Evolution RTS

Evolution RTS

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. 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 int he 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 in-game gui can easily be moved around, resized, and position 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!

Minimum system requirements: 


Somewhat annoyed with the Evolution RTS game page

In looking over referrers to the Evo site I noticed a portion of hits coming from this site so I had a look at the evo page here. I was a little disappointed that it seems to be just a copy paste of the about page on the evo site (which is very badly written and entirely my own fault).

Another annoying thing is that it points to desura for the download which is not particularly good. I would much rather it point to http://www.evolutionrts.info/download

Unfortunately Desura has failed game developers very badly, and I can't be arsed to deal with it much anymore. Not to mention the fact that if someone messages me there or leaves a comment I have no way to get notified of it. Failure all the way around. Whereas the proper evo site is tied in with the G+ community (Forums) and various easy ways to get in touch with me.

But the #1 thing that actually upset me is that it is listed as closed source! It is absolutely not closed source! On the same page, it links to the changes list on the google code page, where all the source is open and available! The current license is Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States and can be viewed at https://code.google.com/p/evolutionrts/source/browse/trunk/Evolution%20RTS%20-%20Creative%20Commons%20Deed.pdf.

I realize managing a massive games db can't be a very easy job, so it kinda makes sense that this is likely an automated posting, no worries, nice to have the exposure! So thanks for that! :-)


Managing a game is a lot of very hard work and keeping everything in one sock is very difficult. I appreciate your patience!

I will rewrite the about page on the site right after I finish this post. Thanks for listening to me bellyache :-)

Edit: Crap no way to subscribe to the topic. I'll try to remember to check back semi-often for any replies.

Some clarifications:
- Download and Install
the name is historical, atm we only list thirdparty distribution of specific sites namely: Desura, Steam, humblebundle, indie game stand and Linux Package search. I can see how this is misleading and unsuited for projects that mainly use there own website to distribute their game. (in a first attempt to clarify i changed the name but we might find a more suitable solution)

- License
unfortunately i couldn't open the supplied pdf. but like you said it should be OSI compliant. So this will change.

- Subscription
Good point, we will try to get something implemented.

NC Means Non-Commercial, and ND means No-Derivatives. neither NC nor ND suggest that redistribution is not allowed.

As per the creative commons deed:

You are free:
to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the
author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you
or your use of the work).
Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this
With the understanding that:
Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get
permission from the copyright holder.
Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the
Your fair dealing or fair use rights;
The author's moral rights;
Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how
the work is used, such as publicity.

As you can see in the 3rd above link the license isn't approved by the OSI. It might be not ideal how we handle licenses, but licensing is messy and we are no lawyers so we use the term "open source" which is connected to the OSI.

It may not comply with the OSI, but that does not mean that it isn't "Open Source". I suggest modifying how you use the term "Open Source", because it does not mean what you are intending to mean when you use it ambiguously.

>It may not comply with the OSI, but that does not mean that it isn't "Open Source".

OSI is the only organization that uses the term "open source" in the public. Other organizations like debian or the fsf use "free software" but all agree that the nc and nd licences are not free or open.

>I suggest modifying how you use the term "Open Source", because it does not mean what you are intending to mean...

I see no need for that. If you use a term like open source you need a clear definition what it is and the OSI is the only organization that provides one. It's also already described here ( http://www.lgdb.org/game_categories#12 )

You seem to be confused... Where did you miss the part about all of the code being GPL v2? Only the art is off limits, specifically models and textures for those models. Everything else is fair game.

The project itself is nc nd, but the things contained therein are sometimes under other licenses that are compatible. In this case, GPL v2.


>You seem to be confused... Where did you miss the part about all of the code being GPL v2?

No I'm not, as you can see in the link above "The engine and all game files".

>Only the art is off limits, specifically models and textures for those models. Everything else is fair game.

I guess you don't understand: We are the LGDB not LEDB - We list games not engines! :)


Art is an important thing in a game it makes your game/mod different to all those other spring mods. Without the assets EvolutionRTS is just (a/the spring) engine and not a game.

Open game art might also be far more useful than another engine,
because it allows the reuse for countless other projects/people.

==>Code is only useful for programmers, art is useful for everybody.

The thread is about how the engine's license affects game content. Specifically, all game code must be GPL. Art can be any other license that is compatible.

In Evo, the art is CC by NC ND, and the code is GPL. The project itself is also CC by NC ND. An example being, you couldn't just copy it and make a derivative of the project itself without permission.

It is not uncommon for open source projects to make use of multiple licenses.

GPL is for code, not art. Anyone can tell you that. CC is great for art but not so great for code.

>make a derivative of the project itself without permission.

Its not only the project it applies to all your assets which means nobody can't edit them see also the official Creative commons description for the CC BY-NC-ND(http://creativecommons.org/examples#by-nc-nd):

This license is the most restrictive of our six licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

sounds this open to you?

>It is not uncommon for open source projects to make use of multiple licenses.

Not a problem but we rate a game by it's weakest license (in your case NC-ND)

>GPL is for code, not art. Anyone can tell you that. CC is great for art but not so great for code.

Not really there is many art licensed under GPL or LGPL, but I agree CC(BY or BY-SA) or ArtLibre is probably better for art...

I'm not sure why this is hard for you to understand.

The source is open. Period. You wanna see it? http://www.source.evolutionrts.info

It's on Google Code for crying out loud. You couldn't get more visible short of uploading it to github.

Art assets (Models and Unit Textures for those models) are protected via CC by NC SA.

Lua scripts are licensed via GPL, WTFPL, PD, and various other GPLish/compatible licenses.

The project as a whole is protected via CC by NC SA. Just because the project as a whole is licensed one way, does not mean that other individual parts of that project cannot fly under other banners.

Since this is dealing strictly with linux, I would muchly prefer that the instructions on the SpringRTS.com page were followed. That will ensure the best possible experience.

Those instructions are basically this page:

For Debian/*buntu it's pretty straightforward due to synaptic. The rest are pretty simple as well.

Desura evo simple sends you to http://www.weblobby.evolutionrts.info , which up until a few weeks ago was perfect, but web browers are tired of java and oracle sucking, and have declared war on both, so self signed applets are in deep doodoo.

I actually made a newspost regarding this yesterday:

Unfortunately, cross platform apps like spring tend to get really messy due to the extreme differences in how windows packages are handled vs linux packages.

Moreover, linux packages get extremely difficult to deal with when you have an app that actively supports multiple versions of itself (such as spring... the lobby downloads whatever version of the engine is appropriate for you automatically).

Spring went though a pretty intense growing period of static linking, which is how multi-engine is handled now.

Anyway, thanks for your comments and support. I rewrote the about page last night, and while it isn't any great literary work, it should be a bit more appropriate.

I wasn't aware that I could edit the about page myself... I'll hop on it. Thought I would add some pictures to illustrate the "Features" list as well on the main site. Dunno if I can add images inline here, but if I can, I'll add them here as well.

Thanks much for everything!

Edit: I've updated the listing now :-)

For what it's worth, we've always listed open code (as in OSI, which the GPL complies with) but closed art games as open source. This includes ToME4 and other games