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78 Great Games Like Age of Empires

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Age of Empires and have found the following:

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on resource management and direct warfare rather than politics and religion and is played in real-time.

Unfortunately, Age of Empires is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Point-and-Click and Strategy

Developer: Relic Games (@RelicGames)

Players: 1 (8 online)

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

60 Hand Picked Video Games Like Age of Empires

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Age of Empires. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Age of Empires, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PSP, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Sega (@Sega)

Players: This is a single-player game

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a turn-based strategy game where you take command of a squad of soldiers and use your wits and tactics to plan and lead them to battle. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and the soldiers of Squad E and experience a gripping...

Kingdom (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2015

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Landfall Games (@LandfallGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (know as TABS) is a fighting game where you choose different armies and troops to battle each other in an automatic simulation that models their offensive and defensive abilities. Once setup, the fight is largely...

Islanders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 04/04/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Grizzly Games (@_GrizzlyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Islanders is city-building game where you carefully place structures to earn points from their geographic location and relation to other features and buildings on your islands. Earn enough points and you unlock new buildings and eventually the chance to...

Pikmin 3

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 28% off

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...

War Thunder

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2016, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Gaijin Ent (@GaijinEnt)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game

War Thunder is a shooting game where you drive a range of vehicles in warfare combat. Similar to Wargaming's World of Warplanes it creates realistic battles on air, land, and sea. The attraction of the combat is that each vehicle or craft’s...

Transformers: Battlegrounds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Transformers: Battlegrounds is a strategy game that's accessible for a range of abilities. It offers a robot-themed XCOM style game for younger players.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

Players: You can play with 1 to 12 players in the same room

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

My Time At Portia

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Pathea Games (@PatheaGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game is set after civilization has been destroyed, and humans are emerging from underground to rebuilding society. By gathering resources, crafting and building you slowly gain the tools to collect food, store grain, chop trees and build dwellings....

Cities Skylines

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/03/2015, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Colossal Order (@ColossalOrder)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public...

Evil Genius 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 39 features

Developer: Rebellion (@Rebellion)

Players: This is a single-player game

Evil Genius 2 is a tongue-in-cheek strategy game where you play the evil villain. You must build a detailed, functional lair from where you can take control of the world. Similar to Sim City and 2 Point Hospital, you use your resources wisely as you...

Sim City (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/02/1989, updated in 2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: This is a single-player game

SimCity is a series of city-building games, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...

Clash of Clans

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 02/08/2012, updated in 2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: Supercell (@Supercell)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game

Clash of Clans is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attack from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.

Outlanders

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 17/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Pomelo Games (@PomeloGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Outlanders is a town-builder simulation where you are the leader of a group of regular people building a town together. Some want to survive, while others want to build amazing things. It’s up to you to guide them towards their goal

The Wandering Village

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Stray Fawn Studio (@StrayFawnStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Wandering Village is a strategy game where you build a city to escape a world made toxic by spores. You seek shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature called Onbu. It's unusual because as well as building a thriving settlement, you have to...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Bay 12 Games (@Bay12Games)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Stacklands (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/04/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Collecting, Simulation and World Building

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Stacklands is a strategy game where you stack cards so that your village can survive. You combine cards to grow food, build structures and fight monsters. Each of these three actions is a choice, make the right choices and your village grows, make the...

Everdale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/08/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Supercell (@Supercell)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Everdale is an online strategy game where you build a village. With the help of friends you develop a society that survives on the basis of savvy cooperation. Unlike other civilisation games though, there is no fighting or combat. The focus is on...

112 Operator (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Jutsu Games (@JutsuGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

112 Operator and its predecessor, 911 Operator, are strategy games that put you in control of the emergency services as they fight natural disasters, crime and terrorism. You choose how to deal with each scenarios and work your way up the chain of...

