WideLands, an interesting strategy game focused on construction and not destruction

Many of those who read this played Age of Empire, that strategy game that we enjoy so much and that to our happiness, today we have a 'counterpart' called 0 AD.

It happens that many of us want to play a strategy game, yes, but without war or battles being the main thing. We want to occupy our minds on the city, civilization, resources, and not have to be aware of enemies or the like. Yes friends, there are those who sometimes just want to see how our civilization grows 🙂

A cool game for it is WideLands :



Although the graphics is not its strong point, because for a game of these years the graphics are quite poor, the strong point of WideLands is precisely the game, the options, the 'playability'.

As you can see, it can be played in Spanish, dialogues, menu, messages, everything in Spanish, this is something without a doubt very positive, because this is a game of calm, patience and texts, finding everything in our language will greatly facilitate our lifetime.


I have only played a little bit, as I 'discovered' it in my repo and wanted to post about it as soon as possible, so I still have a lot to learn (I have played the tutorial and just a little more).

However, I leave you my first impressions.


The game, as specified in several texts, focuses on construction and not destruction, which means just what I told you at the beginning, the main thing in the game is our development taking into account minerals, resources, and not the destruction of other civilizations.

The details of the game, the options and what it allows us and how it is played ... are really exceptional in some cases. For example:

Mineral resources: In games like Age of Empire, European Wars (both Windows) when we needed some resource like gold or iron, we simply sent some workers to a mine that we just built or we simply sent them to 'chop' a rock and that's it. Well, in WideLands resources such as iron, granite or gold are not visible at all, we can see a mountain or hill but we must send a geologist to inspect the land, to identify what resources are in that mountain or hill and then when he finishes, we will know what resources are and where specifically in that area. Also, to cut down trees and obtain wood we cannot just send some workers to cut down trees, we must create a Lumberjack's Cabin.

Roads, paths: In other games the workers or other characters walked through the fields without problems, here in WideLands it is not like that, if we create a Quarry to obtain stone, a Lumberjack's Cabin or any other building, so that the workers can go from one construction to another. another we must create paths between them, in fact, without a path, buildings cannot even be built. Also another important detail, the roads will not always be flat, they may have sloping or sloping sections, we can take advantage of those sloping slopes to make the movement of carts with resources to one side or another faster. As you can see, options that at least I ... I don't remember another game where I've seen them.

War: Although war or battles is not essential, it can be present. We can expand our territory by building war buildings on the borders, they will also serve us in case of need, attack other civilizations or defend ourselves.


I definitely recommend that you play the tutorial, you will need a lot because getting used to the way you play, fully understanding the game can cost us a bit of work if we do without the tutorial.

This is the first game in which I will try to go as far as possible on Linux, because it has been a long time since I played the OpenArena campaign and well, 0 AD is not that I like it very much 🙂

I remember when I was a little over 10 years old that I liked to play everything with keys, tricks (in fact, not long ago until I played Grand Theft Auto 5 with cheats), and this is something that today is still more fashionable than ever because, the more modern the game is, the faster the tricks appear ... however, since I clarify, I do not think there are tricks for Widelands.

To install WideLands you can do it from its official repository:

Debian, Ubuntu or derivatives:

sudo apt-get install widelands

ArchLinux, Chakra or derivatives:

sudo pacman -S widelands

Well, this is the end of the post, I will continue little by little getting into the dynamics of the game

Greetings and, I hope you have found the game interesting

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  1.   cronos said

    You brought back memories when you mention AoE, 0 AD is on an excellent path, Wayland had already tried it and it seemed good to me, by the way it is more similar to Settlers on windows.


    1.    cronos said

      : )

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      EXACT!!!! Thanks, it was aaaañññoooosssss that I did not even remember the Settlers, that's why I did not even mention it, but it is one of the first games that I enjoyed on Windows, although the workers / villagers could not be controlled, it is the same theme as Widelands 🙂

      Thank you for reminding me of the name

      1.    alebils said

        Do you know how I put it in Spanish? Because it was installed in English

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

          In the $ HOME / .widelands / config file put something like this:


  2.   let's use linux said

    That good! I didn't know him! I'm going to prove it.
    Hug! Paul.

  3.   Ale said

    Uhhh those screenshots and the things you comment brought Civilization to mind! I loved that game, and I always focused on the part of building civilization as well, not so much the wars. He was always trying to discover other planets, which was the way to win without destroying them all.

    You made me want to try it nn

  4.   Aries said

    Good game and post. It's actually trying to be a clone of The Settlers 1 (aka: Serf City: Life is feudal), a great game from BlueByte. Hopefully they make a clone of 3 that works acceptably on Linux ... Greetings!

  5.   eliotime3000 said

    Off Topic:

    @Gaara, don't tell me you got the PS3 with GTA V.

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Nah, I only played it at a friend's house 🙂

  6.   Joaquin said

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  7.   Juani said

    It looks good! I haven't played a native one for Linux in a long time, I think the last one was Battle for Wesnoth.
    I keep the post to try it over the weekend 😉

  8.   David Myths said

    Hi, I just want to tell you that this game has a small 'flaw' to take into account: the further the game progresses, the slower it becomes. Until there comes a time when you can hardly do anything, because everything goes at a snail's pace, or even slower. At least regarding the last time I played, I hope they corrected it.

  9.   alebils said

    I was installed in English
    How do I put it in Spanish?

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      In the $ HOME / .widelands / config file put something like this:

      language = »es_ES»

  10.   Eduardo said

    I had already tried it a few months ago and the truth is that I did not quite like it, but as you have presented it I realize that there are many things that perhaps I did not try the game, I will be encouraged to test it again friend.

    1.    Anonymous said

      It looks very interesting !! Thank you for posting it and diving into the repos to find out! I like this type of games a lot and more if they do not focus on wars or confrontations between civilizations.

      OpenArena is the free game that I like the most in Linux, it is excellent to play a 3d fps against any opponent on the net.

      Another game I recently rediscovered was PyChess, an online or offline chess game. I think allaaa around 2006 I heard about it but I don't know why I didn't pay attention to it, I think today is the best chess game, in terms of interface, graphics and ease of use, in addition to being able to play in full screen.

      We all know that free games do not die, they can evolve over time (as happened with pychess), so today it may not have excellent graphics, but that may just be a matter of time.

  11.   Fega said

    This is like a flashback! 🙂

  12.   edgar.kchaz said

    Wao, wao, wao, wao… Finally a strategy game on Linux that catches my attention.
    I had only played Alex The Allegator 4 hahaha, thanks for the post. Let's try it 😉.

  13.   Fabian said

    I get the following error:
    widelands: error while loading shared libraries: libboost_signals.so.1.55.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

  14.   Claudio said

    What requirements must be met? On a notebook with an i3 plus IntelHD 4000 will it run?

    1.    Diego said

      Hi, I have a 1.5 Ghz dual core notebook and it is perfect so it will be perfect on your computer too.
      Keep in mind that it is a game that has very few requirements.

  15.   Diego said

    Hello! the game seems entertaining for lovers of this genre.
    I already installed it and medieval music attracts in itself.
    I am one of those who prefer a good game and not good graphics.

  16.   Jibril said

    Hi, I wanted to say something about something you write.

    «Yes friends, there are those who sometimes just want to see how our civilization grows?

    I wanted to say in this regard that this seems to me something of the most stupid, starting because the fact that there are enemies and wars does not imply that "your civilization does not grow", unless you are inept and incapable of defending your people. And on the other hand because you cover up, like a good coward, the fact that for every civilization to expand satisfactorily, it must push others to ruin, since resources and space are not unlimited.

    Without further ado, the game is pretty good.