Populous (series)

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Populous
Genres God game
Developers Bullfrog Productions
Publishers Electronic Arts
Creators Peter Molyneux
First release Populous
1989
Latest release Populous DS
2007

The Populous series is a series of video games developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts. The first game in the series – Populous was released in 1989. At the time, it was hailed as revolutionary, and it coined the term "god game".[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The games involved the player taking on the role of a deity and leading followers into battle against opposing deities, and intervene by using a variety of "divine intervention" that affect the world and indirectly, the people.

The first two games were similar. In Populous and Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods, much emphasis was spent on flattening the terrain. The view of the game-world was isometric. Populous: The Beginning was more like a conventional war-game than a god-game and uses true 3D instead of isometric 3D. In Populous: The Beginning, the player is set in the role of a shaman instead of a god, but at the end of the game attains godhood.

History[edit]

The series includes:[2]

From Dust released in 2011 by Ubisoft has been referred to as the "spiritual heir to Populous".[3]

Trivia[edit]

In an interview, the series creator (Peter Molyneux), said that "Populous was like it was due to my incompetence as a games programmer ... the reason the feature (raise the land) was there was because I couldn't get the little people to navigate around the coast".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Populous to The Sims: a history of playing god at techradar
  2. ^ The Populous series at MobyGames
  3. ^ "Ubisoft's Project Dust: A "Spiritual Successor" to Populous". AusGamers. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  4. ^ Retro Gamer magazine, issue 71. Pages 82-89 "In the chair with ... Peter Molineux"

External links[edit]

  • FreePop — an discontinued attempt to write a free remake of Populous