Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game designed using the Spring Engine. It has been in development for over 5 years and receives updates often. It’s gameplay is designed specifically to appeal to gamers of all skill levels.
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Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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October 3

The Enigma TNG has just released his new album: Midnight!

Normally I wouldn't post news pimping someone else's work, but in this case we are going to make an exception, because ALL of the music in Evolution RTS has been very gractiously provided by The Enigma TNG with no strings attached.

He has done some amazing work and he releases his work under non-restrictive licenses and without DRM, at extremely reasonable prices!

Seriously, check this guy out. He doesn't just stick to one style of EDM, his work comprises multiple genres (sometimes simultaneously).

You can find his latest album on bandcamp:
The Enigma TNG: Midnight

Show him some love!

P.S. There is a pretty large Evo newspost coming very soon. A TON of enhancements and features have been added!

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September 1

New Lobby Skin, New Wiki Work, New Tutorial Videos, New Maps, New Overseer Morphs, Gaming Get-Together this weekend!

Well, the biggest news first I guess... New lobby skin! Thanks to Ikinz for helping me get this going. It's not perfect but it is pretty nice, so I'm a fan!

New Lobby Skin
The new lobby skin is a bit more functional. No longer are there options that don't do anything, and everything on the front page is geared to be helpful to new players. The "Help" menu item still needs a ton of work, but we'll get there. In the meantime, this should be much more useful to new players.

The Wiki has been Updated!
The wiki has been updated with a lot of very desperately needed information, and in addition, it has also been updated with tutorial videos as well, all geared towards helping new players learn how to play. These have replaced the old and outdated tutorial vids that I made forever ago. Here is the playlist:


New Maps added to the "Official" map pool!
So to explain this a little bit better... For newbies, I always want them to start out with a pool of maps that is tailored specifically to fit the game. As you have no doubt noticed, these fit a particular style. Well, there have been other maps made by members of the spring community that fit within the mold as well, so I am adding those maps gradually, as they can be playtested, which takes time. Of course, by simply switching the server maplist to popular or all, you can access any map, but specifically for newbies, we want them to have a very specific sort of first experience/impression, and a very well curated maplist accomplishes that nicely. Suffice it to say, over time you will see more and more maps being added to the rotation of the dedicated hosts.
New Overseer Morphs

In one of the most interesting developments lately... Overseer Morphs are now a thing. Currently there are 5 types.

Shield Overseer
Loses stun ability, gains a large area 5k hitpoint shield that doesn't cost energy to recharge.

Cloak Overseer
Loses stun ability, gains a large (free) area cloaking shield that also cloaks the overseer.

Factory Overseer
Loses stun ability, gains the ability to build Raider and Riot units from all tech trees anywhere on the map.

Builder Overseer
Loses stun ability, gains x2 buildpower and +50% buildrange.

Battle Overseer
Retains stun ability, gains a high damage machine gun that shreds light units.

Of course, these are all subject to change, but that's what we have so far, and so far they have been a lot of fun to play with.

Gaming Get-Together this weekend!
Years ago, we used to have a weekly event where we would all get together and play some games of Evolution RTS, 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 even 4v4 sometimes. FFAs on Black Star were always a pretty big hit, as well as playing on multi-level lava maps where the lava rises and kills your base and units if they happen to be in the way. In addition, I stream the event live over youtube. We used to use twitch, but youtube has proven to be a far better platform and has cut down the amount of post-processing work tremendously.

The event is at 8:00am PST (3:00pm GMT) on Saturday the 3rd of September. Here is a google calendar event for it so that you can see the event for your timezone:

View the Event on Google Calendar

Make sure to join us on Discord! Make sure that your microphone is working properly! During the stream we all join the General Voice channel and I stream our conversation during the game as well. We will meet up in discord and play on Dedicated Host 1.

Hope to see you there!

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About This Game

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Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game designed using the Spring Engine. It has been in development for over 5 years and receives updates often. Its gameplay is designed specifically to appeal to gamers of all skill levels. The gameplay is designed around the use of unit groups, and the mixture of your unit group often will determine how successful you are in battle, as opposed to churning out hundreds of the same unit continually.

