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Caesar III

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Caesar III is a city building game, in which you place building and lay out zones. You are in charge of a small province, and hope to make it as peaceful and prosperous as possible, following the advice of your citizens to make it work. The game also features defending your city, by forming an army. and for trade, but you never leave your city. You must pay attention to the Gods, who can inflict disasters if not satisfied. As the game progresses, new technologies become available, which you must allow for.

It is about people and systems. Each building that you build requires you to hire people; people that you see walking the streets of your town. The marketplace needs saleswomen, and buyers. You see the buyers walk to your granary to buy food, which they then bring back to granary. The sales lady walks up the street selling food to the houses she finds, which allows them to evolve to better housing, which pay higher taxes. The people in this game make the difference. Instead of a police station having a radius of effectiveness, it sends out a police officer who can only fight crime and fires he sees. The need to rely on randomly walking citizens, means placement of buildings is as significant as in Serf City/The Settlers.


Caesar III Windows Factories are in ruins
Caesar III Windows Legion Status
Caesar III Windows Building this city was a difficult task
Caesar III Windows a prosperous town

Alternate Titles

  • "凱撒大帝3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "凯撒大帝III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Цезарь 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Cezar III" -- Polish title
  • "César III" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Listen to your citizens! Build a better Rome! Windows Duan Xuan (71)
A nice step up from the first two. Windows Afterburner (477)
A really good city building sim Windows Andrew Hartnett (2196)

Critic Reviews

Strategy Gaming Online Windows Dec 05, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Power Play Windows Nov, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Dec 04, 1998 87 out of 100 87
CyberJoy Windows Oct 17, 1999 4.2 out of 5 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Macworld Macintosh Dec, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameGenie Windows 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1999 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Windows Oct 14, 1998 7.9 out of 10 79
Gamesmania.de Windows 1998 75 out of 100 75


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In 1999, Caesar III won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #50 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll (tied with Grand Theft Auto)
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - Best Managerial Simulation in 1998
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best Building Strategy Game in 1998
  • Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland
    • 1999 - Gold Awards
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