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  • Summary: Age of Empires: The Age of Kings boasts turn-based strategy gameplay – a first for the franchise – as players move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world. Command one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, or Japanese; Control special 'hero' units such as Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan, whose special 'hero' powers affect the entire battlefield; Lead over 45 different types of units into battle -- from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai; Players' can construct and upgrade buildings to help their units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations; Research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying to advance civilization into the next age; A new Combat Advisor offers advice on certain campaign strategies and provides an assessment of the battle's outcome; Multi-player scenarios allow up to four players to wirelessly battle each other; By gaining Empire Points, players can unlock maps and units to improve their Emperor Rank. [Majesco] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. This really is a wonderful game that has been fitted perfectly to a new combat style and handheld gaming model, setting the bar pretty high for anyone attempting something similar in the future.
  2. A completely overhauled and redesigned reiteration of the classic PC game. It’s a turn based strategy game that is similar to Nintendo’s Advanced Wars. This is different because the original was a real-time strategy game.
  3. The dawn of a new age of strategy gaming on the go.
  4. 80
    With its lengthy campaigns, replayability, and solid multiplayer, strategy fans will keep coming back to this one.
  5. A great game, and a fantastic addition to your collection that nicely compliments the more cartoony, fantasy world of Advance Wars.
  6. 80
    An excellent example of what a great adaptation from PC to DS can achieve. Age of Empires: Age of Kings delivers fun strategy gaming that you should be happy to carry with you for quite some time.
  7. The game also has a number of bugs that freeze the game up during battles or when you save.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    i love this game and i still play it the battles are awsome the campaign modes are fun to play and challenging and it is a great time killer i cannot think of any thing bad to say about it Expand

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