Patrician III - sequel to the award winning game Patrician II - features advanced in-game AI, which adjusts its difficulty based on experience and ability. In this economic sandbox game you can gain wealth and power in multiple ways - what you will do with it is up to you.
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Release Date: Nov 18, 2010

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Patrician III - sequel to the award winning game Patrician II - features advanced in-game AI, which adjusts its difficulty based on experience and ability. In this economic sandbox game you can gain wealth and power in multiple ways - what you will do with it is up to you. Invite up to 8 of your friends for a multiplayer session via LAN or over the Internet.

Become a fellow of the famous medieval Hanse trading association in the 13th century. Manage the politics, prestige and economic success in your city and the known parts of Europe! Create a medieval trade empire and expand in to encompass the whole Old World. Build warehouses, workshops, brickworks and much more to strengthen your financial position in the Hansa. Gain reputation in your hometown by developing its infrastructure with roads, hospitals, schools and become Lord Mayor thus gaining full control of the city. Be a famous pirate killer or become one yourself!

Visit the great cities of Hamburg, Stockholm, London, Novgorod, Oslo and more. Explore the Mediterranean as you build your trade empire. Hold galas to celebrate victory in battle and your town's growth. Run massive trading operations and cope with the consequences of enhanced seasonal weather effects.

You can raise your standing through town improvement and diplomacy or fill your coffers through piracy and smuggling. Grow your small town into a major trading centre wielding tremendous economic power today!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB or higher
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9-compatible (Pixel/Vertexshader 1.1)
    • DirectX®: DirectX-compatible
    • Hard Drive: 6.5 GB free hard drive space
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Mostly Positive (224 reviews)
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15.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Usually, old games on Steam only appeal to people who played them in their heyday. Not this one. I never owned this game back then, or any other Patrician, but I think it is amazing. I can't put it down.

The graphics are nothing special... they're OK, but the game has just the right balance of ease and complexity, the difficuly curve will give you setbacks, but not frustrate you, and the rules are easy enough to pick up, but hard to master.

I bought that bundle they're selling... the one that has the art game too? I haven't played the other games yet but Patrician III alone is worth that price.

By the way, if you're considering this or one of the 'The Guild' games, I'd get this. The Guild games have a lot of bugs but Patrician III is very smooth.
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73.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
You will not like this game if:

If you understand nothing about basic market mechanisms and you have no intention to get into it.
If you don't like detailed and complex gameplay.
If you like winning after 20 minutes.
If you hate 2D games or oldies and you prefer AAA mind blowing games.
If you do not have time to think or plan ahead and instead you prefer straight forward gameplay.
If you are not afraid to play an old game that does not offer entertaining sea battles.

Patrician 3 is an interesting game that is surprisingly well balanced. In that sense it is not too hard to understand how the game works but if you want to explore all the aspects of the game then yes you will find challenges.

E.g - not running your business to bankruptcy isn't hard. You buy for 1 you must sell for 2. However attaining the rank of Patrician and becoming a local politician requires you to maximise profit, minimise cost, optimise trade routes, or utilise "auto-trade" tool etc. Indeed You need to reach a certain level of wealth in order to explore the entire gameplay.

Review 8/10
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22.8 hrs
Posted: August 15
You like micromanagment? Building a town? Caring for its people?
You allways wanted to own your own fleet of ships? You want to trade and protect your village from land or sea? Raise the biggest wall and towers to keep your newly founded city safe? Take care of every need your population might have? Regardless whether it be food, entertainment, transportation or any of the many different things a big city needs to thrive?

Then this game is for you since you can ignore all the rules and become pirate king of the Hanseatic costlines.
Plunder cities and ship convoys. Be an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Tear down the citie that your opponents have taken so long to build.
Because you can!...
Untill you get caught of course and realize crime doesnt pay :-(...
Unless you know what you are doing!!!!!
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33.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Challenging and not for everyone, but fun once you get the hang of it.
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20.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
I bet people who know me will find it weird that I like these kind of games… But they’re pretty relaxing. However, this one is in no way safe from faults and bad stuff. And as usual, I will explain it’s problems right away:

First and foremost, it’s old, and that translates into not having options for modern resolutions, crashing a few times and that sort of thing. The graphics might also turn down some people, as… Well, they haven’t quite aged well by today’s standards. Just think, it still uses 2D sprites and crap.

