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Age of Mythology

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This page is for the original game. For the 2014 remaster, see Age of Mythology: Extended Edition. For the upcoming 2024 remaster, see Age of Mythology: Retold.

Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology cover
Ensemble Studios
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Microsoft Game Studios
Re-releases Ubisoft
OS X MacSoft
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2002
macOS (OS X) December 19, 2003
Metacritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Africa, Classical, Europe, Fantasy
Series Age of Empires
Age of Mythology on HowLongToBeat
Age of Mythology guide on StrategyWiki
Age of Mythology on MobyGames
Age of Mythology on Wikipedia
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II: HD Edition 2013
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition 2018
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition 2019
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition 2020
Age of Empires IV 2021
Age of Mythology: Retold 2024


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Age of Mythology is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Age of Empires series.

After its release, the game received The Titans expansion in September 2003, with the new Atlantean civilization, a campaign and the Titan units, as well as The Golden Gift downloadable campaign. After release, the game received a sizable community and a modding scene.

The game runs stable on modern systems, with the exception of a broken Vsync feature (see Video section for a fix). The Voobly community multiplayer service has been crucial in keeping the interest in the game alive, including after the Extended Edition of the game which introduced a wide range of bugs, imbalances and issues. The server still hosts a competitive community which plays on a modified balance patch similar to Extended Edition balancing, with events regularly hosted by Meta Plays.

General information

Official Discord server for the series
Microsoft's Official game page (archived)
Age of Mythology Heaven - A huge fan site for Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology on - solving some technical issues.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
macOS (OS X)
CD key
Gold Edition re-release from Ubisoft.
Publisher website (unavailable)
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Free demo versions are available from GameFront: base game, The Titans.

Version differences

The Gold Edition includes the base game and The Titans expansion. The Ubisoft eXclusive release comes on a single DVD-ROM, and includes all official patches and no SafeDisc DRM, but requires a fix for the expansion pack, found here.


Type Notes
DLC The free Golden Gift DLC includes a new campaign.
Expansion pack The expansion pack includes the Atlantean civilization, new units, the new Titan late-game units, and a new campaign.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Titans
The Golden Gift Available for free from Microsoft and GameFront.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is v1.10, available from Patches-Scrolls and GameFront.
The latest official patch for The Titans expansion is v1.03, available Patches-Scrolls and GameFront.
The Ubisoft Gold Edition DVD-ROM release requires a separate fix instead, available from Ubisoft's website and GameFront

Skip intro videos

Run the game with +noIntroCinematics parameter[3]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Startup\Persistent.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Users\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)


In-game options.
In-game options.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution. That advice can be used to input 4K resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed. Skipping intro is recommended, since at low resolution (640x480) it may not be displayed correctly.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
May be broken on newer systems; use d3d8to9 to fix this.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No framerate cap

Widescreen resolution

  1. Launch the game and change the resolution to anything else.
  2. Use the xres=YourWidth yres=YourHeight command line argument.


If the resolution does not, apply try launching the game a few more times or change any video settings.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, for the base game, for "The Titans Expansion".
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
12 Versus
Online play
12 Versus
The official ESOv1 service has been shut down; use Voobly.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28800-28805
UDP 2200-2400, 6073
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

MSXML 4.0 is missing

Reinstall MSXML 4.0. Use the installer from the disc or official download

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video Intro and credits

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon
Nvidia GeForce 2MX
16 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).