a tribe. the interesting thing about this is that you depend on her survival for winning, but she is at the same time the most powerful unit in the game, capable of causing massive chaos in the right hands. this adds a very interesting dimension into game play, balancing the day to day upkeep of your tribe and the warring portions of RTSs with the control of the shaman on top of that.
    the reason the job balancing is so good is that the shaman has so many amazing spells to chose from, they truly have great variety and utility and used properly can lead to some great fun!
    the city building is satisfying as all hell, and making units and how that all functions is just very well done. another thing to mention is the focus on a spherical landscape and the great implementation of terraforming, which can be an ally or an enemy to you as a player. hills of earth can be broken down or removed to allow an army to enter, and buildings can be sunk or destroyed from it, so using your wits can really win you a game, as RTSs should, which leads to many avenues to take.
    this game is just all around very good.
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  7. Jan 9, 2022
    8
    Replayed in 2022. Controls are horrible for 2022, it needs a remaster.
    inb4 wc3, this RTS was already in "3d" and had heroes with spells
    Replayed in 2022. Controls are horrible for 2022, it needs a remaster.
    inb4 wc3, this RTS was already in "3d" and had heroes with spells ("Sokka!"). Amazing sound and concept for its time. Also, how did Peter Molyneux managed to make those 5 pixels of shaman so sexy? :D
    +1 for amazing nostalgic feeling this game gives me
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