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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.


Caesar III Windows A screenshot of a town
Caesar III Windows immigrants
Caesar III Windows crooked aqueduct
Caesar III Windows small village, but it's only start...

Promo Images

Caesar III Screenshot
Caesar III Render
Caesar III Render
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

FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Windows May 04, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Windows Nov, 1998 88 out of 100 88
IGN Windows Oct 08, 1998 8.7 out of 10 87
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Windows Dec 04, 1998 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 02, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Attack Games Windows Dec, 1998 8 out of 10 80 Windows Apr 04, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Windows Nov, 1998 79 out of 100 79


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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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