The economy and teching system is easy to learn and use. The game itself supplies many tools that make managing your economy easier so that you can focus more on crushing your enemy than of playing simcity in your base. Units interact using realistic physics and varied terrain (you can actually micro units in order to dodge projectiles!).

Below is a very short list of the features that Evolution RTS has to offer:

Realistic Physics
Projectiles and units use a realistic physics system which allow for unprecedented control and gameplay. Micro your units to avoid projectiles. Hide behind terrain for cover.

Epic and Macro scales
Control the battlefield and a level that feels the most comfortable to you, whether zoomed in controlling individual units, zoomed out viewing the entire map and issuing orders on a macro scale, or somewhere in between! You are in complete control!

Fine tuning controls for builders
Set builders on repeat so that they repeat the orders you give infinitely until they die. Adjust builder priority in order to control the amount of resources allocated to that specific builder’s construction project.

Unique Cover System allows you to easily set up ambushes
Hide your army in rocks and foilage completely undetected and lie in wait to ambush your enemy!

Gameplay geared towards casual gamers in addition to hardcore rts fans, as opposed to only being fun to play at the higher levels
Gameplay designed around being easy to learn yet hard to master. As a newbie you can be up and running in no time, and the gameplay ensures that just because you are new, you aren’t necessarily at a huge disadvantage.

Hundreds of units at once
The Spring Engine allows for hundreds or thousands of units to be beating the daylights out of each other all at once. Gameplay scales seamlessly to fit!

Unique unit abilities
Discover units with special abilities, such as the ORB with it’s incredible area healing abilities, or the Overseer with it’s EMP ability!

Simple Economy
The economy is designed to be easy to learn, and use. There are only two resources in the game; Energy and Metal. Energy is used for utility purposes such as unit ammunition, powering shields, and building nuclear missiles, whereas metal is used to construct structures and units. Metal income is split between allies and resources that overflow the player’s capacity automatically flow into allies banks.

Easy to learn teching system
Simple teching system that revolves around using the same buildings that supply energy as a means to increase your tech availability ensure seamless transitions into heavier unit technologies.

Incredible effects
Full particle effects engine and beautiful effects painstakingly created down to the last detail ensure that every battle will be visually stunning!

Full Soundtrack
Full in-game soundtrack that highlights the mood based upon whether you are building structures in your base or engaged in an all out no holds barred war for survival will keep you on your toes and fuel your need for dominance! Over 40+ tracks!

Easy battle formations
Easy to use battle formations via selecting a group of units, right-clicking and dragging on the map make it easy for you to give complex orders to your units, even in the midst of a battle!

Intelligent Unit Targeting AI
Units automatically target the best enemy units to attack on their own, leaving you to concentrate on formations, flanking, and commanding your army!

Give orders via the mini-map
Full unit orders can be given via the minimap, so you can control your units intuitively no matter where your camera is pointing.

Place map markers with or without labels, and draw directly on the map
Map markers, drawing, and labels make it easy for you and your allies to communicate your battle plans, and illustrate them!

Unit balance dependent on unit mixture instead of one unit owning an entire army all by itself
Unit balance is designed so that composition matters more than simply churning out hordes of the most expensive unit.

Intelligent builder AI
Builders have a plethora of tools and options available to use to help you with macro tasks so that you can focus on kicking robotic ass!

Completely customizeable GUI
The many parts of the in-game gui can easily be moved around, resized, and positioned exactly how you like it! Be your own boss!

Gorgeously detailed unit textures and designs

Weekly scheduled gaming events that are streamed live!
Streamed live every Saturday at 5pm GMT at http://www.evolutionrts.info/stream and http://www.twitch.tv/evolutionrts

Automatic ladder ranking and replay system

Completely free, forever!
Open Source!

