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Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings

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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
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Developer(s) Ensemble Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft
Series Age of Empires
Version 2.0a / 2.0b
Platform(s) Windows, PlayStation 2, Macintosh
Release date 1999-09-30
Genre(s) Real Time Strategy
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: Teen (T)
System requirements Pentium 166 MHz CPU, 32 MiB RAM, 200 MiB (550 MiB for Gold Edition) HD space
Input methods Keyboard and mouse

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy game set in the Middle Ages. It was released in 1999, and it is the second game of the Age of Empires series. It was followed by an expansion: Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, then by a Gold Edition, which bundled together the game and the expansion pack along with a bonus map and games recorded by Microsoft strategy experts.

System requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 95/98
  • Processor: Pentium @ 166 MHz
  • RAM: 128 MiB
  • Hard drive: 300 MiB
  • Video memory: 2 MiB SVGA
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible
  • DirectX: 6.0
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • CD/DVD ROM drive


[1][2]During the game, press [Enter] to open the chat dialog. Then you can type the following cheat codes:

  • cheese steak jimmy's: gives 1,000 food
  • robin hood: gives 1,000 gold
  • rock on: gives 1,000 stone
  • lumberjack: gives 1,000 wood
  • marco: reveals the map
  • polo: disables the fog of war
  • aegis: instant building and unit production. Note that this affects the enemies too.
  • i r winner: win the mission
  • black death: kills all opponents
  • torpedo x: kills opponent number x (x from 1 to 8)
  • wimpywimpywimpy: commit suicide
  • natural wonders: you take control of the animals, but lose the control of your civilisation
  • resign: lose the mission
  • to smithereens: get a saboteur unit
  • how do you turn this on: get a Shelby AC Cobra
  • i love the monkey head: spawns a VDML man your town center

Command Line Cheats

Use one of the following command line parameters to start the game.

Code Effect
800 Change screen res to 800x600
1024 Change screen res to 1024x768
1280 Change screen res to 1280x1024
autompsave Enable Auto save
Mfill Cure display problems with some video cards
Msync Cure SoundBlaster AWE freezes
NoMusic Turn Off music.
NormalMouse Standard mouse pointer
NoSound Disable all sounds except during FMV sequences
NoStartup No pre-game FMV sequences
NoTerrainSound Turn Off all terrain sounds

Hint More bases advantage

To have a better chance of winning, you might want to build more than one base. Enlarge the base you start out with, making it completely fortified with at least two castles. Then, send a scout cavalry, or some other fast moving unit, to the opposite side of the map from your base. After you have checked the area and confirmed that it is safe, send a villager to build a castle at that location and fortify that base. This is very helpful if your enemy knows where one of your bases are located, especially during online play.

Free ally

When you build a market, there is a chance that a rival tribe will ask you to send them a certain amount of wood, stone, gold, and food. When they do, click on "Diplomacy" or press [Alt] + D and click "Ally" on the name of that tribe. They will become an ally free of charge. However, when you do this you will no longer be able to align yourself with any other tribes. This is helpful if there are four tribes in the game.



Introduction cinematic



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