->''"''Populous'' is, in many ways, ''[=SimCity=]'' with just a bulldozer."''
-->--'''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com/2015/05/will-you-even-tell-her-if-you-decide-to.html Dr. Phil Sandifer]]'''

Populous is a [[SimulationGame God Sim]], scratch that; Populous is ''the'' [[UrExample God Sim]]. Designed in 1989 by Creator/BullfrogProductions (developers who also brought us ''VideoGame/ThemePark'', ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital'' and ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'') under the leadership of a young Creator/PeterMolyneux (who later brought us ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}''). It saw the player taking the role of a deity that helped a primitive tribe of people into a powerful enemy to defeat the rival gods.

!!!There are currently four main games, plus a few expansions :
* Populous (1989)
** Populous: The Promised Lands (1989)
** Populous: The Final Frontier (1989)
* Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods (1991)
** Populous II: The Challenge Games (1992)
* [[Videogame/PopulousTheBeginning Populous: The Beginning (1998)]]
** Populous: The Beginning - Undiscovered Worlds (1999)
* Populous DS (2007)

Bullfrog was taken over by EA in 2007, in the era where EA had made a reputation for the Borg-like assimilation of studios they bought out, so it's highly unlikely another sequel will be made.

!!This game series contains examples of the following tropes :

* AGodIsYou: The TropeMaker
* BonusStage: Complete the third game and you can take part in an over the top straight out battle called Armageddon.
* CheatCode: There's normally 500 levels, with the level names working as a password system. Entering "killuspal" (kill us, pal) as the password warps you to level 999, which is basically suicidal.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Provided one of your followers is left on the map you'll still survive. Just don't expect to survive for long.
* EthnicGod: Each tribe has a commanding and beneficent god, one of which [[AGodIsYou is the player]].
* GRatedSex: Two people walk into a house, and three people come out.
* HideYourChildren: They pop out of huts fully grown.
* IsometricProjection
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/{{Godus}}''. Molyneux isn't coy about it, either.
** ''[[http://reprisaluniverse.com/site/ Reprisal]]'' is an admitted {{homage}} to this game.
* TerrainSculpting: One of the {{TropeMaker}}s for VideoGames.