Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome

aka: Age of Empires: Der Aufstieg Roms, Age of Empires: El Auge de Roma, RoR
Moby ID: 1249
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Age of Empires: Rise of Rome is an expansion for Age of Empires. Along several bug fixes, new maps, and four new campaigns about the rise and fall of Rome, it includes four new civilizations (Carthage, Macedonia, Palmyra, and Roman) with a new building design, five new units (slingers, armored elephants, camel riders, fire galleys, and scythe chariots), and four new technologies (logistics, martyrdom, medicine, and tower shield).

Gameplay is also tweaked, with the ability to queue production of units of the same type, the ability to use the "home" key to circle through events, the possibility to change the population limit, and a new map size "gigantic" was added.

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  • 世紀帝國之羅馬霸主 (資料片) - Traditional Chinese spelling
  • 帝国时代:罗马复兴 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 82% (based on 20 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 41 ratings with 1 reviews)

More missions, more units, more fun.

The Good
Well, there are 4 extra campaigns, 4 additional civilisations (each uses the same tileset), 5 new units (some of them, like Slinger and Camel Rider are rather useless, while Scythe Chariot is a very good unit) some new technologies and maps.

Ensemble Studios also added some tweaks to the gameplay, for example double-clicking on unit selects all visible units of the same type and pressing F11 will show you how many soldiers do you have and how many you can train.

The Bad
Unfortunately, I could copy "the bad" section from my Age of Empires review without doing any changes, because there are still some flaws from original AoE: you can still have problems with commanding your army, and there are bad proportions of units. Ensemble Studios fixed these problems in Age of Empires 2, however.

The Bottom Line
If you liked Age of Empires, you will probably like Rise of Rome, too. You will get some new missions, and you'll appreciate those little tweaks in interface. If you are unsure, download a trial version - there are 3 missions unavailable in full version.

Windows · by Sir Gofermajster (485) · 2009

Trivia

Bird hunting

It's possible to task a villager to hunt birds. However, when the bird is hit, it explodes.

Cut cheat

Ensemble Studios devoted whole brainstorming sessions as to what cheats should be allowed into the game. One of them was a cannibalism cheat that was cut out of the game at the last minute.

Online servers

The game's online servers (which were hosted on MSN Gaming Zone) were shut down on 19 June 2006 in the wake of MSN Games' shift from "CD-ROM matchmaking service" to casual online games.

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Game added April 1, 2000. Last modified March 3, 2024.