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Caesar III

aka: Caesar III: Build a Better Rome, Caesar III: Rome ne s'est pas faite en un jour, Cezar III, César III

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Caesar III is a city building game, where gameplay involves placing buildings and laying out zones. The player is in charge of a small province, and must make it as peaceful and prosperous as possible, following the advice of their citizens to make it work. The game also features defense of the city by forming an army and trading, but always takes place in the city the player is in charge of. Players also must pay attention to the Gods, who can inflict disasters if not satisfied. As the game progresses, new technologies become available.

This game is about people and systems. Each building that requires to hire people from those walking the streets of the city in order to be built. The marketplace needs saleswomen, and buyers. Buyers walk to the granary to buy food, and will in turn bring back more food to the 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 crimes and fires they see. The need to rely on randomly walking citizens means placement of buildings is as significant as in Serf City/The Settlers.


  • Цезарь 3 - Russian spelling
  • 凯撒大帝III - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 凱撒大帝3 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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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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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Null McNull.

Macintosh added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Andrew Hartnett, PCGamer77, Unicorn Lynx, Duan Xuan, JRK, chirinea, jean-louis, Stratege, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger.

Game added June 9th, 2000. Last modified May 2nd, 2023.