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As with the demo versions of the original Age of Empires, the demo release of its expansion includes a unique short campaign not found in the retail version of The Rise of Rome. The three-mission campaign casts the player as the commander of Carthaginian forces during the First Punic War, fighting against the Romans. With the first level filling the role of a simple sandbox tutorial, the other two cover the events of historical battles of Mylae and Tunis (albeit treated with artistic license, as is usual for the series). The demo also includes one 4-player scenario for multiplayer mode.

The demo showcases three of the five new units added in the expansion, namely the Slinger, the Camel Rider, and the Fire Galley, as well as some of the new technologies. Because many expansion additions only become available with the higher technology levels, the player is allowed to advance to the Iron Age in both battle scenarios, unlike most other demo releases of Ensemble games that limit technology to the third tier.

The demo also includes a short manual that contains descriptions of all additions and balance changes in The Rise of Rome, as well as technology tree tables for the new civilizations.


Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Demo Version) Windows A Fire Galley can quickly burn down any enemy ship. Carthaginians also receive an additional bonus to the attack of these units as their special power.
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Demo Version) Windows In a naval battle, it is wise to support Fire Galleys with other ships, or else the enemy might try to take advantage of their range and take out the slower Fire Galleys with hit-and-run tactics.
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Demo Version) Windows Slingers are available from the Barracks in the Tool Age, and their primary purpose is to serve as a counter for archers. They require stone to produce, which is less common than wood.
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Demo Version) Windows Current score and detailed game statistics can be viewed at any time during play at the achievements screen.

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  • "Microsoft Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome Trial" -- Full official title

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MrFlibble (15447) added Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (Demo Version) (Windows) on Oct 15, 2012