Civilization 3
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Rewrite History with the Greatest Game of All Time!

The Civilization Legacy:  SidMeier created the original Civilization computer game in 1990. Civilizationinstantly set the standard and defined a new genre of empire-building strategygames and is still recognized as one of the greatest games of all time. The gameis an addictive blend of building, exploration, discovery and conquest. Playersmatch wits against some of history's greatest leaders as they strive to buildthe ultimate civilization to stand the test of time. The legacy of thisincredibly fun, addictive series continues today with the development ofCivilization III.

Witness an epic adventure unfold before you as youwield the ultimate power and reinvent the history of Civilization.

Conquer vast territories with new armies and new fighting methods. Nourish thegrowth of a culture that is the envy of other civilizations along with tradingshrewdly to gain valuable resources and enrich your empire.  You can mixand match unlimited deals with history's greatest leaders at the bargainingtable.  The easy to use game technology offers pathways to victory forlimitless replayability.

It's History in the Making!

Dominate the world through Diplomatic Finesse, Cultural Domination, andMilitary Prowess.

  • More interactions, alliances and realistic artificial intelligence responses put players in the middle of negotiations, trade systems and diplomatic actions. Advanced trade system to manage resources, trade routes and spread of technology.
  • Improved combat options provide finer

    Sid Meier's name is synonymous with outstanding games, particularly turn-based strategy games. From the original Civilization to Colonization to Alpha Centauri, Meier has been behind some of the best games ever made. Now we can add Civilization III to the list. The third installment in Meier's signature series offers all the outstanding gameplay featured in the first two games while including new features and refinements that keep the series fresh and engaging.

    Civilization III offers 16 playable civilizations, and each has its own strengths and bonuses. The game begins in the year 4000 B.C., when your civilization is nothing more than a primitive tribe, and each turn progresses the game forward in time. You manage growth, military production, city development, diplomacy, and scientific research as your civilization grows from a single village to several towns to a continent-spanning metropolitan sprawl. The fun is in deciding whether to research writing or the wheel, whether to build a musketeer to take out an encroaching enemy pikeman or direct your city to work on the culturally significant Sistine Chapel. There are five ways to win the game, ranging from wiping out the other civilizations with military power to defeating them through cultural dominance, which is one of several new victory conditions.

    Fans of Meier's other turn-based games will find the same addictive gameplay present in Civilization III. Building off the gameplay are several new additions, specifically the new cultural rating and the new resource management options. Every turn, each civilization earns culture points based upon how many wonders and other culturally significant structures are built within its cities. The higher the culture rating, the faster your civilization's borders grow. If your border extends to an enemy city, it's possible to capture that city without shedding any blood; the city's citizens will be attracted by your culture and willingly rebel.

    The other big change is that you must collect raw materials in order to build certain units. For example, oil and rubber are required to build modern units, and if those resources aren't within your territory, you'll need to negotiate with other civilizations for them. And because the game's negotiation process is very deep and involved, you may find yourself cut off from key raw materials if you're at odds with other civilizations, which, in turn, will weaken you militarily.

    The AI powering rival civilizations is quite good, and is capable of negotiating complex arrangements with both your civilization and other civilizations. These negotiations run from simple trade agreements to complex mutual protection pacts, and it's not uncommon to find an enemy civilization taking steps to isolate you from the rest of the world.

    There are a few minor issues with the game, most notably with unit imbalances and the tedious endgame, which can drag on forever. These are minor problems, however, and don't detract from the overall experience. Fans of Sid Meier's other games, or anyone looking for a fun and challenging gaming experience, owe it to themselves to pick up Civilization III. --P. Meyer


    • Enemy AI is very impressive
    • New additions really add to the experience
    • Very addictive gameplay
    • Some unit imbalances
    • Endgame is a little long-winded

    From Sid Meier, the creative genius behind some of the most critically acclaimed computer games ever produced, comes Civilization III. Experience a game of epic proportions, where players can match wits against the greatest leaders of the world in an all-out quest to build the ultimate empire. This journey of discovery includes new features that build on and enrich the Civilization experience. There are new pathways to explore, strategies to employ, and more powerful tools with which to build and manage your empire. Build, explore, conquer, and rule with Civilization III.

    This newest installment promises to keep the components that made the first two games incredibly addictive and fun, while adding new elements and features that complement and enhance the existing system. In addition, a completely new graphics engine will provide stunning maps, animations, and graphics unlike those seen before. The new gameplay features better decision-making abilities, new paths to victory, and greatly enhanced combat and diplomacy for new ways to win. With a new interface and reporting screens, Civilization III will accommodate seasoned and first-time players.

