Want to Play Age of Empires for Mac? Try 0 A.D. Instead, & It’s Free
Age Of Empires was a classic real time strategy game set in ancient history, where players would build villages that blossomed into cities, all while amassing resources, managing a functioning economy, and building an army to defend your territory, explore, or take-over new lands. Once upon a time Age of Empires used to exist for the Mac as well as the PC, but nowadays that is no longer the case.
If you’re a Mac user who longs for Age of Empires style of gameplay on a modern Mac, then you’re not completely out of luck, because you can play a game called 0 A.D. instead and it’s a pretty great RTS, sort of like a modern Age of Empires clone.
0 A.D. is a historical war and economy game that is quite similar to Age of Empires and is clearly influenced by classic RTS games like Age of Empires, and not only does it work great on the Mac, but it also plays fine on Windows and Linux too. You’ll have all the familiar RTS capabilities like town building, unit development, resource gathering, technology research, upgrades, army building, exploration, warfare with offense and defense, and much more.
Oh and perhaps best of all, not only is 0 A.D. cross platform compatible but it’s also totally free. Yes really, free, good old open-source software!
- Head to Play0ad.com to download 0 A.D. for the Mac (or Windows / Linux), it’s free
System requirements for 0 A.D. are very light, though obviously the newer better computers will perform best. For Mac, you’ll need Mac OS X 10.8 or later, a 1024 x 768 or greater display, and an Intel Mac – that’s the barebones requirements to get 0 A.D. running on a Mac, but requirements on a Windows or Linux PC are not much different.
On the Mac, you can install 0 A.D. by dragging it into your /Applications folder, then open it like any other app and you can start playing as usual.
0 A.D. has a lot of similarities to Age of Empires and other Real-Time Strategy games in gameplay, graphics, and mechanics, and if you’re a fan of the RTS genre you’ll almost certainly enjoy 0 A.D. even if it’s not exactly Age of Empires you may have been looking for.
Check out a screen shots gallery and some of the videos below, or just download the game and install it to check it out directly yourself.
Some of the various 0 A.D. gameplay videos, 1:
0 A.D. is under active development and is continuously being updated with new features, capabilities, gameplay options, and more, so if you get into the game you’ll undoubtedly appreciate the evolving nature. The game also has a built-in feedback tool so you can submit ideas, bug reports, feature requests, or whatever else directly to the game developers.
If you’re into the RTS genre and enjoy games like Age of Empires, you might also appreciate downloading Starcraft for free for Mac and Windows which is another free blast from the past, and if you’re a Blizzard fan you might also like installing Warcraft 3 on the Mac which still works great if you download the latest version from Blizzard. More modern RTS style games for Mac include Starcraft 2, Civilization 5, and Civilization 6, amongst other smaller releases out there.