Version: Alpha 22 Web: http://play0ad.com
It’s been a while since we last admired the beautiful 0A.D. strategy game. Every Alpha ## release brings a massive set of updates, so the current Alpha 22 has hundreds of new features compared to the Alpha 17 from LXF193.
You instantly notice the improved graphics, including textures, model animation and weather elements, and crisper, more delightful music tracks. During play, you can enjoy other novelties, such as the new ‘capture the relic’ mode, designed for multiplayer. The relic is a wagon containing the sacred remains of a great leader; it boosts construction and gives various discounts, and therefore is priceless.
The best way to get started is with a single campaign, playing against an AI bot. By default, the game chooses a map and the civilisation you play for, though you can set everything manually. The goal is to develop a sustainable economy, with workers and warriors, and to find the right balance between civil and military development. You need more people to collect food, wood and stone, while simultaneously preparing for a fight, because as soon as your AI counterpart is ready, it attacks.
The graphics are stunning and invite you to zoom in to examine every pixel of clothing, waving flags, dust under moving horsemen and other beauties. It’s worth playing as different nations to explore their distinctive features, as well as some of the new additions — for example, Ptolemians now have infantry champion pikemen, Romans have the new Temple of Vesta and Persians benefit from the Gate of Ishtar.
At over 600MB, 0A.D. is packaged for many distros and takes little time to get installed.
“The graphics are stunning and invite you to zoom in”
Our swordsmen prepare to defeat the enemy dictator.