Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

a.k.a. SMAC

published by Loki in 2001-04-27, developed by Firaxis Games, running on Linux
type: strategy, turn-based
genre: Science Fiction, 4X
setting: Future
perspective: bird's-eye
player options: single player
languages: eng

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Official description

Leif Ericsson. Prince Henry the Navigator. Christopher Columbus. Captain James Cook. Roald Amundsen. Amelia Earhardt. Neil Armstrong. You?

Throughout the ages of humanity, the urge to explore new horizons has called upon our deepest instincts. Yet Earth now lies open, its every corner inhabited, every depth known like the lines of your hand. But time and technology have given you the chance the reach out for new, completely unexplored, uninhabited worlds to conquer, far from the bosom of old Mother Earth. It is time for humanity to leave its cradle...

Now Sid Meier's latest simulation and strategy adventure from Firaxis, Alpha Centauri, is coming to Linux, complete with the Planetary Pack expansion thanks to the efforts of Loki. This new adventure is sure to ensnare you in its web of intrigue and adventure. Set out for new, distant shores with strange suns never before beheld by the human race -- and perhaps undo the wrongs done on humanity's first planet by building your own Utopia, your own New World.

And best of all, it's here for Linux -- the excitement of distant centuries with the power of today's greatest operating system.
# 2012-05-20 23:42:13 - official description - source


A commercial game.
For any Linux with 2.2.x Kernel and glibc-2.1. Also needs XFree86 3.3.5+, a video card with 16-bit color and an OSS compatible sound card. Alien Crossfire expansion pack included. Planetary Pack expansion sold separately.
# 2002-03-09 01:53:50

Technical specs

display: voxels

Editor note

Alpha Centauri: Planetary Pack is a combined re-release with both the original SMAC and SMACX included.
# 2008-06-08 11:33:16

Authors / Staff


Brian Reynolds (project lead)


Bing Gordon
Douglas Kaufman
Sid Meier
Timothy Train

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