populous-the-beginning
Metacritic: N/A
Release: Nov 1998
Reviewed on: PC

Populous: The Beginning

Site Score
7.5
Good: Mixture of genres – Unique setting – Large number of varied missions
Bad: Departs from previous games in the series
User Score
8.1
(7 votes)
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Populous: The Beginning blends strategy and god games together to create an interesting and fun hybrid. The game is the third in the series and was developed by Bullfrog Productions who also developed the highly popular Dungeon Keeper series.

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In the game players will join their tribe as a shaman who wishes to achieve victory over rival tribes and ultimately join the stars as a god herself. There are a total of four tribes in the game (red, green, yellow and blue which the player controls). This journey will take you across over two dozen missions each with their own challenges.

Uniquely players won’t be adventuring across Earth but instead the galaxy, with each mission taking place on a new unnamed planet. This allows each level to play out extremely differently with huge shifts in environments for players to encounter.

In Populous: The Beginning the core gameplay revolves around you instructing the followers of your tribe to create buildings or engage in the enemy. The game has a very minimalistic approach to resource management with players only needing wood to create new structures and mana to train troops.

The focus is very much on designing your ideal mixture of troops given a particular strategy. There are a large number of troops that you can lead into battle which all come from the core Brave unit (which does all of your building). Braves can be upgraded into powerful melee fighters, ranged attackers, preachers and even spies.

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To ensure a successful mission players can join their tribe and use powerful spells to help them on the battlefield. If you die in battle and don’t have the means to resurrect yourself though the game is lost.

Populous: The Beginning is tonnes of fun and has a great charm about its gameplay that will get you hooked on your quest to conquer the star system one planet at a time.

Summary:

  • The third game in the Populous series.
  • Developed by Bullfrog and available on PC and PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Store).
  • Take over the stars one planet at a time in over two dozen missions.
  • Create the ideal mixture of troops for your strategy.
  • Use the spells and magical powers of your shaman to gain an edge in battle.

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Populous: The Beginning, 8.1 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
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