Caesar III

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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)

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Macintosh 4 4.1
Windows 56 3.8
Combined User Score 60 3.8

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MacintoshMac Game Gate
Caesar III has been elegantly constructed and executed by the Sierra/Impressions team and they deserve high praise. It's a superior product in a gaming sector (Mac) that really needs lots of quality products. The interface is simple, the graphics are gorgeous, and the possibilities are vast. I've logged over forty hours playing Caesar III and I have yet to become bored or feel like I have mastered it, and I feel confident in saying you'll be the same. If you're looking for a different take on sims and you like your game playing to have a bit of historical flavor, Caesar III deserves your time and money.
WindowsFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
This game is miles ahead of its predecessor, and sits right atop the pack in the strategy RTS genre. If you like these games, I'd be surprised if you didn't love this one.
WindowsStrategy Gaming Online
Caesar. This name alone is a synonym for leadership, courage and greatness. The men who bore this title reigned over what is arguably one of the greatest empires the world has ever known. Rome brought unprecedented peace and well being to its citizenry, but not without cost! "Barbarians" were enslaved, peoples conquered, taxes paid, government corruption occurred, and eventually the population had to be satiated with increasingly brutal entertainment (sound familiar?). Inevitably the Empire decayed and fell, but its golden age was truly awe-inspiring. Sierra has attempted to bring us a glimpse of the excitement of this era in two previous releases: Caesar and Caesar 2. Frankly, I wasn’t impressed with either release; however both games had enough sales to warrant a third installment – Caesar 3. Is the third time the charm for this series? The answer is a resounding YES!
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This is quite simply one of the best city planning games ever made, and it’s up there with the best strategy games as a whole, too. I loved SimCity when it first came out, but I think for what it does Caesar 3 goes beyond what SimCity brought to the table back them. It manages to refine and improve on Caesar 2 without stripping away any of the charm or fun or messing with the great formula they already had established. They just added a bunch of features that make the game more fun and more challenging. I think Caesar 3 is a must-buy for fans of the game or anyone looking for a great city-planning strategy game. The game is well-designed and manages to be challenging and entertaining without getting too cute or bogged down with details and boring tasks. There’s something to be said for a game that grabs your attention and won’t let go.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Ultimately, these objections are quite minor and don’t detract from the fun or addictiveness of gameplay. CAESAR III has that elusive, difficult-to-define quality of “excellent gameplay’ that can really only be quantified in terms of the number of hours it shaves off of your sleep patterns. By that measure, as well as most others, CAESAR III is a certified winner.
MacintoshAll Game Guide
While building defenses are a critical aspect, this is not a war game. Caesar III is a superb city-building sim that will tax your thought process to the fullest.
WindowsESC Magazine
Overall, Caesar III is a welcome addition to the strategy genre, and an immersive city-management simulator.
WindowsPower Play
Alles, was wir bei Anno 1602 vermißt haben, finden wir bei Impressions' neuesten Strategiewerk: Komplexe Hintergrundgeschichte, anschauliches Spielziel und Ereignisse am laufenden Band. Bei aller Mikromanagement-Verliebtheit stimmt das Wirtschaftssystem, die Zufälle und vielfach wechselnden Anforderungen lassen keine Langeweile aufkommen.
WindowsPower Unlimited
Caesar III is een strategische bouwsim van keizerlijk formaat en duidelijk een stap verder dan zijn voorganger. De vroege versie van deze uitgebreide game smaakt zeker naar meer en ik kan niet wachten om mijn eigen Rome vol pompeuze gebouwen, cultuur en beschaving te creëren. Mogen de Goden gunstig op dit spel neerstralen.
WindowsGaming Entertainment Monthly
All in all, C3 is a marvelous city-building game in the grand SimCity tradition, albeit with a vastly different flavor. If you're judging by Caesar 2, C3 is a major improvement. The beginning and mid-game are outstanding. The flaws in the end game, while not inconsequential, won't prevent the diamond from sparkling through. C3 is a very enjoyable, sometimes captivating, experience.
Impression Software's Caesar III is the latest installment of sequels that have basically spent the last few years refining and perfecting the same idea. As the supreme commander of a Roman city, the task set before you is to expand your city, keep your population happy, and protect it from any invaders who might be impressed with the work you're doing. Although the first two games had their share of problems, it seems like Impressions finally managed to implement everything that they wanted to do in this third installment. Let's take a look at why.
WindowsAbsolute Games (
Давно я не играл с таким удовольствием. Мало того, в моем персональном рейтинге среди стратегических игр Caesar III занимает первую строчку. А это что-нибудь, да значит: меня удивить непросто.
