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Populous DS (DS)

Populous DS (DS)
alaScore 76

9 reviews

Sep, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Populous DS (DS). The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. People are impressed by the gameplay.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Populous DS (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Mike Akerman (

Populous - DS review at Thunderbolt Games


For many gamers over a certain age, the mere mention of Populous will bring a glaze of whimsical reminiscence to their eyes. Peter Molyneux's seminal god-sim launched an entire genre, with dozens of imitators spawned over the two decades since its...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Andrew_Podolsky (

Populous DS review for the DS


Be a vengeful god in this earth-shaking, world-ending strategy game.

Fun concept might give you god complex; Easy world-shaping mechanics; Lots of challenging missions; Unlockable gods, warriors, and stages

Uninteresting graphics; No direct control over units

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Dec, 2008

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Populous DS


One of my favourite games on the Atari ST was the original Populous. The game was quite unlike anything I'd played before. It was the first game that put you in the role of playing as a god (at least I'm pretty sure it was the first) and when it was...

Populous DS is an enjoyable game and it feels right at home on the DS. However, twenty years after its original release, it's no surprise that Populous comes across as an extremely lightweight strategy title. This doesn't prevent it from being...

Expert review by : Ray Ivey (



A drum I've been beating loudly recently, to anyone who will listen, is the viability of the Nintendo DS as a premier platform for new adventure games.

Expert review by : Anna (

Populous DS


Anna takes on the latest iteration of the famous Molyneux franchise, this time in a portable format

Lightly addictive gameplay ; Historical importance in the history of the gaming industry ; Good as an entry into the god-sim genre

Dated ; Simplistic ; Dodgy graphics ; There's nothing to do when in Armagedon mode which means sitting around for a quite a while listening to annoying sound bites of a bitch-slap orgy. Never a good thing

Populous does the job, but it's dated and a little bit overly simplistic in it's execution. It's a beginner's god-sim and if you can't (for some odd reason) get your hands on the old DOS version from 20 years ago, it's not bad for a history lesson to...

Jul, 2009

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messy but fun


loved the original but as always with ds remakes the lack of keyboard and mouse is a huge factor, still fun but might tarnish your memory of the first

May, 2010

Product Specifications

In the beginning, there was nothing but a void. And from this void five gods created the world. Each exercised their great powers to shape the world with five different, 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 thing and the world gave way to an age of glory. However, prosperity created darkness in the hearts of men from whence 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 demons.


Elements:Strategy / tactics / wargame - wargame
ESRB Rating:Everyone 10 and older (10+)


Compatibility:Game console
Manufacturer:XSEED Games
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Populous


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - strategy / tactics / wargame