Glest is a free 3D Real Time Strategy game that was originally created for Windows, but has ports for both Linux and Mac OS X.
The game puts you in control of one of two factions, Tech or Magic, each of which have differing units and abilities.
The Tech Faction uses traditional human warriors and medieval mechanical devices to fight. Strong in hand to hand combat, playsmore like other strategy games but with a few twists. Ideal for new players to get used to the game, but also deep and challenging for experienced players.
The Magic Faction is targeted towards more advanced players. Most of their units are morphed or summoned from others, and it lacks the hand-to-hand combat strength of the Tech faction. However it features more versatile and powerful ranged attackers, which if used properly will match or even exceed the power of their technician counterparts.
Glest appears to be an open source project created by a group of friends from Spain, hence it’s free to download and has no ongoing subscription cost. It also seems to have very active developers and contributors and sports online and local multiplayer as well as singleplayer against AI.
The Glest engine
The developers haven’t just created the game, but also the underlying engine which allows for an extensive amount of modding and ports. Some of the features of the Glest engine include:
- XML definitions
- G3D models
- Map editor
- Standard C++
- DirectSound / OpenAL
- Artificial Intelligence
- Windows or Linux.
- Pentium 4 / Athlon processor.
- OpenGL 1.3 compatible video card and drivers (ie: geforce, radeon).
- DirectX9/OpenAL compatible sound card and drivers.
Download for Ubuntu
You can grab some binaries of the game here, although note that the direct downloads are throwing a PHP error so you’ll have to use the torrents – when I downloaded the game I had 3 peers.
You may have more luck (especially with the latest version) looking in this thread.