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A 'God' style game, Caesar 3 allows you to build cities, maintain them and look after the community. The graphics are good for the platform, and the gameplay is dangerously addictive!

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      19.10.2012 13:57
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      Great city building game

      The classic city building and management game returns for a third installment, featuring all the improvements and extras that players asked for.

      Caesar III builds upon its predecessor in two major areas. First, an entire province is shown on one large map for more seamless gameplay. Rather than monitoring separate screens for city, countryside and battle, all of the game's action takes place on one level. This innovation makes the most dramatic difference in combat. Instead of sending troops off to an anonymous battlefield, there will be street-to-street fighting if the player's defensive measures fail.

      Another new feature in Caesar III is that the real-time effects of almost all the player's actions are immediately visible on-screen. Before, it was necessary for players to go to report screens to assess their strengths and weaknesses in various aspects of their governance. In Caesar III for example, unemployment and rioting in the city are instantly apparent, as citizens will be seen sitting around or rampaging through the streets. Moreover, the player may "chat" with any of the countless citizens bustling around the city for useful information about the success or failure of the city.

      Make a success of your city and defend it from invaders and you could rise high in the ranks. Exploit your resources and charm the Emperor and see yourself become rich and powerful. But beware Emperor's are fickle and todays favourites are often tomorrows enemies.

      The game also features a highly intuitive interface, a new musical score, and richly-detailed animations, structures and terrain elements - all of which make Caesar III a game that city-building fans everywhere will love.

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      06.05.2009 22:58
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      a really good game to play if you like CIV builders

      Caesar 3 is a great Civ game, where you are a roman governor and you have to build a roman city from scratch and look after it, providing all the necessities your citizens need, such as baths, entertainment, doctors, temples, schools and so on.

      The interface is quite easy to navigate and most of the buildings are represented by icons, so are the advisor buttons. The top is the headings such as file, options, help and so on which is quick to access. The controls are very easy to pick up and learn as you play through the tutorial level, which isnt very patronising. As you progress, the levels do get harder, but they are challenging, not aggravating.

      The level goals consist of ones such as keeping the emperors favour, keeping prosperity ratings high, peace ratings high, wealth ratings high and so on. This can be done through careful management and upkeep of the town and ensuring all citizen's needs are met.

      Sound is not superb, but gives you a good indication of what is happening where and is nice to have, but not necessary.

      Graphicswise it is quite good for an isometric game, and does not drain memory. It is really good as the animations are comedic and enjoyable to watch.

      It can be purchased for under £5 online and is a great game!

