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Sid Meier has always been known for his Civilization video game series and the games developed by him always offer in depth strategic techniques that players can use against their enemies. Alpha Centauri is such game which allows players to colonize the unknown i.e the entire universe. Players have to explore planets and then capture them. Like the Civilization series, there are different factions controlling different planets. You can negotiate with them and finalize trade agreements or you can give them some gifts which will naturally increase the relationship. Players can also form alliances and treaties. Diplomacy also allows you to exchange valuable technology with each other.
I found the design and graphics of the game similar to Civilization II. But it is very clear that the developers have given complete attention to every aspect of the game. The storyline is also good and well thought. One of the disadvantages of the game is the lack of customization options. For example you cannot make a planet completely covered with water or desert. But this can be ignored. The game is too good and offers good playtime.