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Microsoft's Age of Empires: Castle Siege available worldwide for iPhone and iPad

Microsoft has now launched its free-to-play historical strategy game Age of Empires: Castle Siege worldwide for the iPhone and iPad. The game was previously available in a soft launch in Canada earlier this year.

The iOS version will allow iPhone and iPad players of the game to play against those who have the previously released Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone versions. Here's a quick summary of the game, which was developed by Smoking Gun Interactive:

Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a cross-platform real-time strategy game that allows players to build and guide an empire through the Medieval Era. Players choose from one of several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons, and Kievan Rus, and then upgrade their keep, fortify walls and garrison defensive troops to protect from marauders. Then they must train an army to raid other cities, and command them in battle to dismantle opponents' defenses. Allowing players to control all the units at any time, creates a much deeper, more interactive gameplay experience than other titles in the genre. Through the ages, players build their castle, research technology, and recruit a variety of powerful heroes including Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and Joan of Arc. By outsmarting attackers and overwhelming defenders, gamers can earn achievements and climb to the top of the leaderboards.

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  • Is this yet another Clash of Clans clone? I actively avoid games like this precisely because I'm hooked on CoC. I don't need another game addiction! Sent from the iMore App
  • It is different you can guide the attacks instead rely on the IA .
    I like better
  • They should focus instead on making a real age of empires IV. I'm sure there would be a quite large demand for it. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah unfortunately this game is just one of very many of it's type. I long for the day of a true age of empires game! Sent from the iMore App
  • Downloaded It... Played it during my lunch for 30 min.... Deleted it. Yawwwn. I miss the original age of empires. I have a Mac so it's virtually impossible to find it for a reasonable price... Someone online has 3 of them for $150! Hahaha idiot Sent from the iMore App
  • AOK was my favorite pc game of all time! Because I now have a Mac, I did without for a long time....until I discovered 0AD. It's an open-source rts that started as an AOK mod. It's in alpha still, but it runs really smoothly on my old MacBook.
  • So, basically MS goes to copy mode, and that too from COC, which already has many clones out there again too late, instead they could have copied or ported old AOE 2, which is still a treat to play.