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For those of you who love base-building RTS games like Age of Empires, perhaps give TFC: The Fertile Crescent a try now it's fully released.

It's a little different to most other similar strategy games though, with food playing a much more active role in the game. It's not just a case of getting x amount of food to train units, as food determines the growth rate of your population and the speed at which you accumulate Knowledge Points. You need to keep a constant eye on your food, as a sneak attack on your farmland could end up crippling you. It's as much about your economy and defense, as it is about destroying the enemy base. Quite a challenge actually overall!

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What's new in the 1.0 release:

  • Campaign Mode: Dive into 10 missions that will test your strategic skills across diverse challenges.
  • Overhauled Artwork: Experience revamped pixel art graphics, showcasing a fresh new look for environments, as well as an enhanced user interface.
  • New Map Types: Explore new terrains with our newly added map types, each offering unique strategic challenges. Expect map obstacles, rivers, and fish to add depth and variety to your gameplay.
  • War Chariot Units: Unleash the power of the war chariot, a formidable new unit that can turn the tide of battle with its speed and strength. The war chariot has different stats for each Bronze Age civilization.
  • New Technologies: Enhance your civilization with cutting-edge Bronze Age technologies: Master of Siege Warfare for the Assyrians, Improved Watchtower for the Babylonians and Hieroglyphic Networks for the Egyptians.
  • Enhanced Game Mechanics: Prepare for deeper strategic gameplay with improved starvation mechanics. Keep an eye on the food trend indicator to anticipate shortages and plan your resources accordingly. Plus, enjoy a more visible counter system. These improvements and others offer a more immersive and rewarding gaming experience for seasoned tacticians and newcomers alike.
  • Improved AI: Battle it out against a smarter opponent with our improved skirmish AI in Skirmish and Hordes modes.
  • Quality of Life Improvements: Enjoy a smoother and more intuitive gameplay experience with a host of new quality of life (QoL) enhancements.
  • Replays: Analyze your strategies and improve your skills with the new replay feature, allowing you to review past battles in detail.
  • Balance Changes: Experience improved gameplay dynamics with carefully implemented balance changes, ensuring fair and engaging battles.
  • Bug Fixes: We’ve fixed all known bugs to ensure a more stable and enjoyable gaming experience.

It has Native Linux support and is rated Steam Deck Playable.

Check it out now on Steam. Also on GOG but no Linux version there (update: Linux now on GOG too).

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pb Jun 13
Very decent price in the age of indecently priced games.
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Linux and Mac builds are now up on GOG too
coolbober Jun 13
Quoting: BloodScourgeLinux and Mac builds are now up on GOG too
Confirmed. There is Linux version on GOG. Just bought it.
Hamish Jun 13
Well, that is the first day one purchase I have made in a long while. Seeing as how I used to mess around with the itch.io version of the game.
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