Redmond really hasn’t been kind to many of the gaming properties it owns. Age of Empires: Castle Siege is the latest reincarnation of the absolute classic RTS series, Age of Empires.
Since Microsoft shut down the original developers, Ensemble Studios, the strategy series has been in limbo since then, only occasionally appearing on mobile platforms or as an online game. Perplexing, when you think that the Age series has sold more than 20 million units — same as the Diablo franchise.
Regardless, here were are with this new title, which is more or less similar to the classic strategy game. You guide your civilization through the medieval era, laying siege to enemy strongholds.
The official description:
“Age of Empires®: Castle Siege invites you to guide your empire through the Medieval Era on your Windows PC or touch screen device. Choose from one of several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons, and Kievan Rus. Upgrade your keep, fortify your walls, and garrison defensive troops to protect yourself from marauders. Then, train an army to raid other cities, and command them in battle to dismantle your opponents’ defenses.”
This is a casual game at heart — it shows in the gameplay, and it shows in the visuals. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, these sorts of games are all the rage nowadays.
The various ages are still there, allowing you to develop your fortress using the technologies from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. You train your armies, enlist heroes, and go to war.
Optimized for touch, this free game has social features built in, including leaderboards. It has just been made available on the Microsoft Store as a universal app that can be enjoyed on Windows Phone too. For x86, x64 and ARM based flavors of Windows.
Click here to check out Age of Empires: Castle Siege on the Windows Store.