Populous deserves its place in the history books. The Bullfrog god sim was revolutionary back in 1989, a genre-changing masterpiece that altered the landscape for strategy gaming in more ways than one. But it's probably better left as a memory. This remake for the Nintendo DS is an exercise in nostalgia that will be enjoyed only by old-timers who experienced the original in all its late-'80s glory. While you have to give the developers credit for sticking tight to the 20-year-old design in an era of glitz and glam, you also have to wonder how anyone could have thought that such an ancient game could fly in 2008.
* Different level themes liven up gameplay
* Sharp, intuitive stylus controls.
* Simplistic, repetitive gameplay.