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Populous technical data

Name Populous
System Genesis - Mega Drive
Year 1990
Developer Bullfrog Software
Genre Simulation

Populous is a classic strategy game released for the Sega Genesis Mega Drive in 1989. It was developed by Peter Molyneux, of Lionhead Studios, who would later become world-famous for his widely acclaimed "God games" including Black & White and Theme Park. The game was also ported to several other gaming systems such as the SNES, Game Boy, Amiga and DOS.

Populous follows a simple premise: The player is a deity who must lead their people to prosperity by using divine powers and creating the most favorable environment possible for them to flourish. To do this, the player will alter the landscape – raising and lowering land forms, altering waterscapes, preventing disasters from happening and creating rock walls against invading troops. Enemies can be humans or monsters depending on which level the player chooses to play.

Players must use an array of wizards and heroes to build their villages while also managing resources like food and gold as well as keeping their people happy with popular events like feasts, festivals or even battles against rival tribes. In addition to this simple resource management system comes an assortment of unique items that help make each level distinct – magical scrolls that can temporarily boost a cult's worshippers' stats or restore fallen land back to its original state, rare artifacts that can shift terrain heights instead of just raising or lowering land masses manually; all of these add layers upon layers of strategic depth within Populous' already robust construction mechanics.

Once players have constructed all necessary structures and reinforced their defences, they're ready to take on any challengers! Enemy attacks come in five types: fireballs from enemy wizards (or witches), armies bearing siege weapons led by an enemy general; priests who transform into dragons upon distance approach; monster invasions summoned by powerful enchantments infest the lands; these last two are particularly hard fought battles! Players must protect their villages through careful preparation of defensive spells using mana points gathered from conquered lands.

To gain victory over any challengers, either human or creature alike requires more than just good defence though – you'll also need good offensive tactics in order to successfully defeat your opponents; luckily however this is something that's quite simple and intuitive in Populous as it relies heavily on spiritual warfare – your priests battle theirs through faith-based magical duels! Each spell cast depletes both contenders health ratio drastically until one emerges victorious over the other – naturally being able to raise more higher ground tends to give you an edge in this particular field guaranteed victory if done right!

This turns Populous into not only a traditional strategic warfare title but also something with elements of RPG style adventure mixed in too further adding variety and complexity which keeps things fresh even after several playthroughs. Strategic decisions are rewarded greatly here as doers win huge advantages over non-doers making it into one highly intense yet incredibly enjoyable game – both for rookies looking for something light yet still hardcore enough for veterans too truly experience what pop culture has added up throughout every console generation since its inception 1990s…and perhaps still continues today more than 30 years later!

Genesis - Mega Drive Simulation games