Barbearian

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Play and Strategy

Developer: Gimblll (@Gimblll)

Players: This is a single-player game

Barbearian is a hectic action game where you fight through three-level missions by hacking and slashing hundreds of tiny enemies, collecting cash and rescuing minions to add to your army. It's a role play game you can take on in bite sized portions each...

Raji: An Ancient Epic

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Raji The Game (@RajiTheGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Raji: An Ancient Epic is a running and jumping puzzle game drawing on Hindu and Balinese history. Taking inspiration from tales like Mahabharata and Ramayana you play a young girl named Raji who is chosen by the gods to defend the human race.

Unrailed!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Indoor Astronaut (@IndoorAstronaut)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train and watch...

Pocket City

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/07/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Codebrew Games (@CodebrewGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

You build your own living breathing city by creating residential, commercial, and industrial zones, as well as placing special buildings. In addition to this Sim City-style play you earn points to upgrade by competing missions.

For The King

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/04/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Play and Simulation

Developer: Iron Oak Games (@IronOakGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 3 players in the same room or as a 3-player online game

For The King is a strategy game where you play an adventurer bringing peace to the kingdom of Fahrul. It's like a tabletop board game, with rewards and hits determined by dice rolls, but combines this with more traditional video game fights. You gather...

Frostpunk

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/03/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: 11 bitstudios (@11bitstudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate 1886 with a devastating winter setting in. You are tasked with running a city by managing resources to ensure the city’s survival. Your choices can have negative and positive consequences.

Rivengard

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 18/01/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Snowprint Studio (@SnowprintStudio)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 20-player online game

Rivengard is a strategy battle game where you fight creatures with fantasy superheroes. You upgrade your team to make them as powerful as possible then use them in turn-based encounters requiring tactical prowess. Progress can be sped up by spending...

Death Crown

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/08/2013, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Co 5 monaut (@Co5monaut)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Death Crown is a minimalist strategy game where you play Death commanding her legions and punishing humanity. You play in a world of hexagons to place buildings and send troops to attack or defend as you try and defeat the opposing castle.

XCOM (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1994, updated in 2017

Price: 90% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Firaxis Games (@FiraxisGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

X-Com (which became XCOM) is a science fiction strategic battle game where you control units to stop an alien invasion. The long running series has come in many forms, but always has in common the finely tuned turn-based ground combat where you control...

Humankind

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 17/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Amplitude (@Amplitude)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Humankind is a strategy game where you develop a civilisation through the many ages of humanity's existence, from the nomadic tribes of ancient history to the space age. In many ways comparable to [link to game/Sid+Meiers+Civilization The Civilization...

King Pins (Sokpop)

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....

Sons of Valhalla

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Point-and-Click, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: SOV Game (@SOV_Game)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sons of Valhalla is a strategy base building game. You play the son of a Viking Jarl aiming to conquer England and save the love of your life. Like Kingdom, you incrementally upgrade your fortifications, farming and armies to defend...

Suzerain

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 04/12/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Torpor Games (@TorporGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Suzerain is a role-play strategy game where you are the president of the fictional country, Sordland. By choosing conversations and life path you use your skills of persuasion and political values to reform your country after the downfall of a dictator.

Claustrofactory (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Aecert Gaming (@AecertGaming)

Players: This is a single-player game

Claustrofactory is a time management factory simulation. You build factories on a grid to connect their processes and make products using conveyors and assemblers and pickers. It's an unusual efficiency challenge where the best system will score the...

Pikmin 2

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant-like creatures called Pikmin,...

Total War (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 13/06/2000, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: CA Games (@CAGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

The Total War series are strategic turn-based war games. Each game has a different historical or fantasy setting where multiple armies battle and compete for territory. You can win by military force, religion, diplomacy, espionage and economics.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2022

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GBA, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a re-release of the classic turn-based strategy game on Nintendo Switch. You take charge of an army in strategic, turn-based combat. With land, air, and naval units across the battlefield, you work to take down enemy...

Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games and as a...

