Alpha Centauri (a.k.a. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri)
Alpha Centauri (a.k.a. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri) downloads
Set in the 22nd century, the game begins as seven competing ideological factions land on the planet Chiron in the Alpha Centauri star system.
Many game features from Civilization II are present, but renamed or slightly tweaked: players establish bases (Civilization II's cities), build facilities (buildings) and secret projects (Wonders of the World), explore territory, research technology, and conquer other factions (civilizations).
After the release of the expansion, multimedia producer Michael Ely wrote a trilogy of novels based on the game. Illustrator Rafael Kayanan also wrote a graphic novel entitled Alpha Centauri: Power of the Mindworms.
players: single player, multiplayer (same or split screen)
input: keyboard, mouse
distribution: cd-rom, download
Abandonware DOS popularity: average