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Gameplay resources for Age of Empires III

This article lists the resources that contain additional information about how to play Microsoft Age of Empires III.
You can obtain additional information about how to play Age of Empires III from resources such as Learn to Play, the Age of Empires III community Web site, newsgroups, and the official strategy guide.

Learn to Play

The best way to learn to play Age of Empires III is to use the content that is provided in the game. To do this, start Age of Empires III, and then click Learn to Play on the main screen. The following options are available in Learn to Play:
  • Master the Basics
    Use this option to learn the basics of the Age of Empires III gameplay. This option explains how to select units, how to move and fight, and how to start your colony off on the right foot.
  • Try a Game
    Use this option to play a complete game against a computer opponent. This option provides helpful advice to guide you in the correct direction.
After the game starts, read and listen to the instructions of the narrator.

Age of Empires III community Web site

Visit the Age of Empires III community Web site for more information about gameplay resources. The community Web site includes news, forums, statistics, downloads, and newsletters. For more information about these resources, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Use the Microsoft public newsgroups to discuss issues or share information with others who use Microsoft games for Microsoft Windows. The newsgroups include advice from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). Additionally, you can read interesting posts, search for specific topics, answer questions, or post your own questions to the group. For more information about how to use the Microsoft public newsgroups, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Strategy guide

You may obtain the Age of Empires III: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets book for complete information about the game. This exclusive strategy guide was written with the full cooperation and support of Ensemble Studios and Microsoft Game Studios. The guide includes the following information:
  • Strategies and tips from the game's creators
  • Expert analysis of each civilization's strengths and weaknesses
  • Detailed military and economic strategies
  • In-depth statistics for everything in the game
  • A step-by-step walkthrough of the single-player campaign
  • Hardcore multiplayer tactics for every game mode
Age of Empires III: Sybex Official Strategies and Secrets is available at retailers and from the Sybex Web site. For more information, visit the following Sybex Web site: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

Article ID: 912247 - Last Review: 09/28/2011 20:06:00 - Revision: 4.0

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