Posts Tagged ‘Populous’

Elemental, My Deus: Reprisal Desktop

By Adam Smith on June 29th, 2012.

There are loads of games that I’ve continued to revisit over the years. I used to keep old PCs around the place, like time machines, always ready to conjure up a command line prompt, and autoexec.bat and config.sys files in need of tinkering. I never play Populous anymore though, neither it nor its first sequel, so indie homage Reprisal is the closest I’ve been to those deilightful days of my youth for many years. It’s great. The worst thing about it was its insistence on living in a browser and not allowing a right click to lower land. Sounds like a small thing but, damn, it’s annoying. Well, a desktop version fixes that, although only the demo of this new version is free.

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Flattened Earth Society: Reprisal

By Adam Smith on September 7th, 2011.

Richard Dawkins wants you to boycott this game
I’m going to talk about an indie game called Reprisal, but first some theology. In the recent past, From Dust came out and it wasn’t Populous. It wasn’t even Populous with iffy controls, it steadfastly refused to be Populous at all despite being based around Godlike powers and terrain manipulation. Before that, Black and White came out and flirted with the idea of being Populous but then decided it would just be a bit like Populous with a lot more lobbing of poo and caressing of cows. Cardinal sins. Earlier still, Magic Carpet came into being and was actually incredibly similar to Populous, despite the fact the player controlled a wizard riding some flying fabric rather than an actual god of any sort. Heretical. Odd that despite its massive influence, much of Populous’ core remains its own. Now, electrolyte* have delivered unto us a mini-Populous for the browser. It’s in a pre-beta state but it’s playable for two short levels and, by God, it’s all rather lovely and nostalgic.

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20 Seconds to Comply

By Kieron Gillen on August 9th, 2007.

One of my quiet gaming obsessions is the concept of missing links. We all know the mainstream history of gaming (You know – the first RTS being Dune 2). Many of us will know the critical consensus-history of gaming (You know – the first RTS being the Megadrive’s Herzog Zwei). What interests me is the stuff both of those history leaves out – you know, what they’re forgetting about in order to make a simplified neater history. In that case, I dare say you can trace the RTS further back than Herzog Zwei if you like. At the least, you need to bring – say – Populous into the consideration. Sure, it doesn’t play in a way akin to how the genre gentrified… but neither, really, does Herzog Zwei.

Not in a trainspottery High-Fidelity-records-collector way. Well… at least not MOSTLY like that. But in a interest in how gloriously tangled the rainforest floor of gaming is.

Anyway – enough set up. On with 1991′s proto-First-person shooter Robocop 3′s awesome ED-209s!

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