Caesar 3
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As a provincial governor charged with spreading the glory of Rome your mission is clear; build cities, foster trade and industry, make money.

Caesar III is a city building and management simulation that transports players back to ancient Rome, letting them live the life of a provincial governor. It's your job to create an environment that will attract citizens, keep those people fed and supplied with fresh water, and defend the city walls from jealous and greedy enemies. As if that's not enough, you also have to meet the demands of your caesar or face... dismissal.

We were eased into the career mode with a series of easy tutorials that gave us a good feel for the basic game mechanics. After that the challenges were legion, but the rewards for good city planning and wise financial management were worth the effort. It is satisfying to create a self-sufficient and profitable city that can fend off enemy attacks and produce productive, educated citizens.

Cities really come to life, thanks to the game's detailed graphics. Fountains, statues, and gardens can be used to pretty things up, and all the familiar Roman landmarks like the Colosseum and Hippodrome will eventually end up dominating the landscape. We whiled away many hours with Caesar III's City Construction Kit, which lets players build a city without the goals of career mode hanging over their heads. Any fans of the SimCity titles should enjoy Caesar III, and its unique setting and fun gameplay should attract even those who didn't like that related series of games. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Roman theme makes for some challenging historical considerations
  • You have to both build a city and defend it from invaders
  • Demands from the caesar can be unfair (and sometimes impossible to meet)

Players of Caesar 3 are immersed in a city set in the age of the ancient Roman Empire. Players place buildings on previously empty terrain and construct a city. These buildings come to life, and the city begins to evolve. As the city grows, it encounters various problems that must be overcome. Players have specific objectives to achieve, although many players will choose not to use these and will be content to design their idea of the perfect city.

The game is structured as a career, beginning with a training mission, then progresses through a series of ever-tougher real assignments. Each mission/assignment consists of a province and set objectives. Achieving these objectives will result in promotion and an offer of a tougher assignment, which can be turned down if the player is having too much fun to accept at that time.

The career progression introduces elements of the game step by step, thereby teaching players how to play without forcing them to play through a tutorial.

There is also an option where players ignore the career progression and simply play the full game with no promotion involved.

Customer Reviews:

    First, the good. The shipping was VERY FAST. Package arived in less than a week. And the game is a blast. ^_^ Now the bad. What I got wasn't what I was expecting. I had placed an order on a NEW copy of the game, but what I got was some sort of reprint from a company in the UK. Putting the disk in the drive caused my firewall to go nuts (I DON'T LIKE HAVING SPY-WARE SENT TO ME!!!) and when I tried to exit the install, it cut off my internet connection. Now why would it want to do that? Also, the boxart that is shown online ISN'T the same box that I got. I liked the game, but was not pleased with all the extra crap that was put on the disk. >=(...more info
  • Sim City, Ancient Rome Style
    It's a cute little game. It reminds me of the Sim City games, but Ancient Rome style. I liked it. One thing I would have enjoyed more was opportunities to restore trees and perhaps provide broader choices when it came to selecting provinces to build cities in. More scenarios couldn't have hurt either....more info
  • I want to get this game
    I love this game. It is so much fun. You get to advance through the ranks and build. If you like Rollar Coaster Tycoon or Sims or Civialization you'll love this game. You have to get this game. I have to get it too. After playing it in school I've been adicted. You have to buy this game. It's great. Buy it asap....more info
  • Great game to play
    Its next to a real civilisation game and anybody interested in stategy will be taken by this.

    Pradeep...more info

  • Still a great game...
    Out of nostalgia, I decided to play Caesar 3 again. It's been 5 or 6 years. The Caesar series is the only city building sim game that I've played so I can't give a comparison to the SimCity games. Anyway, for a game that was released back in 1998, I think it still holds up pretty well today. Graphics is sub-par compared to the games today, but Caesar 3's strength is the challenging gameplay.

    There are two mode of gameplay; I'll call them city sandbox and campaign. In the city sandbox mode (I don't play this mode) you select a province you want to play so that you can build a city from scratch. There may or may not be any barbarians you would need deal with depending on which you province you choose. Campaign mode is my preference. You start your career as a clerk and you are given very low expectations by Caesar's proconsul since it is your first city. However, as you advance in your career the proconsul expectations will increase. If I remember correctly the first two cities in campaign mode are pretty much tutorials where you will be given tips on how to improve your city.

    I believe after the first two cities you will be given the choice of which province you want pursue. If you are the non-violent type, then you can select the peaceful province which is easier since you won't need to build forts with trained soldiers to repel barbarian attacks. If you want a bit of a challenge then choose the harder province where you will need to deal with barbarian and sometime rebellious natives. Because the you will have less headaches in peaceful provinces, the expectations are generally higher than in the harder provinces since there will not be any barbarians to deal with. That's not to say it will be a walk through the park though.

