Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's as if Michaelangelo came down, picked up an already beautiful painting and made it a masterpiece.
  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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. GeorgeV.
    Feb 22, 2008
    Still one of the best strategy games ever! Maybe the graphics are out of date, but that does not matter, it's all about gameplay.
  2. AndrewG.
    Dec 31, 2007
    Easily one of my top 5 games to play of all time. My friends and I played 6 games in a row last night.
  3. Gorth
    Jul 8, 2002
    MMMMM, best game all time i think.