Age of Empires requires the player to develop a civilization from a few gatherer type units to an expansive Iron Age empire. To achieve victory, the player must gather resources and develop new units, buildings and advanced technology.
12 civilizations are available, with individual sets of attributes, unique technologies and specialized units.
The game features four single player campaigns, arranged as a collection of linearly progressing scenarios, in which the player is required to achieve specific objectives.The campaigns follow the history of the Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian and Yamato civilizations. There is additionally a campaign specifically made for the demo version that takes place in the Hittite empire.
The game also provides random map play, which generates a new map for each game, and a death match mode which provides a large amount of resources. The game supports user created scenarios and campaigns through the scenario builder.
Age of Empires (as "Dawn of Man") was the first game developed by Ensemble Studios. Its historical setting was chosen to be more plausible and accessible, particularly to casual gamers, than existing games. The designers received much of their inspiration from the game Civilization, with its proven historical setting; this was positively noted among reviewers.
- GameRankings 87%
- Metacritic 83%