If, like me, you grew up in the 90s there’s a very good chance you came across a certain strategy PC game called Age of Empires. In it, your mission was to explore territory, build your kingdom, defeat enemies and make allies. In a lot of ways it was similar to Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise, and it was awesome…
Now, the popular PC title has finally made its way to Android smartphones and tablets. Age of Empires: World Domination launched on the Play Store this morning. It’s free to download, but early reviews suggest many are having issues getting it to work. A number of users state they’re seeing an ‘unauthorized program’ notice when trying to play.
For whatever reason, I can’t get it to install on any of my smartphones. Visiting the web version of the Play Store tells me it’s not compatible with any of my devices, which seems very unlikely. I’m putting it down to a launch bug of some kind.
While the launch hasn’t exactly gone smoothly, there’s still a lot to look forward to when the developers finally get it installing correctly. Like the classic game you can choose from one of over 100 well-known heroes from history and legend, such as King Arthur, Joan of Arc and many others. As described in the Play Store listing:
FEATURES ･A Revolutionary Real-Time Battle System – Manage your battle resources, deploy your troops and wage war with your opponents on the battlefield – all in real-time! – Adapt to the tide of battle and respond to your enemies in kind with the best tactics – Explore the map and lay waste to your enemies hidden in the fog-of-war
･ Your Empire, Your Legend – Limitless Empire Customization, create your own empire with structures from history’s greatest civilizations. – Choose your own progress with fan-favorite Technology Trees available with every empire! – Recreate historical empires by mastering all technologies of a single empire or… – Grow your original empire and create the finest army from selection of the world’s greatest civilizations!
Dominate the World with HEROES from the Greatest Empires – With over 100 legendary heroes to choose from, let your heroes take charge – Heroes include: Joan of Arc, King Arthur, Oda Nobunaga, Cao Cao, Knut the Great and more! – Team up your heroes with distinct troop types to create the ultimate battle unit!
･ Power of the World is Within Your Grasp – Manage your empire and deploy advanced tactics in battle with simple & intuitive touch gestures. – Tap, drag, swipe your way to victory! – Become a pro by starting with simple guide missions! – Rule the world effortlessly by enabling AUTO mode and letting the A.I. fight your way to the top