Age of Mythology

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Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology cover
Ensemble Studios
macOS (OS X) MacSoft
Microsoft Game Studios
OS X MacSoft
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2002
macOS (OS X) October 30, 2002
Age of Mythology guide at StrategyWiki
Age of Mythology at Wikipedia
Age of Empires
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
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 remake, see Age of Mythology: Extended Edition.

Key points

Does not work on Windows 10 due to SafeDisc support being discontinued.[1] A No-CD crack acts as solution.

General information

Official Age of Empires 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 Mythology Heaven - A huge fan site for Age of Mythology


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM
macOS (OS X)

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Age of Mythology: The Titans
The Golden Gift Available for free.

Essential improvements[edit]


The game has an autopatch feature which can be accessed through the setup program, a Start Menu shortcut or in-game

Skip intro videos[edit]

Run the game with +noIntroCinematics parameter[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Startup\Persistent.cfg
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

In-game options.
In-game options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Limited choice in resolutions; see Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed. Skipping intro is recommended.[citation needed]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No framerate cap

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Launch the game and change the resolution to anything else.
  2. Use the xres=YourWidth yres=YourHeight command line argument.


If the resolution doesn't apply try launching the game a few more times or change any video settings.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 28800-28805
UDP (outbound) 2200-2400, 6073

Issues unresolved[edit]

"Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" error on launch (Windows 10)[edit]

Does not work on Windows 10 due to SafeDisc support being discontinued.[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

MSXML 4.0 is Missing[edit]

Install MSXML

"Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" error on launch[edit]

The SecDrv.Sys driver required by SafeDisc is not running. SecDrv.sys has been disabled by a hotfix. Refer to kb3086255 for workaround details (this does not work for Windows 10).[1]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video Intro and credits

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
32 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon
Nvidia GeForce 2MX
16 MB of VRAM
32 MB of VRAM