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LinuxWorld: New life and new Civilization [Game Review]

Aug 21, 2000, 23:26 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"For all Linux gamers with a few hundred spare hours on their hands, Loki's port of Alpha Centauri has arrived just in time. And, as a bonus, Loki has fixed some bugs still present in the game's Windows version."

"Life on a brand new planet isn't what you expected it to be. Humanity may have avoided Earth's destruction, but when the Starship Unity arrives in the Alpha Centauri system after millennia of human civilization on Earth, we bring our politics along so we can squabble over land, resources, and ideologies on a new planet (simply called Planet). This is the setting of the classic game Civilization's official sequel, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (SMAC), brought to the Linux community by powerhouse Loki Software."

"Sid Meier brings the familiar elements of Civilization (published for Windows by Firaxis Games) to a new level in the sequel. The familiar turn-by-turn strategy game in which you transform a simple civilization of farmers into one of spacefaring adventurers is still present. However, there are totally new scientific advances, technologies, and secret projects that fit nicely into the new story line."

"Loki's port of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack includes both the original Alpha Centauri game and the special Alien Crossfire scenario addition. Unlike many other games' scenario option packs, which focus very little on plot and simply change unit types or add new factions, Alien Crossfire actually has a believable plot, as well as new technologies and goals. It does feel like you're getting two games in one package."

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