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Age of Empires

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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

An amazing real-time strategy with solo campaigns, LAN and Internet play.

Chose one of many races and build an empire !! It is insanely great.

From Inside Mac Games:

Gameplay is pretty smooth. Your first task is to build shelters for your tribe and begin collecting raw materials in the form of wood, stone, gold, and food. You will need your villagers to gather all these supplies. Did I mention you should read the manual? Anyway, begin gathering and building. Once you build a barracks, you can begin training military units. In order to progress through the ages (i.e. Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, etc.), you have to achieve predetermined levels of raw materials and build the prerequisite buildings for each age. When you advance to the next age it is rewarding to see your buildings change in appearance. Why? I don't know, maybe I need to get out more. One piece of advice: when you can build a temple, build it. Training a priest is the only way to heal wounded units. That last only applies to living units. Don't use the priest to heal buildings. It will not work. Use villagers for that purpose. Another advantage to having priests is they can convert enemy priests or any other enemy units.

Followed by Age of Empires II.

The download link contains the v1.3.1 update. Don't complain about the .zip format, that's how it was originally released.

The download below (427.8 MB), which is also available at the top, consists of a bin/cue file combination, compressed with OS X zip. Just burn with Toast to make a CD that includes game and audio partitions.

External link
Download from Mega.Co.Nz
Download from max1zzz's server

Technology Charts and Scenario Design docs
Quick Reference Card (PC)
Manual (PC)

Architecture: PPC

Min req:
PPC 604 @ 120MHz
70MB disk

played a dream on my old iMac G3 233MHz (which is currently on sale on eBay for £0.99.

This game is untested in any emulator, or even in Classic.


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by MikeTomTom - 2015, March 30 - 1:00am

@SuperMew98: I went over the revisions again and you may have been somewhat correct as it looks as tho max1zzz had pasted in his link without hard coding HTML for spaces in the link's name:
e.g.; /Age of Empires/
instead of; /Age%20of%20Empires/ (which it now is).

I think that this was more likely the culprit, and not your browser.

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by SuperMew98 - 2015, March 30 - 12:37am

Sorry, I've always used Safari for max1zzz's links and only had a problem once.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, March 29 - 10:43pm

Hi SuperMew98; I restored the previous link as it does work and is the preferred link for a single DL from Max1zzz's ftp server - as its direct & doesn't require a login to DL.

I can confirm that the link works fine for me using SeaMonkey & Firefox, & mrdav notes, also Opera.

It may be that your browser is acting "on your behalf" and treating the link as suspicious, blocking your access. Only a guess, because for me, both SeaMonkey & FF throw up a warning about "the site not wanting authentication, and may be a ruse to trick me"... but it lets me click OK to carry on & complete the DL.

The only other comment I can add is that the DL is slow, but this is typical of Max1zzz's server, due to his privately funded server (shared between his family & the rest of the world) & not the browser or my ISP.

[Edit]: probably a mute point anyway, as its now up on the internal server's DL's above (Thanks to macjames).

by mrdav - 2015, March 29 - 10:06pm

Hi SuperMew98. As I think I mentioned elsewhere, these old links to max1zzz's server sometimes only work with certain browsers. Opera is one browser that works. So the previous direct link (not needing to log in to max's server) was OK if you used Opera.

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by SuperMew98 - 2015, March 29 - 2:36pm

Is it just me, or is max1zzz's server link dead?

EDIT: The link was dead, but I restored it.

by Gordontron - 2014, November 10 - 6:40pm

Alright, I've put in about 5 hours trying to figure this out. I've managed to get Age of Empires installed in Sheepshaver, but can't create a disk (virtual or physical) to get the game to run.

The steps provided by bertyboy do not seem to work as there is no longer a "Age of Empires Audio.toast" file, rather now it seems that the CD data is provided in a .bin and .cue formats. I've got toast 5.0.1 in Sheepshaver and Burn in mac os 10.7.5 to potentially burn a game cd, but have had no success with either. I tried a unix utility to combine them to a ISO file, but wound up with one 152 mb iso file and 13 other cdr files. I burned both the ISO/cdr and bin/cue files to different cds, and also dragged them into .dmg volumes created through disk utility using cd/dvd settings and also the DVD/CD Master settings (6 different combinations in all) and was able to mount them in Sheepshaver but the game won't recognize any of the methods as a game cd.

