Game Informer: "Populous is one of the most revered classics in all of gaming, and this DS remake retains the flavor of the original to a fault. Dropping divine wrath on the heads of your enemies' hapless worshippers and molding the land to better suit your desires – the only interactions you have with the game world – are still great hooks. Additions like the new miracle sets are also nice. Unfortunately, flaws that were non-issues in 1989 are less forgivable now. The erratic, jerky behavior of your worshippers, ultra-simple gameplay mechanics, and complete lack of story or context will be significant barriers for anyone, nostalgia or no."