DescriptionIn Age of Empires, players are able to manage a tribe with their mouse. Command them to build houses, docks, farms, and temples. The player advances their civilization through time by learning new skills. The game allows the player to advance through the Ages: The Paleolithic (old Stone Age), the Neolithic (new Stone Age, or the Tool Age), the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. If the player would rather get away from the historical aspect, the game offers a random terrain generator and a custom scenario builder.
The game has four resources: food, obtained by either hunting, foraging, fishing, or farming; wood, which must be logged by hand; stone, which must be mined; and gold, which can either be mined or obtained through trade with other players.
As a real-time war game, Age of Empires naturally revolves around gathering resources and producing units.
- "帝国时代" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
- "世紀帝國" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
- "Tribe" -- Working title
- "Microsoft Age of Empires" -- Japanese title
- "Diguo Shidai" -- Chinese title
- "Dawn of Man" -- Early working title
- "AoE" -- Abbreviated name
- "Age of Empires: Un juego épico para crear y conquistar imperios" -- Spanish tag-lined title
- "Age of Empires: Ein Spiel über große Zivilsationen und Eroberungen" -- German tag-lined title
- "Age of Empires: Bâtissez votre civilization." -- French tag-lined title
- "Age of Empires: An Epic Game of Empire-Building and Conquest" -- Tag-lined title
- "Age of Empires 1" -- Retroactive informal name
- "マイクロソフト エイジ オブ エンパイア" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Age of Empires series
- Game Engine: Genie
- Gameplay feature: Fog of war
- Games bundled with cereal boxes
- Games that include map/level editor
- Games with randomly generated environments
- Setting: Ancient Roman
- Setting: Egyptian
- Software Pyramide releases
|PC Action (Germany)||Oct, 1997||91 out of 100||91|
|Coming Soon Magazine||Feb, 1998||90 out of 100||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Aug 15, 2001||9 out of 10||90|
|GameStar (Germany)||Oct, 2000||88 out of 100||88|
|JeuxVideoPC.com||Jul 12, 2006||17 out of 20||85|
|CyberJoy||Apr 01, 1998||4.2 out of 5||84|
|PC Joker||Nov, 1997||82 out of 100||82|
|Reset||Feb, 1998||8 out of 10||80|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||May 30, 2007||5 out of 10||50|
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1001 Video GamesAge of Empires appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Demo versionThe demo released is worth getting, even for those owning the full game. It includes a tutorial campaign featuring the Hittites and two maps not present in the full version.
DocumentationBeing a RTS, it's surprising the printed manual in the UK release only covers the game basics, but the game includes a large online help file worth hundreds of pages of both game and historical information. Guess it's true that digital information does save trees.
Multiplayer"Multiplayer mode" in Age of Empires is actually something of a misnomer. It is possible to create and play a multiplayer game with only one player.
SalesIn 1998, Age of Empires has won both the Gold- and Platinum-Awards from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 units (Gold) and more then 200,000 units (Platinum) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As the Gold-Award is not counted into the Platinum-Award, both awards total in between 300,000 and 700,000 units sold.
- Computer Gaming World
- March 1998 (Issue #164) – Outstanding Multiplay of the Year
- June 2001 (Issue #203) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue #100) - #81 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
- 2001 – #14 Top Game of All Time
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #14 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- Interactive Achievement Awards (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences)
- 1998 – Computer Strategy Game of the Year – Won
- 1998 – Interactive Title of the Year – Nominated
- PC Gamer
- April 2000 issue - #21 in the Readers All-Time Top 50 Games poll
- Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (Entertainment Software Association Germany)
- 1998 - Gold Award for selling more then 100,000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- 1998 - Platin Award for selling more then 300,000 units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Information also contributed by Luis Silva, Maw, PCGamer77 and Xoleras
Related Web Sites
- Age of Empires Heaven (Been online since 1997, is the biggest surviving fansite for AoE, has a ton of content and user-created files, and a forum that receives over three-hundred posts a week.)
- Bei's Age of Empires Town Center (The layout's a bit hard on the eyes but it has masses of information)
- Ensemble's Age of Empires (A 1998 post-mortem of Age of Empires reprinted on Gamasutra (Aug, 2009).)
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Microsoft Age of Empires (Official site of the publisher of AOE)
MajorDad (535) added Age of Empires (Windows) on Nov 05, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Jeanne (76226)
Credits (65 people)
Timothy A. Deen, Mark Terrano, Dave Pottinger, Matt Pritchard, David Lewis, Mickey Kawick, Bill SchofieldArt Lead:
Scott Winsett, Thonny S. Namuonglo, Sean Wolff, Duncan McKissick, Don Gagen, Herb Ellwood, Duane Santos, David DeenMusic: