POPULOUS THE BEGINNING
I was producer on Populous The Beginning (originally called Populous 3 or Populous: The Third Coming) and it was my first title at Bullfrog.
(US version had a 3D (boss?) effect to give packaging depth)
Populous: New Worlds – fansite with 3rd party levels
Blue Shaman’s Command Post – fansite
Moby Games – Populous: The Beginning
Moby Games – Undiscovered Worlds
Previews (web & magazine)
Focus Mag Jan-99 "The key to its success is in the collection and effective use of powerful magical forces, from fire blast and lightening bolt weapons through to volcano and tornado spells, its also the factor that will keep you coming back for more."
Interviews and Making Ofs
PC Format 87: Making Of
French interview with me
Reviews (web & magazine)
PC Zone 70 92% "Pop happens to have the best interface, the best engine and most finely-balanced gameplay, and the most original and distinctive underlying concept."
The Times 9/10 "The battles may be fierce, but Pop is a strangley relaxing
and ultimately, compelling experience. Pop is an addictive game, buy it at
your own risk."
The Times 9/10 "The battles may be fierce, but Pop is a strangley relaxing and ultimately, compelling experience. Pop is an addictive game, buy it at your own risk."
The Sunday Times Nov 11 98
PC Format 93% "Now there is Pop TB, and it is, quite frankly, stunning. At last, a god game that could truly rule the world."
PC Gamer 64
Happy Puppy 9/10
Newsweek USA "Best of all the slick 3D graphics let you view the carnage at group level of pull back to outer space for a gods-eye view. Hallelujah!"
Ultimate PC (UK) 88% "How do you follow one of the great all-time hall of famers? BF's third Pop game is a dazzling marriage of uniquie graphics and perfect strategic gameplay which only goes to further their reputation as one of the few truly and consistently innovative development houses in the games industry today."
“The Story of Bullfrog’s Populous the Beginning” infomercial aired on Sunday 15th November (before Hollyoaks), followed by a competition feature the following weekend on the 22nd.
Shamen model: I think EA Poland hired this model to represent the shamen in their territory!
Edge 56 Gallery
Edge Key Games of 1997
PC Format 89 coverdisk
PC Format 95 Reader Awards – Best Strategy Game
Alternate (unreleased) Packaging
I have a VHS copy of Populous footage – but need to transfer it to MPG
Ultimate PC Strategies Dec-98 10 page strategy guide. PC Zone published a 9page strategy guide across it's Jan and Feb 99 issues. The Jan 99 issue of Computer Tips & Tricks printed a 4 page game guide.
Shaman appeared in a calendar in
the Dec-98 issue of The Video Game Magazine.
Shaman appeared in a calendar in the Dec-98 issue of The Video Game Magazine.
'97 Edge had a 16 page supplement covering Bullfrog and concentrating on "Populous
The Third Coming"
June '97 Edge had a 16 page supplement covering Bullfrog and concentrating on "Populous The Third Coming"
Nominated for “Best Programming” by Develop Magazine
Nominated by CGW for “Strategy game of the year”
Awarded the 1999 Milia D’Or for strategy game of the year
Awarded “Realtime Strategy Game of the Year” by ElectricGames in their “1998 Games of the Year”
Awarded a “flamie” award of “Game of the Year” by Hotgames
Awarded PC Fan’s 1998 Editors Choice Award for “Best Simulation Title”
Awarded 2nd place in the category “Game of Year awards for Strategy” category by MPOG
Awarded 5th best game of 1998 by Ultimate PC - UK "The playability and game design is top-notch but probably the most impressive thing is the control interface. A more than worthy addition to a legendary dynasty."
If you know of any links or stuff on the web that I’ve missed then please drop me an e-mail!
updated: 3 October 2004
Last updated: 3 October 2004
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