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        07.04.2003 19:17
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        As a provincial governor charged with spreading the glory of Rome, your mission is to populate new provinces and create settlements that can rival even the Eternal City (as you do). The Roman Empire is so large and growing so fast that not even Caesar can hope to rule it alone - he needs capable governors to assist him. Gain wealth and power, make a career, please Caesar and your citizens, battle barbarians and create a prosperous economy. Succeed and you will become the next Emperor; fail and you will be thrown to the lions! WHY I BOUGHT CAESAR 3 I originally bought Caesar 3 a few months ago, in an Ancient Worlds double pack together with Pharaoh from MVC, and have been meaning to write an op on it for a while now. I chose this game firstly because it represented excellent value (£30 for the two games), and secondly because I just love historically based games. Caesar 3 is created along the same lines as Pharaoh (not surprising, given that they are made by the same people), but I have found many features of the gameplay to be different, and it does require a different approach and strategy in order to win. INSTALLATION Your PC requires the following specs in order to run this game: ● Windows 95/98 ● Pentium 90+ ● 16 MB RAM ● 4X CD ROM ● 150 MB hard drive space Installation is very straightforward (it must be; I managed it) - the program starts automatically, and instructions appear on screen. The install program performs a brief system check and you simply click on the "yes" button if you hear the sound; there then follows a wizard to lead you through the stages of installation. Caesar 3 can take up to 10 minutes to install, depending on your computer. CHANGES SINCE CAESAR 2 For players of Caesar 2, the following changes have been made to the game: ● The "province level" and "city level" have been combined into one
        larger map. ● Rather than build houses directly you now designate housing areas, and citizens can upgrade given suitable conditions. ● Engineers are now required to maintain the city buildings. ● Services are no longer provided if a building is near a house. Most buildings generate "walkers" who must pass a house in order for the service to be accessible there. ● Buildings that employ people must have road access. ● The "Empire Rating" has been replaced by a "Favour Rating". ● Caesar will interact with you more often, and so it is important to keep him happy. ● The game now automatically allocates citizens to jobs. WHAT IS THE GAME ABOUT? Caesar 3 is a city building game, with some elements of battle and defence added on in certain scenarios. You start each game with an empty province, containing only terrain, water and a main road winding through the map area - it is up to you, as governor, to construct a city from scratch and attract a populace to live and work there. Two types of game may be chosen, the career path (where you begin with a very simple assignment, and work your way up through the ranks of Roman government) or the city construction kit (no winning criteria, just pure city building in the setting of your choice). It is recommended that you begin with the career path, as this acts as a tutorial to teach you the different aspects of managing this game. HOW TO BUILD A ROMAN CITY As those of you who have played Sim City or Pharaoh will know, city building is a complex procedure. The following aspects all will require your attention if you are to create a successful province: ● Housing As I have previously mentioned, rather than build individual house, you designate housing areas, into which immigrants will move and set up tents. If you provide people with facilities they require and pleasant surround
        ings, then they will upgrade into shacks, hovels and even villas. The higher the class of housing, the more tax revenue you can earn from the residents. ● Roads Additional roads need to be built from the original main province route, as all buildings require access. If a building is not adjacent to a road, then citizens cannot access it and it will not function. ● Water Critical to life, and the most basic amenity that must be provided for citizens. Poorer areas expect to gather their water from a nearby river or well, but the wealthy will require a local source of clean water from fountains (provided by proximity to reservoirs and aqueducts). ● Food While poor residents will provide their own food by foraging, the governor is expected to supply it for everybody else. Wheat, fruit, vegetables, olives and wine may be farmed or imported - they are stored in granaries or warehouses, and distributed from markets. As will all services, markets generate "walkers" who follow a route around streets close to their stalls, and those houses they pass will have access to food from the market. ● Security Fires are put out and crime monitored by prefects, who are generated by building prefectures. In frontier provinces, military structures can be accessed and built (such as walls, legionary barracks and auxiliary units). ● Religion Five gods and goddesses are available in Caesar 3 - Ceres (farming); Neptune (sea); Mercury (commerce); Mars (military activity), and Venus (love). The gods must be appeased (by building temples and oracles, and holding festivals in their honour) in order to gain benefits from them and avoid their anger at being ignored. Houses want access to as many different temple priests as possible in order to increase their desirability and keep the gods happy. ● Industry Provides jobs and services to the population. Industry may be either
        in the form of raw material extraction (such as clay or marble), or workshops (pottery and olive oil, for example). ●Entertainment As your city grows, people will start to demand entertainment to break up the repetitiveness of their daily lives. This can be provided through festivals (evening, full day or two day), theatres, amphitheatres or a coliseum - the bigger the venue, the more people will be catered for, and the more satisfied the city will be. ● Health The city's health is improved by ensuring a good supply of more than one type of food, and by building barbershops, baths, clinics and hospitals around the province. This is worth doing, as sick people have an annoying habit of dying, which leaves job vacancies unfilled and services suffer as a result. ● Education Schools (for children), academies (for youths) and libraries educate your population as well as providing employment. ● Desirability In addition to goods and services, house will require pleasant surroundings before it upgrades - this means adding plazas, statues, gardens and temples or removing undesirable building (such as industry) from the neighbourhood. If desirability falls or services cease to be provided, then houses will devolve and people may even emigrate. ● Employment Citizens need jobs in order to have an income, and the computer will automatically allocate them work near where they live. High unemployment leads to poor city mood, emigration, crime and even rioting, while a high number of vacancies leads to deterioration in services. ● Money Your initial budget will not go very far, so before long it will be necessary to generate an income for your city in order to continue the game. Income can be created through taxes (collected by "walkers" from the senate and forum) and trade (exporting surpluses to other cities on the empire map). ● Ratings
        The city is rated out of 100 for culture (access to education, religion and ente rtainment), prosperity (unemployment, income and how wealthy your citizens feel), peace (hoe secure people feel) and favour (your popularity with Caesar). These can be viewed by clicking on the senate building, and form part of the winning criteria for career path games. GAMEPLAY The gameplay of Caesar 3 is smooth, and benefits from a choice of speed settings that allow you to select how fast you wish proceed. Like all games this huge, it does seem a little overwhelming at first and takes time to learn how to play, but the tutorial aspect of the career path option is a good method of learning, although you must be patient! Both graphics and sound are of good quality (although some of the sound effects become a bit irritating after the endless repetition you get in some cities), and features such as being able to rotate the field of vision and use overlays (to see different aspects of the game such as areas at risk of fire or where taxes are not being collected) are useful tools. However, I have to say that at times this can be an immensely frustrating game, and it seems that there are just too many demands on your attention at any one time, no matter how much you slow the game down. It is this more than anything else that limits how much I play the game - it can get very annoying to have successfully built up a decent economy, only to be struck by a plague, act of god or surprise earthquake and have all your work destroyed! :-( Overall then, worth getting it you especially love city builders and want a new challenge (or if it is going cheap and you are bored!), but to be honest I think there are better games than this on the market (sim city and pharaoh to name two). Caesar 3 has plenty of novelty value at first, but I soon was loosing interest and getting too frustrated with it to have much enjoyment - not one I'll be bothering with too m
        uch in the future, and certainly not one I would recommend very highly. The details... Caesar 3 cost me £30 in a two game pack; it costs £15 to £20 by itself (although with it being a few years old it is worth shopping around for bargain deals). Official game site: http://games.sierra.com/games/caesar3/ Get caesar 1 free at: http://caesar3.heavengames.com/

