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21 Games Like Age of Empires

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:

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One.

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

 

 

Islanders

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


King Pins

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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....


Pocket City

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Open World and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

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.


Sim City (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

SimCity is a series of city-building game, 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...


Cities Skylines

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pikmin is 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 destroy obstacles, avoid...


Run An Empire

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Physically Active and Strategy

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


Unrailed

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

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...


Kingdom (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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)

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


My Time At Portia

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 60 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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....


Clash of Clans

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 50 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Spaceland

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

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

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

Genres: Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Civilization (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Tooth and Tail

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Discovery Tour (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Discovery Tour uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience.


Disintegration

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Frostpunk

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Duration: Between 10 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


XCOM (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 30 hours and 45 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Total War (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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

Duration: Between 35 hours and 45 hours to complete.

Players: You can play this with 2 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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


 
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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:

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.
 

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.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
  • Xbox Game Pass £7.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 
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