Evolution RTS is a continually evolving and developing game; Come and join our community! We love having more people to talk to and play with! Preemptively, welcome to our community!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: 1.6ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 450 or better (or ATI/AMD equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ATI/AMD Video cards sometimes have issues with OpenGL games. Post in the forums if you have an issue and it will be worked out.
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 3ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 450 or better (or ATI/AMD equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ATI/AMD Video cards sometimes have issues with OpenGL games. Post in the forums if you have an issue and it will be worked out.
    • Processor: 1.6ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 450 or better (or ATI/AMD equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ATI/AMD Video cards sometimes have issues with OpenGL games. Post in the forums if you have an issue and it will be worked out.
    • Processor: 3ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 450 or better (or ATI/AMD equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ATI/AMD Video cards sometimes have issues with OpenGL games. Post in the forums if you have an issue and it will be worked out.
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191 of 240 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
As you can see I have barely any hours on this title, but I can assure that I have played EVO RTS for many years since it was in its early stages. I can understand how the lot of you have never heard about this game, and how the game and the engine behind it, is the most robust and next gen in terms of gameplay and mechanics. and can do almost anything. The maps are completly deformable and the tactics that can be used are limitless. Not to mention the dynamic soundtrack. and the amazing unit models that make other big time devs look like amatures. and the effects and how intense the battles can get, are staggering. Now all we need on Steam that also uses the Spring Engine is NOTA and Zero-K ad I'll never need to by another RTS again. Thats my two cents, and congrats Forboding_Angel on making it to Steam and showing steam users that games can kick some major ♥♥♥, and still be completly free, Thats the power of open source.

ZealousFoX Out!
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93 of 108 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
348.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
First off a few misconceptions, You are not actually downloading the Evolution RTS right away, you are simply downloading the Weblobby, which is a very simple barebones lobby, from there it is automatically filtered to Evolution Games. The easiest way to acquire the content is to join a multiplayer game, the rest should be automatic, you will download the map, the mod, and the engine.

There are many things about the engine and the game that you could like and certainly join, esp. if you love all sorts of RTS. The biggest issue is the weblobby, hopefully they will make it user-friendly over time now that it is getting rapid feedback. If you can get past over the Weblobby into the game, your going to have a good time. But if you can't its not your fault either. Anyway have fun gaming!

And Remember if you can get past the lobby, you can have a good time, always ask for help in main lobby chats and there is a good chance somone could help you.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
My review is just a word of caution in case you are interested in single player only. In single player you are given a short grace period to build before the AI starts spawning units all over the map. Even the very easiest AI defeated me 100% of the time within the first 20 or so minutes. If you enjoy the RTS genre do check this game out but don't expect to play around in singleplayer. Perhaps grab a friend for multiplayer if you want to learn at your own pace.

This game has a lot of potential if you find you enjoy it. You can check out some of the VODs on YouTube to get a feel on how to play it. Also the developers are active in the community which is awesome.

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184 of 292 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
UPDATE 4/20/14
In light of the recent update, it's necessary I update my review with it, to maintain accuracy. The original contents are below.

The layout of the game lobby has improved dramatically. I was actually able to start a game through Single Player mode, fairly independent of the multiplayer lobby. That doesn't mean I actually had any idea how to play the game at that point, but it was a start.

I received comments that the issues in my previous review were resolved; they weren't. Not the main ones. I need to say, the lobby still doesn't seem user-friendly enough for newbies to join right in. The major unaddressed problem was the absence of documentation or instructions for the lobby, and now that I can start a game, a lack of game rules or a tutorial came into play too. If there are rules available somewhere, they aren't visible enough for me to find them. (If there are instructions on the Spring site, link 'em to me please.)

With the new update, the game has really upped its... game (snort). It’s much improved, but only relative to its ease to start with. There are legit unresolved problems that even the new update didn’t address, and are probably keeping the more inexperienced off of their doorstep. It's difficult because I really want to give this game a shot- but I've spent over two hours messing around with the game and lobby settings, and haven't even been able to blow anything up. I really need some direction for me to recommend this game, but for now it's too undeveloped for me to stick a “yes” on it.

UPDATE 5/4/14
I'm holding true to my promise that I would update this further.
So, this review has been getting reviewed pretty good. It attracted enough attention that even the developer came to my page! (This was my initial impression, before realizing that every negative review on the game was downvoted by this individual.)

