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Age of Empires
Behind the Scenes
Technical Notes
T he trumpets are blaring, the tribesman are restless... but don't worry, you're just one step away from world domination.

Age of Empires Update v1.0c
--Language version: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Age of Empires Update v1.0c
--Language version: English, German, and French

Microsoft Age of Empires Update 1.0c is an upgrade of Age of Empires 1.0 that includes the 1.0a & 1.0b patches, along with several enhancements and gameplay fixes. These changes include:

  • Idle Villager Key - Pressing the period ( . ) key selects and centers the view on a villager or fishing boat that is not assigned a task. Pressing ( . ) cycles though all idle villagers and boats in the game. This is a keyboard-only command; there is no on-screen control for it.

  • Shang Food Cost - The cost of a Shang villager was reduced to 40 food. The amount of food the Shang player starts with was reduced by 40.

  • Phoenician Woodcutting Bonus - Phoenician villagers now work 15% faster. In previous versions of Age of Empires, they worked 54% percent faster.

For a complete description of all the patch improvements, please read the readme file.

Version Compatibility
If you are playing a multiplayer game, all players must be using the same version of Age of Empires.

If you are playing a saved game, it must be from the same version of Age of Empires you currently have installed.

Animated Blood,Animated Violence

Age of Empires Trial Version

  • Requires Windows 95 or Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Important note: You must have DirectX to play Age of Empires. If you already have DirectX on your PC, you do not need to download the version which includes DirectX. If you do not have DirectX (or if you have an old version) you'll need to download the version with DirectX included.

Photosensitive Seizure Warning

There can be no reconciliation where there is no open warfare. There must be a battle, a brave boisterous battle, with pennants waving and cannon roaring, before there can be peaceful treaties and enthusiastic shaking of hands.
-- Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), English writer. Lady Audley's Secret (1862). From The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations: Copyright (c) 1993, 1995 by Columbia University Press.