• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 24, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Mythologies is also a very sizeable package, offering over 20 hours of play with just the single-player campaigns, and the multiplayer component is a well thought out addition players can break out whenever the mood strikes.
  2. I was really surprised by how much content Age of Empires: Mythologies contains, and the game itself is fun and inventive.
  3. Between single and multiplayer modes, this is a game that you can play for a hundred hours in its first year, and then come back to time and again in the future. I just wish there was a bit more depth outside of combat. The technical execution is flawless!
  4. When you’ve gotten your fill of saving our world and all those fictional ones in this season’s blockbusters, find some time to wield the powers of ancient gods in this tiny title that packs big, addictive fun.
  5. 86
    A game that rivals that of Advance Wars, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2, and Disgaea. Age of Empires has returned to DS, and with it comes more units, more strategy, just as strong of an economy system, and even more to explore within the package.
  6. A mix of real-time and turn-based conventions makes Age of Empires: Mythologies an addictive venture into the ancient world.
  7. The game's unique rewards system with unlockable maps, heroes, and relic powers adds replay value to a solid, if not earth-shattering strategy title. [Feb 2009, p.87]
  8. 81
    The good use of the console potential in control and interface design, and the number of levels and game modes -multiplayer being especially remarkable- assure lots of hours of gameplay to strategy genre fans.
  9. While not totally divine, Age of Empires: Mythologies offers solid turn-based strategy with a wealth of options and online multiplayer.
  10. This is a great strategy game for the DS, and one that strategy fans won’t want to miss.
  11. Age of Empires: Mythologies is based in the same great game design used in its prequel, Age of Kings. The game has been expanded with more units and options like the new god powers. And if you get tired of the very long campaign, which can last more than 20 hours, you can compete using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and the added multiplayer mode. One of the best strategy games for Nintendo DS.
  12. 80
    The first Age of Empires on the DS was a near miss. A good game sunk by a flawed visual interface. The developers of Mythologies clearly did their homework. This is a solid strategy game with the visual chops to back up a deep, playable design.
  13. Age of Empire: Mythologies is one of the best strategic game available on Nintendo DS. The variety of game mode ensure a high replay value, the gameplay is deep and complex, and the graphical engine put on the screen discrete models. After Advance Wars, Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem, another great game for strategy lovers.
  14. AceGamez
    Age of Empires: Mythologies is a deeply involving strategy with lots of multiplayer options that when mixed with a robust campaign structure and engaging battle mechanics produces a game of real quality.
  15. Age of Empires is a perfect example of how a strategy game should look on a DS. The game offers strategil depth, it looks good and has some interesting new features. In all fairness, Civilization Revolution will provide you more strategic gameplay, but Age of Empires is a lot easier to pick up and is at least as good as the one Firaxis made.
  16. 80
    With so many strategic elements at play including an economy system and a variety of unit types, Age of Empires: Mythologies is worth a look at by any turn-based strategy fan.
  17. Games Master UK
    A breeze to play on DS. [Mar 2009, p.82]
  18. Nintendo Gamer
    Epic missions will take a lot of train journeys to finish, but this comes recommended for players who know what they're doing and can tame the irritating controls. [Mar 2009, p.66]
  19. 75
    A solid tactics title, and while it follows the beaten path, at least it takes you along the scenic route.
  20. 75
    A solid, deep game it gets a lot of things right and is such an improvement over its predecessor it is an ideal pick for gamers looking to try the series - and a must have for gamers disillusioned with the last iteration's meager graphical effort.
  21. Nintendo Power
    Mastering the logistical side of things offers plenty of rewards for thoughtful players, and there's nothing like clearing the map with the blades of your wolf-riding Valkyrie hordes. [Holiday 2008, p.84]
  22. 70
    That being said, if you haven't yet played an Age of Empires title on the DS, Mythologies is without question the most competent turn-based strategy game available for the console, and if you're a fan of mythology, all the better.
  23. It's got more in common with Advance Wars, but this is still a great strategy game – real-time or not.
  24. If your emphasis is purely on strategic and tactical gameplay, AoE is unlikely to disappointment. It may lack soul and charm, but AoE has that essential ‘just one more turn before bedtime’ appeal to it. If however you want a more rounded package, something that has charm in addition to gameplay, and one that is likely to live long in the memory afterwards, there are many better suited titles to choose from.
  25. A thoroughly decent strategy affair, and a fine diluting of a PC classic. If you're a series fan and missed out on Age of Kings, then Mythologies is a worthy addition to your collection.
  26. Overall the game isn't bad. Given the turn-based strategy and JRPG competition on DS, this is rental territory. Those that buy Mythologies should do so if they appreciate its multiplayer merits.
  27. The gameplay gets a little too frustrating, the graphics too soulless, and the story too weak to keep us going in for too long.
  28. Mythologies is not a great expansion on the The Age of Empire-series. There might be a story involved with the game, but we didn’t really think it was worth mentioning. The name of the game could have easily been Age of Empires: Mariothologies, you wouldn’t know the difference story wise. When this doesn’t bother you, you’ll find a game you can play for many hours.

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#10 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    This game is absolutely sickly. I am repulsed by this game. It is a terrible version of it's AWESOME brother, Age of mythologies on the pc. DOThis game is absolutely sickly. I am repulsed by this game. It is a terrible version of it's AWESOME brother, Age of mythologies on the pc. DO NOT BUY. You will immediately regret it. It is maybe fun for ... um maybe.... 4 minutes? (the time it takes to complete all campaigns and scenarios. Full Review »
  2. SteveT
    Jan 23, 2009
    Horrible, horrible, horrible sequel. I have no idea how it even gets anywhere near the same score as the original AoK for the DS. Horrible, horrible, horrible sequel. I have no idea how it even gets anywhere near the same score as the original AoK for the DS. They've stripped out everything fun about that game (unit level ups, more civilizations, challenging campaigns) and threw in some bugs and poorly implemented changes to make a completely mediocre game. This is nothing but a poorly done re-hash to rake in some cash from the good name of a classic. Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2020
    AoE - Mythologies is akin to age of mythology but on the DS. Fitting as I believe that game was made by the original AoE team. This is a veryAoE - Mythologies is akin to age of mythology but on the DS. Fitting as I believe that game was made by the original AoE team. This is a very competent turn based strtegy game akin to fire emblem or advanced wars, there are 3 campaigns to play as, egypt, greece and nordic. I've not spend much time playing, but it hooked me and I know I could easily sink dozens of hours into the game. The music fit the game very well. The graphics were a decent isometric interpretation, a bit low res unfortunately, but serviceable. I can certainly recommend this and want to revisit it in the future. There are really cool features when choosing a faction, you can choose a god to follow enabling specific bonuses and then each god has champions that follow them and these champions have specific abilities as well. I believe if you're champion and/or all your units die, you lose. The combat is a strength/weakness or rock/paper/scissors mashup and is quick to understand and makes it easy to pick up and play. The multiplayer is that great open ended AoE multiplayer and I wish I had someone to play it with Full Review »