  • Rewrite History with the Greatest Game of All Time! Product Information The Civilization Legacy:  SidMeier created the original Civilization computer game in 1990. Civilizationinstantly set the standard and defined a new genre of empire-building strategygames and is still recognized as one of the greatest games of all time. The gameis an addictive blend of building, exploration, discove

Customer Reviews:

  • Did that just happen?
    Yes this game can be a lot of fun and yes it is, in fact, addicting. So what's the problem? Why are my tanks being destroyed by swordsman? Well, that would be the completely ridiculous combat system for you. An attack strength of 16 defeated by a defensive strength of 2? I have never, in all my gaming days, seen a game with a combat system this lop-sided in the computer's favor. Ever.

    Talk about frustrating....more info
  • Great and Challenging Game
    If you're looking for something simplistic, in which you're always assured of a win regardless of how pathetically you play, this isn't the game for you.

    If you're looking for something that will leave you so enthralled that you can't think of anything but your next strategy, try this....more info

  • Buy Civ1 or Civ2 NOT Civ3
    Civ3, pretty pictures; unplayable, ties up CD player,
    slooooooow, lousy contrast on screen, not worth $5,
    not worth shipping,...more info
  • can be addicting
    but it sure is hard. on the easiest setting, you'll more then likely spend the majority of the time at war with 7+ other societies who have an alliance against you. and if you want to keep up scientifically, you won't have any gold until you run out of achievements to learn....more info
  • Great...for a while
    This game is pretty fun, but it takes ao long just to finish one game of it. It is also amazingly dificult to win the easiest setting. It is also very much like a board game. But it is ausome besides that....more info
  • Best computer Game I have ever played
    This is a game that gives complete satisfaction to the stratigic game fan, I reccomend it to all ages. even if you are not a stratigic game fan, I still reccomend it. I have played Civilization 2, Civ III leaves it way behind! It rarely ever crashes on me, just save early and often!...more info
  • One of the best games I've ever played
    I am simply amazed at all the bad reviews this game has received on here. I have played all kinds of games, but prefer strategy. This is easily one of the best games I've ever played. The depth and the difficulty of the AI is remarkable, and quite challenging. Those who don't like to micromanage, don't have to. Those who do, enjoy!...more info
  • The best strategic game on the market!!!!
    I remember many years ago when the acclaimed Civilization II came out. Just 2 years ago I bought Civ II. At first the game took some getting use to, but it was very addictive, and after a while became.... repetitious. I was thrilled to learn that a new game was added to the Civilization series, Civilization III, I immediately got online found the cheapest price on the internet and bought it! To me, the new Civ III, is a whole new world. You can actually conduct politics, lol. I know it sounds funny, and sure there's nothing complicated, or extraordinary about the process, but this feature is something that changed the game entirely. No longer do you HAVE to completely whip out your enemy or be the first into outer space, you can win diplomatically. You can trade, buy, sell, loan: resources, cities, money, workers, technologies. There are more features too that just completely change the game, the graphics.... are great, and they add a sense of energy to the game. Sure to some people they get old and repetitive, but you can turn them off. Something else the old game lacked that the new Civ III makes up for is the MUSIC!!!! I don't know about everyone else's copy of Civ II, but mine didn't play much music, and if it did, it only played one song then stopped. The new Civ III has pretty good music, and it changes as the game progresses. Yeah the music is pretty good, up until you reach the modern age, then it becomes some techno-80's music, lol. Another great feature that I haven't mentioned is the Map edit. The new map edit is much, much, improved, especially if you download the Civilization patch off the internet. You basically can control the way the game functions completely with the map edit. You can change how powerful units are, how much the cost, you can control, what technologies a nation has when the game starts, you can control how units function, the technologies, the wonders, even how much food a tile produces. You have actual resources you can gather, exploit, in a number of ways in the Civ III. You can gather them normally or colonize them to receive their benefits. Another pro of Civ III is that you can tell the cities, in the game, how to govern themselves, what units to produce or not to produce, what improvements to produce, what the new citizens become, and whether or not to build wonders. Overall there is soooo... much that the new Civilization offers, and the only way to truly cover all of it is just to recommend that you buy it. If you have never played a civilization game BE PREPARED, it is very different from most games. Some people will either love it... or find it boring and/or confusing. The new features such as the cities being able to govern themselves takes a lot of the repetition out of playing the game. The turn based strategy gives you time to think in the crucial parts of the game, unlike in Command and Conquer, Rise of Nations, or Cossacks. If you like bloody action packed adventure... then this game is not for you. If you like a game with unlimited options, politics, and chess mixed together, then you'll love Civilization III! I, myself, love the game. It runs excellent on a laptops or low end computers. I play it on my laptop all the time. Yeah the game can be lengthy-anywhere between 1 hour and a month. Most games last between 4 and 6 hours. But the game only lasts as long as you want it. When I usually go to play a game, I'll design my own elaborate map, for a day, then the next day play the map, and like I said the game usually will take up a whole day to play. But if you love these types of games, this game is completely worth all the money you pay!!!! I guarantee you that if you like the game that you will play this game longer than any other game you have ever owned. There will be times when you grow tired of it, you may not play it for 2 months, but eventually you will go back to playing it and you will play about 100 more games than grow tire then repeat the whole process. Unlike other games where after you beat the game you never touch it again, Civilization III will keep you coming back to play again.

