Age of Mythology

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Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology cover
Developers
Ensemble Studios
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
OS X MacSoft
Engines
BANG!
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2002
macOS (OS X) December 19, 2003
Age of Mythology guide on StrategyWiki
Age of Mythology on Wikipedia
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This page is for the original game. For the remake, see Age of Mythology: Extended Edition.

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

General information

Official website for the series
Official Discord server for the series
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
Age of Mythology on TheGameEngine.org - solving some technical issues.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]. Gold Edition is DRM-free.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences[edit]

The "Age of Mythology Gold Edition", first released in 2004; can often be found on store shelves. It is the most cost effective way of acquiring the game, as it contains the following on a single DVD-ROM:
  • Age of Mythology
  • Age of Mythology: The Titans
No-CD patches are already applied; the DVD is only necessary for installation - ensuring compatibility with modern OSes; and all games are already fully patched.
Note that a patch is needed to fix some issues here.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[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[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Startup\Persistent.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Users\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

In-game options.
In-game options.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Instructions[4]
  1. Launch the game and change the resolution to anything else.
  2. Use the xres=YourWidth yres=YourHeight command line argument.

Notes

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 State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Spanish
English
Italian
German
French

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
12
Online play
12 Steam version only

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28800-28805
UDP 2200-2400, 6073
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

MSXML 4.0 is Missing[edit]

Install MSXML

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

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

System requirements[edit]

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

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References