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'. There are more than 25 games similar to Age of Empires for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Android Tablet. The best alternative is 0 A.D., which is both free and Open Source. Other Age of Empires like games are Starcraft (Freemium), OpenRA (Free, Open Source), Warzone 2100 (Free, Open Source) and Age of Mythology (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 25, 2021

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      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. vs Age of Empires opinions
      Almost everyone thinks 0 A.D. is a great alternative to Age of Empires.
      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.)
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Historically it is a good game and always will be
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Ugotsta 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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    1. Starcraft (Series)

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      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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      Some users think Starcraft is a great alternative to Age of Empires, some don't.


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      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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      Most users think OpenRA is a great alternative to Age of Empires.
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      Warzone 2100 is a real-time strategy game, originally developed by Pumpkin Studios and published by Eidos Interactive on the Sony PlayStation console, now developed by the Warzone 2100 Project.
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    2. 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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      Almost everyone thinks Age of Mythology is a great alternative to Age of Empires.
      It is kind of an update to the Age of Empires series also the AOM Titans Expansions is an expanded version of this game
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    3. 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
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      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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      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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    4. Stronghold (Series)

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      Stronghold Crusader is a RTS game from the series from Stronghold. Represent entire series of Stronghold games.
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    5. Empire Earth (Series)

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      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.

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      You can still buy this game on GOG.com

      Almost everyone thinks Empire Earth is a great alternative to Age of Empires.
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