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The Fertile Crescent is an upcoming in-development indie RTS that feels like a retro Age of Empires and it's really quite good. A new update is out (and it's still free) fixing up the UI for different resolutions.

I think more of you need to try this one, it's a wonderful little RTS game that I honestly can't wait to see expand. Hopefully now more of you actually will be able to try it, as they've made it so the interface properly scales with your resolution. Previously, there were problems if you had anything other than 1080p. Not only that, most of the interface was actually redesigned and it gives you more information.

The Fertile Crescent is a Real Time Strategy game set during the Bronze Age in the Ancient Near East.

Inspired by the rise and fall of Bronze Age civilisations, you must manage the delicate balance between food surplus and the maintenance of your army.

They've worked on the balance a little with this update too. Since you constantly need to be gathering food or else your people starve and it's game over, all difficulty modes now start with a little more to get you going so you don't run down so abruptly. Originally, you always started with 30 food and now on Easy mode you get 80 and all others 35. It definitely gives it a nicer feel with that change.

A bunch of other UI issues were solved, the help pages in the main menu were improved, the online multiplayer connection screen layout was improved and a bunch of bugs were also fixed for this release.

The developer, LincRead, said they haven't forgotten about adding in support for team-based games with it only currently supporting 1 on 1 against AI or online. Sorting the UI problems was needed first and they said there's an event they wish to show off The Fertile Crescent at, so having team games ready for that will be good and they have an "internal deadline" to get the feature out.

You can play it now free on

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