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Age of Empires (Series) Alternatives

Age of Empires is described as 'epic real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years, in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small stone age tribes. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations' and is a very popular RTS game in the games category. There are more than 25 games similar to Age of Empires for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Wine and Android. The best alternative is 0 A.D., which is both free and Open Source. Other Age of Empires like games are Starcraft, OpenRA, Warzone 2100 and Age of Mythology.

Age of Empires alternatives are mainly RTS Games but may also be Historical Games or City Building Games. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Age of Empires.
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  1. 0 A.D. icon

    0 A.D.

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. In short, it is a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of Western civilizations, focusing on the years between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.

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    0 A.D. was originally based off of Age of Empires II and is a /great/ alternative to the series. It includes many advanced features and multiplayer support, and is completely open source! How much better can you get? (0 A.D. is currently in alpha development, so there a a couple of bugs and a few features are missing, but it is still very playable and fun.)

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    It not only has most features present in AoE2, but also improves upon those features. The fact that it is open source means also: infinitely better mod support, constant improvements to AI and other aspects of the game. Also free and easy to install and to play multiplayer.

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    Historically it is a good game and always will be

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    0 A.D. is arguably the closest comparable game to Age of Empires 2. The civilizations and more advanced units within them are obviously different but play-wise and strategy-wise, the two are very close. Meanwhile, 0 A.D. has visuals that eclipse the later 3D graphics of AoE 3.

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    Starcraft (Series)

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Battle.net App

    Starcraft is a strategy game by Blizzard Entertainment. Based in the distant future, you must gather resources and expand your forces to lead them to victory.

    Represent entire series of Starcraft games.
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    OpenRA

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • .NET Framework
    • Mono
    • BSD

    OpenRA is an open-source reimplementation of Westwood’s Command and Conquer Red Alert game engine, updated to use the hardware acceleration of modern video cards using OpenGL.

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    Warzone 2100

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com

    Warzone 2100 is a real-time strategy game, was originally developed by Pumpkin Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. In 1999, it was released commercially for Microsoft Windows and Sony PlayStation. Pumpkin Studios ended their support for Warzone 2100 on January 5, 2000.

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    Age of Mythology

    • Windows
    • Steam

    Age of Mythology is based on building towns, gathering resources, creating armies, and ultimately destroying enemy units and buildings. In this way, players are able to defeat and conquer rival towns and civilizations.

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    It is kind of an update to the Age of Empires series also the AOM Titans Expansions is an expanded version of this game

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    CaesarIA

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Wine
    • Steam

    CaesarIA is an open source remake of Caesar III game released by Impressions Games in 1998, it aims to expand the possibilities of the classical city-building simulators and to add new features showing the city life. Now the game work with Windows, Linux, Mac, Haiku and Android.

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    I enjoy the city build experience

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    openage

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Free (as in freedom) open-source RTS Age of Empires engine. Written from scratch in C++, Python, Cython, Qt/QML, OpenGL/GLSL, Vulkan, ...

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    Empire Earth (Series)

    • Windows
    • Java Mobile

    Empire Earth, also known as EE, is a real-time strategy video game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and released on November 23, 2001. It is the first game in the Empire Earth series: Empire Earth, Empire Earth II, Empire Earth III.

    Represent entire series of Empire Earth games.

    Discontinued

    You can still buy this game on GOG.com

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    DomiNations

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    From legendary game designer Brian Reynolds (Civilization II, Rise of Nations), DomiNations is an epic new strategy game of exploration, advancement, and conquest. Lead your Nation to ultimate victory throughout all of human history – from the Stone Age to the Space Age!

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    Widelands

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Widelands is a free, open source real-time strategy game with singleplayer campaigns and a multiplayer mode. The game was inspired by Settlers II™ (© Bluebyte) but has significantly more variety and depth to it. Still, it is easy to get started through playable tutorials.

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