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Description

Based upon Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, this addition to the Age of Empires series shifts from its real time strategy roots to a DS exclusive turn-based strategy title, though the same goals still apply. Command and rule.

Using the DS touch screen, players must guide their chosen empire in a series of battle campaigns, utilizing a number of units, strategies, and hero units in battle, while also constructing a town to provide new units and upgrades.

Five different civilizations are available: Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, and the Japanese. Each has a unique hero unit, for example Richard the Lionheart (Britons), Minamoto Yoshitsune (Japanese), Joan of Arc (Franks) or Genghis Khan (Mongols), who all provide a number of advancements during battle.

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Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS The title screen
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS The battle backgrounds are very well drawn.
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Introduction of the first chapter
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Choosing to attack the enemy!

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Critic Reviews

1UP Feb 17, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Official Nintendo Magazine Jan 10, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Gamer.nl Dec 25, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet Jan 16, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PlayDevil Sep 12, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2006 7 out of 10 70
videogamer.com Nov 22, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Play Magazine 2006 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Feb 22, 2006 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

EEPROM corruption

It was discovered that a fatal, cart-bricking bug has slipped unnoticed into the final version of the game: Whenever the name of your DS is 3 characters or less, the game corrupts the EEPROM and crashes even before displaying the title screen. From this point on it will no longer boot, even on a DS with a longer name, unless the cartridge's EEPROM is wiped clean.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best Strategy Game of the Year

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Kartanym (10697) added Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (Nintendo DS) on Mar 01, 2006