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Age of Empires II: The Conquerors (Windows)

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The Conquerors adds five new civilizations, including two from the americas, the Mayans and Aztecs. It also adds eleven new units such as the halberdier (an answer to the powerful paladins) and eagle warriors, which are used by the Mayans and Aztecs instead of stable units; a unique technology for each civilization including Kataparuto for the Japanese (increases Trebuchet fire rate and pack/unpack speed) and Zealotry for the Saracens (increases hit points for camels and mamelukes); and several new general technologies, such as Bloodlines, which increases the hit points of mounted units, and thumbring, which increases the rate of fire and accuracy of archers.

Several game balancing tweaks have been added too, for example janissaries have had their attack increased, and mangonels don't auto attack if some of your units could be hurt. One of the biggest changes, however, is the villager AI has been changed so they now gather after making a drop off building...i.e. after making a lumber camp they will start to chop wood.

AOK:TC also adds three new types of play, such as Wonder Race in which the goal is to build a wonder before anyone else.


Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Windows AoK:TC comes with a whole new set of campaigns, such as the Manzikert scenario pictured here
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Windows Bombarding the British castle
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Windows Farms will be your main source of food throughout the game
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Windows Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "帝国时代I:征服者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "世紀帝國II:征服者入侵 (資料片)" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "AOK:TC" -- Informal/Slang
  • "AoC" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

The product of perfectionism Maw (845) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
It's even more fun to play than AoK. Sir Gofermajster (481) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A truly great add-on, well worth the money jeremy strope (126) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Gameswelt Aug 24, 2000 95 out of 100 95
Game Captain Sep 20, 2000 93 out of 100 93
ActionTrip Sep 13, 2000 91 out of 100 91
Strategy Gaming Online Aug 27, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GBase - The Gamer's Base Mar 06, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Electric Playground 2000 9 out of 10 90
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 2000 88 out of 100 88 Sep 25, 2000 17 out of 20 85
PC Gamer Brasil Sep, 2000 81 out of 100 81 Aug 13, 2006 15 out of 20 75


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Microsoft forced Ensemble to change the artwork for the Janissary unit in the Conquerors, because they thought the white dress and tall hats made them look like members of the Ku Klux Klan.


With the series of Conqueror maps that shipped with the game, there is one of Texas. For anyone who doesn't get the joke, that's where Ensemble Studios is located. Of course, there is a little flag with the ES logo on it right over Dallas, and even a shipwreck where the designer Greg Street's old marine biology lab was.


Due to many people complaining that the new snow terrain in The Conquerors was ugly, a hack called NoSnow was released by m0d that removes all snow and ice from random map games.


  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Best Expansion Pack
  • PC Gamer
    • 2000 - Best Expansion Pack of the Year
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2001 - Best Add-on in 2000
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Kartanym (10766) added Age of Empires II: The Conquerors (Windows) on Aug 17, 2000