Populous, the origin of

We couldn’t sell it to anyone” — Bullfrog’s famous 1989 game, Populous was a huge hit, but it was a serendipitous one. A tiny business making a game without a clear target idea, Bullfrog hit on success with a combination of luck and plain-old hard work.

Our royalty cheques were due to be paid one quarter in arrears, and we didn’t expect to get any … The next cheque was for a quarter of a million. I thought it was a mistake at the time. I actually called EA to tell them.

Edge Online has the fascinating tale of how this hit game came about.

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  1. OMG…..I so remember that on my Tandy 1000 in EGA….

    I think I played on 3.5 floppies as well.

    Oh the days.

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