    Once again it's completely worth its price, if you like the game you will play it for hours at a time, on and off for the next hundred years or until the next game in the series arrives....more info

  • Great Game
    This is a great game but after a while it starts to get boring. You can play as many nations but I prefer to be American. If you play it too much you might feel like you never want to play it again. I just suggest that you don't play it constantly and only every once in a while....more info
  • The finest example in its class
    It's too bad that this title has taken a bad rap from those who simply don't understand it. This game is truly the finest of its type, but if it's not your type, your not going to like it. That doesn't make it any worse or better a game, just because some poor bloke thinks it should play like age of empires or warcraft (or any other rts). Be warned, if your looking for something fast paced, that can be played by the casual action gamer, this is not for you. But if you want something hearty, that takes real strategy, thinking and depth, you can find no better. I have lost many a night's sleep because of this game. As for the multiplayer component, you can always buy the play the world expansion. If this is your type of game, get it now! You won't regret it....more info
  • Great Game
    This game has kept me up all night sooo many times....its crazy. This really a great game. I must quote another reviewer "If you have to buy just one strategy game this decade, I have no hesitation in recomending this one."

    I have played this game many times, and I disagree with reviewers who exagerate the AI cheating. It does in a couple ways mentioned, but the rest are just misunderstanding that can be answered by reading an online FAQ. The AI is tough and its very difficult past medium difficulty...I mean a lot! But on easy...its easy and fun...

    I like the cultural boundries. My startegy is to always build cultural structures and I expand my civ by "sucking in" those computer cities around me. The graphics are great for this type of game, an the charcters are entertaining.

    The only bad thing is at the end of the game when everyone that has survived has a huge/powerful civ and their armies take forever to move/attack, and it takes a while to defeat. I don't even think I have won that way. Still, I highly recommend. It takes days to get to the end! its realistic, sometimes you get lucky and start in an area with many natural resources...if ou don't..u need some allies!!!...more info
  • Good Game
    I've played this game off and on for a little over a year. The addictability of this game is just as good as the previous games and ther have been times I simply didn't go to bed, even though I worked the next day.

    I was a little disappointed that the ages stopped at the modern age. The futuristic cities, units, etc. in Call to Power is what really hooked me on that game. It also would've been nice for the Foreign Advisor screen to provide more information that just trade and treaties.

    Civ III does compensate, though, with great graphics, the new culture concept, specific civilization advantages as well as all kinds of other little improvements that make the game that much more realistic and enjoyable....more info

  • Civ 3 would make a great strategy game
    Civ 3 would make a great strategy game. What I like best about the game is the concept of it. The idea is fabulous. The graphics are good and the sound affects are fine.
    The problems are in the gameplay. How can you make an effective strategy with an "AI" (roll eyes) that not only plays according to its own (more favorable) rules but also leaves you with no way to know what those amended rules are?
    Intelligence is not merely a subroutine that adjusts how much the game cheats according to how much it needs in order to to survive, it is largely the ability to play ahead. The computer that beat the world chess champion did not turn its knight into a queen when convenient, it beat them by using bona fide artificial intelligence.
    Expect plenty of suprises. While passing by an enemy city, you may see a terrain space suddenly become developed without a worker anywhere nearby. Or notice that the "AI" always knows which of your cities is poorest defended without needing an embassy or spy. Or early in the game enemy units may make a wartime b-line to your civilization when it shouldn't even know where it is yet. Etc etc etc. I beleive but can't prove, that your military units are made less effective than equivelent ai ones too during battle.
    Later in the game, your active unit cursor will jump place to place all over the world instead of going to the next nearest unit (like it did in civ 2) as if in an effort to try to make you lose track of what you are doing, I suppose this is to "make the game more challenging" or something. Very anoying.
    The new features (culture, diplomacy etc.) are great ideas largely gone wrong too. Same problem, basically: the game makes the human player a protagonist instead of just an undesciminated player creating the illusion of playing against 15 others when in reality the only thing your playing against is one ai player with a slight case of multiple personality disorder.
    I find that almost every strategy I make with this game is defeated by unexpected, uncalculatable and unanticipatable adjustments to the rules by the AI. I have heard others say they win the game and I have too, but I don't beleive without repeated reloadings. Civ 3, like civ 2, is an action game that would make a great strategy game. But the idea of the game is so great that it is addictive anyway.

