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Play the World is the first official expansion for Sid Meier's Civilization III. It adds new cultures, units, and scenarios to the original game as well as several multiplayer modes. In Turnless mode, turns are taken simultaneously by each player and a turn ends when the turn timer runs out. In Simultaneous mode, turns are taken at the same time and when all players are done making their moves (or the optional turn clock runs out), the moves are made and units and buildings are produced. Classic mode is where each player takes their turn separately just like in the original Civilization III game.

There are also new victory conditions, most designed to speed up gameplay so multiplayer games do not last forever. In Regicide and Mass Regicide, players are given kings units which must be kept safe. If lose all kings are lost, their owning player is eliminated. In Elimination, a player loses if any of their cities falls. In Victory Control Points, players gain additional points by holding certain victory points on the map. In Save the Princess, there is a princess who must be rescued and held to gain points (sort of like capture the flag mode in other games).


Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Windows Main menu
Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Windows City view
Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Windows The palace

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Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Magazine Advertisement
Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 III:帝國爭霸" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "文明III:游戏世界" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Wenming III: Youxi Shijie" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "CIV3PTW" -- Informal abbreviation

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User Reviews

What a ripoff! James Kirk (168) unrated
A Disgrace To The Entire Series Rick Jones (111) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars
Civ 3 Play the World has good ideas, but lousy implementation Droog (522) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Jan 28, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Meristation Mar 24, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85 Dec 08, 2002 85 out of 100 85 Jul 08, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
UOL Jogos Nov 21, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Jun 19, 2006 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Nov 08, 2002 5 out of 10 50
Netjak Nov 08, 2002 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpy Nov 28, 2002 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Droog (522) added Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World (Windows) on Nov 13, 2002