To start, the first thing even close to help I received was the developer finding my review and labeling me as “not using my noggin” when dealing with in-game commands. I'm not holding grudges, our issues are resolved. However, nothing is laid out, and the service I've received by a helpful community member (and only a community member, that is, someone not responsible to the game itself) has been the only clarification. The lobby is scary, in-game less so, and it's all expected to be figured out by the player, as made evident by the developer. Apparently it was not just me who wasn't able to build something so simple as generators, which was seen as obvious and common sense during development and doesn't require explanation (however, the developer did design a very helpful piece of video tutorial, just for me, that can be found in the comments or here: http://www.twitch.tv/evolutionrts/b/524601270 – I feel loved).

So the service is garbage, if I can sum it up.
Shout-out to Paladin, for the help I did get. :)

--ORIGINAL TEXT-- 4/8/14
Note: This is not a review of the gameplay itself, and you'll find out why in a second.

The download for the game is simply a download for a game lobby.
I hung around for around 25 minutes trying to figure out how to just start a game. The Terms of Service for the Spring Engine lobby were easy to read, props for that. Other than that, there was no documentation/instructions for getting you familiar/set up/started, and the layout of the lobby featured tabs and whatnot that remained completely unexplained because of it. Apparently I needed to downoad game files from an obscure site location to start a game. I found this out after I made a feeble attempt at starting a match. DENIED. What's even worse is that, for some reason, you have to join a multiplayer game to get the downlaods available to you. If this all sounds vague, it's because it was.
I chatted with another equally confused player (probably from Steam as well) who was just about to head out when I beat him to the door.
Granted, I would need longer to experiment with the lobby and learn how to start a game, but that was time I didn't have (a LOT of time I don't have). I instead spent my time writing a review. So there.

Overall, gameplay not included, this is not designed for casual gamers who do not posess preobtained knowledge of how game lobbies work. This game won't be worth it to me until the setup is unobscured and clarified.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
A great game if you want to race... HARD. I say "Race" because if you do not put the bots down within 20 minutes they get this... THING... that one-shots basically your whole base. Even the "Very easy" bots. It is a neat game though. The only problem I really have with it is its lack of naval warfare and the overall complication of the game at its core. The complication, however, is easily overcome by doing some research into the mechanics after every win/loss to see exactly why you won/lost, provided that you didn't just do something dumb like build hovercrafts on top of a mountain that they can't get down like I've done ^^; With the right knowledge though, it is amazingly rewarding.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
This is a really fun and underplayed RTS game. Fast paced and action packed unlike many other games of this genre like which focus on base building and economy. Evolution RTS has a bunch of quality maps that are official and hundreds more spring engine maps that are compatible with the game. It is a bit confusing at first while you figure out how it works, but the outcome is very satisfying. The large number of possibilities in-game feels like all-in-one RTS which gives you control over everything in the game and it makes crazy number of strategies possible.Evolution RTS is rough around the edges and far from perfect, but I'm sure a true RTS fan will enjoy this game.

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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
Easy to learn, and fast paced RTS. Highly recommend.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Well worth the $0, at first i was skeptical about the price, but i was reassured because it matches my credit card balance and i like to keep things equal, i find it likely that about 80% of the negative reviews didnt actually put real effort into learning the mechanics of the game(played for .5 hrs), or even set up the game :) not to fear, its good :) im still terrible at it, but enjoy it thoughly, i reccomend it to anyone willing to take the time to learn, not exactly casual... but not like anyones gonna care if you dont know what your doing, especially early on, it helped that some awesome guy, who was the only other person in a chat room was willing and friendly enough to help me figure out the basic mechanics, by starting a game and saying, learn or die.... that was a false statement, in the act of dying i was also able to learn! :) over and over
until he left me with a CAI bot to play against, which works 70% of the time, so its awesome
8/8 m8, jk thou like 8/10 itll be more fun when im better, atm i enjoy it alot anyways
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
239.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
Is this game good? Yes.

Is it difficult to actually figure out how to get the game running? As of when I write this (9/4/2014), yes.

Don't expect to download the game off steam and have it working immediately. You'll most likely encounter issues figuring out exactly how to get it running. There is information available on how to fix most issues, but you may need to do some reading.

The server is also over-run with noobs atm which makes it difficult to get a lobby into the end-zone and actually start a game. Since yesterday when I started playing, there have been substantial quality of life improvements in this regard, but it's still rough around the edges.

The pre-release community have all been very nice and patient, and the devs are obviously working very hard to remedy known issues.

