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Age of Empires

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
70
3.9
Windows
87
3.8
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Description

In Age of Empires, players are able to manage a tribe with their mouse. Command them to build houses, docks, farms, and temples. The player advances their civilization through time by learning new skills. The game allows the player to advance through the Ages: The Paleolithic (old Stone Age), the Neolithic (new Stone Age, or the Tool Age), the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. If the player would rather get away from the historical aspect, the game offers a random terrain generator and a custom scenario builder.

The game has four resources: food, obtained by either hunting, foraging, fishing, or farming; wood, which must be logged by hand; stone, which must be mined; and gold, which can either be mined or obtained through trade with other players.

As a real-time war game, Age of Empires naturally revolves around gathering resources and producing units.

Screenshots

Age of Empires Windows There come reinforcements...
Age of Empires Windows Trial mission: a battle between Egyptians and Greeks.
Age of Empires Windows Opening sequence
Age of Empires Windows Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "帝国时代" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "世紀帝國" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tribe" -- Working title
  • "Diguo Shidai" -- Chinese title
  • "Dawn of Man" -- Early working title
  • "AoE" -- Abbreviated name
  • "Age of Empires: Un juego épico para crear y conquistar imperios" -- Spanish tag-lined title
  • "Age of Empires: Ein Spiel über große Zivilsationen und Eroberungen" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Age Of Empires: Bâtissez votre civilization." -- French tag-lined title
  • "Age of Empires: An Epic Game of Empire-Building and Conquest" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Admirable, but not truly lovable. Windows PCGamer77 (3027)
Old, but still good RTS. Windows Sir Gofermajster (481)
A million problems and the occasional flash of brilliance Windows Maw (849)
Brilliant! Up until its sequel, the best RTS ever made. Windows ShadowShrike (309)
"Great fun for the RTS fan..." Windows Unrealist (179)
This is a GREAT RTS game! Windows MiG Attack (9)
oh my God... what a disappointment! Windows Gothicgene (83)
Another great conquer the world game. Windows Jeff Watts (21)
Microsoft=Bad entertainment. Windows Joakim Kihlman (270)
A typical Microsoft failure. Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Feb, 1998 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 1997 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Windows Nov, 1997 84 out of 100 84
CyberJoy Windows Apr 01, 1998 4.2 out of 5 84
GameGenie Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80
macHOME Macintosh Sep, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Oct 27, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
MacNN Macintosh Dec 07, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Age of Empires appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Demo version

The demo released is worth getting, even for those owning the full game. It includes a tutorial campaign featuring the Hittites and two maps not present in the full version.

Documentation

Being a RTS, it's surprising the printed manual in the UK release only covers the game basics, but the game includes a large online help file worth hundreds of pages of both game and historical information. Guess it's true that digital information does save trees.

Multiplayer

"Multiplayer mode" in Age of Empires is actually something of a misnomer. It is possible to create and play a multiplayer game with only one player.

Sales

In 1998, Age of Empires has won both the Gold- and Platinum-Awards from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 units (Gold) and more then 200,000 units (Platinum) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As the Gold-Award is not counted into the Platinum-Award, both awards total in between 300,000 and 700,000 units sold.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Outstanding Multiplay of the Year
    • June 2001 (Issue #203) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #81 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #14 Top Game of All Time
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #14 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 issue - #21 in the Readers All-Time Top 50 Games poll
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (Entertainment Software Association Germany)
    • 1998 - Gold Award for selling more then 100,000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • 1998 - Platin Award for selling more then 300,000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Information also contributed by Luis Silva, Maw, PCGamer77 and Xoleras

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