Currently free during Alpha, The Fertile Crescent looks a bit like a retro Age of Empires and the development team continue advancing it.
A recent update to the game a little over a week ago, added in some rather impressive improvements to it. This includes female villagers with voicing, much improved performance, a considerably improved AI, the ability to use the mini-map to move units, buildings and units that are damaged will show a health bar, Swordsman attacks should work properly and lots of other bug fixes.
What's exciting, is now they've really improved the performance, they're going to be looking at adding support for team games in addition to the current 1v1 against AI or online with others. That will be a huge boost for the game.
If you're interested in giving it a go, you can find it free on itch.io.
The Fertile Crescent really is a sweet little RTS, well worth a shot if you usually like this sort of game. I've managed to enjoy a number of hours in it! The constant need for food feels a little punishing at times though, before doing anything you need to ensure you have tons of food coming in. If you wish to try it online with others, feel free to join one of our communities like Discord, Telegram or IRC.