I have been a huge fan of Age Of Empires game (until AOE-3 came) in my college days. It was one of those things which I always missed when I switched to Linux: an alternate to Age Of Empires on Linux. And I am very happy to finally found something a real-time strategy (RTS) game, 0 A. D. (read as Zero A D), which is very similar to Age Of Empires and Age of Mythology.
0 A.D. is a free and open source, cross platform, real-time strategy game of ancient warfare developed by Wildfire Games which is an international group of volunteer game developers. The game is available for free for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
The game has in alpha phase and its alpha-10 version “0 A.D. Alpha 10 Jhelum” has been release couple of weeks ago and is ready to be download and tested by users. Game misses lots of feature, as of now. which you expect in a RTS game all these features will be included in the subsequent releases.
• 6 unique civilizations
• Provinces and territories
• Realistic maps/terrain
• Realistic naval warfare
• Comprehensive editor
• Several multiplayer modes
How to install it:
If you want to try the alpha version, in Ubuntu and other Debian based distributions, try this in terminal (Ctrl+Alt=T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install 0ad
And then search for 0ad in Unity dash.
More information for installing in other systems can be found on the latest release page.
Interested to contribute?
Wildfire is seeking contributors in sound contribution management and in documentation, and in programming, art, sound, taking YouTube videos and more. If you are looking to improve your portfolio, a good school project or willing to contribute to free and open source culture please get in touch with the Wildfire team as they are looking for volunteers for this completely free game (there is no freemium version of this game).
How do you find the 0 A.D.? Are you excited about it? Do let us know.