Glest is a real time strategy computer game set in a medieval world. The two factions battling for control are Tech and Magic, with each having its own types of buildings, combat units and upgrades. |
Tech consists of humans with both medieval mechanical weapons. This team can build large robotic devices with which to engage and hopefully defeat the enemy. Beginners with no or little experience should start with Tech as it doesn't require learning advanced options.
Magic is geared toward advanced players. This team cannot do hand to hand combat but are more versatile than Tech. A Magic player has the ability to cast spells, conjure zombie warriors and the use of dragons and golems.
When starting the game you can choose Forest, Winter or Dark Forest as your tileset. Players construct buildings, collect resources, create workers and produce military units to destroy enemy bases. You can play in Scenario mode with preset maps and have your enemies and difficulty levels chosen for you. Or you can start in the Custom mode that lets you choose options, like selecting your faction and map and how many enemies you'll face.
Glest has a multiplayer option if you have a LAN connection. It is not as technologically deep as most commercial games but its 3D textures are beautifully rendered. It is rich in detail and each character is distinguishable from others. There is a night/day cycle which makes night skirmishes challenging. As of now there is no story mode and only seven maps to choose from.
A popular fork of Glest, MegaGlest, has all the features of Glest as well as many new ones. The main focus for the MegaGlest project has been improving the network play experience.