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          22.07.2001 17:39
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          So Rome wasn't built in a day?! Wrong! I built it yesterday. In this game you are a governor who is given the task of building your own city. You also need to make Rome more high profile and eliminate and barbarian hordes. This game is so addictive with lots of missions to complete. It starts off relatively easy and gets more difficult further on. Once you get into the game you'll become power crazy. You are in charge of everything to do with the city from feeding your people to crime. However if you fail then you end up facing a hungry lion! The graphics are excellent and the sound is quite adequate( although it could be better!). Check this game out even if you're not into 'god games' it is pretty cool!

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            01.07.2001 05:44

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            22.06.2001 16:59
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            Caesar III could be seen as a real rival to the sim city series. However it is set in the glory times of the Roman Empire. It is in the God gerne you are the person in control of what goes on in your city. There are two style of play, first career mode in which you advance through mission reaching set goals, also the second mode, the city creator which just lets you go ahead and do your own thing. No random terrian generator, and a several lack of multiplayer and internet play are the only things that let the game down for me. The graphics are really good, giving the game a big wow factor, and is also really addictive making you play hours on end without realising what you are doing. Caesar 3 is easy to pick up and play anytime, but it takes a long time to learn to play it well. This is one of the things I liked about Caesar 3, the chance to enjoy it on all levels. To build your city you have a menubar on the right hand corner of the screne. On it is catogorised building, like health, education and military buildings. All cost money to build and at the start you get given a ceratin amount of money to get along with. You can also build a tax collectors office or open trade routs, which are ways to raise more money in case you run out. In career mode you have different levels in which you have goals to achive like good ratings in approval and kingdom, or get good populations and houses. Overall Caesar 3 is a very addictive, but very enjoyable game. It is similar to the sim city series in its play and goals, but set in Roman times to give a nice cultural change. If the price is right I would really recomeng this to most people, but the addictivness and the frustration of things not goiny yout way may put some people off. Also no internet and multiplayer play will discourage people and the military scenes are not as good as they could be. Still it is a very good game, not just for fans of the god gerne, anyone can get hours of enjoyment out of ceas
            er 3.

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            13.05.2001 23:36
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            I don't really like Caesar 3 at all because I think the graphics are exactly the same as Pharoah which I know they both must be made by the same company. I downloaded the Phaoroh demo( took me ages on this ancient computer ) I found that i couldn't pass the 3rd (i think)level and I even cheated. But to no avail.So when i saw Caeser in my friends house , I was very interested in playing it - being interested in ancient history and stradegy games. I was suddenly repulsed to find the style of game in Caeser as in Pharaoh.

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              02.01.2001 08:33
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              As a player of real-time strategy and sim games, I can tell you Caesar III is one of my favorites. Mostly I liked it because of its well laid out game interface and replay-ability. Caesar III combines a little bit of Age of Empires with a little bit of Sim City. Talk about a good combination! The game play keeps bringing you back for more and more every time. The graphics are very impressive and should impress even the most hard core real-time strategy gamers who don't even pay attention usually to the graphics. The interface of the game is extremely easy to use and understand. When you first start the game you are taught how to use the many tools on the toolbar. The toolbar allows you to clear land, erect buildings, trade, and do a number of other meaningful tasks. All of the icons on it are clearly illustrated and well designed. You will also notice it is in a good place as too. Placement of the toolbar is along the right side of the screen. I find this a lot easier to use than the kind where it is on the bottom or top of the screen. Though the graphics are good, the sound could have been a little better. Sound in the game is not as good as it could be. The same old music gets a little boring after awhile. It is okay in the beginning, but I wish they would have put more music in the game. That is what I mean by the sound could have been better. Load time for Caesar III is not all that great on machines lower than a Pentium II. Once the game is loaded on slower machines it runs fine, but getting in the game takes awhile. Most gamers don't have that much time to spend waiting for a game to load. They simply just want to play it! Back to the good points now. There is one last thing I found to be cool about Caesar III. This is that it's instruction manual was very well written. It is also one of the longest game manuals I have seen in a while. So you may think that the instruction manual is no big
              deal for a game. You are dead wrong in this case. Just reading the book for this game will make it even more enjoyable. I wish more games had this kind of book to accompany it! Every real-time strategy fan should have this game on their shopping list.

