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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 manpower
Caesar III Windows crooked aqueduct
Caesar III Windows Grand Villa the biggest single house in the game
Caesar III Windows Carthaginian Infantry attack your city...

Promo Images

Caesar III Screenshot
Caesar III Screenshot The first of the demo game's exit screens
Caesar III Screenshot The last of the demo game's exit screens
Caesar III Screenshot This is how the game was shown 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! Duan Xuan (71) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A nice step up from the first two. Afterburner (496) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A really good city building sim Andrew Hartnett (2276) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Nov, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Absolute Games ( Nov 20, 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1998 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 02, 1998 82 out of 100 82 Apr 04, 2000 8 out of 10 80 1998 75 out of 100 75 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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Null McNull (35) added Caesar III (Windows) on Jun 08, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (251223)