Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings

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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
PC Box cover
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.


[edit] System requirements

[edit] 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

[edit] Cheats

[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

[edit] Cheat Tip

If you type in the words "BIGDADDY" when clicked on your town centre it will give you a ferrari with one hell of a canon.

[edit] 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

[edit] Hot Keys

To activate one of these cheats, enter its corresponding hotkey below.

Hotkey Cheat
[Ctrl] + P Build immutable structure
[Ctrl] + T New resource menu
[Ctrl] + Q Speed construction
[Ctrl] + C View ending

[edit] Fast resources

Use the following trick to rapidly enter the cheat codes and get resources quickly. For wood, press [Enter], type "lumberjack", highlight the word, then press [Ctrl] + C to copy it. Press [Enter] to activate the cheat. Press [Enter] again, then press [Ctrl] + V to paste the word on the screen for activation. Repeat to get resources quickly. This may be used with the rock on, robin hood, and cheese steak jimmy's codes.

[edit] Random map

When you do a random map, use a team islands setting and have seven players. Make three of them your allies, and four enemies. Start the game and go to the third button from the top right corner. Put check marks next to all your allies and click on "Food Please", "Wood Please", "Stone Please" or "Gold Please" in the box below. The only resource your allies will not give you is gold.

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Save resources

When you are allies with others, do not build a market to avoid giving them resources.

[edit] Game Tip

Press "qwerty" on the keyboard at the same time and you can edit the colours of the buildings and people.

[edit] Videos

[edit] Trailer

[edit] Introduction cinematic

[edit] Gameplay

[edit] References

  2. GameFAQs
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