A flopped attempt at bringing a classic multiplayer game online.
How I Use It
I would not use this game in my teaching, except maybe as a fun reward. It has some limited pedagogical value from a historical/cultural perspective by introducing the various civilizations. It does encourage planning and problem solving.
I did not play the online version of this game, but am familiar with AOE. There were too many obstacles that became too difficult to deal with in setting up online play. After I read that development & support has ended, I felt this would be a waste of time to continue.
I have spent many, many hours playing the classic AOE2 game and was looking forward to reviewing the online version. I was unable to complete the installation on my Mac, it is PC - only. Two hours later, after downloading various software, and setting up required Microsoft accounts, I am still not playing, so this review is based primarily on previous experience with Age of Empires. It is my understanding that development for AOE Online has ended, and support is limited. My impression is that for the full experience, you must purchase many in-game elements.
However, it is a fun, but violent game. There are many aspects of play, including building civilizations, managing resources, and creating alliances, but it mostly boils down to making war. If you want a similar, but less violence oriented, more educational game, try the classic Civilization games.