Populous

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Populous
Populous cover
Developers
Bullfrog Productions
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS June 5, 1989
Mac OS (Classic) 1993
Windows (DOSBox) September 1, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012
Populous on Wikipedia
Populous
Populous 1989
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1991
Populous: The Beginning 1998

Key points

The manual is required to pass the in-game DRM. A digital version is available on the disk (Retail only)

General information

Populous Wiki - a small wiki for the Populous series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Prompts for answers from the manual.[2]
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes the Promised Lands expansion. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
The in-game DRM has been modified to accept any input.[2]
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\Game\Game\DATA[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\Game\Game\*.GAM[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
2
Online play
2

Issues fixed[edit]

Jaggy mouse input[edit]

The Origin version uses DOSBox. A bug in this version causes the mouse to feel jaggy or less smooth.
Edit dosbox.conf[citation needed]
  1. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Populous\Game\Game\DOSBox
  2. Open dosbox.conf in a text editor
  3. Change autolock=false to autolock=true
  4. Save the file, this should fix the issue

Notes

If autolock was already set to true when you first edited the file, you may want to try changing it to autolock=false instead.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.3
Processor (CPU) IBM PC compatible
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA video card
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References