Age of Empires (W32)

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Age of Empires
Age of Empires - W32 - USA.jpg
Platform: Windows 32
Year: 1997
Developer: Ensemble Studios
Buy: Amazon
For other games in this series, see Age of Empires.

Though Age of Empires was a late comer in the real-time strategy genre, the design team used the knowledge of its predecessors to create a very advanced game. It features all the typical aspects of RTS combat, but throws in many different means of victory as well as diplomatic pursuits. The game features an impressive array of buildings and units, as well as one of the best AIs of the day.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Pre-game campaign scenario instructions.

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A battle.

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The economic side of the game.

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Attacking the enemy.

Music

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The music has a lovely ancient sound capitalizing on old instruments like drums and wood winds. For the creation of the music, a Boss DSS-330 synthesizer and an E-mu ESI-32 sampler were used and the mixing and editing was done in SoundForge. There were more songs produced for the game than what could fit on the CD, and as such some of the tracks that didn't fit on the CD were used in the separate MIDI track which was used if you didn't have the game CD inserted in your CD drive. The MIDI versions of the tracks were composed in Cakewalk. A few of these were slightly remixed and then eventually saw the light of the day as full CD quality on the Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome (W32) CD. 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

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101 Open Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:57
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102 Win Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:22
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103 Loss Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:54
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104 Cave David Rippy David Rippy 3:36
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105 Death David Rippy David Rippy 2:06
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106 Battle David Rippy David Rippy 3:16
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107 Gamelan David Rippy David Rippy 3:29
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108 Party David Rippy David Rippy 2:52
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109 Rain David Rippy David Rippy 3:28
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110 Hunt David Rippy, Stephen Rippy David Rippy, Stephen Rippy 2:36
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111 Thunder David Rippy David Rippy 3:11
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112 Wally Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:48
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113 Gray Sky David Rippy David Rippy 2:52
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201 Open Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:51
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211 Win Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:22
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212 Loss Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 0:53
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202 Sick Sate Rittim Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:56
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203 Fretless Salsa Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:42
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204 Polyrhythmic Pong Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:55
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205 String Attack! Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:51
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206 Medieval Melody Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 3:07
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207 The Old One Sleeps Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 3:02
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208 Slow and Spacious Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:52
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209 Wally Stephen Rippy Stephen Rippy 2:47
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210 Rain David Rippy David Rippy 2:54
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Credits

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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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The soundtrack is CD audio on the game disc; it was ripped using CDex. The MIDI soundtrack is located in the .\Sound folder of the installed game and was recorded with Winamp's MIDI player v3.5. 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
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1997-10-15
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  France.svg   France
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Title: Age of Empires
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1997-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Age of Empires
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1997-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Age of Empires
Platform: Windows 32
Released: 1997-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  South America.svg   South America
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Title: Age of Empires
Platform: Windows 32
Released: ????-??-??
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation

Links


Age of Empires
Age of Empires Platform - W32.png • Platform - MAC.png • Platform - PPC.png
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
Age of Empires Online Platform - W32.png
Notable Songs Open • Quest for Butter
Notable Personnel Stephen Rippy • David Rippy
Notable Companies Ensemble Studios • Microsoft