Pandora: First Contact

Platforms:  PC, Mac, Linux
Genre:  Strategic, 4X
Setting:  Sci-Fi
Rel Date:  13/11/2013
Langs:  English, Italiano, Deutsch, Dutch
   
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SPECS
Platform:  PC
Complexity:  Intermediate
Players:  1-6
Min Spec:  Minimum Requirements (PC):
Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk: 1 GB space free
Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB VRAM (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series / ATI Radeon 9500 series)
Display: 1024x720
Peripherals: Keyboard and mouse

Recommended Requirements (PC):
Operating System: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk: 2 GB space free
Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB VRAM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 series / ATI Radeon HD 4870 series)
Display: 1920x1080
Peripherals: Keyboard and mouse
Multiplayer:  Yes
NEWS
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PRODUCT INFO

Pandora is a multi-format game (PC, Mac & Linux) with a multi format master. You get all formats in one package and a serial number that works for all formats and no intrusive DRM so you can install on your Mac and your PC. If you buy the boxed edition it will come with all formats as well.

Developed by Proxy Studios (www.proxy-studios.com), Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale.

In the future, factions have risen up from opportunities and ideologies independent of governments. Private corporations and religious movements have started wars over greed, ideology and power. Many have died and many lands lay in ruin. Planet Earth has been exhausted and colonial attempts on other planetary bodies have been in vain.

Finally, after decades of exploration, an interstellar probe has brought promise of a new world many light-years away. The most powerful factions have gathered their best men and women to send on a long journey to Pandora. Far from desolate, the earth-like planet has been found to host a plethora of indigenous life forms. While the gigantic monstrosities inland and at the oceans seem relatively calm, human-sized bugs and fungus are threatening to stop mankind's expansion.

As the various factions strive to take control, each will research and develop numerous new technologies, discovering new weapons and industry, whilst opening trade agreements and forging alliances with other factions to gain a foothold.
As they spread, they will discover ancient ruins and artifacts from alien civilizations that will grant them advantages over their rivals.  

Pandora latest update also contains an whole new expansion

Ages ago an ancient civilization – the Messari – left Pandora to conquer other territories in the galaxy. Now this aggressive alien faction is back to recover its property and clean their planet from the Human invasion! In the later stage of the game, the Messari will land on Pandora and attack the stronger factions as a priority. Thanks to advanced weapons like tanks, gigantic mechs and motherships, they will change the balance of power on Pandora. They will also gradually try to infest the planet by changing the landscape and generate dangerous ion storms to make the environment even more hostile and merciless!

 

With Eclipse of Nashira, new dangers and opportunities enter the world of Pandora. A new faction shows its face, talking of peace and friendship while their spies operate behind enemy lines. Nothing is what it seems anymore, as agents conduct covert warfare of espionage and sabotage, inciting revolts and stealing technologies.  Click here for the Eclipse of Nashira product page.

 

Visit the official website of Pandora: First Contact or check out the wiki to know more about it!


 

Features:

  • Explore a new world harboring a variety of eco-regions, from the frozen ice lands of the north, to vast deserts and lush tropical forests in the south.
     
  • Survive encounters with the planet's dangerous wild life. Deadly swarms walk the lands and agile predators fly in the skies. There is even talk of a giant creature in the oceans.
     
  • Live in harmony with nature or use it to further your cause. The indigenous life will react to your actions and treat you accordingly.
     
  • Discover ruins and artifacts, the relics of an ancient alien civilization long forgotten that can give you an edge against the planet life and other rivaling factions.
     
  • Found new cities to expand the borders of your empire. Manage cities by adjusting the tax rate, choosing production and assigning colonists to jobs.
     
  • Operate a fully globalized and pooled resource and growth system. Specialize one city to harvest minerals while churning out units in another.
     
  • Adapt your empire to pressing demand. Your colonists will migrate between cities based on factors such as pollution and living space.
     
  • Construct farms, mines, forts, and other improvements to increase the productivity of your colonies or to fortify positions.
     
  • Progress through a vast randomized research tree spanning dozens of technologies providing operations, buildings, units, weapons, and more.
     
  • Negotiate trade and research pacts with other factions for mutual benefits. Forge alliances to stand united against common foes.
     
  • Design your own units by choosing from a range of different classes, armors, weapons, and devices to maximize the strength of your forces.
     
  • Command vast armies across the battlefield against enemy factions, making use of the variety of terrain types to gain an advantage.
     
  • Unleash hell on your opponents with powerful military operations, ranging from drop pods behind enemy lines to black hole generators eradicating entire landscapes.
     
  • Prove yourself in multiplayer with friends or strangers and discover entirely new strategies.
     
  • Customize your experience through easily moddable XML data and well-known image and audio formats.

Review

OneGuyTooManyGames"Pandora: First Contact is a very solid 4X offering, following many of the conventions of the 4X genre but adding enough of its own touches to make it feel like its own game".

Wargamer.com - "I highly recommend Pandora: First Contact. It is a very well polished 4X game in the genre of science fiction which will be sure to delight fans of the genre while being easy enough to pick up and play that any casual player who is looking to expand his strategic repertoire will not be disappointed with this selection".

Space Sector - 8.3/10 - "I highly recommend this game to all fans of 4X games in general as I think this game is a safe bet to experience something fresh but that feels quite familiar at the same time".

7idgaming.de - 85% - "Pandora: First Contact" is the strategy surprise of the year".

Softpedia - 8/10 - "Pandora:First Contact offers a solid turn-based strategy experience that should satisfy fans of the genre".

IndieCrowd - 4/5 - "Pandora is a quite successful spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, the good along collects from many games and neatly packaged".

Tacticular Cancer"Pandora: First Contact is a solid and well-polished title. Hopefully this won't be our last contact with Pandora".

Preview

Preview at Games are Evil
Pandora is focused on colonizing a single planet and dealing with friend, foe, flora and fauna. Fresh, my friends. Fresh indeed.

Preview at SpaceSector
"The prospect for Pandora: First Contact is promising. Now, time will tell how rich, polished and interesting this sci-fi turn-based 4X game will be upon release. And, how well it will compete with other planetary 4X games."

Preview at Wargamer.fr
"...the steady progress of the beta and its quality is a hope quality title which should land among us in the coming months".

 

Video Preview at Reseau Jeux Strategie (French)
 

 

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