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  • Civ III a game thats good
    it is relly good and is an gret lerniing expeereence?...more info
  • Civ 3 Interesting, but poor user interface
    I know that Sid Meier is supposed to be a genius at UI, but the UI gets in the way of this game. It is sort of a real time, but turn based interface. When you get halfway thru this game, the number of cities and units that you need to control are large so that the games starts to bog down in piece management. You can't tell which piece has moved in the current turn, and you can't stop the automated action to move a unit or stop the preprogrammed movement of a unit which makes any coordinated attacks very difficult. You start to think about how to get around the UI instead of thinking about the game. This is really too bad because the game has some great ideas. The game takes a looong time to play, and in my opinion, not worth the effort. ...more info
  • Civilation III
    Absolutely addictive, better than Sim City, rather than building a city, you get to build an empire with CivIII. Tried Civ Complete but found it more difficult to play though the added features were great. In Civilization III, you start with a dark world you have to send explorers out to discover. Build as many cities as you can, trying to add as many luxury items (wine, spice, silk, etc) and strategic items (iron, horses, coal) into your empire while building common items (libraries, banks, etc) and wonders (pyramid, colossus, pentagon). The game starts in the BC era and continues through the 21st century as your technology advances, you win or lose wars, establish diplomatic ties with neighboring countries and continue to build. A first class game of strategy....more info
  • good education game for teens
    It is a nice educational game for teens and adults that stimulated interest to the world history and helps to understand past societies....more info
  • Sid Meier is still a genius -- another great game
    This is one of my favorite games in the world, i am in my 20s and still play this game. it is so time consuming and fun that i go to sleep thinking of it after playing for hours. Sid Meier is a genius. i have a ps2 and play that as well but Alpha Centauri and Civilization are still the most fun....more info
  • A great game
    This game is the greatest game i have ever played. I don't no why everybody doesn't rate this a five star game....more info
  • Here's hoping Civ4 works then...
    I think I have wasted more hours of my life playing one or other incarnation of the Civ series than anything else, and I was very eager for Civ3. Crashing disappointment. In the previous games, your borders were defined by the land you owned, and you felt that there was genuine separation between nations based on obstacles or fortresses that you built, and you moved out of there to fight. In the latest incarnation, one of the other "Characters"(Bad, HEAVILY cheating AI) just plops a settler down two squares away from you and because it's outside your "culture" you can't do a thing about it. My galleys sink if the helmsman as much as inches off land, yet I've watched a Roman one sail the oceans blue for 200 years without mishap...did I mention the cheating AI? Classic example, WITHOUT EXCEPTION they will not accept a deal that is even equitable unless you've kicked their butt first. Offer a luxury for one of theirs? Apparently its sufficiently insulting to declare war against you on occasion.
    The big spoiler, though, despite the Miracle-Gro(tm) that appears to be at work on enemy cities, wonders and technologies, (a rival civilization with no money, half of the populace and undeveloped land manages to throw together JS Bach's Cathedral five turns before your production-maxed metropolis) is that once you figure out how to beat the AI it is a genuine grind to achieve it. It's slow, and dull, and quite frankly, we deserve better.
    List of demands to Firaxis follows:
    Bring out Alpha Centauri 2. Make us think. Don't cheat.
    Stomping back huffily towards those badly coloured but infinitely more replayable Centauri hills now...... ...more info
  • Comes Down To The AI

    The truth is i want an AI that competes and doesn't cheat...Brian Reynolds was the true Brians at Firaxis obviously.

    Civ 3 has a pathetic AI that cheats on every level..The programming of Jeff Briggs and crew is pathetic.

    I'd love to see a new Alpha Centauri Or a civ 4 with great AI...Sigh....more info
  • disappointed
    I thought it would be easy to play like Age of Empire or Command and Conquer, but it was difficult to do things and I lost interest very quickly....more info
  • Great Game!
    This game is very fun. It too a long time to figure it out, but once I did, it was great. There are a few parts that are disappointing such as the difficulty of the other civilizations. However, other than this, this game keeps me entertained for hours and hours....more info
    It is a great game. You finally have the power to conquer all! What a great game!...more info
  • Civilization III
    Its hard to walk away. Its like playing chess and using the world as your board....more info