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Thunder God 5 Points

Gain the Thunder God achievement!

Over Population 10 Points

Have 100 followers on the map.

Epic City 25 Points

Build 40 Large Temples in one level.

Author Comments

A god-game in the old-school style of the Bullfrog classic, "Populous".

Be an Aztec God.. create flat land so your followers can build temples. Accumulate mana from their worship then use your powers to smite the unbelievers! Gain extra mana by sacrificing your followers, but be careful not to wipe out your own civilisation!
Beware though; The computer controls a rival God and will do everything in its power to destroy your followers...

I've done my best to include all the game-play features that made the original Populous so addictive. The major differences are in some of the spells, and you can't directly control the 'Magnet'. You can however sacrifice your own population (when you have temples) to gain mana quickly ready to cast plagues, floods or armageddon!

version 1.14n
+ start at level 1! (use 'continue' to do this manually until this patch comes live)

version 1.13n
+ fix preloader
+ increase time for 'fast contact' achievement to 75 seconds

NewGrounds site-lock version 1.12n:
+ badges
+ NewGrounds branding
+ hard levels available

Music is by Kevin MacLeod, the tracks are "Monkoto", "Shamanistic" and "Collossus".
3D art by Lord_Garland
Interface art by PIXELCHUNK

Many thanks to the brilliant team at Bullfrog who made Populous, still one of the most memorable games from that era.


Very addicting

Its very innovative game. cant say i played a game like this before. Granted I only finished the easy level pack, but unless you play for achievements, it gets repetitive, but still challenging. What I think is lacking in the game is that I cant tell which levels I have already accomplished the achievements. So for After you pass a level, you can make the ring silver and then if you pass the achievement for that level, you can make it gold. Otherwise its annoying to click in and find out. Also I cant get the achievement after 20k health follower or for the life of me, cant figure out what swamp does. It just looks like scorch without the shrinking buildings

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FightClub69 responds:

That's a good idea for the achievements, if I release more updates I will try to include that - thanks! The game is more fun when you are challenged - if you play the medium levels you might enjoy it more.
The 20k health follower MUST be a 'follower' - that means that leaders and heroes are not counted! Swamp makes a square into swamp-land, *anyone* who walks on that square sinks and dies instantly!


i think a cool game but its too repetitive and is hard to learn....
sorry 8]10 and 4]5
but continue doing great games ok!

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Great Game

I really liked this game but am stuck on level seven normal. How do you get the achievement? I have tried everything I can think of to beat the enemy in under 5 minuets but can't even come close. If you know how please let me know NoSpamPleaseLOL@yahoo.com

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Luck based strategy

I played easy mode just to get a feel of the game but was still met with ridiculous amount of difficulty. one problem being as soon as the lvl starts your people run and find random non-close locations to camp at making you spread the limited mana you begin with. Unless the enemy was unlucky enough to start on an island I noticed while spying one enemy would start all the way south, go all the way north and then start camping while your units will camp in any available space. The spells add a nice touch but prove pratically useless except for thunder staff which was overpowered for being the cheapest spell.
The thunder staff could decimate a temple and half the time the person who made it! Whether they died from the ligthning or from drowning.
Disease only works if you cast armageddon because it doesn't work on houses only people and since it spreads you only really need to use it once.
Swamp will instantly kill any person making it just like plaque only worse because if you wait till you cast armageddon you will kill your troops as well including heroes!
Scorch was 50/50. It makes all enemy houses go back to lvl 1 meaning less mana and population. This helps if you are a war tribe but then you have to spend extra mana to restore the land so you can build on it.
Create hero= absolutely worthless without armageddon. The hero will throw painfully slow spears often destroying building in one shot. Although it sounds nice once the building is gone all the enemy has to do is run his little 50 to 100 hp butt right back where the building was and boom another instant temple which often lead to an unending building and destroying sequence. Not only that even if your hero has craploads of hp (mine had 55k!) If they hit your hero with thunder staff or destroyed the ground under it boom dead in mere seconds.
Lastly armageddon. Armageddon destroys all houses and lets your people go wild on each other. Casting this spell makes the usefulness of every spell go up by more than 500%! It also acts as an easy victory if say you own 60% of the board and you want to end the lvl without waiting 30 minutes for your people to do it by themselves.

Things that could be added
Different color tribes
Multiplayer is a must!
buyable weapons and building materials
a tutorial showing each spells used to it's fullest potential
an ending. once I beat lvl 16 on easy despite their being 20 lvls it sent me straight to normal.

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FightClub69 responds:

Thanks for the extremely detailed review Azinye!
A couple of clarifications and corrections:
- it is a good thing when your population spreads out, it creates more points from which further expansion is possible. You don't lose mana from this, you only gain mana from buildings.
- in the tactics guide (link at the bottom of every help page, or from the menu under 'options') there is a detailed description of each spell and tips on how to use it best.
- anyone with plague will lose hitpoints quite rapidly, this means that the enemy has to settle his followers quickly or they die while marching. Buildings made by plagues followers create more plague victims for 2 minutes - it can really slow an opponent down but it won't win the game alone.
- I disagree about heroes...they're devastating if you get them into the enemy town centre where his temples are. Small huts are the best defense against them and the AI knows this too :)
- thunderstaff has a maximum damage of about 2K on any single victim so it won't really hurt your 55k hero although all those explosions are worrying for sure.
- drowning accelerates over time, so you have about 3 to 5 seconds to react to the drowning icon and save your guy with nearly full hitpoints, after that he'll go down faster & faster

Your suggestions are all interesting and I'll consider them all for the sequel. I think multiplayer would be the hardest but also the most fun :)

bit of a glitch

i've just strated this game, but it says i'm at level 9?

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FightClub69 responds:

OMG I left a testing flag turned on when I was checking the changes to the 'fast contact' achievement! If you select 'continue' you can start at level one and I'll get a fixed version up as quickly as I can! Thanks for pointing that out.

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Credits & Info

3.96 / 5.00

Nov 4, 2010
5:45 AM EDT
Strategy - Other