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DOS - 1989

Also released on: Acorn 32-bit - Amiga - Atari ST - Genesis - SEGA Master System - Sharp X68000 - TurboGrafx-16

Alt names ポピュラス, ポピュラス外伝, Populous Gaiden
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States (1989)
Brazil (1991)
Genre Strategy
Theme Managerial, RTS, Real-Time
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Bullfrog Productions, Ltd.
Perspectives Isometric, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
4.57 / 5 - 54 votes

Description of Populous

Populous (aka ポピュラス, ポピュラス外伝) is a video game published in 1989 on DOS by Electronic Arts, Inc.. It's a strategy game, set in a managerial, real-time and rts themes, and was also released on Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, Genesis, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000 and TurboGrafx-16.

Populous has the following addons available: Populous: The Promised Lands, Populous: The Final Frontier and Populous: World Editor, don't miss them!

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Comments and reviews

KC 2018-08-31 1 point DOS version

The game seems to work, but it asks for a password, I can not get past the password. I guess I will try POP.BAT as someone suggested. But I don't know why that would bypass a password. I am on a Mac using Boxer.

Kyle P 2017-07-16 1 point

Great! But the SNES version is bar none the best version! Still, Thank you very very much for uploading this! I loved this game growing up!

Sabbath 2016-12-01 1 point

Thank you for this game !!!

Noah McDaniel 2016-08-10 0 point

I'd like to try this game

zxthehedgehog 2016-06-14 1 point DOS version

For those who cannot get the program running:
Open the POP.BAT file, not POPULOUS.EXE.

FoNUS 2016-04-10 1 point Amiga version

Try the Amiga version with a decent emulator.
Works for Me.

Giant Squidy 2016-01-31 0 point DOS version

As another poster has mentioned, I can only run the keyboard editor, but not the POPULOUS.EXE file with DOSBox. Also, this game is currently on GOG, is this correlated?

Planet 2016-01-23 0 point DOS version

edit pop.bat to say populous vga adlib sound : it sounds better :D

ShunFu Jin 2015-03-31 -1 point DOS version

I couldn't get it to work in DOSbox... They keyboard setup program works, but not the populous.exe ...

bill 2015-02-25 0 point DOS version

dosent work on windows 7 64x bit

Hoodrich 2014-09-02 0 point DOS version

I bought this game on origin and I couldn't even activate. Now I had it for free and it works.

Apollo 2014-04-04 0 point DOS version

Bummer deal all around. Shame on everyone.

Angie Diego 2013-09-03 0 point DOS version

Incompatible with newer windows, too. Fail.

Angie Diego 2013-09-03 0 point DOS version

The download is not free, so why is it there? This site is supposed to be about freeware

Mary 2013-06-06 2 points DOS version

Can someone please put the manual. I can't get through the verification check.

Frank 2012-12-27 0 point DOS version

still trying to download it :S

armchair rambo 2012-08-18 0 point DOS version

this game has always rocked...

Thomas R. McKee 2011-09-14 1 point DOS version


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Other Releases

Populous was also released on the following systems:

Acorn 32-bit


Atari ST


SEGA Master System

Sharp X68000


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