Dune: Spice Wars

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/04/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Shiro Games (@ShiroGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dune: Spice Wars is a strategy game based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel, where you use military might and political machinations to survive and expand your fiefdom on the hostile planet of Arrakis. You decide whether to dominate or partner with the...

Home Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/09/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Code Stream de (@CodeStream_de)

Players: This is a single-player game

Home Quest is a strategy game where you incrementally build a town, recruit an army and manage your economy. Like other idle games, it's a familiar set-up where you tap buttons to assign resources and then wait for the results. However, the unusual...

Tactical Breach Wizards

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Pentadact (@Pentadact)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tactical Breach Wizards is a small-scale, turn-based fighting and shooting game. You play a team of wizards in modern-day tactical gear, breaching and clearing rooms full of enemies with a combination of guns, abilities and spells.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/02/2012, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a city-building game based on the popular and long-running cartoon. After Homer causes the destruction of Springfield, you complete quests to earn money, unlock buildings and characters, and rebuild the town. The free to...

Tinykin

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/08/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tinykin is a puzzle game where you play Milo. You have landed on Earth in 1991 but are tiny. To survive you catch hundreds of mysterious Tinykin who can use their powers to create ladders, bridges and explosions to help you find a way home.

Chroma Squad

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/04/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: Behold Studios (@BeholdStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Chroma Squad is a strategy game themed around the The Power Rangers TV show. Rather than the heroes, you play the stunt actors who quit the show to start their own Power Rangers-inspired series. Rather than kill enemies in the turn based encounters,...

Really Bad Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Helvetica (@Helvetica)

Players: This is a single-player game

Really Bad Chess is like chess, but with random pieces selected for each player. Try 8 Knights, 4 Bishops, and 3 pawns. Starting positions are also non-standard. It sounds like a bad idea (hence the name) but actually opens the imposing chess challenge...

Run An Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/08/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

Developer: PAN studio (@PAN_studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Run an Empire is a combination of real-world running and a strategy game where you battle other players for land and resources. Once setup you run around your neighbourhood, which in the game is divided into small hexagons. As you encircle areas in the...

Spaceland

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/10/2019

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Tortuga Team (@TortugaTeam)

Players: This is a single-player game

Spaceland is a quick turn-based strategy game where you command sci-fi troopers to shoot, kick, blow up and destroy the enemy. It's a little like a game of chess as you equip and plan your missions, before carefully moving and attacking on your turn.

The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Net Ease Global (@NetEase_Global)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, also called Lord of the Rings: War, is an online strategy game where you play against other players in factions and try and conquer land. It includes all of Tolkien's world, from Hobbiton to Rivendell and Isengard to...

Yardlings (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Yardlings is a strategy fighting game where you are a team of vegetables. Your task is to dominate the play area with your troops. It's a cartoony, vegetable twist on classic real-time strategy games like Command and Conquer or Halo Wars.

Fallout Shelter (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/06/2015, updated in 2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Bethesda (@Bethesda)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fallout Shelter is a time management simulation game. Set in the Fallout wasteland after a nuclear war, you play as an Overseer of an underground bunker. You accrue currency to build rooms, attract people and train them to provide resources, craft...

Lost Ark

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/12/2019, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: AMZN Game Studios (@AMZNGameStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Lost Ark is an online role-play fighting game set in the mystical realm of Akrasia. You work alone or in teams to fight enemies, complete dungeons and upgrade your characters. It combines Lord of the Rings (and Indiana Jones) fantasy adventures with...

PixelJunk Monsters (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/01/2008, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Pixel Junk Monsters is strategy game where you build defensive towers to defeat a linear march of enemies before they reach your base and kill your creatures.

Rymdkapsel

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Grape Frukt (@GrapeFrukt)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rymdkapsel is a strategy game where you command a stylised space station filled with minions. You make decisions about to spend your manpower and expand your space station. It's minimalist and intentionally opaque to understand, but through multiple...