    Your goals are broken down into 5 categories: Population, Culture, Prosperity, Peace, and Favor. Population is easy to understand, simply attract as many people to live in your city. But that's easier said than done. Culture refers to a combination of temples that you build to the gods, education infrastructure for your citizens and theatrical entertainment. Prosperity basically is a measure of how well your city is doing (are you spending more than you are collecting?) and how wealthy your citizens are. The wealth or prosperity of your city his depicted by the type of building they live in; from tents through large palaces. Peace is simply, do not let your people riot. Make sure they are employed and fed. Mars (the god of war) may cause some of your citizens to rise up against you if you do not pay homage to him by build temples dedicated to him. Lastly, defeat the barbarian hordes. Favor is basically how much Caesar likes you. From time to time the proconsul will request "goods" from you that must be delivered to Rome. Send the goods on time and your favor goes up. Send the goods late then... Well at least you can say, "Better late than never." But if you fail to provide the goods at all, then your favor will plummet. You can also send gifts from your personal savings, but once you start giving gifts then they will no longer be gifts in the future. They will become requirements.

    Now that the introduction has been completed, it's time to start building. This is where the fun begins. Most of the time you will start in an empty province and you will need to build housing and jobs to attract people to your fledgling city. You don't build villas or palaces from the start. Instead you build tents. As people move in, the tents will evolve to shacks, hovels, small villas... well you get the point. But you have to build up the desirability of the neighborhood for house to develop. Water is one of the primary necessities. While a well will provide water, it is much too primitive for most people and housing will not evolve beyond the basic hovel. People want clean water from nearby fountains. They want jobs! Employment means money. Money means they can eat and buy things. They want a marketplace nearby to go shopping, but don't build it too close `cause marketplaces are noisy and will have a negative affect on the overall local desire level. Build temples, people love going to a nearby temple to prey to their gods. They want a nearby bathhouse `cause who wants to walk around smelling like "old cheese"? Hey, all work and no play means one hell of a boring city, so build theatres, amphitheatres, and a coliseum or two.

    Anywaste, you get the point; people want to be happy. All you have to figure out is how to do so and where to place the various types of buildings. Anything that is noisy or dirty will have a negative effect on the local neighborhood and prevent housing to evolve beyond a certain point. For example, farms are generally dirty places so any housing built right next to it will probably have a hard time evolving into a large villa. Workshops for building goods is also noisy as are granaries and warehouses. Building plazas, gardens, temples, theatres, and other structures as well can offset negative effects. The manual's pretty good and it should be referred to from time to time.

    One of best features of the game is that you can right click on your own citizens and they will tell what's on their mind. They are not shy about it. This will help you improve your city. Right clicking on a build, like a house will tell you why it has devolved or what is preventing it from evolving. A place of business like farms or docks may tell you there is no one living nearby, thus no employees. A bit of micromanagement and organizational skills are necessary to build a successful city. But I think it adds to the fun `cause you directly affect how well the city performing.

    Caesar 3 is unlike most games because very little violence is actually involved. Yes, there are the barbarian hordes, but the violence is very minimal. Violence can be totally avoided by simply choosing the peaceful career path. All-in-all Caesar 3 is still a great game to play because of the underlying complexities of how citizens react layout of the city. There is no one strategy to winning the game.

    At this time Caesar 4 is currently on sale, but it has some mixed reviews. One complaint is that the game is less complex than Caesar 3 so some people don't find it as challenging as it's predecessor. It's more pretty (better graphics), but has less substance.
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  • Too long, too hard, too addictive!
    At first, Caesar III got me addicted to the extent that I'd spend all of my waking hours trying to get a good city going, neglecting even my schoolwork. However, once I got into the medium and upper levels, it became obvious that this game was impossible to win!

    It takes too long to develop a city up to the required levels. There is no definite objective; instead you have to achieve various set standards for your city before winning. While you focus on keeping your city safe from numerous barbarian hordes, you may inadvertently neglect the cultural facilities (e.g. theaters and stadiums) of your city. Once you achieve the required culture rating, you'll find out that your city isn't "prospering" enough. Each and every person living in your city has their own little complaints which they direct to you. These could range anywhere from disease, fire, floods, thirst, starvation, poverty, earthquakes, enemy attack, and building collapse to unemployment, riots, lack of workers, high taxation, lack of entertainment, and even the wrath of the Roman gods. Your city's houses always want something more, whether it be religious facilities, pottery, fruits, oil, or expensive imported wines. On top of all that, the emperor, Caesar himself, periodically asks for outrageously high amounts of a certain good; he can also order you to send all your soldiers away to defend other cities of the empire. If you don't fulfill his requests, he will be angry at you and send his legions to destroy your city.It takes so much time, frustration, and micro-management to win a single scenario that the gaming experience is simply not worth it.