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              20.11.2000 19:01

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              Caesar was a very fun game when it first came out on the amiga, but suffered from being abit samey. Two versionms later and this increadably atractive update, with voice and movie samples, sufferes from exactly the same problem. For example, in the first level you have to build a city and attract about 90 plebians (sttelers). you do this by allocating housing pace, building farms, and creating a water supply. On the next level you are given acess to new buildings and have to attract abiuot 150 plebians, the level after you can set up trade and have to attract about 300 plebians. It's the same furmula over and over, with not much room for experimentation as there is usualy enough room to succed only if the city is built in the way the programers intended. If that sounds appealing go and buy it cause it is very attarctive and good at what it does, if you prefer a bit more freedom, buy sim-city.

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              18.11.2000 22:50
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              Personally, I am a history buff, so when I first saw Ceaser 3,I jumped at the first chance to buy it. Although I hadn't played the first games and was having trouble getting good at this one, I was hooked. Although it is historically inaccurate in some subjects, most of the game is right on the spot historically. Almost every aspect needed to construct a typical Roman city is present. Agiculture, Industry, Economy, Commerce, Defence(My personal favorite), Government, Health, Religion, Education and Entertainment are all important parts of the game. With 20+ cities, each holding it's own unique requirements can keep you playing and replaying this game a great deal of time. One of the only setbacks is the graphics of this game. Although they are quiet good, the larger buildings -hippodrome, colosseum etc.- arn't that big. I enjoy the way your Industries work in a sort of an assembly line to take raw material and make it usible in your city or traded(ex. iron to weapon to legionary). Also, the requiments that are given to development of houses are challinging but entertaining to fill. There are a great many other sections of this game that make it great, that is why I suggest this to game freaks and history buffs alike. Get it TODAY.

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              24.10.2000 02:16

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              Caesar gives Simcity, which is regarded as one of the best PC games a run for its money. This game came in a software bundle when we purchased out new computer, I never played it, but when I saw Gladiator I suddenly became rather attached to it. You build a city, you choose what crops to grow, whether to export those crops or import more. You build workshops to make wine, weapons, pottery and furniture. You choose whether to send Caesar a modest gift or a lavish gift. You choose whether to have small festivals, or large festivals. Caesar is a brilliant game that is underrated. It deserves to be up there with the Simcities.

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              19.10.2000 19:22
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              As soon as a loaded the demo I knew this would be a great game. Coming from a mix of Sim City and Age of Empires, Caesar III involves you with building cities and maintaining living standards. Get it right and your city grows, get it wrong and there is heel to pay from the ancient gods. The gameplay in this title is amazing. The tutorial introducing you to the game works well, and lets you get to grips with the numerous options very quickly. Even though there is so much going on at one time, it is easy to stay on top of proceedings, and game speed can be adjusted depending on the current situation of your city. The graphics are top notch, without the need for a 3D accelerator. Crisp and sharp, there are also loads of resolutions to make your experince more pleasurable. Sound is okay, and more than does the job. Put your favourite CD on in the background and prepare to get absorbed. The learning curve is just right and the demand on system resources is fairly low, depending on what resolution you wish to run it. Installing the game presents no problems, and Sierra have done a professional job all round. If you have a chance to purchase this at a low price, grab it. Even if you are not a great fan of God sims, you'll enjoy this title. Superb... buy it!

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              05.10.2000 06:09

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              Caesar 3 is a classic computer game where you design a roman village. As your city ages and as you get a higher population, you get more assets including fresh water, then more entertainment, then hospitals, and so on. Your city will need things, whether they're diseased or dirty you have to do what they want... or they'll leave. With either a level by level scenario or just to build at will you will love this game and so will everyone who buys it. You can build on sand or soil, each one has a disadvantage, and an advantage. No-one thought history could be this interesting!!!

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              23.08.2000 04:04
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              The best game in the series yet This game lets you improve as you go along the in built tutorial system lets you get playing without the need for boring manuals. From the same background as sim city, this game tops that giant by letting you fight your invaders as well as appease your gods. A very involved interface is easily organised in clear menus all accessible with the mouse As you progress in the game, demands and time constraints increase but be scarred in you don’t succeed straight away, it is great fun when your financial mismanagement results in Caesar sending his armies against you and you fight the roman legions, winning the battles gets you back in favour Just make sure you can supply Caeser with goods and men when he requests them and you can't go wrong

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              16.07.2000 18:15
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              Caesar 3 is a latter-day incarnation of the old cabaret trick of spinning plates on sticks, and there's never a moment's rest. Your mind is constantly racing, to the exclusion of all else. The gameplay reminds me of a historic Sim City type of game. There are endless numbers of missions, all of which are under your complete control and guidance which obviously has a bearing on whether the mission is successfully completed or if it is abysmally carried out and therefore failed. The bad points of this game are that it is not very original and the graphics could be better.

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