Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 1212 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,153,366
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 17, 1999
  • Price:
    Free to try

Editors' Review

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Combining the features of hit games Dune II and Civilization, this strategy adventure proves to be one of the more challenging and graphically advanced we've seen in some time. We were floored by the program's highly detailed graphics, based on an isometric, two-dimensional design, which presents a world of medieval warfare in which you can practically feel the gritty action. Even when compared to more contemporary graphics, the game's soldiers and weapons, the program environment, and especially the interface elements will satisfy players. The interface is user-friendly and features plenty of options, including a great control system. Each of the 13 nations involved in Age of Empires II has its own strategic advantages over the others, and most units are put together on a "ro-sham-bo" strategy. The game includes historical scenarios as well as "skirmish" modes and multiplayer options. The game's choice of music adds an appropriate tension to the gameplay, and in a nice touch, the warriors of different nations speak in their native languages. Overall, we can't wait to get our battle gear on again. Any fan of historic action games who hasn't yet experienced Age of Empires should be sure to at least download this demo version.
 
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1 stars

"Stuffed with malware"

March 26, 2014  |  By AimeeDoula

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Hopefully it will be a delight to play.

Cons

I haven't even gotten to play it yet because I have been cleaning up the mess it made on my computer. I would rather have just paid $10 at walmart for the game instead.

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1 stars

"FULL OF Malware"

February 04, 2014  |  By DirtyDogDaveee

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

full off malware

Cons

installed 4 other malware programs. malwarebytes picked up 37 malware files after i installed game. also alot of my setting where changed on my laptop by malware e.x browser home page.

Summary

do not down load. Cnet needs to clean up or remove this download quick

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1 stars

"BEWARE BEWARE"

January 20, 2014  |  By Emerald_Sky

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Unknown, haven't opened the installer file.

Cons

When I downloaded this game, PRIOR to running the AOE 2 installer, a program called Quickshare installed on my PC. I'm always vigilant about refusing the add-ons that would ultimately invade my privacy, and I know I did not elect to have this program installed. If you download this, pay attention, and download a good installer first.

Summary

I uninstalled Quickshare, and hopefully ASC got all of it. It really tics me off when this happens. Shame on you, Quickshare developers! Shame on you, CNET!

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5 stars

"Best strategy game of all times *****"

January 09, 2014  |  By JhonOrion

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

Cons

Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

Summary

5***** stars ! Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

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5 stars

"Amazing and worth to Play"

August 06, 2013  |  By Indrico Jowensen

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

you can run this great game with poor computer like Pentium IV .
This game contain knowledge like history .
easy and fun to play .

Cons

poor graphic .

Summary

just say great RTS .

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5 stars

"Superb RTS game"

June 10, 2013  |  By purnabhishek

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Excellent rts game to play

Cons

Its not free.

Summary

Don't worry there are so many free downloads for fullversion available.

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1 stars

"CNET is adding malware with this download"

April 09, 2013  |  By pancholongo

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

great game

Cons

Malware added upon download

Summary

Malware added upon download

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3 stars

"Could be Beter"

January 17, 2013  |  By HMBill

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Downlads and works... but not terribly well..

Cons

ssslllooowww... or slow... outdated

Summary

Interesting- but not very...

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4 stars

"How to play AoE II on Windows 7 -- see Summary"

April 06, 2012  |  By GamerKing

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Great game. I played it for two years.

Cons

Graphics are outdated, and if you try playing it on Win 7 they will look even worse. But see the fix below. This works for the FULL game, I assume it will work for the Demo offered here.

Summary

What follows is the official word from Microsoft on how to play this game with Win 7. I certainly makes the graphics more acceptable.

ADVANCED
Simply turn off Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) after starting the game. Then, Alt-tab into the agem. Of course, after playing use Task Manager to turn Exporer back on again.

NOT SO ADVANCED
Create a batch file to do the above for you.
1. Open your text exitor -- eg Notepad. Do not use Word!
2. Enter the following into Notepad:
taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
age2_x1.exe
Start explorer.exe
3. Save the file in the same folder where AoE II is installed..probably C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II.
4. Save the file as AOE2.BAT -- or anything you wish as long as it ends with .bat and not the default .txt
5. Right click on the file.
Select Send to
Select Desktop (create shortcut)

Now you can play the game any time you wish, it will automatically turn off Explorer while you play the game, and will turn it back on for you when you are finished.

Just in case you don't know what happens when you turn off Explorer, be aware that it removes your desktop icons etc. So you screen will look blank. However, if you screw up--not to worry, just reboot and all will be well.

Enjoy the game.

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5 stars

"My favourite game, made it's history interesting."

November 29, 2011  |  By Candy_Charm95

 |  Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

Pros

Umm...I bought this game like...long ago, but on the disc it is AGE OF MYTHOLOGY.

Cons

And I recalled Age of Empires II is a different one.

Summary

Great game, but name error. XDD

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/games/
Release Date November 17, 1999
Date Added November 17, 1999
Version 1.0
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Real-Time Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 95, Windows 98
Additional Requirements Pentium-166, Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5, 32MB RAM, 2MB of VRAM
Download Information
File Size 46.81MB
File Name AoE2demo.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,153,366
Downloads Last Week 2,903
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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