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  • genre strategy / turn-based / sci-fi
  • download size 503 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 3441 user ratings.
  • release date January 31, 1999
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Firaxis Games / Electronic Arts
  • game modes single-player, multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 manual
  • reference card
  • 7 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire expansion.
  • Great spin-off of the legendary Civilization series, in a refreshing Sci-Fi setting
  • Design your own units. Balance their speed, power, and toughness to suit your current tactical needs
  • Seven factions to chose from, each with its own artificial intelligence model that creates a very suggestive feeling that you are up against real people


Mankind begins its most monumental task – the colonization of space. A crew of internationally renowned scientists and security strategists, with wide-ranging convictions and diverse ethics, embarks on a mission that will change the world. One Planet. Seven unique factions. Which will you lead? Each faction has its own agenda, each leader a final goal. You must play to each strength and exploit each hidden weakness in your quest to rule the future.

ATI/AMD compatibility notice: Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri requires graphic card drivers version 13.4 or older.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Mild Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), monitor/display supporting 800x600 resolution, 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): Macbook (early 2009), Macbook Pro (mid 2007), IMac (early 2009), MacMini (early 2009), Mac Pro (early 2009), MacBook Air (late 2008). Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.


All user reviews:

User reviews:

4X Gaming, Perfected

Posted on 2011-06-09 12:56:08 byRistar87's avatarRistar87:

GOG has outdone themselves by bringing this gem to the catalog. I find SMAC to be one of the most addictive, compelling, and complete games I've ever played.
Those familiar with 4X turn-based strategy games will feel at home. You build colonies, units, research an exhaustive tech-tree, and kill things. But SMAC stands out for a lot of reasons:
-Interesting story that is wovenread more into the free-form gameplay. It is also advanced by voiceovers during each tech breakthrough and Secret Project (wonders), with superb voice acting. You'll really get a feel for the faction leaders and their philosophical differences.
-Great environment. Chiron (usually just called "Planet") has native flora and fauna that really make you feel like a crashed ship, desperately trying to survive. The idea of psy combat (rated by morale, not attack and defense) is a nice shake-up of typical turn-based combat.
-Fully customizable units. You want an aircraft carrier? Do it. Want a flying APC? Done. You can really mix things up to your heart's content, making games much more than a "tech to the next-level soldier" type of race.
The game just exudes quality and depth. Great universe, interesting story, memorable factions, and a good diplomacy system all make this a great, great old game.
And I haven't even gone into the great social policy system, victory conditions, or terraforming. But I think you get the idea: this is 4X strategy at its finest.

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Posted on 2011-06-09 11:56:56 byproxymoron's avatarproxymoron:

The Alien Crossfire has been added many months after this review was written. :)
Why no Alien Crossfire, GOG? As awesome as the first is, the expansion pack made it even more awesomerer.
Still: instapurchase. You should do the same, and rue the loss of your free time.

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A true classic

Posted on 2011-06-09 11:57:15 bycosmin_cojocaru's avatarcosmin_cojocaru:

Oh the memories. For a younger person tho, the game could be less addictive and less interesting with the old graphics style and strange soundtrack.
But they should look again. For, beyond the appearances, it is truly an extremely complex game, that, with nowadays' graphics would dwarf a lot of TBS titles.
Let it be bought! Thank you, GoG.

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