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DescriptionControl 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.
There are no Macintosh screenshots for this game.
There are 26 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
- Age of Empires series
- Game Engine: Genie
- Games with randomly generated environments
- Setting: Ancient Roman
There are no reviews for the Macintosh release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.
The Press Says
|Jeuxvideo.com||Apr 27, 2010||17 out of 20||85|
|Mac Gamer||1999||80 out of 100||80|
|Inside Mac Games (IMG)||Nov 03, 1999||8 out of 10||80|
|Games4Mac||2000||73 out of 100||73|
|IGN||Jun 07, 2002||7 out of 10||70|
|AppleLinks.Com||Oct 27, 1999||60|
|MacNN||Dec 07, 1999||40|
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Demo versionThe 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.
DocumentationBeing 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.
SalesIn 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
- 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
Related Web Sites
- Age of Empires Heaven -- Been online since 1997, is the biggest surviving fansite for AoE, has a ton of content and user-created files, and a forum that receives over three-hundred posts a week.
- Bei's Age of Empires Town Center -- The layout's a bit hard on the eyes but it has masses of information
- Ensemble's Age of Empires -- A 1998 post-mortem of Age of Empires reprinted on Gamasutra (Aug, 2009).
- Microsoft Age of Empires -- Official site of the publisher of AOE
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