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Video Game: Populous
aka: Populous II
Populous is a God Sim, scratch that; Populous is the God Sim. Designed in 1989 by Bullfrog Productions (developers who also brought us Theme Park, Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper) under the leadership of a young Peter Molyneux (who later brought us Black & White). 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)
  • 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 :


Operation WolfFM TownsPrince of Persia
Prince of PersiaSharp X 68000 Puyo Puyo
Dwarf FortressRaising SimReus
Police QuestWebsite/GOG.comPopulous: The Beginning
Planetary AnnihilationReal-Time StrategyPopulous: The Beginning
Pit-FighterSega Master SystemPrince of Persia
Pro Pinball: Fantastic JourneyIBM Personal ComputerPrince of Persia 2
Popful MailTurbo Grafx- 16 Prince of Persia
PatricianSimulation GamePharaoh
Police QuestAmigaPrehistorik
Police QuestApple MacintoshPostal

alternative title(s): Populous; Populous II
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