Populous

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U
  • Sega Mega Drive
    PAL/NTSC-J
  • Master System

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Populous
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega (JP)
Sega Master System
TecMagik
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Master System
Electronic Arts (Australia)
Original system(s): Amiga
Developer(s) of original games: Bullfrog Productions
Genre: Simulation[1][2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,0006,000 G-4057
Sega Mega Drive
US
701601
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[5] E097SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Master System
EU
27014-50
Sega Master System
UK
£34.9934.99[8][9] 27014-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
025040
Non-Sega versions

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Populous (ポピュラス) is an unlicensed Sega Mega Drive strategy simulation game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts. A port of the developer's titular 1989 Amiga computer game Populous, it was first released in the United States later that year, and is most known for being one of few commercially-released Sega Mega Drive games to fail the system's TradeMark Security System test (refusing to operate with anything but the earliest Mega Drive hardware.), and for being the first Electronic Arts title released on a Sega game system.

The game was ported to the Sega Master System courtesy of developer Code To Go and publisher TecMagik, and first released in Europe in October 1991.

Gameplay

In Populous, players play as a deity who controls land to affect peoples's lives in the hopes of crushing followers of another deity. The game is played from an isometric perspective, although unlike later attempts at simulations (such as Sim City 2000), there is no scrolling.

History

Legacy

Populous' sequel, Two Tribes: Populous II (a renamed version of Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods) was also released for the Mega Drive, as well as the more combat-orientated Power Monger.

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Populous/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Master System print advert in The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) #1 (1991-05-xx)
also published in:
  • Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)[10]
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Master System print advert in Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)
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Master System print advert in Micro News (FR) #49: "Eté 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #2: "Septembre/Octobre 1991" (1991-09-13)
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Master System print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #1: "Octubre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Master System print advert in Game Power (IT) #1: "Dicembre 1991" (1991-1x-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[11]
ACE (UK)
91
[12]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
75
[13]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[14]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
94
[15]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
94
[16]
Console XS (UK) PAL
75
[17]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[18]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[19]
Game Power (IT)
82
[20]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[21]
Hobbytes (RO)
72
[22]
Joystick (FR)
92
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
90
[24]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
63
[25]
MegaTech (UK)
91
[26]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
80
[27]
Mean Machines (UK)
93
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
91
[29]
Player One (FR)
96
[30]
Power Play (DE)
86
[31]
Raze (UK) NTSC
89
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
93
[33]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[34]
Sega Pro (UK)
70
[35]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[36]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
60
[37]
Supergame (BR)
80
[6]
Tilt (FR)
95
[38]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
78
[39]
Zero (UK)
85
[40]
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
31 reviews

Populous

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
Populous MD JP CartTop.jpg
Populous MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
Populous MD US BoxBack.jpgPopulous MD US BoxSpine.jpgPopulous MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US CartTop.jpg
Populous MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Softbox Case)
Populous MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US EU Rev D Cart.jpg
Cart
POPULOUS MD EU Softbox Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Hardbox Case)
Populous MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Populous MD US EU Rev D Cart.jpg
Cart
Populous MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
Populous MD AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
Populous MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Ação Games (BR)
69
[41]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
75
[13]
Consoles + (FR)
95
[42]
Console XS (UK) PAL
88
[43]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
92
[44]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
94
[45]
Game Mania (UK)
90
[46]
Game Power (IT)
90
[20]
Games-X (UK)
90
[47]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
92
[48]
Joystick (FR)
94
[49]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
75
[50]
Player One (FR)
97
[51]
Raze (UK) PAL
90
[8]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
96
[52]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
100
[53]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[54]
Tilt (FR)
95
[38]
Video Games (DE)
88
[55]
Zero (UK)
90
[56]
Sega Master System
89
Based on
20 reviews

Populous

Master System, EU
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Cover
Populous SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Populous SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Populous SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Hotline sticker)
Populous SMS AU hotline cover.jpg
Cover
Populous SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Hotline/NIAL stickers)
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Cover
Populous SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (EA sticker)
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Cover
Master System, AU (Classics)
Populous SMS AU classics cover.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bd74b31e
MD5 23495b29851e9d495939a88b627ce2cd
SHA-1 89907c4ba4fd9db4e8ef2271c0253bb0e4b6d52d
512kB Cartridge (US) No header.
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 83d56f64
MD5 ac95a7a539f4fcb5cd6ca01e0edf2e28
SHA-1 fe388caefbad7c08b699ed2d0e8a62ff1d697a16
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 97c26818
MD5 4c960f022be09f667e3b2d21be21a018
SHA-1 9abd1806c6e921a6df0f71361aee8024d5c3f049
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Master System
CRC32 c7a1fdef
MD5 cc694ca94c4d74b487983332facc8b86
SHA-1 d6142584b9796a96941b6a95bda14cf137b47085
256kB Cartridge (EU/BR)

References

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  1. File:Populous MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. File:Populous SMS EU Box.jpg
  4. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/UfEfYdi7j_U/m/zx4nRFOk-1AJ
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-xx), page 165
  6. 6.0 6.1 Supergame, "Maio 1992" (BR; 1992-05-xx), page 30
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  8. 8.0 8.1 Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 28
  9. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 11
  10. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 83
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 178
  12. ACE, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-xx), page 86
  13. 13.0 13.1 Aktueller Software Markt, "Dezember 1991" (DE; 1991-11-15), page 152
  14. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-08), page 35
  15. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 34
  16. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 49
  17. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 133
  18. Famitsu, "1991-08-23,30" (JP; 1991-08-09), page 1
  19. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  20. 20.0 20.1 Game Power, "Dicembre 1991" (IT; 1991-1x-xx), page 34
  21. Hippon Super, "September 1991" (JP; 1991-08-03), page 90
  22. Hobbytes, "1/1994" (RO; 1994-xx-xx), page 31
  23. Joystick, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 144
  24. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 62
  25. Mega Drive Fan, "November 1991" (JP; 1991-10-08), page 91
  26. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  27. Micromanía (segunda época), "Febrero 1991" (ES; 1991-0x-xx), page 26
  28. Mean Machines, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-29), page 50
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  30. Player One, "Décembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 30
  31. Power Play, "11/90" (DE; 1990-10-12), page 138
  32. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 70
  33. Sega Power, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-01), page 30
  34. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  35. Sega Pro, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 21
  36. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  37. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  38. 38.0 38.1 Tilt, "Décembre 1991" (FR; 1991-1x-xx), page 75
  39. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 21
  40. Zero, "January 1991" (UK; 1990-12-06), page 122
  41. Ação Games, "Setembro 1993" (BR; 1993-09-01), page 37
  42. Consoles +, "Tilt Hors-Serie" (FR; 1991-07-xx), page 48
  43. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 143
  44. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 104
  45. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 149
  46. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  47. Games-X, "12th-18th September 1991" (UK; 1991-09-12), page 36
  48. Hobby Consolas, "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 36
  49. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 189
  50. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1991" (ES; 1991-1x-xx), page 73
  51. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 40
  52. Sega Power, "August 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 10
  53. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 58
  54. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 72
  55. Video Games, "2/91" (DE; 1991-06-07), page 84
  56. Zero, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 85


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