The Settlers III

aka: Die Siedler III, Gongren Wuyu III, Hamityashvim III
(prices updated 9/25 2:33 AM )

Description official descriptions

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.


  • III המתיישבים - Hebrew spelling
  • 工人物语III - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Credits (Windows version)

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Development Manager
Project Manager
Main Program
AI and Video Player
Installation Program
Level Editor
Animation Files
Graphic Concept and Landscape Graphics
Character Design
Character Graphics and Animation
Building Graphics
Interface Graphics
Additional Graphics
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Average score: 80% (based on 25 ratings)


Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 30 ratings with 1 reviews)

Tedious, boring and slow.

The Good
Much like its predecessor, Settlers 3 has a fascinating resources management system. You'll have to find your way through dozens of different buildings which can only be built under specific conditions.

The Bad
Unlike the intuitive and straight-forward way used in Settlers 2, this game is annoying. All of the buildings look the same, and you never know whether a building is well supplied or not. Additionally, you need special structures to get more workers, which adds to the general chaos, and there are no roads to ease management.

The Bottom Line
The new graphics are great, but losing some of the original's mechanics was a mistake.

Windows · by El-ad Amir (116) · 2001



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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  • MobyGames ID: 2286


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Game added by DaHero.

Additional contributors: Trixter, Tomer Gabel, Andrew Hartnett, Unicorn Lynx, Crawly, Patrick Bregger, Plok.

Game added September 2nd, 2000. Last modified May 2nd, 2023.