Populous (series)

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

Populous 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]


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.

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".[2]


The series includes:[3]


  1. ^ Populous to The Sims: a history of playing god at techradar
  2. ^ Retro Gamer magazine, issue 71. Pages 82-89 "In the chair with ... Peter Molineux"
  3. ^ The Populous series at MobyGames

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