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Caesar III is a city building game, in which you place building and lay out zones. You are in charge of a small province, and hope to make it as peaceful and prosperous as possible, following the advice of your citizens to make it work. The game also features defending your city, by forming an army. and for trade, but you never leave your city. You must pay attention to the Gods, who can inflict disasters if not satisfied. As the game progresses, new technologies become available, which you must allow for.

It is about people and systems. Each building that you build requires you to hire people; people that you see walking the streets of your town. The marketplace needs saleswomen, and buyers. You see the buyers walk to your granary to buy food, which they then bring back to 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 crime and fires he sees. The need to rely on randomly walking citizens means placement of buildings is as significant as in Serf City/The Settlers.


Caesar III Windows Building this city was a difficult task
Caesar III Windows Villa area, with Villas and Palaces!
Caesar III Windows district poverty - this will change soon
Caesar III Windows an advisor screen, this is a job proposal

Promo Images

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Caesar III Screenshot The last of the demo game's exit screens

Alternate Titles

  • "凱撒大帝3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "凯撒大帝III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Цезарь 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Cezar III" -- Polish title
  • "César III" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Listen to your citizens! Build a better Rome! Windows Duan Xuan (71)
A nice step up from the first two. Windows Afterburner (496)
A really good city building sim Windows Andrew Hartnett (2292)

Critic Reviews

FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows May 04, 2002 92 out of 100 92
ESC Magazine Windows Dec 15, 1998 9 out of 10 90
MacReactor Macintosh 1999 4.5 out of 5 90
Absolute Games ( Windows Nov 20, 1998 85 out of 100 85
CyberJoy Windows Oct 17, 1999 4.2 out of 5 84
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83 Windows Apr 04, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Oct 14, 1998 7.9 out of 10 79
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Nov 12, 1999 7 out of 10 70


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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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