Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a popular real-time strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Corporation in 1999. You take control of one of 13 civilizations and start with a handful of villagers gathering resources, building towns, creating armies and defeating the enemies.
Age of Empires II has been released for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS. In April 2013, Microsoft published Age of Empires II: HD Edition on Steam. It features a reworked version of the original game and the expansion The Conquerors.