Age of Empires II

Microsoft Corporation (Shareware)

Age of Empires II or AGE2 is a real-time strategy game that was released in 1999. It is the second game in the Age of Empires series. The game is set in the Middle Ages. Players can control 13 civilizations, which include the Celts, Vikings, Turks, Japanese, Mongols, and many more. Players must gather resources, improve towns, and build an army to defeat adversaries. After choosing a civilization to control, players must successfully advance the civilization through the Dark Age, Feudal Age, Castle Age, and Imperial Age. Choosing a civilization to improve is crucial, as each civilization has its strengths and weaknesses.

Age of Empires II has five campaigns based on historical events. These campaigns have storylines based on Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Barbarossa, Saladin, and William Wallace. Players can also customize their own campaigns with the campaign editor.

Players have the option to choose from several technological paths in order to successfully improve and lead the civilization that they choose. Some of these paths include craftsmanship, economic, naval warfare, and many more.

Other features of Age of Empires II include the following:
• Combat options (garrison, military formations, etc.)
• Several ways of achieving world domination
• William Wallace learning campaign for new players
• Computer opponent with artificial intelligence