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on 23 February 2015
Unfortunately the game did not work on my MacBook Pro, (10.10), after i installed several times, a message would pop up saying that the game was, 'incomplete' or 'broken'.
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on 5 October 2008
I got this for my Mac Mini, and have had no technical problems with it. It is a good game, but two things in my eyes really let it down. The first thing is that you are not able to change the camera angle to look at things differently, and the second thing is that it is quite hard to control when you are putting things like water in.
But then again, it is a Microsoft product! It is a good game apart from that though. The music gets a bit annoying after a while, and although the graphics are not that good, it does allow it to be played on computers with inergrated graphics cards.
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on 24 June 2008
I have a MacBookPro with Mac OS X, 10.5.2. Game doesnt start up - states something about my graphics card not being initialised.
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on 31 January 2006
AOE II lets either play missions (as famous characters of the past - Joan of Arc for example), play Multiplayer or create a scenario and battle it out against a bunch of CPU controlled opponents. You control everything from aquisition of food, resources, building of structures, army units and siege units. You can also trade, pay tributes and convert units. A lot, basically.
However, when it gets down to the nitty-gritty what all of this is done for is so you prepare a lean, mean fighting machine to wage more upon your enemies. The range of units that you can create is excellent and varies with each civilisation - which is neat. Each unit can be upgraded and modified so that when you finally feel up for some aggro you can assemble a pretty fine fighting force.
I played this on a Powerbook 1.42Ghz with 2GB of ram and found it ran pretty well overall. However, if I set 200 as the extent of units allowable then when there was a major battle on there would be a significant slow down of the system and occasional crashes. This could become irritating and it made little difference if I set the detail lower in preferences.
Also, when controlling units it was annoying that I had to select new units to 'stand ground' because otherwise they would roam around the map chasing scouts or other enemy units. This feature is in advanced unit commands and really should be on as default. There is also no way of grouping, say, your archers together so when mounting an attack you conduct ranged attacks and then charge with your cavalry, it's a bit of an oversight I think. Finally, building walls and battlements over uneven ground can result in unsecure perimeters, so be careful!
These quibbles aside, I spent many an hour killing huns and burning cities to the ground and multiplayer is a joy. One of the best stratagy games on the Mac: recommended!
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on 28 May 2003
This is the BEST so far. My only disappointment is that there aren't more like it for Mac. What about The Age of Mithology.....it's so frustrating to see so many around for PC platforms and none for the Mac........HELP!!
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on 22 January 2002
This is about the BEST PC game ever! Now those wonderful, wonderful people who made it have put it on Mac! Colonise puddles of mud as 1 of 13 races and take on other leaders, conquer the world as Joan of Arc or Atilla the Hun or even design your own scenario! "If you get one Mac game this year, make it Age of Empires II"
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on 9 December 2001
this is a great game right from the start. It has brilliant grapics and lets you command a setteling civilization. it is great fun.
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