Tooth and Tail

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: Pocket Watch G (@PocketWatchG)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game

Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game about anthropomorphic animals. Before each match, you choose a commander from four factions and six units from a pool of twenty. You then use these units to build farms, lookouts and gather resources.

Train Valley 2

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Flazm Games (@FlazmGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Train Valley 2 is a toy train puzzle game where you build a railroad company from the days of the Industrial Revolution into the future. It looks like a kids train-set but simulates real economics of the valley's cities and industries. The result is a...

Cult Of The Lamb

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 11/08/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Massive Monsters (@MassiveMonsters)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cult of Lamb is a god-sim strategy game, where you are a cult leader rather than an actual god. You play a lamb and start your own cult as you venture out into the world of woodland worshippers. It stands out for the streamlined progression that mixes...

Disintegration

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: V1 Interactive (@V1Interactive)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Disintergration is a sci-fi shooting game, from some of the developers behind Halo and XCom, that combines first-person combat and real-time battlefield strategy.

Stellaris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Pdx Interactive (@PdxInteractive)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

Stellaris is a strategy game where you play a space-faring empire seeking to expand your territory. It offers complete customisation of your civilisation, with different sets of ethics and morals to choose from that change how you play, from limiting...

Bloons TD 6 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/08/2007, updated in 2021

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Ninja Kiwi Games (@NinjaKiwiGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Bloons TD 6, the latest in a series of Bloons TD (Tower Defense) games, is a strategic puzzle game where you use various contraptions to pop balloons before they get to the end of the track. It sounds simple, but quickly escalates with faster-moving and...

Luckitown (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Luckitown is a turn-based strategy game. You build a town around your castle to defend it from incoming enemies. You then roll dice and select combinations of results that allow you to buy and place defensive buildings while every turn the enemies move...

Starship Patrol

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: This is a single-player game

Starship Patrol (Starship Defense) is a shooting game where you defend your ship from waves of enemy attackers. You have a combination of static guns and defence ships to form an efficient strategy. It's well executed, but most unusual for its hand...

2 Board Game Alternatives to Age of Empires

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Age of Empires. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

16 Video Games Like Age of Empires Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Age of Empires. This includes games from the Fighting, Action, Adventure, Strategy, Open World and Point-and-Click genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Age of Empires is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Age of Empires in the following lists:

Gaming 101: Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 

The Game Awards

The Game Awards highlight the best video games each year. It's an award produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley. Games are selected by video game news organizations who then vote on the games to choose the winners in each of the categories.
 

Get Children Into History

Video games are sometimes criticised for pillaged historical cultural contexts as places to pitch their shooting battles. Many games do treat historic periods or military battles to embellish the visuals with a realism.

There are, however, all sorts of games that use history as more than window dressing. This might be something as simple as accurately creating period-appropriate weapons and uniforms, like in War Thunder or Enlisted. This might also be offering the player to experience battles not from the perspective of the victors. Or, like in This War of Mine, what is was like for those caught up in conflict as civilians.

Beyond warfare, games offer a wide array of accurate depictions of different civilisations and eras. Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure set in the final days of a cursed Roman city. Treasures of the Aegean is a Tin Tin-style tomb raiding adventure game with a surprisingly accurate bronze age Aegean civilisation.

There are other games that introduce historical techniques and tools. In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. In Return of the Obra Dinn you revisit the moment of death of 60 sailors on an ancient ship and use evidence to piece together their identity and what happened.

Other game recreate a time periods' architecture and culture so you can explore it first hand. Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an historical exploration experience. Discovery Tour: Viking Age is set in Britain and Norway, around 870 AD. It sheds light on the Viking era and allows players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. Raji: An Ancient Epic is a running and jumping puzzle game drawing on Hindu and Balinese history. Taking inspiration from tales like Mahabharata and Ramayana you play a young girl named Raji who is chosen by the gods to defend the human race.

There are even games that help players appreciate the scale of history and time. Deep Time Walk is a game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time, taking in every key evolutionary event as they occur.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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