Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (W32)

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Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Age of Empires Expansion - W32 - USA.jpg
Platform: Windows 32
Year: 1998
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Buy: Amazon
For other games in this series, see Age of Empires.

Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome was the expansion pack released for Age of Empires (W32). It is notable for introducing the Roman architecture into the game together with four new civilizations that make use of it. In addition a few new units and technologies were also introduced where some of them were supposed to address certain issues that had been discovered with the balance of different types of units in the initial game. The expansion pack also added four new campaigns and perhaps most notably introduced the ability to queue units from buildings.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Pre-game campaign scenario instructions.

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An army on a march.

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A quiet town.

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Building up a camp.

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Keeping the enemy out.

Music

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All the music (save for Credits) in the game has been created using a Boss DSS-330 synthesizer and an E-mu ESI-32 sampler, and finally the mixing and editing was done in SoundForge. The songs were produced in CD audio quality, but there was also a separate MIDI track produced in Cakewalk which was used when the CD was unavailable and it was also used in the demo version of the game. What is unique to this title compared to other early titles in the Age of Empires series is that the MIDI soundtrack is almost the same as the CD audio soundtrack, with only the Credits song missing from the MIDI track. Also, because the game uses CD audio you can actually just put the CD into your CD player to listen to it. Just skip the first track which is the program.

All song titles have been confirmed by Stephen Rippy. Both the CD and the MIDI songs have been recorded, with the 1st track being the CD quality music and the 2nd track the MIDI songs.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Title Stephen Rippy 1:06
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102 Win (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 0:22
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103 Loss (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 0:52
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104 Tango Alpha Bravo Stephen Rippy 3:11
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105 Polyester Jammy David Rippy 2:17
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106 Hyman's Wrath Stephen Rippy 2:53
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107 Slow and Spacious (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 2:52
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108 Mean (Ain't No Hip-Hop in Tha House Mix) David Rippy 3:30
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109 Medieval Melody (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 3:06
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110 Sh'Washa Stephen Rippy 3:04
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111 Crawly Stephen Rippy 3:21
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112 Fretless Salsa (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 2:42
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113 Bigelow's Bungalow Stephen Rippy 3:02
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114 Credits Stephen Rippy, Chris Rippy, Kevin McMullan 1:28
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# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Title Stephen Rippy 0:58
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202 Win (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 0:20
Download
203 Loss (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 0:53
Download
204 Tango Alpha Bravo Stephen Rippy 3:02
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205 Polyester Jammy David Rippy 2:21
Download
206 Hyman's Wrath Stephen Rippy 2:51
Download
207 Slow and Spacious (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 2:51
Download
208 Mean (Ain't No Hip-Hop in Tha House Mix) David Rippy 3:19
Download
209 Medieval Melody (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 3:07
Download
210 Sh'Washa Stephen Rippy 3:02
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211 Crawly Stephen Rippy 3:21
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212 Fretless Salsa (Mix 2) Stephen Rippy 2:42
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213 Bigelow's Bungalow Stephen Rippy 3:04
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Credits

(Source)

Albums

Music From the Ages

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1999-05-13

Ages Compilation

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2000-10-30

Game Rip

Format

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Size

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The soundtrack is CD audio on the game disc; it was ripped using EAC. The MIDI soundtrack is located in the .\Sound folder of the installed game and was converted with dBpoweramp Music Converter. CD audio is too large to store in it's raw format, besides, the recording sounds the same as the rip and as such only MIDI files are included. The MIDI is type 1.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1998-10-31
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  France.svg   France
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Title: Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1998-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Age of Empires: Der Aufstieg Roms
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1998-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1998-11-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation

Links


Age of Empires
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Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Platform - W32.png
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Platform - W32.png • Platform - PS2.png • Platform - MAC.png • Platform - EXEN.png • Platform - J2ME.png • Platform - IMOD.png
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Platform - W32.png
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (NDS) Platform - NDS.png
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs Platform - W32.png • Platform - MAC.png
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Platform - W32.png • Platform - MAC.png
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Notable Songs Open • Quest for Butter
Notable Personnel Stephen Rippy • David Rippy
Notable Companies Ensemble Studios • Microsoft