Ideally I'd like to learn how to create a "disk image" game CD rather than a physical one, as some friends of mine are running on versions of Mac Os X that the manual says won't allow for physical game CDs.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you

by Slik - 2013, December 2 - 1:13pm

I can get the game running nicely in SheepShaver, best with QuickTime 4 (the Greek campaign's intro movie crashes with QuickTime 3, though all the other movies are fine), but the AoE Help application (run from Finder or from AoE's main menu) crashes SheepShaver running 8.5 or 8.6, regardless of Microsoft's sundry extensions.

by hurleyl - 2013, September 1 - 4:33am

The files in the external link work great. Just got around to burning with astroburn lite in windows and testing on my Powermac 8500 (Mac OS 9.1). I Installed the game from the disk and the update from the download link. Just finished the first single player level. It was playing the music and the game fine, didn't have the problem mentioned in previous comments of it asking for the CD when it was already in the drive .

by mrdav - 2013, March 24 - 7:53am

Removed dead MU links and replaced with a working link. I could not find the audio partition from an original Mac disk, so I used the audio from a PC disk to make a complete Mac disk. It is a pretty good chance that the audio partitions are the same. If they are not, I am sure someone will say so.

EDIT: I just realised that the audio tracks are in a folder within the D/L (second above) that MCP provided a while ago. Ah well, I have already used the tracks from the PC will probably be OK.

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by bertyboy - 2012, September 28 - 7:22pm

This has already been asked in this thread, more than once.

We suspect that you need to burn the CD, but read the thread for possibilities.

by jskybld - 2012, September 1 - 5:37pm

Is there any way to play without CD? My iBook's drive has crapped out :[

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by Applemeister - 2012, February 21 - 9:17pm

Ah, so it does. Thanks, Bertyboy. Hopefully this'll sort it out.

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by bertyboy - 2012, February 21 - 7:06am

The 1000KB-ish download link has the 1.0.3 updater.

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by Applemeister - 2012, February 20 - 9:05pm

I remember acquiring a copy of this for the Mac years ago, and found that the tutorial has exactly the same problem as the PC version. During one scenario, your objectives are to clear a small island of its wild animal inhabitants, and then proceed to erect a number of watchtowers. However, once you complete these two objectives, the scenario refuses to end.

Is anyone aware of a patch which addresses this issue? Perhaps even the version available for download here has already been patched?


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by hunter13 - 2011, April 8 - 11:36am

I've had this game for years now, and it's barely gotten old. Thanks a lot.

by Pedro - 2011, March 23 - 9:06pm

I use the Sheep Shaver Tutorial for Mac (Run OS9), whit this guy:

And this is the problem, i have many white files:

if you can do a video and put on youtube our send i really say thks.

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by MCP - 2011, March 23 - 11:40am

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by bertyboy - 2011, March 23 - 7:24am

Burn the CD. Can't remember if mounting a locked Toast image works or not, I suspect with the number of AoE burned CDs I have lying around, that it does not. Burn the (Mac) CD on Mac or on Windows.

by Pedro - 2011, March 22 - 10:56pm

when I open the game, it is ok I skip the info but when I click in singer player the game ask for CD :S help i need play this game, I search this on my life and i am close PLZ how i do for current the game

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by MCP - 2010, August 21 - 11:32am

Cripes, it's just background music. I've added a mirror link to the version I have on my own site; it's just the Toast image from here, zipped together with MP3s of the audio portion of the disc.

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by bertyboy - 2010, August 21 - 6:59am

Well you'll have to look at the Windows CD burning software you have, ie. Nero, Astroburn, and search google or the manual to see if it burns mixed-mode. It's not a big deal. In your searhes you may find some other free Windows burner software that does burn mixed mode CDs. Just make the effort, if it doesn't do it, then sure just use the game part of the CD - maybe import the AIFFs into iTunes and have them playing when you start the game. Or play AoE while listening to Hendrix.

If you get it to work / not work, post back your results and it'll help everyone else.

by hurleyl - 2010, August 20 - 10:33pm

I don't know if it can burn Mixed Mode cds.

I think I will just download the other great games from this site that just run from a folder on the hard drive.

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by bertyboy - 2010, August 19 - 6:45am

"We choose to go to the moon, not because it is easy, ..."

A simple question, yes or no:

Do you have a Windows burner / software capable of burnng "mixed-mode" CDs ?

Get the .toast image and the AIFFs from the audio part to the PC with the CD burner and burn a mixed mode CD. I can't tell you if specific Windows software can do it, you'll have to read the documentation / help / search google.

by hurleyl - 2010, August 18 - 9:17pm

I have previously used Transmac to burn a backup of OS 9 cd . I have CloneCD for CD cloning and also Daemon tools to mount CD Images in windows, and Astroburn lite. I have an Imac 333MHz with OS 9.2.2 and a Powermac 8500 with 9.1. So can I just download Toast 5 Titanium and mount disk image with it with and then run the game without without sound, if possible since that seems easier.

