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(New 0 A.D. main menu)

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. 

0 A.D. is still in alpha stages, but is already looks great, with excellent graphics and sound. There are still some missing features though, like campaigns, lack of settings, no multiplayer matchmaking service and more.

0 A.D. alpha 7 has been released today with some very important improvements:
  • new dynamic territory design
  • new Carthaginian civilization
  • a brand new main menu design
  • new sound tracks as well as 100+ new sound effects
  • 5 new maps

For a complete list of changes, see the official 0 A.D. alpha 7 release announcement.

Here's a video demoing the new 0 A.D. main menu:

And if you're interested in the 0 A.D. gameplay, there's an older (pre alpha 7 - despite it's title) video:

Install 0 A.D. in Ubuntu

0 A.D. can be installed in Ubuntu (Oneiric, Natty, Maverick or Lucid) by using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 0ad

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.

Image & news via wildfiregames.com/0ad