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Age of Empires

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Control your tribe with the mouse. Make them build houses, docks, farms, and temples. Advance your civilization through time by learning new skills. The game allows for the player to advance through the ages: stone age, tool age, bronze 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 hunting, farming, or fishing; wood, which has to be logged by hand; stone, which has to be mined; and gold, which can either be mined or obtained through trade with other players

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


Age of Empires Windows Damaged boat
Age of Empires Windows Opening sequence
Age of Empires Windows Come here!
Age of Empires Windows Priests can convert enemy's units into yours.

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 (3028)
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 (311)
"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 (4416)

The Press Says

PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows May 04, 2002 91 out of 100 91
Mega Score Windows Nov, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Christ Centered Game Reviews Windows Jun 01, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 1997 87 out of 100 87 Windows Jul 12, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1999 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Nov 16, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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.


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 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.


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.


  • 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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