Title Populous Game Type Management Sim Players 1 (2 with linkup) Compatibility Patch available for fast Amigas Submission David Braben (Celebrity Reviewer) Review To me this was the first game that brought Peter Molyneux and Bullfrog to success (they did an earlier game called Fusion, but I didn't think much of it), and it itself was a landmark. A publisher (I think it was Ian Stewart now of Gremlin, but I'm not sure) had just publically made the statement that there were only five types of game, in explaining why many games were so similar to each other. I had just released Zarch/Virus, then Populous came out, neither of which fell into this depressing view of games. This is one of the reasons Populous stood out at the time. Populous started the much copied genre of God games, and for those who don't know, the game is based on the player being a god, competing against another god. You must look after your population through the ages, which hopefully increases and your powers (or mana) in the game also increase as a result. This gives you more things you can do, like causing floods, earthquakes, but to me the beauty of the game was that it worked so well despite the fact that there was very little the player could actually do at the start, ie simply raising or lowering little bits of land. It also worked beautifully as a two player game, and was the first multi-player computer game I played.