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Join the Hanseatic League - a group of daring traders banded together to trade with foreign lands and become a patrician in this third installment of the Patrician series. You play the role of an emulous trader determined on succeeding and shaping your own empire by gathering information, setting up trading offices across the Haneseatic League and trading in those offices all the while battling off pirates along the trade routes.

Start off as a shopkeeper with one ship buying and selling in your town and others in the hanse. The more money you make and the higher your reputation in your town (as well as others) will afford you higher titles and privileges such as building workshops to increase production to trade more. Not just a trading simulation anymore as you can play a role in politics and work your way from a lowly shopkeeper to Lord Mayor to Alderman. You will have four different ships to build and upgrade to either fight back at pirates or try and out run them. Sea battles with pirates are played out either manually by the player or automatically by the computer. As the seasons change so does the graphics in towns to show fall leaves, snow covered roofs etc., and even ports that freeze over in the winter.

Single player games include the typical campaign and a single player mode in which you can choose all the settings to successfully win a campaign. Multiplayer allows for up to eight players to play with or against each other at the same time. You can play in a hot seat, over a network (LAN) or the Internet.

New features from Patrician II include: Now you not only can fight off pirates at sea but hunt down pirate villages and lay siege to them, a map editor to create your own map with 16 to 25 towns for single and multiplayer games, the ability to establish and build your own towns and, as requested from players of the previous games, certain land trade routes.


Patrician III Windows Visby had better luck. Their swordsmen (blue) are chasing off the attackers.
Patrician III Windows Intro telling the story of Patrician I and II
Patrician III Windows Riga is under siege.
Patrician III Windows Riga didn't hold well against the mercenaries besieging it. They managed to steal goods and take them out of the town.

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Alternate Titles

  • "大航海家Ⅲ" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Patrician III: Расцвет Ганзы" -- Russian spelling
  • "Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse" -- Re-release title
  • "Patrician III: Powstanie Hanzy" -- Polish title
  • "Patrician III: Impero dei mari" -- Italian title
  • "Patrician III: Imperio de los mares" -- Spanish title
  • "Patrician III: A Liga de Hanse" -- Brazilian title

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Critic Reviews

IGN Oct 15, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Worth Playing Dec 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Watcher Dec 01, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
GameZone Oct 09, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Dec 22, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 24, 2003 62 out of 100 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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In Germany this game was sold as an add-on for Patrician II: Quest for Power with the title Patrizier 2: Aufschwung der Hanse.
Stillman (7619) added Patrician III (Windows) on Oct 29, 2004