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Oh boy, I used to absolutely adore Settlers when I was younger on my Amiga! Widelands [Official Site] is an open source strategy game much like the original, and a new release is on the way.

Preview video of the new build (official video, not ours):
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It will have new maps, improved AI, some improved graphics here and there, menu improvements and redesigns, new sounds and tons more.

Sounds like a pretty beefy release for Widelands! Still, it's certainly not a good-looking game, thankfully it has tons of replay value and reasonably interesting gameplay.

Have you tried it before, did you even know it exists? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for pointing it out in the GOL IRC, Lightkey! Article taken from
Tags: Open Source, Strategy | Apps: Widelands
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musojon74 17 Oct, 2016
Didn't know about this but used to love the Settlers on my amiga. The 2 player game with 2 mice :-). Will probably buy this.
stan 17 Oct, 2016
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The graphics are too bad; I don’t even want to try it. I think the worst thing is the yellow text, it’s horrible. The trees look good though.

Also I wonder why the video is stuttering so much when it’s a simple slow 2D game.
Colombo 17 Oct, 2016
I tried it a few weeks ago. I couldn't make it even run. Got stuck in menus. UI is really horrible.
Mountain Man 18 Oct, 2016
UI is where a lot of open source projects tend to fall behind, especially games. Designing a good UI for a game can be really, really difficult, and most open source developers don't have the expertise.

Last edited by Mountain Man on 18 October 2016 at 12:15 am UTC
WorMzy 18 Oct, 2016
If you enjoyed the original Settlers, freeserf is probably worth looking into.
14 18 Oct, 2016
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I know we can't have everything, but I'm not really into super-old-generation graphics. Sure, I have a few games with old-school graphics, but I'm not in the mood for more.
burnall 18 Oct, 2016
Something like settlers 3 or 4 would be awesome.
Tchey 18 Oct, 2016
Last release of Freeserf is from june 2013 if i'm right.

Widelands is fun but a little too messy, tested it about a year ago.
WorMzy 18 Oct, 2016
Quoting: TcheyLast release of Freeserf is from june 2013 if i'm right.

That's true. The git repository is relatively active though and 0.2-rc1 was tagged back in July.
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