Excerpt: This review took me longer to write than I really wanted. I'm a big strategy fan, particularly of the Age of Empires series, so I was looking forward to Age of Empires: The Age of Kings. Initially, I was interested in how the game made the switch from RTS to turn-based, Advance Wars-style.
Excerpt: If Age Of Empires on the PC is the Star Wars saga, Age Of Empires on the DS is the animated Clone Wars spin-off. It's still Star Wars, but in bite-size chunks and with its own stylised design.
Excerpt: Purists of the original PC version will lament the lack of free-flowing manoeuvres, however at its heart the game is Age of Empires - albeit a cut-down version. It still retains the challenges and the rich historical backdrop of the original, and fans will enjoy the familiarity and the new...
Pros: A very challenging strategy game that builds on the original framework of the PC version.
Cons: Controlling and moving your units can be problematic, and they are often obscured by other units.
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Nintendo DS Review
22 May 2006
Conclusion: The decision to port Age of Kings to the DS was an inspired one. It all works so wonderfully well that this is certainly, in my opinion, in the top 5 DS games released so far. Is it as good as the current turn based DS king, Advance Wars ?