Another thing that can become quite a problem are the bugs. I haven’t found too many, luckily, but they’re there. For example, boats going backwards, people saying that things are going fine as the town burns to the ground, sh#t like that. Specially annoying can be when your town is attacked twice with barely a day or two in between each attack, even if you successfully defended everything on the first one, defending it twice without time to get new recruits is painful as hell.

Lastly, trying to get some special resources such as weapons on some towns can be a nightmare, if that town doesn’t produce naturally the resources needed for it. They’ll constantly stop producing any weapons, and after refilling them, they’ll probably just produce them again for one or two days before stopping AGAIN.

Those aren’t really that many bad things to talk to, but I just can’t find too many bad crap to talk about it. The good stuff, however…

The game has a very deep gameplay that’s hard to master but fun as hell to pull off once you learn. Trading, sailing, rescuing people and blasting pirates off is fun as hell… Just as fun as it is to become a pirate yourself and be an #sshole. The game also offers alternative ways to get rich, such as offering money as loans, or doing errands for other guys. The money is there all over the place, you just gotta look for it.

Combat is also okay. Not the best naval combat I’ve seen, but it works well. It only seems to become stale when there are too many ships on a fight, as it’s IMPOSSIBLE to direct them all and give them orders properly. And I can tell you for experience, as I usually make big groups of ships with at least 15 or so, in combat they just spin in circles and shoot at everything that f#cking moves without any kind of control.

There’s also exploration on it. Some side-quests that let you hunt down treasure, exploring the mediterranean, or even discovering good old ‘Merrica for profit and ♥♥♥♥. And you can also run for mayor if that’s more of your jam!

The game also offers some pre-made scenarios and challenges, which are good… But tough as hell. And it also has multiplayer, which I’ve had the chance to try a few times recently, although good f#cking luck finding ANYONE with this damn game. Lastly, it even has a map editor, it's a bit bugged though but fun to mess arround.

In the end, if you like strategy games that focus more on building, trading and being filthy rich rather than combat, you’ll enjoy this game. Way superior than the sequel it ended up getting, which made everything worse except the graphics. If you like that sort of stuff, it’s a cheap game, cheaper in sales, and quite good for it’s price.

TL;DR Edition: Good old game about trading and becoming filthy rich. Has a few issues with new computers, but it’s long and quite entertaining.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 5
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53.0 hrs
Posted: June 29
Old school game.
Is sad becaus the Ascaron abandoned this game. :(
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2.5 hrs
Posted: June 14
If you've read my Port Royale 2 review, this one is going to look very familiar. The Patrician series is quite a bit older, actually, with this installment originally appearing in 2000 whereas the original Port Royale appeared in 2003. While both allow you to tool around the high seas and peddle your wares at exotic ports of call, Patrician goes quite a bit deeper into the social aspect, allowing you to grow far beyond your starting station as a simple merchant.

Your mercantile adventures will take you all over the 14th century Hanseatic League (which was around northern Europe and the Baltic Sea, for the historically impaired), to ports from London to Oslo. Travel takes place on a static map, from which you can move to detailed towns presented in a charming, isometric 2D view. At the harbors you can buy and sell goods to make your bones, but there are also tons of buildings in towns with various options. You can hire crew and meet informants in the taverns, check local politics and take contracts at the town hall, pray and donate money at the church, and even treat yourself to a nice bath at the bathhouse.

The meat of the game, at least early on, is the trading and it isn't as simple as it looks. Each town produces certain goods and consumes all of them at a rate determined by the population and industries present, so it's important to know the makeup of each one you want to do business in. Prices are also based on supply and demand so you can't just run beer from the beer town to the drunk town because they won't have drunk it all by the time you make your second trip. It'll take some time to learn who needs what where, but if you're invested in the game you'll be making the big money in no time.

Once you've got a grip on trading and started to expand your operations, that's where the game opens up in a way Port Royale does not. You have a reputation in each town that's dependent on your trading and actions, but also on how you choose to support the town. It goes deeper than just building your own workshops and houses, because you can invest in the local economy, make donations and throw festivals, and eventually become part of the town leadership. Being elected mayor of a town opens up a whole new set of options regarding military forces and infrastructure, which is a compelling long-term goal to add onto such an open-ended game.

It may be a deeper game than most trading sims, but that also adds to the complexity and Patrician does not handle that aspect very well. A lot of key factors like your reputation with a town are hidden from you, conveyed only in vague qualitative terms. It can also be hard to understand some of the unique tasks you can take on. I agreed to marry and was instructed to stock my warehouse for the wedding festivities, but nowhere did it explain what goods I needed for the celebration. Some events can also cause you major setbacks if they affect your standing in important towns.

