Age of Empires III

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Age of Empires III is the third installment in the series of real-time strategy games. The main idea of the gameplay remains unchanged: with the limited amount of resources and a handful of settlers, you must think about the expansion of your colony. Besides the strong economic thread, you should also think about the development of your army. Like in the previous games your people start in an early part of humanity's history and progress to new ages (up to the industrial age) with better weapons and other possibilities.

The game offers you a complex single-player campaign that is divided into 24 missions and three acts. You take the role of Morgan Black and his family which struggle against a mysterious European cult. You can also challenge yourself in the multiplayer mode where you can command one of the eight European powers (from French to Russian). A new addition to the game mechanics is the home city in Europe which regularly sends supplies or military reinforcements. It is persistent and after multiplayer successes you gain the ability to upgrade it through a tech tree.


Age of Empires III Windows Take no prisoners!
Age of Empires III Windows Title Screen.
Age of Empires III Windows Your colony is under attack!
Age of Empires III Windows An indian village.

Alternate Titles

  • "帝国时代III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "世紀帝國3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Rocket" -- Internal development title
  • "AoE III" -- Abbreviated title
  • "AoE3" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Nothing groundbreaking, but a solid game Windows Cadorna (190)
A good game, but not a worthy successor Windows D Michael (221)
Nothing new under the sun Windows Sebastian Cardoso (45)
The best RTS since WarCraft II Windows Chris Wright (102)
Show me an AOE fan that actually likes AOE 3? I didn't think so. Windows Indra is stressed (20020)

Critic Reviews

Gamestyle (Germany) Windows Nov 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
PC Powerplay Windows Nov, 2005 87 out of 100 87
GamingExcellence Windows Nov 25, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
GameBump/Gaming Horizon Windows Nov 08, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Gaming Nexus Windows Dec 01, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Armchair Empire, The Windows Nov 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80
MacLife Macintosh Sep 25, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Nov 21, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet Windows Nov 09, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
1UP Windows Oct 17, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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Age of Empires III uses a modified version of the Age of Mythology engine.

Physics engine

The Windows version uses the Havok physics engine. Few modern Mac titles use it because of its licensing fee. MacSoft gutted Havok from the game and substituted it with a significantly less expensive technology called PhysX, developed by AGEIA for its Mac port.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #5 PC Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PC RTS of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Graphics of the Year (PC)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • 2006 - Best PC Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Voting)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2006 - Online Game of the Year
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #1 Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/2006 - #3 Strategy Game in 2005
  • Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
    • Early January 2007 - Distinguished Award for Technical Writing and Editing (for the manual and quick reference card)
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