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Populous - Nintendo DS

by Xseed
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews) 60 / 100

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  • A Classic is Reborn on the Nintendo DS - The interface is built around the stylus and touch-screen controls while retaining the feel of the classic; Actions taken on the touch-screen play out on the top screen
  • Additional Gods and Miracles - Five different elementally imbued gods, each with their own unique miracles and demon counterpart, are now selectable rather than just one
  • More Single-Player Missions and Variety - Challenge Mode with 50 missions to clear as well as Free Play Mode including a “Find The Warrior” mini-game
  • 4-Player Wireless Multiplayer - Versus Mode allows up to four players to compete, unleashing disasters such as earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions to wreak havoc on opponents’ lands
  • A Must-Have for Populous Fans - The most popular and classic maps from previous editions pay homage to the roots of this legendary series

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  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,949 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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A completely re-imagined remake of the Populous PC classic from Electronic Arts that launched the god-sim genre, Populous DS brings the power of the gods into the palm of the player’s hands. The unique features of the Nintendo DS improve upon the original with touch-screen controls, dual-screen layout, and wireless versus play with up to four players. The gameplay is fresh for returning players as multiple gods each with their own unique miracles have been added. All new play modes and areas appear, along with favorite classic maps from previous editions of Populous. In the beginning, there was nothing but a void, and from the void five gods created the world, each exercising their great power to shape the world with five different but brilliant colors. Earth created the basis for all things; Water soothed it; Fire imbrued it with vitality; Wind breathed into it freedom; Harvest provided it with nourishment. Fish, beasts, and finally beings called man came into existence. The power of the gods brought harmony among all living things and the world gave way to an age of glory. However, prosperity created darkness in the hearts of man, and from that darkness demons were birthed. The demons controlled the same five elements as the gods and rose against them. A chaotic battle for the world had begun. Thus opened the gates of an age of darkness, where man trembles in fear, helpless as the awesome powers rage around them. It marked the beginning of a long-lasting age that would test their faith between the gods and the demons.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Better Than I Expected November 17, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Frankly I was a little worried about this title. The original was one of my favorite PC games in the early 90's. Subsequent console ports were pretty unplayable. And honestly the trailer video doesn't look that good. Plus the new play options are much more complicated than the elegantly simple original.

But the verdict is: it works. It works well. It plays at least as well as the original. The touch screen on the DS is a huge plus. The screen is a little small and the controls take a little getting used to, but only a little. By the first or second game after the tutorial I pretty well had it down, controlling just with the stylus and left shoulder button. Easy, fun and very reminiscent of the experience from the days of yore.

Like the original Populous the game can be at times slow and others frustrating, but it plays well, and it is a good puzzle/strategy game. This update has more strategy than the original, and I feel it works well. I don't think anyone will call this version one for the ages. But if you already like this kind of game, or were thinking about buying it based on fond memories of the original on the PC, it's definitely worth the price of admission.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting fun October 27, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Negative reviews kept me from purchasing this game when it first came out. It looked fun, but I had never played the original Populous so I had no idea what it was going to play like. Furthermore, I hadn't heard anything about the publisher (Xseed) at the time to know if they had a good reputation. As time passed I learned that Xseed was publishing some great games (Retro Game Challenge, Rune Factory: Frontier, Little King's Story, Avalon Code, etc.) and they are a group of former Square Enix members. The price went down on Amazon and I knew it was time to take the plunge. I am soooo glad I did! This game has me hooked right now. It's everything I hoped it would be and more.

Basically, you are a god against a demon with humans (your followers) as the pawns. Interestingly, you never actually take control of your followers. At most you give them general instructions (build, fight, unite, gather). You can also force followers out of cities they have built so they can do something else. Apart from that they are completely autonomous. The key to success is paving the way for your followers to outnumber and defeat the enemy. To do this you must flatten the land so cities can be built, raise land from the seas, and perform miracles to hurt your opponent's followers or help your own. You gain spirit from your followers, so the more you have the better. The more spirit you have the more miracles are available to you. Examples of miracles are raising a volcano that oozes out lava to destroy anything in its path and spreading conversion pools that convert your opponent's followers to your own. It's the constant flattening land and performing miracles while giving general instructions to your followers that keeps things interesting.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but it hurts! February 24, 2010
By Tony
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
1. It is very similar to the original PC, but with touch screen controls.
2. Many, many hours of fun and gameplay if you like the idea of Sim City meets Act Raiser.
3. If you didn't understand that last comment you are too young to like playing this.
4. Pretty amazing graphics for a DS game. Lots of new god/goddess abilities from original.

A few negatives are:

1. Only a few save slots, one for each mode, free play, mission, etc.
2. Even experienced players will find some mission levels hard to beat, and hence unlock the next levels (but don't give up).
3. Your hand will cramp after hours of using the tiny DS screen.

But still, a really wonderful game for less than $15 all in all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I can only give this 3 stars. January 9, 2012
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a HUGE fan of the original PC game, so I had to give this a shot for my new 3DS.

It's good, and it's only $12ish for the game. And I don't regret buying it, I can definitely get my $12 worth out of this game.

But, in my opinion, they made quite a few unneeded changes to what was already a great, playable game. It's fairly easy to pick up for those who already know the gameplay, but I can't help but think they really designed it for those who liked the original. I can't imagine someone who never played Populous picking up this game and finding it fun. It just doesn't flow as well as the original, and you find yourself the victim of seemingly "random" attacks from the computer player.

About the only thing that I think really comes through from the original is the feel of the game once you get into it. You start to develop the same type of strategy to beat the game, so it flows like the original. But it seems overly complicated with the new features, like the designers felt that the original was OK, but needed way more "Stuff". In this case, I feel like the "Stuff" doesn't add to the fun, it just makes things more complicated because they can.

Overall, it's a good game, but I think that it will only really appeal to those who want to get back into a classic game that hasn't been available for quite a long time.
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