Robin Booth for Bits 'n' Bytes Gaming writes:
Age of Empires was the first game I played. Since then I have been in repeatedly seduced by the isometric format. It teases the player with things they cannot ever see. In older games, with no zoom or rotate function, it presents the world as a vast unfolding picture – an image which would be appear flat if it were not for the barriers to movement and sight – the trees and corridors, stairways and mountains which delineate the isometric system of motion and interaction.