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ZOOM Populous:
The Beginning
Sold Out (Win95/98) (Retail) (POPULOUSPR)

Bullfrog Productions Ltd

Game

Ratings:

out of 4 from Game Power

Feel the Devine Power!

Experience the only action-strategy game that puts the awesome powers of nature in your hands. Enforce your omnipotent influence over fantastic 3-D worlds. Wield your divine power to convert wild men to your cause or cast them down in a hail of fire and brimstone. Behold the breathtaking landscapes from your seat in the heavens or zoom in close for spectacular views of the cataclysm. Build your forces, annihilate the non-believers, and become ruler of the almighty universe in Populous: The Beginning, a strategy game experience of biblical proportions.

Conquer 25 unique, fascinating worlds as you perfect your almighty strategies.

Build thriving mystical cities before setting out to destroy those who oppose you.

Unleash 26 devastating spells on foolish non-believers, including volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes.

The Geomorphic graphics engine provides a clear global view from your seat in the heavens and a morphing, dynamic battlefield.

Experience the ultimate struggle for power with multiplayer clashes over the free Populous.net Internet matchmaker service, modem, or LAN.

Introduction

It's time to become a god. In Populous: The Beginning, you play the Shaman, the spiritual leader of a primitive tribe. Your destiny is to become a deity, a god for all eternity over every living thing. You must battle and conquer each world. crushing the enemies who resist your awesome power. Using your knowledge of magic and power, you must build mighty armies and unleash awesome spells to destroy all who dare stand in your way. For only by achieving domination over every planet will you gain omnipotence.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98: Pentium 133 MHz or higher (P200 recommended), 16MB of RAM (32MB recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (8x recommended), 100MB free hard drive space (110MB recommended), mouse, keyboard.

Supported Direct3D: Voodoo 1, Voodoo 2, Voodoo Rush, Permedia 2, Rage Pro, i740, G200, PowerVR PCX2, Riva 128/Riva 128ZX, Riva TNT, Verite 2100/2200, SiS6326, Savage 3D.

Multiplayer: IPX compliant network, TCP/IP Internet (2-4 players - 1 CD per player). Modem (2 players - 1 CD per player), Windows 95 supported 28.8 Kbps modem.

Reviews:

Game Power by Marc Dultz

"One of the most remarkable changes in the series comes in the form of the game worlds. Gone are the tired, top-down isometric maps, replaced by an all-new spherical world in which the player can spin the globe in any direction of his choosing. While the new navigational system takes some getting used to, the spherical game worlds are nevertheless utterly spectacular to behold, providing some of the most dramatic backdrops ever seen in a real-time strategy game. What's more, players are still able to reshape the 3-D landscape any way they see fit, adding land bridges to connect isolated territories or summoning monstrous natural disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Lots of new spells have been added too, from lightning bolts to insect swarms, giving the player plenty of options."

"Simply put, Populous: The Beginning is one of the finest real-time strategy games to come along in an awfully long time, taking a proven yet original concept and adapting it to take advantage of the current state of computer technology."



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