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Description

Sid Meier's Civilization III is a turn-based strategy game where the objective is to rule the planet with the civilization of the player's choice. Players control one of 15 historic civilizations (Aztecs, Egyptians, Russians, etc). Each civilization has its own particular strengths and weaknesses -- some are more scientific, for example, while others have stronger cultural or military attributes; also, each civilization has its own unique unit, and is more prone to certain forms of government while shunning some others.

Like in the previous titles in the series, the point of the game is to expand the influence of a civilization through resource management, conquest, or trade with other civilizations. As game time progresses from ancient times through the modern era, a civilization will acquire new technologies, which in turn enable interesting new abilities and enhanced power. Since there are several ways to win (military, diplomatic, or cultural), it is up to each player to determine how best to manage the division of labor.

The game includes some mechanics and features which were introduced in Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, such as borders between civilizations and the aforementioned differences between each civilization's statistics. The advisors are now present in the upper right corner of the screen in relevant menus. Diplomacy has been expanded, with the ability to trade and even slightly haggle with other civilizations in a more detailed way. Other new additions include the great leader mechanic, war weariness amongst the population, and small wonders.

Screenshots

Sid Meier's Civilization III Windows View of a metropolis with many wonders
Sid Meier's Civilization III Windows These workers are cutting down the jungles because they have caused disease in Smolensk
Sid Meier's Civilization III Windows You're right, Hammurabi. There is no shame in retiring.
Sid Meier's Civilization III Windows Oil Springs is currently polluted, and this worker is clearing up the existing pollution.

Promo Images

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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "文明帝國 III" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "文明III" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Wenming III" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "Sid Meier's Cywilizacja III" -- Polish title
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization III: Più Civ che Mai" -- Italian tag-lined title
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization III: More Civ Than Ever" -- European tag-lined title
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization III: das beste Civ aller Zeiten!" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization III: créez le monde à votre image" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Civ3" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

The best civilization and empire-building simulation to date Frecklefoot (201) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
The best, and worst, computer game of all time... Vaelor (382) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
It's good... it's very good... but it's not more than that, unfortunately... Gothicgene (83) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Another classic - but it''s got some flaws Rick Jones (111) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A great new game, arguably a classic, but so different from earlier Civs that you can't compare them. weregamer (169) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A worthy successor to the Civilization lineage. James Kirk (168) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
You call this a game? It's a MASTERPIECE! Kobus Myburgh (2) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGROMANIA Jan 30, 2002 100 out of 100 100
Play.tm Nov 27, 2001 93 out of 100 93
ActionTrip Nov 12, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Gamesmania.de Dec 07, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Peliplaneetta.net Nov 20, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Computer Bild Spiele Feb, 2002 1.43 out of 6 91
Joystick (French) Apr, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Game Captain Dec 09, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 30, 2001 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

German version

Because they didn't want to wait for Firaxis to release a German version of Civilization III, some German fans started to translate the game. They were about halfway through when they were forced by Infogrames to stop distributing their translation with an injunction, citing copyright infringement. The reason was not so much ill will, but Infogrames' responsibility towards the game's developer Firaxis on the one hand and commercial aspects on the other -- Infogrames wanted to sell its own localized version. As a sign of goodwill, Infogrames payed for the injunction's legal costs, so the fan project came away unharmed.

Music

You may notice that some of the original themes from previous Civ/Sid Meier games have made their way into Civilization III. For example, the Middle Age music for Oriental Civilizations is the Chinese theme song and the Middle Age music for North American Civilizations is 'Tenochtitlan' from Colonization and Civilization II.

References

The game's initial advertising campaign featured Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln wrestling. This is a reference to a comment made by Brad Pitt after filming Fight Club about the two people he'd most like to see fight each other.

References: Music

1) Let the credits roll through and right at the end, after Shakespeare's quote and after about two or three seconds of the credits screen being blank, a picture of Elvis Putnam appears.

To view this picture manually: Find folder: Infogrames\Interactive\Civilization 3\Art\credits

Then one of the pictures there is called "Elvis Putnam" obviously an Elvis joke of some kind.

2) Access your computer's clock by double-clicking on it, and change the date to January 8. January 8 is Elvis Presley's birthday.

Play any game with either "Regicide" or "Mass Regicide" mode on, and notice that your King unit looks like Elvis! If your Elvis gets into a fight, he will just stand there and say things like "Thank you, thank you very much!"

3) In the screen where you talk to your domestic advisor, you have the option to change your form of government. She will ask you, "You say you wanna revolution?" And you can select either "Yea, you know it's gonna be alright," or "No, you can count me out." Both are lines from the Beatles song Revolution.

Awards

  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
    • 2001 - Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Games Magazine
    • 2001 - Game of the Year
    • 2001 - Strategy Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2002 (Issue #213) – Best Game That Didn't Win an Award
  • Gamepen
    • 2001 - PC Strategy Game of the Year
  • Game Revolution
    • 2001 - PC Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameSpot
    • 2001 - Best Single-Player Strategy Game of the Year (Editors' Choice)
    • 2001 - Best Single-Player Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
  • Gamespy
    • 2001 - PC Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameStar
    • Issue 02/2002 - Best Game in 2001
    • Issue 02/2002 - Best Strategy Game in 2001
  • Wargamer.com
    • 2001 - Strategy Game of the Year
Information also contributed by -Chris, Indra was here, Itay Shahar, phlux, Rambutaan and Zack Green

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