    If you are willing to spend hours upon hours trying to win a game that's simply too hard for most poeple to win, then I wish you good luck. You'll be needing it. But if you're like me and you have better and more useful things to do than listen to the greviances of people in an imaginary city, then I recommend NOT getting this game....more info

  • try not to hum the theme from "Gladiator" while playing
    I bought CIII when it first came out, and recently reinstalled it and started playing it again. It holds up nicely, especially compared to its successor game, Pharaoh, which was based on the same engine. While you can die waiting for your pyramids to be built in Pharaoh, Caesar III, in spite of a few minor faults, remains a fun challenge in city building.

    One thing this game could have used was a minor revision to add the most useful feature of Pharaoh, the roadblock. A problem you'll find more troublesome in CIII than its successor is that "walkers" will wander all over the place, sometimes leaving parts of your city lacking essential services. Check the overlays frequently; make sure you have plenty of prefectures for fire control, with more needed in dry provinces, and engineer posts for preventing structural damage, with more required in wet provinces. Also make sure to keep the gods appeased. There's nothing worse in the Miletus sequence than getting Neptune upset and having him sink your entire fleet of fishing boats, a really bad scene.

    Isn't it funny, by the way, that Romans ALWAYS have British accents?!

    If you love Rome, enjoy city building simulations, and like strategy, this is a game for you, especially at this great price....more info

  • Best game Ive ever played!!
    This game is amazing!! Its beautifully designed and most suitable for all ages. I guess it develops our organising and managing skills too....more info
  • good product for learning a little about Rome
    I bought this product for my daughter, age 12. Her school used it as part of a intro to languages program. She loves it!...more info
  • Ceasar 3
    When I found this on the internet I immediatly bought it. It looked very exciting. Buy when I found out the real parts of the game, I kind of felt like I wasted my money. The good part is the improvement Sierra made with the Empire/City/Battlefield maps. The bad part is you can never have your people happy with the Employment. Unlike Ceasar 2, you have to watch out for unnemployment and not enough workers. Once I was building a big city with large houses and when they turned into villas, the population went down by 200, and I couldn't bring it back up because I didn't have enough workers to power the appliances the houses needed (like fountains and markets). And that ruined my whole city. I wouldn't recommend this product to any people who hate wasting their time building and only to people who are extreme city builders. ...more info
  • A true strategy classic
    It is tremendous to see this classic game still available a decade after its release. Although support for the game from its makers has pretty much finished now, there are still fan sites that support the game. Regular competitive events are still held for the game as well.

    Caesar 3 is easy to play, but very hard to master. The depth of the game is incredible, so much so that things hitherto unknown are still being discovered today. The main secret of successful play is walker control. You understand C3's walkers (which continued with few changes through Pharoah, Zeus and Emperor), you go a long way towards mastery of C3. If you want to learn to play C3 well, I would suggest C3 Heaven, the site is still active and fans of this game love to help newer players. You can also compete against other C3 players on [...], but just don't expect to be able to defeat the experts immediately. Fortunately, this contest site also caters for novices.

    With the support for this game from its fans still out there, and the massive game you are getting for such a small investment, I'd recommend C3 to anyone after an immersive RTS historical citybuilding game....more info
  • A Roman Escapade
    I bought Caesar III soon after I found the demo on a computer at home. I've been hooked ever since. Through difficult adaptation, I have advanced through many ranks. It's a lot of un if you want to distract yourself from life for a few hours at a time. I highly recommend Caesar III to anyone with an analytical immagination.

    The only bad part about it is the fact that it takes up all of your free time. So I have a clock by my computer to let me know when my time for the day is up. That is the only bad part about the game. So I still very hightly recommend this game to anyone up for a challenge....more info

  • Too Buggy
    I have owned this game for several years and played it many many times. It's based on a cool concept and if you aren't too detail oriented and don't care about the details, you can have many hours of fun. BUT.. and this is what made me stop playing it completely... when you get "good" at the game and start working hard on the cities, it has some nasty bugs that pop up.. and when they do they normally completely ruin the event you are on.. even though you've spent a few hours.. it will suddenly do something WRONG.. a storage quits being recognized, a graphical bug will effectively lock a certain area of the city, etc.. this is EXTREMELY frustrating after all that time on it.. and the only recovery is to start over.. there is no "fix" that will correct the problem. I couldn't take that anymore.. and as far as I can tell its random as well.. you just don't know when or under what circumstance it will happen, but it WILL happen.