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by bertyboy - 2010, August 17 - 6:47am

Do you have a Windows burner / software capable of burnng "mixed-mode" CDs ?

The Toast part should mount as an ISO. You'll need Toast 5 on your Mac (even without a burner) to mount the .Sd2f part and copy the AIFFs off. You'll need to get these files to the PC somehow - maybe a USB memory stick will work.

by hurleyl - 2010, August 17 - 12:51am

Are you able to combine these parts and burn it from a windows computer ? My macs don't have Cd writers.

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by bertyboy - 2010, April 7 - 6:43am

what an i suppose to do?

Read the game description.

by iCow - 2010, April 7 - 5:50am

I only get the update file when i download, what an i suppose to do?

by greystash - 2010, April 4 - 5:49am


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by Attila - 2010, February 19 - 2:10pm

Don't double click on it, use drag and drop. Pick it up and drop it on StuffIt Expander.

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by Akurn - 2010, February 19 - 4:10am

I downloaded this game on my iMac Bondi Blue running Mac OS 8.6, the file is a .zip file and I expanded it using Stuffit Expander which made it into a .hqx file. When I click on it I get a message reading..." The document could not be opened, because the application program that created it could not be found". I thought that I wouldn't have to download an emulator because i'm already running OS 8.6 on my computer....someone please help me and explain to me how to run the game!

Thank You

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by schoolhacker - 2010, February 7 - 8:36pm

this has got to be the best game on the old macintosh!!! (after starcraft of course...)

i just downloaded it! and its AWESOME!!!

though AoE II lags soo much that it does run on the macintosh well... this works fine!

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by bertyboy - 2010, January 31 - 7:26pm

Mmm, I'm sure my two-button mouse worked perfectly, with right-clicks doing what they were supposed to do. I can feel your pain, I remember trying to play with the Apple one button mouse - the round puck mouse as well - it was hell.
Honestly, go and buy a good Microsoft / Logitech 2 /3 / 5 button mouse, even from eBay.

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, January 31 - 5:12pm

Thank you, it worked out fine with the instructions. I'm having another problem ingame: Under OS 9.2.2 I use USB Overdrive for a right-click with my no name USB mouse. While in Age of Empires this doesn't work though, I have to use the apple-key to move units around. Would they just leave out the support for right-click when porting it over to Mac or is this just a settings thing? (though I couldn't find anything in the game settings)

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by bertyboy - 2010, January 29 - 9:40pm

could tell you how to find it, but it's easier just to post the link here.

There's a few step-by-step guides, depending on the version of Toast you use. Bear in mind that the Audio part is only a collection of music tracks, so it doesn't have to be treated as carefully as a Mac OS part, ie. mount the ausio part (read the instructions) and drag the Audio files to the Toast window etc.

If you're using another version of Toast, ie. v6 or v8 or v9 or v10, if it doesn't work, you may have to experiment and post your results. I probably created about 10-12 coasters in Toast v7 before getting it to work. Toast v5 was the easiest, so if you can use it, USE it.

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, January 29 - 8:42pm

I'm sorry guys, I'm stupid!? Laughing out loud I just don't get how to reunite the both parts when burning AOE on disc. Toast would tell me the sound files are not a proper image, thus will only burn it as an audio disc. I looked up the forums as suggested but couldn't find an instruction. Would anyone be so kind and sum up the steps in a few words? Thanks in advance Smile

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by ive - 2010, January 28 - 7:42pm


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by Attila - 2010, January 28 - 7:17pm

I've noticed that before, that only one manual file will show up onscreen despite multiple uploads. If you go to the edit page they are there...

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by bertyboy - 2010, January 28 - 5:59pm

Damn, I added the AoE_Docs, for detailed info on the game engine, which you can see, but I also uploaded the manual and quick reference card, under manuals, but they're not showing.

My G3 tower will be here in a few hours. I can see OS8.6 installed and AoE being "tested". Already 5 G4's, and a Mac Pro under my desk (and an iMac on the floor, SE in the cupboard, PBG4 ON the desk. A veritable Mac museum.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, January 28 - 4:09pm

This game is untested in any emulator, or even in Classic.

My experiences (I can't remember whether in 10.2 or 10.4), it runs in Classic mode, but you can't do a single player, because it asks for its CD then, even if it is inserted.

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, January 28 - 3:15pm

Wow, thanks a lot for uploading bertyboy. A true classic, can't wait to play it again (especially in multiplayer mode)

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by bertyboy - 2010, January 27 - 11:16pm

I'll post a lnk to the Audio part of the install cd tomorrow (when it finishes uploading).