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The first in the strategy series set in the Roman Empire’s peak era starts off with you as ruler of a small province, although if you’re successful you will get tougher assignments.

You must build the city, placing crucial features such as housing estates, roads, policing, water supply, social events and the like. You’re not restricted to one city – you can build another area, linked by roads, once you’ve got the first one running smoothly. You have slaves at your disposal to build and maintain everything.

All this would be easy if you had an infinite supply of money, the civilians didn’t complain about anything, there was no threat of combat, and you didn’t have to keep the people above you happy. Needless to say, all of these problems crop up.

Via the forums, you will get public opinions, which are affected by how high taxes are, and whether people feel they’re getting value for money. If they don’t they could riot;– what will you tell the Emperor if that happens?

Barbarian threats are commonplace, so you need to maintain an army, and at times send it into battle. If you own Cohort II, you can fight the battles using that, but otherwise you just issue the orders then learn of the result.


Caesar DOS Evaluating your infrastructure.
Caesar DOS Tents district
Caesar DOS Map
Caesar DOS Managing your economy.

Promo Images

Caesar Screenshot
Caesar Screenshot
Caesar Screenshot
Caesar Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "凱撒大帝" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "凯撒大帝" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Caesar I" -- Sierra Originals re-release media title

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User Reviews

Enjoyable to begin with, but not enjoyable enough to complete DOS krammer (260)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1992 91 out of 100 91
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Power Amiga Dec, 1992 84 out of 100 84
Gambler DOS Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 64 out of 100 64
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 64 out of 100 64
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1992 55 out of 100 55
Power Play DOS Dec, 1992 21 out of 100 21


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Cohort II

Caesar can be linked with Cohort II, a strategy game focused on battles and also set during the Ancient Roman era. When linked, the battles in Caesar can be played through the Cohort II game. However, because Cohort II was released later then Caesar, this feature is only available in re-releases.

Temporary giveaway

In the late 90s — early 2000s, the full DOS version of Caesar was available as a free download from Impressions Games' website. The download link was removed from the official game page on Sierra's website sometime in late 2002. Vivendi Universal Games later confirmed that Caesar is not redistributable freeware.

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