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Alpha Centauri - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00004XRBD
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,123 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Table of Contents, major sections: "Getting Started; Welcome to Alpha Centauri; Planet; Colonizing the Planet; Controlling Society; Appendix 1. Notes and Tips ... Appendix 5. A New Sun; Credits."

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 7, 2000
I write this review well over a year after the game came out simply because I have to reiterate to those that may not have the game how great it actually is. I say this, because even after a year, I am still playing Alpha Centauri. There are not very many games that interest me 3 months after I beat them, much less a year. It is so satisfying on so many different levels that whenever I need a break from another game, I'll spend a couple days exploring Alpha Centauri again. There are several different ways to win. You can conquer the planet through military might, be elected Supreme Leader by the Planetary Council, Corner the Energy (the games currency) market, or the Ascent to Transendence, which is basically the most technologically advanced faction. Such parameters allow for varied styles. Want to beat your neighbor senseless? OK. Are you sneaky and want to forment revolts? You can do that to. Or you can buy off votes in the planetary council with cash or technologies. But it is many of the small things that make this game shine. Alliances actually work - your friends will help you when you need it, cut you off if you stab them in the back, and grow suspicious if you become to powerful. You can give away cities to reward a faithful vassal or pacify an enemy. If you commit atrocities against an enemy they will fight you to the last man. However, if you are a noble enemy, they will submit to your will and become your vassals. Such small details are glorious in the otherwise "kill 'em all" world of computer gaming. My few complaint with the games are niggling. On the higher difficulty levels it seems you are battling with a hostile planet rather than smarter enemies - which seems a copout for what is otherwise a robust AI. Also, the end game can really drag. Read more ›
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game at this price November 30, 2000
By A Customer
It took me a long, long time to really get into this game, but once I did, I really came to appreciate its complexity and playability. Like Civilization and other turn-based games, you develop a civilization from a single initial city with little military power, wealth, or technology into a large, planet-spanning, technologically advanced society. You compete with other growing civilizations (called "factions" in this game) for resources, land, and influence, and you can further your goals by military power, stealth, diplomacy, or a combination of these. Terraforming a hostile planet is also a very important part of the game.
Each game can play out very differently depending on the military and diplomatic choices that you make. You can also adjust many aspects of your society, such as your political and economic structures, values, and ideals, all of which have concrete effects on the game (making it easier or harder to learn new technologies, for example, or to produce highly trained military units). Also, one thing that is nice is that you have a lot of control over many automated features. If you want to manage every aspect of your city production or terraformer behavior, you can; or you can turn it all over to automated governors and forget about it.
Anyone who is familiar with turn-based strategy games will probably want to pick this up at this price. It does lack the historical connection that can make Civ 2 so addictive but is still a complex and interesting game (and it takes some time to figure out how everything works). Also, there are several different ways to win, so it's not necessary to go through the tedious process of capturing every single enemy city to win the game. If you have not played turn based games before, though, I'd recommend starting with CIV 2 and picking up the "scenarios" expansion pack.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civilization in Space August 19, 2000
Alpha Centauri is a turn based strategy game. You are the leader of one of seven rival factions who setteled on Chiron, a planet in the Alpha Centauri system. In the game, You build cities and manage them, build armies and attack, and conduct research.
Every fan of Civilization will find himself right at home in Alpha Centauri, even though the two games happen on different planets in different times. Major improvements from civilization are superior graphics, the ability to costumize your own army units, and 4 different ways to win: The traditional military conquest, Cornering the Economy, Becoming a superior leader of all the factions, or the new and most challenging way: Making contact with the planet itself, which is a living and highly advanced organism. The game also contains a great plotline, revolving around the player's relationship with "Planet".
A five star game.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even More Addicting than Civilization II March 24, 2001
If you've ever read the Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy, much of this game will seem vaguely familiar--it borrows heavily from the concepts of terraforming Kim Stanley Robinson used.
The first expedition to another starsystem has malfunctioned. Seven different factions touch down on the surface of the Alpha Centauri system's primary planet. You lead one of them. Equipped with only a colony pod and a few basic technologies, you build bases and terraform the planet.
Although the strategic concepts are similar to Civilization II, several enhancements make this a much more interesting game. The planet itself can be your ally or your enemy. Each faction has a distinct personality & set of advantages. By playing a different faction, you can shift the strategic demands of game play. You can also queue production at each base. This means you don't have to perpetually return to bases to set production. You can automate formers to improve a base or build roads/mag tubes.
This is a turn-based game. If you have to walk away to take a phone call, play will stop until you return. The Alien Crossfire upgrade to the game adds a number of new technologies, new factions, and yet more strategies for play.
If you like the strategic illusion of building and running an empire, you'll have fun with this game. Whether you'd like to develop peaceably or conquer your opponents, this is the game for you. With so many possible combinations of play, the number of approaches to the game are virtually limitless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Civilization
OK, that may sound like heresy to Sid Meyer's lovers, but I plan both games and I actually like this one better. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Akers
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Made my husband a happy camper when I found this game. He loves it! He told me about a game he loved many years ago so ofcourse I did a search on Amazon and found it.
Published 12 months ago by Stephanie Gleason
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic game; but not for those on a schedule.
The only thing wrong with this game is the fact that it is too addicting. You almost always find yourself deciding "I just need a couple more turns to finish up one more... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mike Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a timeless Staple
I've been playing this game for years and it never gets old. You can replay it so many times that it never gets boring. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Civ in Space (follow the ship you launched in Civ 1)
Great game, if you like Civilization. It basically picks up with the colony ship you launched in Civilization, as it arrives at Alpha Centauri. Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by Rajeev Chopra
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece...
I must admit, that when I first played Alpha Centauri I did'nt think too much of it. I got it of a friend, so I had to learn all of the controls without an instruction book. Read more
Published on December 26, 2003 by 1928
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
This game is great, original even, thought inspiring. Whoever made thios had a lot of time on teir hands. However, It's not realistic enough to be real.
Published on June 27, 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad!
This game looked really good for the price, but IT DIDNT WORK! I changed my PC but still having problems with TERRAN or whatever that is. Maybe I'll try it again
Published on May 5, 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
This game is complex its not even fun to find out all the options. What is anoying is that when u in middle of the game u have so many units and u have to give a command to every... Read more
Published on April 24, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay Game
I got this game in the December of 2000. I think it's okay. One of the things i like are the communications. Read more
Published on April 20, 2001
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