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Age of Empires on the DS had a lot to live up to as I have played these games on the PC and usd to be addicted to them so was hoping that the DS version of the game would be the same and easier to take around to play with me.
The game itself lets you command one civilisation and you can choose between the Britons, the Franks, the Mongols, the Saraceans or the Japenese. Like the PC version of the game you "create" you own civilisations and upgrade the buildings to be able to advance your civilisation.
Like the PC version you can explore different lands and learn new skills and technologies to be able to advance to the next level or in this case the next age. You can also produce different characters like bowmen and monks and expand their skils as you play the game. This game also allows you to play as some historical or fictional (depends on you point of view) characters like Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart.
The game boasts the ability to play with other people through the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities but I have not tried this so can't comment on what this feature is like or if it is any good or not.
Overall if you like games like this you'll love it however, if your used to playing the game on the PC you might feel a bit cheated or disappointed as it doesn't quite live up to the expectations that you might have.
I first tried Age of Empires on the PC and was put off because it I found the whole game running away from me at an early stage without having enough time to think. However, the DS version is turn-based, making it a much more attractive option for slowsters like me!
As strategy games go, it is a very good one. You can play individual battles, or go for one of five campaigns of increasing difficulty. The ampaigns are based on historical events and figures (and you can rewrite history by reversing the real fortunes of war), each with their own hero. The Franks have Joan of Arc, the Britons have Richard the Lionheart, Saladin fights with the Saracens etc. - this gives the campaigns a nice touch of personality, and there are hours and hours of gameplay. Battles range from small and simple to complex engagements that will take hours each.
It's not perfect - the graphics are normally good but can get a bit overcrowded, the animation of the larger battles can lag a bit, and some people have reported technical glitches when trying to save the game (though I was OK). All in all though, a great game for keen strategists.
Age of Empires II is, in my opinion, the best strategy game out there for the DS.
I love Age of Empires II for the PC (III is just awful) and so I knew this game was a must-have for my DS. Whilst it's quite different to the PC version, I quickly got used to it and find it just as addicting as the PC game. It's definetly one of my favourite DS games out there.
On this DS version of the game there are the usual campaigns which you find on the PC game allowing you to play as Joan of Arc and guiding her through the various missions. There are a total of 5 campaigns and they aren't very short so you'll have hours of enjoyment there. Or if you're not a fan of the missions you can just play a normal (skirmish) map just as you can with the PC game. There are 5 different civilisations each with their own special units and history.
For people who are new to the world of Age of Empires there is a tutorial campaign which easies you gently into the various points off the game, without being boring. I would say it's essential to play through this, as Age of Empires can be slightly confusing for a new player.
One thing I did love playing was AOE II multiplayer, the DS game does have this option, but not on Wi-Fi. However I loved playing against the AI just as much who isn't too easy an opponent.
I have heard of some problems with this DS card with it freezing after choosing 'Save & Quit.' Apparently you must not shut off the DS when this happens as it will corrupt the DS game card! The developers behind this game recommend you having a character name longer than 4 letters long as this is apparently causing the problem!
I highly recommend this game though, it'll pass away hours!
If you love the PC game I'd highly recommend this.
Age of Empires is a strategic game and the age of kings is probably one of the best versions out of the age of empires series. The age of kings allows you to create a castle where the king is based. If you kill the opposition's king, you win the game. The options of the game are many, such as deathmatch mode as well as online play. As for graphics, they can be adjusted (on PC) but they are very good. There are options to make movement of a larger army quicker by selecting all the soldiers and moving them to a certain point. Another good aspect is the music, it is very olden styled which matches the king like environment. You can also select from a number of countries to fight for and each country has its own unique weapons. Overall, age of empires is a game for the calm and patient minded.
Age of Kings is a very addictive strategy game that doesn't overdo the gameplay in terms of complexity. Still whether you find it enjoyable will depend entirely on how well you like strategy games.
The game is split into five different scenarios that get progressively harder. In each you play as a famous leader from history (eg Joan of Arc is the first one). You then play through various missions which basically comprise of a grid like map. You can build cities which in turn can be various units (normally battle units) in order to wage war, or defend your city.
The game doesn't reinvent the wheel in this sense, and there are perhaps similarities between this and other DS games such as Advance Wars. But, although lacking a little in originality, Age of Empires on the DS does do what it does extremely well. I found the game very addictive and it's not a game that you'll have played through and completed in a weekend.
In addition to the scenarios that come with the game, you can also play other maps that are less structured in nature and more random.
The way the game progresses is excellent given that you begin with the easiest scenario and this effectively walks you through all the options and way the game works, without it ever feeling too much like a text heavy tutorial.
So, if you like stategy games generally, you will like this and it would be a worthwhile addition to your DS. The reason I don't give it 5 stars is because if you don't like this type of game, it simply won't be your bag.
Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. With turn-based strategy gameplay, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings lets players move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: dominate the known world.