You may be too impatient to get this game working. I think it's well worth it, but if you are not the patient type, it may be worth coming back later when the devs have had time to respond to community feedback. In the meantime, Ima do a training montage and shatter your scrubby nerd ego across my doombringing knee come the time when you finally man up and get around to playing this awesome game.

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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Evolution RTS is really complicated. Especially if you are playing this by yourself. It has no tutorial what so ever and just trying to launch your own game is just as difficult. If you ever want to try this game out, I would most recommend playing / starting out with a person who's played Evolution before. There can be more than two people in each game.
When you do play the game, it's really fun. You build structures that give you more energy and metal, which are used in making your troops and other buildings, Kinda like starcraft and other RTS games. I reallyl ike this game because near the end, you get to build nukes and there are forcefields (called protectors) that stop them and you could build as much of these if there is space to place them. There are several maps that are different from one another and most rounds take about half an hour (unless you realy want to finish the round, you could beat it in maybe 10 mins if you are good)

All in all, it's good if you know how to play it. Most of the time, almost everyone I know that I reccomended this game to has quit the game in minutes before anything really happened or actually played the game (like only 3 people out of the many that i recommended to has played properly) I reallyl ike the game. It's one of my favourites and is one of the games on the top of my list to play when someone wants to play with me.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 10
cant do anything in it doesnt work and i have a great computer also cant move and do anything
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9.3 hrs
Posted: October 4
it is great fun
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
I never even made it to the main menu, I restarted it multiple times (had to kill the process every time) and waited about 5 minutes for it to load but unfortanately nothing.
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the war(ITA)
100.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
i expiering a problem about the game say it's connecting for a long time not connnecting me and so i can't anymore go to moltyplayier battles were i can download the game modes and other things and the new lobby don't have the option to play in singleplayier, i want the old lobby, not this one
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A developer has responded on Sep 13 @ 9:58pm
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
this is the worst game I have ever played for 1 me and my freind cant even get on the damn game and if this game has been worked on for 5 years it would be way better then this or the developers just suck at making games this is the worst game I have ever played
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A developer has responded on Sep 13 @ 10:04pm
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 9
This ♥♥♥♥ing games doesnt work worth ♥♥♥♥. First off i cant join a ♥♥♥♥ing map because it doesnt tell me how to join the actual match. honestly its a ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game
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A developer has responded on Sep 13 @ 10:01pm
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Don't try this game, if you are looking for a Finished game and you don't know how to think and research.

Evolution RTS is a free Open Source RTS game. Could be compared to Total Annihilation.
It does has a wiki website with some help pages and videos, maybe you could find some youtube videos on help.

- Not many people playing.

Try it, if you are a Programmer type looking for something to do. Needs more programmers to play and expand this game.
Try it, if you like Total Annihilation-like games.

For more info:










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-hg- shadowslayer1008
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
To be honest I have never played open sourced games before, and this one is really good. At first it took me about a half hour to figure out the and what the mechanics were. but the game is a fun free RTS game, I wanna play games like C&C but my computer right now can not handle C&C games, and this game reminds me of C&C so much, I reccomend a campaing mode, like have a non open sourced campaing mode but keep the features, I bet adding this in will defentily make the game appeal to more gamers in the RTS community.
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Tnega Libram
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
I clicked the button on the main menu that stated "play with survial spawner" I asumed this was some sort of tower defency mode. I attempted to play, and after haveing my ears assaulted by terible metal as soon as the game started I won, as there "was no opponent".

Word of advice to aspiring developers, MAKE SURE THE OPTIONS ON YOUR MAIN MENU WORK.
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57.1 hrs
Posted: August 16
A really great RTS game. I play this with my friends anytime we get a chance. It has many different units you can pick and choose to fight with. There are different strategies you can take such as either waiting and building up a defence/attack or just going all out and attacking from the very beginning. I have not encountered any bugs as of yet. The game seems to be very well made. The graphics are really great and yet I am still able to play it on a low quality laptop. In my time playing this game, I really enjoyed how you can get these huge units that can take out nearly everything. This is a great game so get it today!

The only downside is that there aren't enough people who know about the game who are playing it.
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