0 A.D. is an Age of Empires like real-time strategy game. The game is open source and is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
The sixth 0 A.D. alpha was released a few days ago, bringing a huge list of improvements such as:
- unit stances (violent - the unit attacks any enemy unit in sight, aggressive, devensive, stand ground, avoid - does not attack, and runs away from enemy soldiers)
- 250 new terrain textures
- 43 new sound effects
- new Greek buildings
- 4 new maps and other map updates
(New 0 A.D. map - Southern Greece)
Here is a video demoing the new sound effects in 0 A.D. alpha 6:
0 A.D. is already playable and both single player and multiplayer modes are available, however there are still some missing features like campaings, lack of settings, no multiplayer matchmaking service and more.
If you can help the 0 A.D. developers, check out the "Call for Contributions" message posted in the 0 A.D. alpha 6 release announcement.
Install 0 A.D. in Ubuntu
There is a somewhat stable 0 A.D. PPA for Ubuntu (Oneiric, Natty, Maverick and Lucid) users - add it and install 0 A.D. using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install 0ad
The same 0 A.D. version as in the above PPA is also available on PlayDeb (ignore "alpha-1" in the package name, that's a bug). There's also a development PPA (more up to date but less stable) available here.
For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OSX, see the 0 A.D. homepage.