Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

Game review by Erik Lande, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Strategy is key in tough real-time strategy game.

Windows, Mac 2002

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 38 reviews

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age 9+
Great soundtrack, and emphasizes on importance of strategy. Also brings economics into the picture and teaches the importance of having both a military as well as an economy to support it, for "an army marches on its stomach, or so the old saying goes" :D Also got me interested in learning about the various characters and heroes portrayed in the game as well as their roles in history (Frederick Barbarossa, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Saladin, El Cid, Montezuma, etc) and teaches history quite well. It also manages to follow history (for the most part) and is not too hard for even a beginner player.

This title has:

Educational value
age 8+

Level of violence is not a major concern

Strong points: great music, straightforward controls and gameplay, provokes curiosity about history, various civilizations cater to different gaming styles while still having the same fundamentals Weak points: With the MSN Gaming Zone offline, online matches are difficult to coordinate.

This title has:

Educational value

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