Review: Glest 3.0.0 - 22/04/2008 by Andrew
Glest is a brilliant RTS for Linux. In fact, I'm saying it's the best native RTS for Linux hands down. A big statement, but in all honesty they're not up against much competition.
Glest 3.0.0 is in the Ubuntu 8.04 repositories and I tested the game out on a heavily updated 8.04 Beta. The thing that really grabbed me was how clean the game looked. This game has been well thought out, beautifully designed and gives the other fantasy RTS's (on other platforms) a good run for their money - especially when this one charges nothing.
Out of the box (or out of the download...you know what I mean) there are not many scenarios (8 in total) and even the 'very easiest' makes you work out how to play the game for yourself without any in-game help. There is the option to create your own custom game – and therefore custom scenario – but it's really lacking a basic storyline and structure. But don't write this game off yet, as these things will no doubt be coming along with the ongoing development on the game. There's also an active forum with a section dedicated to mods, so see the game as a starting point which you can build off and involve yourself in the community.
The gameplay is typical RTS, mining wood, gold and rock, while building up an army backed with specific buildings that allow for unit upgrades. Nothing new here and that's a good thing as any RTS players can step straight in and will come to terms with the game in only a few maps, though mastery will take a bit of effort.
There's also multiplayer, which allows for 4 plays to duke it out.
To sum up – if you're into RTS then you need this game. Even if you're not a huge fan of RTS, download this game just to check out the graphics and animation – it really shows how far Linux gaming has come over the last few years.
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