Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. It's as if Michaelangelo came down, picked up an already beautiful painting and made it a masterpiece.
  2. 100
    Offers a ton of new elements to keep you glued to your screen for hours. Whether playing against the computer or online, "The Conquerors" improves an already fantastic game.
  3. It manages to improve an already stellar game, adds a helpful and interesting stack of new features, and offers nearly as much scripted gameplay as the original title.
  4. Everything that is changed works perfectly, and all of the new civs and units add flavor to the game. A must buy in every sense of the word.
  5. An excellent addition to the original game. It offers increased depth, extends the replay ability of the game, and offers enough tweaks to eliminate some of the frustrations.
  6. If you failed to get Age of Empires II before, you have absolutely no excuse now. This is as good as real-time strategy gets. [Nov 2000, p.126]
  7. Should serve as an example for other companies how an expansion pack should be done.
  8. Does not boast any huge spectacular changes from "Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings," but gives a lot of great little extras.
  9. You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck and fans of the series should be more than happy with the results.
  10. Just when Age of Empires II was starting to seem a little played out, Ensemble Studios has made it a game that might just keep you up late again with The Conquerors expansion.
  11. Instead of merely giving out a few major embellishments -- and there are those -- Ensemble went a number of steps further by enhancing nearly every aspect of the game.
  12. Not only does it offer more of everything, but it also makes enough changes so that even the old material from the original game feels new and exciting.
  13. The multiple additions in "The Conquerors" add up to be more than enough to entice "Age of Kings" players to focus their attention on this ambitious, deeply strategic game once again - and for a long time.
  14. It provides new elements to a game that, after three years, is still one of the best in the civ genres.
  15. 85
    Incredibly balanced and well polished. If you have AoK, you must get The Conquerers Expansion.
  16. a very expansive and well thought out package that should be worth the money for most PC gamers.
  17. 82
    If you (liked "Age of Empires II") then "Conquerors" is more of what you love minus a lot of the management frustrations and with a whole lot more options.
  18. Included in this very good expansion pack is what amounts to a patch for AOE2. Their 'you want us to clean up some gameplay issues for AOE2, you've got to buy the expansion pack' attitude gripes my cookies.
  19. The new building sets and weaponry make the purchase well worth it and after playing for a while with the new farm-queue, you'll wonder how you ever played the game without it!
  20. 79
    It's not just doing the same rack & attack routine that it could have been, the programmers have added well thought-out missions that are good fun.
  21. This expansion's additions prove that more is indeed better, but the balancing issues are troubling.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 232 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    My first PC game in memory ever. And the best of Age of Empires family. The game is in great balance, and the models have the best historic feelings in the series. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2013
    Fantastic expansion to a fanstastic game, hands down the best game of all time. Other than the new maps and civilizations, this expansion also brought many tweaks and fixes to the original, like being able to que farms at the mill, which saved a lot of frustration. Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2013
    The best strategy game for me. Played thousands of hours with my brothers over LAN & then in Internet.
    If you are looking for modern day
    graphics this is not the game for you, if you go for game play over graphics keep on reading.

    - Not the best AI, game difficulty is set by giving additional resources to computer player in the start.
    - Extremely addictive

    - No 2 games alike
    - Many civilizations to play
    - Still active game rooms for competitive multi-player game play after a decade, check through "GameRanger"
    - Addition to built in game types, various community created game types to play.
    - You can have a loads of fun by just watching a recorded game which consist of computer players.
    - With map editor you can create your own game scenarios.
    - After all that community created Forgotten Empires expansion pack with new civilization with improved game play for more fun.
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