Age of Empires

Publishers Microsoft Game Studios, MacSoft Games, Mobile Digital Media
Developers Ensemble Studios, MacSoft Games, Zio Interactive
Release date 1997
Genre Strategy
Game rating

Game Description

Age of Empires (often abbreviated as AoE or AoE1) is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios on October 15, 1997 in North America and February 2, 1998 in Europe and Japan. It is the firest game in the well-known Age of Empires series. The game takes place over a period between 5000 BC. BC and 800 AD During which the player must control a pre-selected ancient civilization across different technological ages. Advancing between ages unlocks new technologies and units. Twelve civilizations are available in the game, each inspired by historical periods such as ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and ancient Mesopotamia. When the game was released, its historical context was quite unique to gaming and was an important factor in the game’s success. One year later, an official expansion pack was released called Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome.

Download Age of Empires

Age of Empires is no longer abandonware. You can download it from:

Windows (1997)

Purchase from Steam

Additional files, patches and fixes

Age of Empires Windows Manual (English)

Age of Empires Windows ReadMe (English)

Age of Empires Screenshots


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