Age of Empires Rise of Rome PDA Expansion DetailsThe Age of Empires Rise of Rome expansion comes bundled with the AoE Gold Edition for the Pocket PC. It's a free addition worth considering.
Brief Rise of Rome Expansion DetailsPeople who had purchased the initial release of AoE couldn't comprehend why one of the most successful real-time strategy games in history couldn't follow up with an expansion offering more than four new Roman nations and some gameplay tweaks in the Age of Empires Rise of Rome add-on, released later.
There were no noteworthy additions to gameplay, just some trivial tweaks for balancing purposes (catapult assaults were devastating prior to being adjusted by the expansion).
A nicely placed boost to Tower Shield unit defenses ensured this.
It was a stroke of brilliance to port the Age of Empires Rise of Rome expansion to the PDA platform and have them bundled in one installation instead of releasing them as separate downloads.
Standalone Age of Empires Review DetailsI'll readily admit that AoE was only rated as highly in my Age of Empires Rise of Rome Pocket PC review due to the inclusion of this expansion with the main AoE download. You'll find more details on the download in its entirety.
The balancing flaws and the sheer infeasability of trying to navigate quickly around the map were flaws in the original.
These later addressed by the expansion.
Without it, AoE would have still been a pretty good game, but not the quality download that it actually turned out to be.
New Add-on UnitsHaving Egyptian and Macedonian units available as soon as I installed it on my iPaq 4150 made for some great wartime theatrics.
With the Macedonian's penchant for conversion-resisting and the sneaky Egyptian units inclination towards turning enemy forces, it was an interesting game against sharp Pocket PC AI.
The additional Armoured Elephants (one of my favourite units) are the virtual battletanks of the ancient civilization world.
I armed my previously docile pachyderms and marched them with on the towns with a vengeance, with great success.
Enemy Town Centers were soon alight, largely due to my lumbering, battle-hardened front lines.
After the Long Sword upgrade, my units were virtually invulnerable.
The camel riders provided some excellent defense against cavalry and chariots-- also unique to the Age of Empires Rise of Rome expansion.
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