Kind of a mix of Civilization 2 and Warcraft II, Age of Empires is a real-time strategy classic that has in turn spawned countless imitators. If you've ever played any title from the Age series, you'll feel right at home gathering the troops, gathering natural resources, and building structures. The game's graphics and sound are a bit rough by today's standards, but the challenging gameplay and classic control definitely stand the test of time. Although only one campaign comes with the demo, it's split up into several scenarios that can take hours to get through. If you're any kind of real-time strategy fan, this should have a mandatory spot in your download library.
What's new in version 1.0
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedOctober 4, 1997
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows 95, Windows NT
Additional RequirementsPentium 90, Windows 95/NT, 16MB RAM, 80MB disk space (game), 50MB disk space (swap file), local SVGA bus video display (with 1MB VRAM), DirectX Drivers 5.0
Age of Empires is a civilization-building strategy game with few competitors. Designed at Microsoft by the same people who crafted the award-winning Civilization, Age of Empires features advanced gameplay that's comprehensive enough for hard-core fans of strategic gaming, yet simple enough for the newest gamer to pick up. It also has breathtaking 3D graphics, unusual in this area of the gaming world. Start the game with only your powers of persuasion, and then get your tribe learning essential skills and adapting and developing important technologies to advance. In time, you'll reach out to other civilizations through peaceful trade or through combat and annexation. Age of Empires is anything but predictable--single out a scenario to play and repeat, and you'll be greeted with a different situation every time. This demo version allows you to play one campaign.