- Platform: Macintosh
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: CD-ROM
While the graphics of some similar games can be and are better, this remains one of my favorities. The game remain true to the time periods of the game. In contrast, Microsoft's Rise of Nations quickly moves through the Ages so you can end up with aircraft shooting down footsoldiers with spears. It doesn't make much sense.
Age of Empires graphics, and sometimes humorous sound, are always entertaining. The various prayers and incantations of the monks are always great entertainment. Having owned the game for several months now, and sometimes playing for 8-10 hours at a time, I still haven't completed all of the permutations and combinations. The game remains interesting and challenging.
That said, this is a more sophisticated game than something like WarCraft. If you are just getting started in this genre of software, you might consider starting with WarCraft (or StarCraft if you prefer Sci-Fi up and over above Sci-Fi down and under with Orcs).
Newer games like Age of Mythology have greater detail, but can also be slower as they require more computing resources. And the great complexity sometimes detracts from the game more than adding to it. Age of Empires offers the best balance of quality, speed, and great fun in this genre.