I bought this based on the fact that the PC game is so good. Now, don't get me wrong, you can't expect it to be as good, but what it actually delivers is pretty nifty!
The game is on the same basis as the PC version, just scaled down. There are less features and less characters, but that doesn't mean it's no good. The challenge is there as you work your way through different mythological races, with the challenges getting progressively harder.
The cut scene fighting scenes are pretty good though. Visually impressive for the DS. The interface is very user-friendly, and the game is easy to pick up for those without previous Age of Empires experience. There may not be quite enough depth to the gameplay for some fans, but for me, it's a pretty decent game for the DS. You have to bear in mind what the DS is, and what it can do.
Overall, it's a pretty decent, well thought out and long-lifed game. And it's also pretty entertaining too!
Having been a big fan off this on the PC I jumped at the chance to play it on the DS. In Age of Empires: Mythologies you take control of three civilizations Greek, Egyptian and Norse, each with their own unique units, buildings. This is a good old turn based game, so like in chess you take a turn the your opponent takes one. With many different unit to choose from such as Hero and Myth, the latter two being a mythical figure or creature from the civilization's mythology and legends, with a rock-paper-scissor model that governs which units are best suited against others. For example, humans are good against heroes but weak against myth units. One thing that does let this down over its PC big brother is the Sound, I know the DS is a little unit but I really wished they had taken more time to get the sound effects right for this game. Over all its super fun to play and is well with the asking price, its not really a kids game however
Age of Empires - Mythologies is a game for the Nintendo DS, based on the PC strategy game.
There are three different civilisations to play through, the Egyptian, Greek and Norse armies. You have to play through these civilisations in order, so you can only play the Greek and Norse levels The game is a turn based strategy game, which didn't appeal to be at first, but I soon grew to actually think was a clever and interesting way of structuring the game.
The game is complex and presents you with lots of different game play options. You have a range of powers which you can use which help you battle against opponents, destroy their crops, destroy their populations and so on. You can also move your own forces around, researching new technologies and so on, each of which let you play through each of the levels in each of the three different civilisations.
The game isn't too bad to play in terms of the stylus operation. Sometimes the screen gets a bit full and it's hard to use the stylus accurately, but I found this just a momentary disadvantage rather than a continuing source of irritation. Changing the camera aspect and view can also sometimes be a bit fiddly, but I didn't find this a major problem.
The graphics in the game are really good, and have some considerable detail to them. These all add to the atmosphere of the game, and I found them some of the best of games I've played on the DS. As for the sound effects and music, these aren't quite so good, as the effects are a bit limited in number and quality. This slightly detracts from the atmosphere, but not majorly, as the game play more than makes up for it.
The turn based style of the game means that you can play the game just for short periods, and you're not tied to a long game. But there is also the option of the skirmish mode, which allows you just to play one game from a choice of opponents, just as a one-off. This is a useful extra option, especially when you've finished the entire game.
There aren't really many downsides with this game. Sometimes I found the game a bit difficult to work out how to play, but in many ways it was quite enjoyable to be able to find out new strategies and ways of playing, rather than being deluged with instructions at the start. There is a tutorial level which enables you to get into the game however, which is very useful.
There is a multi player mode, you can have three other players playing using the wi-fi link or via a local connection. This is definitely a well thought through addition and it does lengthen the game's appeal by being able to play with friends.
The game retails for 29.99 pounds, but is available at the time of writing from Amazon for 18.70 pounds. The game is available for just over ten pounds if you are happy with a second hand copy from sites such as Amazon and eBay. The game is rated 12+, so is suitable for older children only.
Overall, this is a very good game. It's well thought through and very easy just to pick up and play a few levels, but still fun to play for a longer period. Easily available for under twenty pounds, I'd definitely recommend this game for any fan of strategy games, or is a good game to start with if you've not tried this style of gaming before.
I didn't know what to expect of this game after playing other versions on the PC. I thought it was worth a shot though and am glad I did.
First of all the game isn't your typical strategy game, it uses both turn based and real time styles and merges them together. The location is set in the ancient world where you will experience civilisations from the Greeks and Egyptians. As like before you have to gather local resources which I are able to sell and trade to get what you need to further develop.
You spend your resources on building your civilisation, army which you will need for battle and shrines for the gods. Doing the latter gives you extra powers which might be needed depending on your attacking style.
You really wouldn't expect so much from a DS game, it has a depth that shows the developers really tried hard to make it well rounded and polished game. The single player story mode will take you weeks to complete, and will no doubt cause a lot of frustration along the way.
The graphics are very good for a DS game, it uses both screens well. Using the stylus to issue orders is a breeze and doesn't take any effort. The only thing that can be off putting is that the battles can take some time to finish. It isn't really a game that you can pick up for a few minutes.
Still 4 out of 5. I hope we see more versions on the DS soon.