Strategy Guide PC

POPULOUS FAQ version 1.0 - May 1996
Created by Darth GGW

This is a short file that will answer some of the biggest questions in
Populous.

THE COMPUTER HAS MADE A KNIGHT.  WHAT DO I DO?

Knights are very easy to get rid of.  Go to the options screen and make
the water fatal.  It's harmful right now.  Change it to fatal.  Watch
the map and you'll see a tiny dark red dot coming closer and closer. Make
sure your land isn't too high.  When you see him coming scroll across the
map until you see a castle or town next to the water.  When he comes the
computer will be making land as he goes.  Make sure you are able to lower
land and raise land.  You have to be close to towns in order to lower or
raise land. When he's coming across the water lower the land he walks on.
The computer will be making land for him to walk on.  Lower it until he
drowns in the water.  If he's coming to your land over land, lower the
terrain as fast as you can so he'll drown in the water.  You have to do
this when he is very close to your towns.  Otherwise you won't be able to
lower or raise land.

Of course your other alternative is to make a knight yourself.  The only
reason I myself don't always drown the computer's knight is because it
takes the challenge away.  The computer doesn't drown your knight.  I
only use it when I just want to build land and expand.


MY MAGIC METER WON'T GO UP.  WHAT DO I DO?

In order to get magic you have to have towns and castles.  You have to
flaten your land and make plenty of room.  When you first start out build
a little at a time.  Don't rush it or your magic will go down.  To make
more buildings destroy the building your leader is in every once in a while
and he will make more buildings.  Sometimes he will make a building and
then he'll make another.   This is how you expand...this is how you gain
magic. In the bottom left hand box you need to have the arrow pointing to
the flag for your people to build.   Castles give you more magic than
towns do.  To raise and lower land you use up magic so be careful.


SNAILS HAVE TRAVELED ACROSS MY LAND AND DESTROYED EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATHS.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

There is nothing you can do to stop them.  The only reall damage they do
is on your people, buildings, and terrain.   You will notice that the
ground changes after they slide over it.  Lower the ground where you see
the different terrain and then raise it again.  The snails leave swamps
and your people will drown in them.  You have get rid of them doing
exactly what I just said.


MY LEADER IS GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE ENEMY AND I WANT TO KEEP HIM ALIVE.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If your leader is getting too close to the enemy you should be pretty far
along in the game.  In the bottom left hand box you will see a cross and a
cross alone.  Nothing else but a cross.  Select the cross and place it back
where your people are and then select the arrow pointing to the cross.  He
will go back to the cross.  If your cross is already in your territory then
select the arrow pointing to the cross.


HOW DO I MAKE A KNIGHT?

Look at your magic meter in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
The helmet and sword represent the knight.  When the arrow makes it to the
helmet and sword you have enough magic to make a knight.  When you have
enough magic or you are close to having enough magic select the arrow
pointing to the cross in the bottom left hand box.  Your leader will
travel to the cross and so will some of your people.  They will combine
with your leader to make him stronger.  You need to let them do this for
a while until your leader is strong.  Then select the helmet and sword
option in the bottom right hand box.  Your leader will turn into a
knight.


THE COMPUTER KEEPS USING MAGIC ON ME.  WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If the computer uses earthquake raise the land where it was used.  If
they use volcano lower the land where it was used.  Be patient and soon
your magic will rise.  Volcanos are the best to use on the computer.
They build around the volcano and in tiny areas on the volcano.  This is
good because they'll have less magic.


HOW DO I GET RID OF TREES, ROCKS, AND BURNED BUILDINGS?

Lower the land beneath them until they sink into the water.


That's all for this version. If I can think of anything else, I'll
add to it! ;)

-DARTH GGW-
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