Age of Empires

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Age of Empires
Age of Empires cover
Developers
Ensemble Studios
Mac OS MacSoft
Publishers
Windows Microsoft
Mac OS MacSoft
Engines
Genie
Release dates
Windows October 15, 1997
Mac OS July 1999
Age of Empires guide at StrategyWiki
Age of Empires at Wikipedia
Age of Empires
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Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II HD 2013
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition 2018
Age of Empires IV TBA

This page is for the original game. For the re-release, see Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.

General information

Official Age of Empires series site
Microsoft's Official game page (archived)
Age of Empires Wiki - A wiki for everything Age of Empires related
Planet Age of Empires - A hub for all Age of Empires games
Age of Empires Heaven is an active fan website and forum that offers support and extra game content.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Mac OS

Demos[edit]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

This patch updates both Age of Empires (to 1.0c) and The Rise of Rome (to 1.0a): English, German, and French or Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome 1.0a suffers from a serious bug in saved games. If a projectile (arrow from archers, ships, towers, siege weapons) is "flying" through the air while saving a game, the saved game becomes corrupted; loading it will crash the game.

UPatch[edit]

Unofficial patch that contains bug fixes and improvements for modern operating systems.
Fixes the color problem caused in newer systems
Fixes the save game bug of version 1.0a
Requires The Rise of Rome expansion

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the NoStartup command line argument.[1]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CMicrosoft\Games\Age of Empires\1.00\
Mac OS

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame
<path-to-game>\game0.nfo
Mac OS
Campaign progress is stored in <path-to-game>\game0.nfo
Custom scenarios are stored in <path-to-game>\scenario
Custom campaigns are stored in <path-to-game>\campaign
You will need to backup all of the above files and folders to have all of your player data and progress.

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
The only option available is to use one or both mouse buttons.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
MSN Gaming Zone support has been discontinued.[2]
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2300-2400, 47624
UDP (outbound) 6073, 2300-2400

Issues fixed[edit]

Game uses weird colors[edit]

Playing the game on modern versions of Windows may cause it to use weird colors. Repetitive red and purple specks in water and marsh areas are the common issue. This can be fixed by downloading and using DirectDrawFix.

Weird colors fix[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract the DirectDrawFix zip file.
  2. Run DirectDrawFix.exe.
  3. Use the browse button to locate and select EMPIRES.exe.
  4. Press the apply button.
  5. Repeat for EMPIRESX.exe.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer MSN Gaming Zone Discontinued.[3]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT 98, 2000, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 or higher
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) Local SVGA bus video display
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible

References

  1. Available from the game's readme file; alternatively viewable at http://aoe.heavengames.com/academy/hotkeysandcommands/cmdline.shtml
  2. Age of Empires matchmaking has been retired from MSN Games - MSN Games - Free Online Games
  3. Age of Empires matchmaking has been retired from MSN Games - MSN Games - Free Online Games