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33 Great Games Like Age of Empires

These are hand-picked games similar to Age of Empires. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Age of Empires. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify 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 games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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:

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @Relicgames

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Islanders

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Release Date: 04/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @_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

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @MonolithSoft

Players: You can play with 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...

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

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Release Date: 01/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Transformers: Battlegrounds

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Release Date: 23/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

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.

War Thunder

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

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @GaijinEnt

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

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...

Clash of Clans

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

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @Supercell

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

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.

The Wandering Villiage

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Raji: An Ancient Epic

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Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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 how is chosen by the gods to defend the human race.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Sid_Meier

Players: This is a single player game

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

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Release Date: 15/01/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @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....

Frostpunk

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @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.

Sim City (Series)

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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...

For The King

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Release Date: 19/04/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @IronOakGames

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 3 players online

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

Unrailed!

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Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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...

Total War (Series)

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @CAGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

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.

King Pins

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Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @SokpopCo

Players: You can play with 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....

Pikmin 2

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

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: You can play with 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,...

Barbearian

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Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Suzerain

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Release Date: 04/12/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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.

Kingdom (Series)

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Release Date: 21/10/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

Players: You can play with 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...

Advance Wars (Series)

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Release Date: 11/01/2002

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...

Outlanders

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Release Date: 17/09/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @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

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XCOM (Series)

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @FiraxisGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

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...

Cities Skylines

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Pocket City

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Release Date: 21/07/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @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.

Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

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Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Developer: @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...

Spaceland

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Release Date: 30/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @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.

Run An Empire

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Release Date: 22/08/2016

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Chroma Squad

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @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,...

112 Operator (Series)

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @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...

Tooth and Tail

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Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

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

Developer: @PocketwatchG

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

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.

Rivengard

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

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @SnowprintStudio

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 20 players online

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...

Disintegration

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Release Date: 15/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @V1Interactive

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

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.

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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.
 
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