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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 caesar isn't happy.
Caesar III Windows district poverty - this will change soon
Caesar III Windows Villa area, with Villas and Palaces!
Caesar III Windows Tax collector

Promo Images

Caesar III Screenshot The Caesar III Demo's title screen
Caesar III Render
Caesar III Screenshot
Caesar III Screenshot This is how the game was described on the PC KnowHow menu system

Alternate Titles

  • "凱撒大帝3" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "凯撒大帝III" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Цезарь 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Cezar III" -- Polish title
  • "César III" -- Brazilian title
  • "Caesar III: Rome ne s'est pas faite en un jour" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Caesar III: Build a Better Rome" -- Tag-lined 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 (2276)

Critic Reviews

Strategy Gaming Online Windows Dec 05, 1998 9.1 out of 10 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Aug 23, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ESC Magazine Windows Dec 15, 1998 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Oct 08, 1998 8.7 out of 10 87
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Score Windows Sep, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Macworld Macintosh Dec, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows Oct 14, 1998 7.9 out of 10 79 Windows Dec 18, 1998 15 out of 20 75


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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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