Title Populous 2 Game Type Management Sim Company Bullfrog Players 1 (2 via null-modem or internet) Compatability All submission firstname.lastname@example.org Review Never having played the original Populous I can`t honestly say which is the better of the two. But from what I have heard populous 2 is the winner. Forget other god games which allow you to play the part of a army general or tribe leader, In populous 2 you actually get to be a god (the son or daughter of Zeus, no less). Your task is to win a place for yourself in the pantheon by getting your worshippers to take on and beat the followers of the other gods. The first thing you have to do is configure your god. Each time you play you get small lightning bolts that can be used to power up your god. If you want to be a fire god or a sea god you can just power up that part of your personality or you can be more general and power up everything. You can of course name your god and configure what your god looks like. According to the manual if you are an angry looking god the computer plays a nastier game. I`ve personally noticed very little difference. A nice touch is that you don`t have to play a male god although the choice of female gods is more limited. Once that is all over you can choose which type of game you wish to play. There are two types Custom - Two player or practice games Conquest - In these games you fight your way through the pantheon to the final confrontation with Zeus. If you click on conquest a screen is brought up showing which supernatural powers you will have in this particular battle. The screen also shows you what other options have been set (e.g whether you can save people who are drowning or if water is instantly fatal). Click on proceed and once past the copy protection the game itself starts up. You are presented with a 3D landscape. Houses flying blue flags belong to your followers. Houses flying red flags belong to HERETICS WHO MUST BE DESTROYED IN YOUR HOLY JIHAD!!! (sound of maniacal laughter). At the side of the screen is a bank of buttons that allow you to influence your people. In true god like style you don`t tell your people exactly what to do, you can only issue vague proclamations like "Go forth and multiply" or "Kill all the heretics". One of the most useful of these is the Go to papal icon option. When this is active some of your people will first go to their leader and then start a pilgrimage to the papal icon. This icon can be moved about allowing you to send delegations to colonise other parts of the screen or more importantly to march right into the heart of enemy territory before starting a war. Although this aspect of the game might be fun on its own it is the supernatural effects that make this game so much fun. Each battle allows you different effects. You can use these to create swamps or fires in the enemy land. The real fun begins when you get the large effects like tidal wave and volcano. The bigger the effect the more mana you must have. Mana comes from the worship of your followers. The more followers you have the more mana they give you. You also get more mana by clearing the land around your followers homes (or even raising new land out of the sea) so that they can make them bigger and harder to storm. As you play the game more you learn little tricks. If the enemy is on a holy pilgrimage rather than trying to kill them directly you can plant a swamp in their way and watch them march to their deaths. You can plant trees all throughout the enemy land and then throw a match to it and watch an entire enemy city burn in one giant conflagration. Great fun can also be had with baptismal fonts which turn enemy people into your followers, but be warned your own people can fall victim to effects you created. Another effect is the creation of heroes. Heroes are created from your religious leader. Some like Hercules and Achillies are just like stronger versions of your normal leader but others have different effects. Adonis splits in two every time he wins a battle so very soon there can be ten versions running around destroying enemy houses. Helen of Troy doesn`t kill anyone but all who meet her fall in love with her and march around following her until they die of hunger. The important thing about heroes is that they are not affected by the element they belong to. This means that Hercules (the earth hero) can`t be killed by earthquakes and Helen of Troy (the water heroine) can`t be drowned. Populous 2 is an absolutely brilliant 1 player game but it really comes alive when played 2 player across a null-modem cable or modem. It is a lot more fun to beat a human opponent than a computer one and it is worth seeing your opponents face when you burn him out with a forest fire or volcanic eruption or when a tidal wave washes away his entire land. I really can`t find any faults with the game that are worth mentioning and if you haven`t played it before I think you should. If you have two amigas I highly recommend that you get a copy as soon as possible.