The first game in the popular Age of Empires series. You command one of 12 historical empires and help them develop their economy, food supply, technology, and military. Naturally, conquest is the ultimate goal. Players start with an empire that is in one of four "ages" – the Stone Age, Tool Age, Bronze Age, or Iron Age – which means that only certain technologies are available. The player can bring his civilization into the next age to make better weapons, armor, and ships available. Creating units requires varying amounts of four resources, so players must chop down trees for wood, forage, fish, hunt, or farm for food, and mine for gold and stone. Historical information is provided before and after every level, making the game educational as well as addictively fun. It may be necessary to run the installer in Windows 95 Compatibility mode, and to run as Administrator, to install and play this game on modern computers. In 1998, an expansion pack called The Rise of Rome was released, which adds four additional civilizations and a number of improvements. w7ddpatcher may be necessary to correct the colors on modern versions of Windows. The shareware version is limited to two campaigns: one with a single scenario pitting the Egyptians against the Greeks, and one with five scenarios, following the Hittite empire.
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|Age of Empires Japanese Shareware Demo (25,019,344 bytes)||1997-12-19||Win9x|
|Age of Empires English Shareware Demo (24,785,176 bytes)||1997-10-03||Win9x|
|Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion Trial Version (21,738,792 bytes)||1998-10-09||Win9x|
|Age of Empires 1.0c & Rise of Rome 1.0a patch (English, German, French) (1,025,312 bytes)||1999-12-16||Win9x|
|Age of Empires 1.0c & Rise of Rome 1.0a patch (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) (1,025,008 bytes)||1999-12-15||Win9x|
|Age of Empires 1.0b patch (English, German, French) (1,030,144 bytes)||1998-04-27||Win9x|
|Age of Empires 1.0b patch (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) (Still searching)||xxxx||Win9x|
|Age of Empires 1.0a patch (English, German, French) (1,073,152 bytes)||xxxx||Win9x|
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