A computer game where you lead a primitive population into battle and explore and conquer a series of different worlds in order to become a god.

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In this computer game, you play the "Shaman", the female leader of a primitive tribe. Starting with just a handful of followers, you must guide them to build a village and breed to increase the population and with it, your own magical powers. Train some of your people as soldiers, some as priests, and lead them to explore the world, solve puzzles and defeat or convert other tribes. Master all the levels in the game and you become a god. Although it is not, strictly speaking, a movie, there is an opening video sequence in this game, and the art direction throughout the game is delightful. Scenery and buildings are wonderfully realised and the way the characters stand, move, and even talk in their own invented language is delicious. Written by A Red Fish

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30 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Follows Populous (1989) See more »

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The Best game of all time?
6 January 2007 | by (Bletchley) – See all my reviews

I have many happy memories of playing the original Populous games with a friend, in the days when 2 player games were rare (it used a parallel port connection and played Atari ST versus Amiga) - alas that friend has sadly died (Cystic Fibrosis).

But Populous the Beginning, what an amazing game. I've played it through half a dozen times over the years, reinstalling it, and then doing the add-on levels. And even now, in 2006, the end movie sequence stands the test of time, so beautifully rendered.

The game starts you so that you learn about one aspect of the world, and level by level build up knowledge of the different buildings and types of attack possible. The final levels are hard, even to a seasoned played, but never impossible. There are always different ways to try and win - do you use balloons, do you use boats, do you try to do everything with firewarriors - it's up to you the player.

All the way through, the game is solid and responsive. Perhaps the in-game graphics are now showing their age, but that doesn't matter one iota. The only game to come close to this is Settlers, in its variant forms.

Hats off to the creators for something that's amused me for 500 game hours and more.

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