    These problems have been known by the company for years, but since it was bought out and they had already made their initial money on it, they simply dragged it out forever.. finally even quit suggesting they would patch it.. as far as I know the game is completely unsupported now and has been for many years.. the only option is to buy a later version. I got Pharoah PHARAOH GOLD - (PHARAOH+CLEOPATRA, 2CDS) (GOLD edition has the add-on Cleopatra) as it is in effect the sequal, works similarly, and it is pretty much bug-free .. it has its frustrations, but the game doesn't just "break"

    If you care how to play the game well, you must research the web .. there are (even for this old game) a few very good reference sites where you can dig up the "nitty gritty".. I would not waste money on the official strategy guide.

    I still rated it a 3 since you can enjoy it and it is fairly clever.. and I like the British accents :) .. but I can't really recommend it....more info
  • Build a better rome
    If you are a fan of military strategy and town building, this is the game for you. You can build a better Rome. Build homes for immigrants, build farms and granerys for food and build markets to sell it. Collect taxes from your population and get respect from the honorable emporer of Rome.

    Open trade with neighboring cities and countries and trade goods for money or other supplies.

    They don't sell this game in places that I know of, but if you see it, pick it up right away!...more info

  • Good game!
    I loved this game, (actually, I was addicted to it for a little while) but it is not the best historical civilization game that I've played. It only has a few scenarios, and it's really hard to win. It never seems like you have enough money or enough room to fulfill Caesar's requests. However, the challenge could be good for some people, and money managment can be developed. I guess that if you were determined enough, you could do anything on Caesar. While playing Caesar, remember, "PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE"

    Also, the graphics on Caesar are really good, and it hasn't frozen on my computer ever. If you're looking for a historically accurate game, Caesar is it. My little brother is studying Rome right now, and everything that he's learning relates to the game....more info

  • So you want to run a Roman city...
    For those of you looking for a great, realistic and HARD game here it is. You are selected by Rome to run a series of cities, each one with problems and needs different than the last. You will have to develop farms, dig clay pits, fill warehouses, design road systems, supply people with food and goods, build houses, set up markets, workhouses and make sure everybody has clean water. THAN you also have to deal with trade, enemy armies, the Gods and Caesar's own demands for supplies and legions! People will want doctors on call, schools for their kids and theaters for their free time. Businesses will need labor living near them, easy to access docks, roads, warehouses and don't forget lots of enginers to keep things in repair!
    Oh, and don't forget the walls, towers and gatehouses!
    And lots of roads, gardens, roads, plazas and more roads.

    Don't worry, there is a easy setting. And you can turn off the Gods too. Try to take it slow and easy....more info

  • A good strategy games
    I think this games a very good cause it,s can be exercises our brain. If we in a problem, it can be making a release tension....more info
  • beautiful game but
    Hi, i am SRIKANTH from india.I am one of the lover of caesarIII demo game.I allways used to play this game in my pc.But that is not full version.I got that as a free game cd on purchasing of a computer related magzine.
    To day i visited the official site of caesar demo game .But i found there is no chance to buy the full demo game outside of US country.I was seacrhing every shop in our country for the game.But i am unable to get it.Here in the site there is no chances for BUY the game as an out sider of US....more info
  • A great achievement
    what a game, kept me going for hours, even though it is really old, it still is a boat load of fun playing....more info
  • Game that keeps me busy!
    Well this is the second time that I've purchased Caesar 3. I actually got it when it was first available and just recently thought about it and went online to find it again. I like to play the freeform mode or "City Construction Kit" I find that building a city and keeping all of the areas happy really challenging. The other great thing is that you can alter the difficulty and even turn the effects of the Gods off... you can also choose between really hard assignments and more trivial ones.

    The career mode of the game is more challenging. You have to send gifts to Rome, defend your city from invaders, make enough $ to sustain your city, and keep your people happy. I honestly sit and play this game while watching Tv... The manual is a good tool to keep everything organized...

    Just go slow with your building and watch for running out of money. The best way that I have found to keep this from happening is to build forums and keep the tax collectors working. There are very few cheat codes out there for this it's not one you can just fudge your way through. One of the main complaints that I have is that it's really hard to get your housing to evolve past a certain level. It's more frustrating to me that just about anything else. I prefer the freeform mode of the game as opposed to the career mode but that's mainly because I just like to play!

    Happy gaming!...more info