Continuing to be one of the most interesting traditionally-styled real-time strategy games in development, The Fertile Crescent has a major new release available.
This latest release has been in development for a little while, as it expands the gameplay quite a lot. You can now build Walls, Gates and Siege units giving you many more strategic options. The wall system fits in with their watch towers too, so you can connect it all up.
The other side of this update is the introduction of Siege units. You can now build Sappers, which dig around buildings to help breach through walls. There's now a Battering Ram, which needs little in the way of an introduction - slow, but deals a lot of damage to buildings, walls and gates. You can also roll them over farms to mess with enemy food production so players will need to better protect farms in the late-game too.
- Single player
- 10 minutes tutorial to give you a basic understanding over how to command your people
- Protect your people against, and eventually defeat, an enemy military outpost with three difficulty levels on an auto-generated map
- Online multiplayer
- Up to 4 players
- Cross-platform play between Windows, Linux and macOS
- Regional servers: Australia, EU, South Korea or US
Personally I've spent a lot of time playing The Fertile Crescent. I haven't really enjoyed a historical styled RTS like this probably since the original Age of Empires. The Fertile Crescent has a certain charm to it, and it's quite a challenge to manage your food supplies along with expanding to actually fight. Worth a try if you're in need of something new.
It's all still entirely free to play too. You can grab it from itch.io.