|The Game Domain
Is this a
strategy game for today's technology or a relic from the past?
This game has
actually turned out to be pretty good. Even though it is perhaps not the most realistic
game (e.g. buildings are not built by people, they just appear by magic and nobody ever
seems to actually eat the food you grow, or even buy it at the markets), it has a nice,
easy going kind of gameplay. It is quite amusing to watch your minions go about their
chores and to wind the Gods up so much that they curse every move you make andsend
riots and hurricanes ravaging your city.
By Richard Harrison, Forum Manager
As you can probably tell from the title, this game puts you in the shoes, or sandals, of
an ancient Roman leader. You have to convert a stretch of barren land into a fully
functional, fully profitable, Roman city. Once you have the hang of the idea, you must
attract the attention of those with power and climb the ladder of promotion to eventually
become Caesar of Rome.
To attract residents to your city you need food (wheat, fruit, veggies and wine),
entertainment (plays and gladiator fights) a nice, healthy environment (schools, doctors,
librarys, gardens, furniture, etc.) and jobs. In the early stages, many things
(fruit, furniture, wine) can be imported form other cities, but as time goes by you must
learn to produce
these things yourself and sell them on for money, thus becoming richer and more
Although battles and street brawls do feature, Caesar III is almost completely a city
building game. As with most building games, although there is a lot of involvement at
first, you get to a point where you must just let your city work on its own.
Sometimes this period can last for a long time and you can be stuck for things to do. To
end this problem, the people behind Caesar III have come up with some interesting ways to
keep you involved. Natural disasters, crime, building collapse, unemployment, storms,
angry Gods and bad crops can all hamper your progress.
Although not the best strategy ever made,
Caesar III is quite enjoyable and offers hours of gameplay. I give it 85% - good, but not
quite a classic.