Grafika w Caesarze nie imponuje żadnymi "wodotryskami". Jest to po porostu solidnie zrobiona i przyjemna dla oka robota. Jeżeli natomiast chodzi o dźwiękową stronę gry to stoi ona na bardzo wysokim poziomie. Odgłosy trąb, czy miarowe kroki twoich legionów lub dialogi mieszkańców bardzo mile "łechcą" nasze ucho. Wszystko to sprawia, że Caesar 3 jest grą dobrą, a w porywach bardzo dobrą. Każdy fan starożytnej kultury oraz młodzi ekonomi powinni spróbować swoich sił w roli starożytnego władcy.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Was das Programm adelt, ist die steil ansteigende Lernkurve: Sie werden staunen, auf wie wenig Fläche sich 2.000 zufriedene Römer unterbringen lassen. SimCity 2000 im alten Rom – sehr viel schöner, lebendiger, komplexer und übersichtlicher läßt sich sowas kaum inszenieren. Falls Sie sich im SimIrgendwas-Genre heimisch fühlen und Spieltiefe auf Anno 1602-Niveau schätzen, dann könnte Caesar 3 Ihr nächstes Lieblingsspiel werden.
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Drei Dinge nerven mich allerdings: Warum fehlen Zoomstufen? Weshalb muß ich umständlich das Gelände planieren, bevor ich ein Bauwerk draufstellen darf? Und wieso sind meine Truppen so unbequem zu dirigieren? Diese Mankos stehen leider im krassen Gegensatz zu den vorbildlichen Baumenüs und Übersichten. Wer damit leben kann, bekommt ein fesselndes Spiel geboten, das jedes Sim City in den Schatten stellt.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Die immerhin hübsche Grafik ist technisch nicht immer auf dem neusten Stand, die Kämpfe hätte man liebevoller gesalten können und die Warenverteilung etwas einleuchtender. Doch all dies tritt zurück hinter dem Eindruck eines ansonsten rundum gelungenen Spiels. Nicht oft gab es zuvor eine derart stimmige Kombination von Komplexität und spielerischem Vergnügen - und noch nie hat es so viel Spaß gemacht, ein Römer zu sein
WindowsGameplay (Benelux)
Het spel heeft toch wel twee ernstige nadelen: het is veel te moeilijk; voordat je een stad hebt die winst maakt, ben je al een weekje verder en C3 lijkt nog teveel op C2. Niet echt iets voor beginners, maar fans van dit soort spellen moeten dit beslist eens gespeeld hebben.
WindowsAttack Games
Men det räcket inte med att folk har mat, de vill ha lite vardagslyx också. Som möbler till exempel. Alltså måste du bygga sågverk och snickerier. Sedan måste du bygga lagerbyggnader för dina köpmän, så att det som blir över kan säljas till andra provinser... pust! Och det är ändå inte allt. Men tro inte att jag klagar. Tvärtom. För oss som gillar att skapa saker från grunden och kanske alltid har velat bli diktatorer över ett eget litet land är det ett underbart spel.
Of course, if you'd rather not pursue a career in government, you're free to build and manage a Roman city with Caesar III's City Construction Kit. Either way you play, it won't be long before you, too, join legions of other Mac users and shout, "Hail, Caesar III!"
Overall, Caesar III requires you to think allot. It teaches you how to build, thrive, survive, and please the emperor. Every element combined gives Caesar III a Sim City of Rome Feel. Although the game is fairly hard, it is fun to play. The greatest enjoyment comes from witnessing a fully evolved Roman City. It almost brings a tear to my eye.
MacintoshMac Gamer
It's hard to describe the true breadth of this game. It tends to suck you in, and before you know it, it's 3 AM and your fiancé wants to know when you're coming to bed. Oh, wait---that's just me---your findings may vary. There is something so satisfying about holding the fate of thousands of virtual citizens in my tyrannical hands. Caesar III allows the strategy/sim player to concentrate on the simulation itself. Forget about distracting events going on in the outside world. This game lets you concentrate on building, and that's really what it's all about in the first place. The graphics and sound are top-notch, and the interface is fairly intuitive and easy to navigate.
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Caesar III er et voldsomt udfordrende spil, hvor et utal af beslutninger og vurderinger skal foretages undervejs. Det indeholder egentligt ikke noget nyt i forhold til genren - men hvad gør det, når det er så lækkert designet, og gameplayet er så fængslende?
Having played Caesar II (C2) to the point that it was no longer a challenge, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Caesar III (C3). The third installment has not been a disappointment! (The first, which I have not yet played, is actually available for free from Impressions' site at C3 is an all-round improvement on C2: better graphics, easier city and empire management, much better battle control, and it's also a stronger challenge.
Combat aside, Caesar III is a very good game. The early levels are especially fun, as the problems don't become apparent until later. Giving you more control in certain areas and less control in others would marginally improve things, but Caesar III manages to keep the positives well ahead of the negatives.
Unter dem Strich bleibt ein Spiel, das in der Hauptsache von dem auch im zweiten Sequel noch attraktiven Römerhintergrund profitiert, das es aber aufgrund des für Weihnachten zu erwartenden knallharten Wettkampfes um die Aufbaustrategiekrone sehr schwer haben dürfte.
Bref comme souvent dans les bons jeux de gestion, lorsqu'on joue à Caesar on ne voit pas le temps passer. Personnellement j'y ai même joué toute une après-midi sans réussir à m'en décoller, tant Caesar 3 est réussi. Si on veut lui chercher des défauts, peut-etre que l'interface pourrait être améliorée, mais elle reste tout à fait utilisable, et tout le reste la fait vite oublier. Un jeu à ne pas rater pour les amateurs de gestion !
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Caesar III is one of the oddest gaming experiences I have ever had. I cannot remember when a game's demo interested me more than the actual game. I played and finished the demo of the game when it came out, and was rather keen on playing the full version. The full version was, however, a bit of a disappointment. That's not to say that Caesar III is a bad game-far from it-it just seems to be missing that special something that makes it an awesome piece of entertainment software.