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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.


Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Windows Title screen
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Windows A trial campaign: a roman village
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Windows What is said to be the wonder of all wonders: The Coliseum
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Windows Presenting the five new units: Fire Galley, Scythe Chariot, Slinger, Camel Rider and Armored Elephant

Alternate Titles

  • "帝国时代:罗马复兴" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "世紀帝國之羅馬霸主 (資料片)" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "RoR" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Age of Empires: Der Aufstieg Roms" -- German title

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User Reviews

More missions, more units, more fun. Sir Gofermajster (481) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla Jan 28, 1999 98 out of 100 98
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network May 04, 2002 93 out of 100 93
Strategy Gaming Online Nov 10, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Oct 21, 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
Computer Games Magazine Jan, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1998 80 out of 100 80
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76 Nov 11, 2001 15 out of 20 75 Nov 26, 1998 15 out of 20 75


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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.

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Shane k (126) added Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Windows) on Apr 01, 2000