Last month Bold by Destineer offered its freshman title for Macintosh enthusiasts — the long awaited strategy game Age of Empires II Gold Edition. A new version, 1.0.1 is now available for download to correct some shortcomings in the initial release.
Developed by Ensemble Studios and brought to the Mac by Westlake Interactive, Age of Empires II Gold Edition is a compendium that combines the original Age of Empires II: Age of Kings with its add-on expansion pack, called The Conquerors Expansion. The Gold Edition of the game was released for the PC this past fall, and Bold by Destineer released the Mac version of game to retailers and pre-order customers at the end of October.
In Age of Empires II Gold Edition, you assume the role of the leader of a civilization following the fall of Rome. You must guide your people through the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages, developing technology, diplomacy and culture as you defend your land from the constant threat of foreign invasion. The game combines together the deep play of games like Civilization II with the real-time strategy challenge of games like Warcraft and Starcraft. In addition to a rich single-player mode, Age of Empires II Gold Edition features multiplayer support against other Macintosh gamers online.
While Age of Empires II Gold Edition has been enthusiastically embraced by Mac gamers, there has been a steady stream of complaints from some gamers in online forums who are having trouble with the title. Changes in the new update include:
The StuffIt-compressed archive contains a Read Me file and an updater application that will patch the Age of Empires II application to version 1.0.1. The 1.7MB archive can be downloaded from the link above. General details about Age of Empires 2 can be found at Bold by Destineer’s Web site.