Age of Empires III

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
New World RTS battles sport gorgeous visuals.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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Positive Messages

Some characters are treacherous and deceiving. Most civilizations are Euro-centric with native civilizations playing a limited role.


Large-scale battles with cannons, cavalry, etc. Explosions can throw soldiers in the air. Minimal blood.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has some large-scale battles, complete with cannon fire, bodies being thrown in the air, and some blood. However, most of the fighting takes place from a bird's-eye view. Parents should also be aware that the game has an online mode and that Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for anyone younger than 12. The game is well-designed, with an absorbing and slightly historical storyline. Outstanding graphics and tried-and-true gameplay make this a good choice for Real-Time-Strategy fans and casual gamers alike.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12, 15, and 18+-year-old Written bysurrealmoss December 7, 2014

Fun as a Single Player

I decided to revisit this game, as it's been many years since its release and, when it came out, this game's graphics in optimum settings exceeded all... Continue reading
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Incredible Visuals and somwhat educational

My 10 year old boy loves this game. But, he also has been playing AOE 1 & 2 & Age of Mythology for a few years so the transition was not difficu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIlkkaBoe July 6, 2020

I don't get why other people keep the restriction so high, the game is literally 2d like 20 years ago

The game is a stradegy based game, when your child knows how to turn the mouse, he is able to play this game, it doesn't contain any nudity, bad themes, dr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byVisruth Kandali February 27, 2018
Great interactive game with interesting campaign and great gameplay

What's it about?

AGE OF EMPIRES III (AOE III), part of the popular Microsoft-powered Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) game series, places players in the New World, with European civilizations and native cultures fighting for supremacy in the Americas. The focus, as before, is on resource-gathering and building a balanced fighting force to attack enemy bases. However, to get a leg up, players can now make use of a home city that can send extra resources and assistance. AOE III also introduces a well-rounded campaign mode that has players following the legend of the fictional Black family.

Is it any good?

Technically the game is a masterpiece. Outstanding graphics and sound help immerse the player in the Florida Everglades, the jungles of South America, and the plains of the American West. Battles are complete with jubilant cheers from the victorious troops when a skirmish is won, and the soundtrack is a perfect match.

The game does, naturally, contain a large number of battles, with some blood and explosions present. Also, although the game does have some historical facts (helped a great deal by the well-designed in-game encyclopedia), there is a lot of fiction mixed in. Indeed, this version is the least historically accurate of the three games. Definitely entertaining, even slightly educational, AOE III is a worthy successor to the previous AOE games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the quality of graphics can influence a game's popularity and success. Why are the visuals so important? What makes the visuals in this game stand out? If you have other games in the series, how are those games different? How are they similar?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: October 9, 2006
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: T for blood and violence
  • Last updated: March 16, 2020

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