Age of Mythology is a real-time strategy game that has been developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Instead of focusing on actual history as with the Age of Empires saga, this adventure is focused on mythology. This spin-off offers new and more interesting features such as the ability to create mythological creatures (phoenix, Cyclops, colossus, etc.). When playing, you will focus on three civilizations: Greek, Egyptian and Norse. As with the previous games, you have to collect resources such as gold, food and good, and also favor. Thanks to favor, you will be able to create the above-mentioned mythological creatures.
You will know the story of Arkantos, an Atlantean hero who undertakes a journey to recover the trident that has been stolen
Age of Mythology has a very interesting main campaign named "The Fall of the Trident". Here, you will know the story of Arkantos, an Atlantean hero who undertakes a journey to recover the trident that has been stolen. The thief is a Cyclops named Gargarensis. He wants to use the Trident to unleash Cronos the Titan, to be able to become immortal. This way, Arkantos visit the Underworld, Egypt, the North and even the Mount Olympus to defeat Gargarensis and his allies.
Graphically speaking, this adventure is well designed. You can see all details and textures, but nevertheless you cannot forget that the game is a decade old, so compared to the videogames of today, it can look a bit dated. However, something that never gets old is the soundtrack. The music perfectly accompanies you throughout the story, and it is relaxing when it must be, and violent when you fight.
Gods, favor and more Gods
As mentioned, you will have three civilizations to choose once you download Age of Mythology. In the main campaign, you cannot choose since you will pass for every civilization as you complete missions. However, in the single-player mode you can choose which civilization want to play for and develop your own strategy. The Greeks adore the major Gods: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. You will have to choose between them and each one offers you different abilities and heroes. As you upgrade Ages (from Archaic, to Classical, to Heroic and finally Mythic), you can choose new minor Gods to adore. To gain the favor of your God, you must send villagers to the temples and make them pray. The more villagers praying, the more favor you will gain. You can only create four heroes, but this is because they are the strongest of all civilizations, and they have special powers such as turning people into stone.
You will focus on three civilizations: Greek, Egyptian and Norse.
The Egyptian civilization adores as major Gods Ra, Set, and Isis. Their army is weak, but numerous, and they have one the best mythological creatures of the adventure, phoenixes. Phoenixes are able to fly and throw ranged attacks. Only archers can hit them, and if they die, they leave an egg from which they reborn after a while. To gain the favor of their Gods, they have to build five monuments that automatically generate favor.
Finally, you will have the Norse civilization. They are very strong in regards to army and offensive, but their buildings are weak. They are the most different civilization since villagers cannot build their buildings; it's the troops who do it. Villagers only collect resources. They adore Loki, Thor and Odin, and to gain their favor they have to fight and combat. Their heroes, the Hersir, automatically generate favor, and when they combat, they generate a great amount of it.
Age of Mythology Features
The outstanding features of Age of Mythology are:
- Three civilizations to choose from, each one with its own Gods, mythological creatures, heroes and features
- Several game modes to play: Campaign, Multiplayer and Single-Player (with more modes within: Supremacy, Conquest, etc.)
- Very catchy storyline in which you will follow the adventures of the Atlantean Arkantos
- Real-time strategy gameplay
- Gods will offer you special and divine powers to help you
- You are free to use codes to make your adventure easier (but this is cheating!)
If you are interested in Age of Mythology and you want to know more about it before you download it, feel free to visit the developer’s official website .
The minimum system requirements to download Age of Mythology on your PC are:
- Operating System: Windows XP or later versions
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 @ 1.4 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1600+
- RAM Memory: 500 MB RAM
- Graphics Card: NVidia GeForce 9200 or AMD Radeon X300 series
- Hard Drive Space: 1.5 GB free available