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Age of Empires (Series) Alternatives for Linux

Age of Empires is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is 0 A.D., which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Age of Empires and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Age of Empires are OpenRA, Warzone 2100, CaesarIA and openage.

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.
This page was last updated Jun 22, 2022
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  1. 0 A.D.

    • FreeOpen Source
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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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    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.)

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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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  2. OpenRA

    • FreeOpen Source
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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.

    Most users think OpenRA is a great alternative to Age of Empires.


  3. Warzone 2100

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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.

  4. CaesarIA

    • FreeOpen Source
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    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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  5. openage

    • FreeOpen Source
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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, ...



  6. Widelands

    • FreeOpen Source
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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.

  7. Stronghold (Series)

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    Stronghold Crusader is a RTS game from the series from Stronghold.

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  8. Tropico (Series)

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    Tropico is a series of construction and management simulation computer games developed by PopTop Software and published by Gathering of Developers in April 2001. Feral Interactive has developed and published a number of the games.

    Represent entire series of Tropico games.
  9. MegaGlest

    • FreeOpen Source
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    MegaGlest is an open source 3D-real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of one of seven different factions: Tech, Magic, Egyptians, Indians, Norsemen Persian or Romans.

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    Similar gameplay. Great graphics.

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  10. SpellForce (Series)

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    • Steam

    SpellForce is a combination real-time strategy and role-playing video game. The game takes place in a broken world called Eo that was torn apart by a ritual called the Convocation.

    Represent entire series of SpellForce games.
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