It's an odd quirk that many of the games that went on to be major sources of inspiration have had relatively short names. That means we've had Doom Clones, and Roguelikes, and DotA-likes, and other, snappy touchstones. Pandora: First Contact is perhaps best described as a Sid Meier's Alpha Centauralike, which is longer, but effectively conveys the game's aim to be seen as a "spiritual successor" of sci-fi 4X strategy Alpha Centauri.
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A clutch of Alpha Centauri trademarks have been gobbled up by EA, report Eurogamer. The trademark applications were spotted by NeoGaf, and cover an online service and computer game software. EA originally published Firaxis' cosmic take on the Civilization formula way back in 1999.
Alpha Centauri appears regularly in our annual selection of the top 100 PC games of all time, because it's great. Could EA be planning a long-awaited sequel?