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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
Moby ID: 1567
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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.

Spellings

  • Цезарь 3 - Russian spelling
  • シーザー3 - Japanese spelling
  • 凯撒大帝III - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 凱撒大帝3 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Credits (Windows version)

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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 84% (based on 34 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 62 ratings with 3 reviews)

A really good city building sim

The Good
The first few scenarios that also serve as tutorials really do a good job of sucking you into the game. You kind of want to build more and more stuff so that you will be able to see what comes next. There are also nice comments from the towns-people that tell you whether they are happy with you or not. The buildings look good and so do the people as they walk around.

The Bad
After some time, the scenarios become a case of doing the same thing, building the city and trying to meet certain goals which get harder and harder as time goes by. Then the military factor is there, its just a case of having more trained men than the enemy, and you have almost no control over them.

The Bottom Line
It is actually a very entertaining city building game, which is let down by an inferior military model. Play it to discover what a city building game should be like

Windows · by Andrew Hartnett (2205) · 2000

Listen to your citizens! Build a better Rome!

The Good
The music is good.

Graphics are vibrant, and obviously a great improvement from Caesar II.

Battle screens have combined with city building screens. So battles will occur only on edge of the map.

The fact that you have to listen to your people is realistic. A country cannot do without its people. In order to improve your city, you have to listen to comments from your citizens and upgrade accordingly. You also have to manage more minor factors to success, like goods transportation, which Caesar II did not have.

The Bad
Battles are rather boring. You can only defend the city but not attack others.

This game is focused too much on city-building, in my opinion. If it could focus on expanding Rome while building cities, it could be the ultimate city-building simulation game ever created.

The Bottom Line
The assignments can be completed, but you will have unlimited Scenarios to do! Great game with several important factors to pay attention to.

Windows · by Duan Xuan (69) · 2001

A nice step up from the first two.

The Good
The gameplay is much smoother in the third installment, as well as being more diverse. There are more buildings to build, more things to keep track of, and so on. But it's all done without becoming tedious or burdensome.

The graphics are miles ahead of the first two games, and the cities are very pretty to look at when they get going.

The Bad
Some of the levels can be a little frustrating.

The Bottom Line
SimCity 715BC.

Windows · by Afterburner (486) · 2001

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Caesar III - Augustus mod Romano Mlinarevic (7) Dec 15, 2023

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Sales

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.

Awards

  • 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, Zhuzha.

Game added June 9, 2000. Last modified June 1, 2024.