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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Mac)

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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Design your own war machine
  • Terraform an alien landscape
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Infinitely replayable
  • Benchmark automation
  • Unprecedented multiplayer

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Mac
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B00003OPDT
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 21 x 4.4 cm ; 608 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,077 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Manufacturer's Description

From legendary game maker Sid Meier comes Alpha Centauri, the next generation of addictive strategy games. Start with a science-fiction genre and add a perfect balance of exploration, discovery, building and conquest, and you've got a winner. The future of mankind rests in your hands.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece is looking a little dated 4 Nov 2004
Many of us strategy gamers cut our teeth on Civilisation and Civilisation II. Each end with the winning faction reaching Alpha Centuari with a colony on a starship.
In Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, you play out the space colonisation mission. Unfortunately, Earth seems to have succumbed to warfare and enivronmental collapse by the time you arrive, and with the murder of the starship's captain, the colonists split into seven factions, and land at seperate sites. From then on, it's a tooth-and-claw struggle against rival factions, and planet's exotic wildlife. Many of the technologies you took for granted towards the end of Civilisation have to be rediscovered, such as flight and spaceflight.
Overall, the game is quite similar to Civ II. Fans were consulted at great length during the creation of Alpha Centauri, and playtesting did originally begin with a modified Civ II engine. This broad base of enthusiasts, and the lengthy development phase led to a lot of suggestions, and careful 'tuning' of the rival factions. Many of the things you would have liked to do in Civ II are now possible. Want to build a land bridge that gives you access to an off-shore island? No problem. Want to build a floating city? Simple. Want to drill down to a natural spring and create a new river? Go for it.
Some players prefer real-time strategy games, and will hate the careful choices and lengthy projects of Alpha Centauri. The Command and Conquer series would be better for such people. For the rest of us, Alpha Centauri was an excellent game... in its day.
Nowadays the graphics are looking dated, and the internet community against whom you could have enjoyed competitive games are long gone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and engaging 18 Oct 2001
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A superb game of strategy. Compete with a number of factions for dominance of a world populated with little other than mind worms and fungus. The game requires working out effective combinations of various technologies and social constructs ( such as democracy ), in much the same way you might construct a series of moves in a chess game, except here you have the chance of building partnerships, and alliances whilst facing your enemies. Very enjoyable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing Game 3 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I have a full-time job and family so I enjoy the flexibility of a turn-based strategy game: spending a whole weekend playing with the kids, or taking a few turns during lunch breaks. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is one of the best examples of this kind of game. Playing from the viewpoint of 7 different political factions, each with their own ideas about colonizing the planet, and with different built-in advantages, means you have a different game each time. The narrative breaks get you into the plot from the word go. The interface is superb - intuitive, with an easy tutorial that means you almost never have to dip into the manual!
If you prefer a more thoughtful style of game to the shoot-em-up type, do give this a go. And once you've played it to death, you can try the Alien Crossfire upgrade which lets you also play one of two warring alien factions, or 5 new human ones, perming any combination out of 14 altogether.
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