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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] Collapse
Score distribution:
  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. JasonB.
    May 24, 2006
    Great game. Maybe widen the screen.. make the characters a bit smaller. other than that... the graphis and gameplay are 10 / 10.
  2. MitchK.
    Jul 28, 2007
    Age on empires, age of kings is a brilliant strategy game which requires allot of thought. At the start it is quite hard to 'pick up and play' but after time this game will grow on you. Expand
  3. 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
  4. RolL.
    Apr 3, 2006
    A very cool little game if you like Real-Time Strategy, Turn-Based Strategy gaming. I do not like playing with the DS touch screen options, so I play exclusively with the buttons The double DS screens is a major plus here. I've spent so may hours on this game I've lost count. Bravo for a terrific game!! Expand
  5. TheplayMaster
    Mar 14, 2007
    The play is really good, but there's many bugs. E.G the game freeze. If the bugs don't was there, i'll give the game 9.
  6. NickG.
    Dec 27, 2006
    It's a really nice kingdom-builder strategy game for the DS. My only complaints are over the lack of a multi-player save option which makes winning by conquest virtually impossible unless you leave your DS's on and connected for (potentially) days, and also annoying is the lack of a simultaneous turn-play mode. It's not too bad for just two player, but do three or four and everyone's going to be spending a good deal of time twiddling their thumbs. Expand
  7. DuncanB.
    Dec 12, 2006
    Good game but gets a zero from me because of the unacceptable number of bugs for a console release.

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