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It's free, open source and full of features. Widelands, a game inspired by The Settlers II, has a big new release out now with version 1.2. The Settlers II, and the original, were some of the first strategy games I played so I love seeing projects like this continue their original idea on.

Widelands 1.1 was released back in October 2022, so the developers have had quite a while to expand it!

Some of the highlights of this release include:

  • UI Plugins are add-ons that can add more functionality to the user interface.
  • Naval Warfare preview: Invade foreign coasts using warships!
    This is included as a preview feature and needs to be explicitly enabled in the game setup screen.
  • Soldier garrisons for ports and headquarters.
  • Balancing changes to the Amazon economy.
  • Fifth scenario for the Frisian campaign.
  • More settings in the game setup screen, such as configurable durations for timed win conditions.
  • Diplomacy handling for the computer players.
  • Stick pinned notes onto map fields to mark important points.
  • Hyperlinks let you navigate within the encyclopedia and to the online help.
  • Easy maps publishing inside the editor.
  • High-resolution images for many more units.
  • Accessibility enhancements for many user interface components.
  • Expose more functionality to the add-ons and scenario scripting interface.
  • Fixed many crashes and hangs and enhanced error handling.

See more on the official site. You can install it easily on Linux from Flathub.

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Geppeto35 Apr 2
This is a very good game. My son enjoyed it few years ago.
One of my favorite FOSS games. They provide an AppImage too.
I have sunk a lot of hours into this one over the years.
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