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Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome for Windows

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Key Details of Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome

  • Build an empire to wage war in ancient Roman times.
  • Last updated on 5/17/2024
  • There have been 4 updates
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The original Age of Empires is not required to play this game.

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Age of Empires is one of the most popular strategy games of all time, this is something that all gamers would agree on. Despite being an old game, Age of Empires still had a vast number of features, but if you want more, this expansion has your back. Ensemble Studios worked with Microsoft Games to 

This expansion pack makes playing the game smoother by adding new shortcuts and making it easier to control your units and manage your empire.It keeps the game's classic look but makes everything more user-friendly. Rise of Rome adds lots of new stuff to make the game more interesting. 

There are bigger maps to explore, and new civilizations with their own special units and advantages. It also introduces handy features like lining up units to be created and quickly finding units that aren't doing anything. The big highlights are the four new groups you can play as, each with their own unique perks, buildings, and units that change up how you play. T

here are also new types of soldiers and technologies that open up different ways to win. The game also made some improvements to make fights fairer and let you have more units. You can buy this expansion if you already have Age of Empires. 

The Rise of Rome makes Age of Empires even better by adding more things to do and new ways to play. It's great for anyone who likes games where you build empires and strategize. You need the first game to play this part, but it’s worth it because it makes everything more fun and interesting. 

Age of Empires is a great game if you are into strategy games. This nostalgic add-on makes everything even more interesting, and it does not require a high-quality PC. It has been many years since the release of this game, and that is why today’s computers are able to run it without facing any issues.

Bottom Line

Things to consider about this expansion:

  • Works on Windows computers.
  • Simple for everyone, whether you're new or have played a lot.
  • Needs the original Age of Empires game to work.
  • If you like strategy games or history, this is for you.

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Full Specifications

October 16, 1998
Latest update
May 17, 2024
Operating System
Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 10
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Developer's Description

Build an empire to wage war in ancient Roman times.
Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome is the highly anticipated add-on to the award-winning strategy game Age of Empires, the strategy/war winner of Gamecenter's Reader's Choice Awards for 1997. Focusing on the legendary Roman Empire, The Rise of Rome will challenge veterans and novices alike to wage war on an epic scale with four additional civilizations, several unique units, new technologies, and new campaigns, including the showcase campaign that focuses on The Rise of Rome.

Multiplayer play is possible on MSN Gaming Zone, via TCP/IP, or via serial ports. In a multiplayer game, all players must use the same version; for example, if you are using the Age of Empires Expansion trial version, only trial version games appear in the multiplayer list.