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Part three of The Settlers series continues with the real-time strategy game concepts of the series. In order to conquer the known world, you must supply your armies with weapons, food, and wine for morale. To do this, these things must be produced using raw materials, in buildings which require wood and stone to be built. Each job is undertaken by one of 150 unique characters, across over 100 distinct buildings.

There are three nations: Romans, Egyptians and Japanese. Each nation has its own styled buildings and (dis)advantages. It's also possible to play in multiplayer mode via Internet or LAN. An available add-on brings you a new nation (Amazons) a map editor and some new scenarios.

This edition has a new graphics engine using rendered graphics. Another new feature is the inclusion of moving catapults, ballistics and cannons, giving the combat system more realism and increasing the prominence of military tactics.. Priests can cast spells, which can gain more resources or destroy the enemy. Naval aspects are more detailed than ever before.


The Settlers III Windows A pig farm
The Settlers III Windows Misty mountains :D
The Settlers III Windows Building in progress
The Settlers III Windows Terra incognita? No! Enemy's land

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Alternate Titles

  • "工人物语III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "III המתיישבים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Hamityashvim III" -- Hebrew title
  • "Gongren Wuyu III" -- Chinese title
  • "Die Siedler III" -- German title

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User Reviews

Tedious, boring and slow. El-ad Amir (124) unrated

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Feb, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
CD-Action Jan, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 31, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Attack Games Feb, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Svenska PC Gamer Jan, 1999 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer Mar, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Player One Apr, 1999 80 out of 100 80
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Dec 15, 1998 6.1 out of 10 61


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In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/2000) The Settlers III received a special award as "Best German Game in 1999".

Copy protection

The Settlers III was one of the pioneers of copy protection in gaming. When the copy protection detects a pirated release, the forester's trees do not grow, and the iron smelter produces pigs. This renders soldier production impossible.

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DaHero (974) added The Settlers III (Windows) on Aug 30, 2000