Netrek is a free multiplayer online space battle game. Up to 16 people, from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, team up to play with
and against each other to see who can take the other teams planets first. Think that sounds easy? Think again, since you are always teaming up with and playing
against different people, there is always a challenge. Each player can fly different types of ships with various weapons and capabilities. There are multiple servers
ready for people to play on and they are online 24x7.
Babala is a fun and fanciful game suitable for all ages. It's freeware but not open source. There are versions for both Linux and Windows. You'll find this unique game at www.babala.org, where there are some screenshots, a user forum and more information. With this latest beta release, the game has grown to a staggering 200 levels.
Babala is simplicity gone ballistic. It's played on a basic grid and its defining features are mercifully few in number; a child could pick up on it readily. It has variety but isn't cluttered with myriad rules or countless varying characters; nor difficult controls nor complex readouts. But don't be fooled, because the game gets tough as nails to beat as the levels progress. It's all in the campaign designs. A meaningful scoring system is incorporated and record high scores can be uploaded for display at Babala.org.
So what is Babala? it's a fantasy war strategy game, turn-based but not lacking in animations. At the start of the contest, the enemy legions "balabaks" are arrayed on the field amongst barrier items and other goodies -- most often in striking artful patterns. In battling these uglies you have but limited moves and shots (or laying of mines) that you can make during your each round, 6 or 7 tops; you choose as you play, from a set of 5 maximal trade-offs. It's awfully clever yet.. so simple.
Following your strokes, the enemy is allowed a measured advance toward you. If any balabak reaches you, you're mugged, you lose. The enemy can't shoot. Your task of course is to survive, and dispose of all balabaks. There may be certain deadly rigged perils, critically situated, or remote ammunition stores that have to be acquired.
This game has already earned an enthusiastic two-thumbs-up "Top Dog" review from HOTU (Home Of The Underdogs), so give it a try and find out for yourself what makes this game so special.
Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS). In a RTS game, the player has to combat his enemies while developing his war economy. Everything runs in real-time, as opposed to turn-based games where the player always has to wait for his turn. The trick is to balance the effort put into building his economy and building an army to defend and attack the enemies.
C-evo is a freeware empire building game for Windows.
With a time scope of several thousand years, it covers aspects of exploration and expansion, industry and agriculture, warfare and diplomacy, science and administration. C-evo follows the spirit of popular turn-based strategy games from the mid 90s, but with more emphasis on powerful AI and careful design of the rules, resulting in a true challenge.
Dark Oberon is a real-time strategy game similar to Warcraft II. It has got awesome graphics - textures created from shots of real models made out of Plasticine! Nowadays it only supports multi player game. However it is possible to try the game also in "single player" but without enemies.
Freeciv is a turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: To become the greatest civilization. Inspired by Sid Meier's commercial Civilization series.
Glest is a free 3D real-time customizable strategy game. Current version is fully playable, includes single player game against CPU controlled players, two factions with their corresponding tech trees, units, buildings and some maps.
LGeneral is a turn-based strategy engine heavily inspired by Panzer General. You play single scenarios or whole campaigns turn by turn against a human player or the AI. Entrenchment, rugged defense, defensive fire, surprise contacts, surrender, unit supply, weather influence, reinforcements and other implementations contribute to the tactical and strategic depth of the game.
Scorched 3D is a game based loosely (or actually quite heavily now) on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth "The Mother Of All Games". Scorched 3D adds amongst other new features a 3D island environment and LAN and internet play. Scorched 3D is totally free and is available for both Microsoft Windows and Unix (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris etc.) operating systems.
The Battle for Wesnoth
The Battle for Wesnoth is a free, turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Fight a desperate battle to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth, or take hand in any number of other adventures.
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