Dawn of Civilization is the learning campaign of various alpha versions of the first Age of Empires, controlling Egypt, like the tutorial of the complete game. The first, second, and third scenarios are nearly identical to some scenarios of the Ascent of Egypt Learning Campaign with some minor changes, while the fourth uses the same map as the Babylonian scenario Holy Man. Only the last scenario is unique.
- Dawn of Civilization was replaced by the Ascent of Egypt Learning Campaign in the final builds of the original Age of Empires, and is only present in select known alpha/beta builds, such as the one bundled with Computer Gaming World (CGW) Magazine.
- Cheat codes have been disabled for the trial version.