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North American box art.

Age of Empires is a real-time strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft originally for Windows in 1997.

I first played this game shortly after it was released when a friend of my brother's let me borrow it. I played through the Egyptian scenario to learn how to play, and then started playing online with him. I really enjoyed the game and got pretty good at it, well enough to beat most amateur-level players. This wasn't the first real-time strategy game I played (that was Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, but it was the last one to interest me since I noticed that they all pretty much follow the same routine.

Review

  • Overall: 7/10
  • Best Version: Windows

Good

  • The graphic art is fantastic. I'm not a fan of 2D graphics pre-rendered in 3D, but the artists did a good enough job with them.
  • The game's music and sound effects are really good.
  • The game's AI it very competent, and can be quite a challenge at the hardest difficulty.
  • A lot of detailed history was put into the game, and the various touches were noticed.
  • The built-in scenario editor was a wonderful treat.
  • The game had really good multiplayer support.
  • The manual is really informative and well-made.

Bad

  • The civilizations are not evenly balanced. The fast villagers of the Assyrians and Yamato make them superior for standard play.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Rise of Rome

The Rise of Rome expansion adds new civilizations, new units, more scenarios, bigger maps, and lots of bug fixes.

Documentation

Gallery

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