All of these elements combine to give Patrician a steeper learning curve than most sims, though it's an understandable price to pay for the additional complexity. It's a game that you have to commit to learning and making mistakes in a way that Port Royale is not, but the potential payoff is a lot greater. The presentation only helps draw you in, with lovingly rendered towns and citizens and a pleasant, understated audio setup. In the end I might be more of a Caribbean man, but I can't deny that Patrician III is the deeper game, taking its trading game to impressive lengths.
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54.7 hrs
Posted: June 13
Fun game if you find micromanaging your thing. Wish they made IV
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64.4 hrs
Posted: June 6
This game is utterly amazing.

IMPORTANT: The main thing you need to do after buying it, is to make it run under Windows 10. There are ways. I personally recommend this:

There are not many games so enjoyable even 16 years after release. I am still coming back to this game every few years and spend 30 to 100 hours.

What is so special about Patrician 3? It was made by a German developer with GREAT care and a lot of love paid to details. It has nice 2D graphics, good sound effects and amazing gameplay.

There is a well-simulated economy and a huge variety of activities to immerse oneself into. A feast for the mind. If you know how good it feels to excercise your mind, you will fall in love with this game.

This game teaches you that if you care about people and make them happy, you can rise in society. You can also rise if you care about your town and improve it. You can also rise if you outsmart your competition and expand your company. You can also rise if you are a crap of a person but know which strings to pull and how to manipulate the public opinion. Just like in real life.

None of your actions here remain unnoticed. Reputation is the key.

The "dark side" is also possible. Get ready for pirating, bribes and brutal politics.

You will like this game if you like developing things and making something better.

Patrician 3 is so rewarding and so well-made that I would recommend it to anyone, who likes economic simulators, ships, business development and products made with a lot of love and care.

P.S.: Every time you return to game (i.e. load), make sure you take a bath and pray at the church. You are welcome.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Usually, old games on Steam only appeal to people who played them in their heyday. Not this one. I never owned this game back then, or any other Patrician, but I think it is amazing. I can't put it down.

The graphics are nothing special... they're OK, but the game has just the right balance of ease and complexity, the difficuly curve will give you setbacks, but not frustrate you, and the rules are easy enough to pick up, but hard to master.

I bought that bundle they're selling... the one that has the art game too? I haven't played the other games yet but Patrician III alone is worth that price.

By the way, if you're considering this or one of the 'The Guild' games, I'd get this. The Guild games have a lot of bugs but Patrician III is very smooth.
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109 of 110 people (99%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
3,037.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015

1739 hours played so far, loved every minute of it- and I only have 2 saved games- that is how much of a marathon this game is. Brilliant and simple in its design, you are tasked with allocating resources to make people happy. I love the visuals (the townsfolk particularly) and the ship battles, to name only a few aspects of this gem of a game. If you like civilization/city building games, this one is probably for you. There are always tons of side missions to do that you can pick up at the taverns and there is a ton of useful automation in the game (auto trading ftw). One of my favorite games of all time, so glad I picked it up for a few bucks. Watching the effect your efforts have on the landscape (cities, populations, developments) is very rewarding. LOVE THIS GAME!
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70 of 72 people (97%) found this review helpful
794.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
No eye candy, this game is about playability. Simply brilliant. Calls for lots of tweaking and micro management, but not in a way a becomes tedious to do so. Just enough to give you the feeling you are doing exactly what is needed. Various levels of play make the game challenging for all levels. I think I will still be playing this in 30 years from now (when no decent successor surfaces). The best of the series, better than earlier AND later versions of Patrician. The best trading game out there to date.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
139.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Before buying this game you need to ask yourself what kind of gamer are you. If you're the kind who likes hours of tedious building and trading than this is a good game for you. If you like heart pumping action and need your games to excite and amaze you then this game is not for you. The beauty of Patrician 3 is in it's long term gameplay which has you slowly work your way from a humble trading shopkeeper to a master merchant. It does this through good AI, an excellent economic model, brilliant pacing, and diverse challenges. It's a game that know what it wants to do and does it better than most other economic simulation.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
If you like business management types of games of the likes of the old Koei games such as Uncharted Waters/New Horizons, this game might be right up your alley. Action game fans... probably should look elsewhere.

Unlike Uncharted Waters, you control a whole company, safely ensconced in your corporate headquarters, while directing whole fleets of ships to run trade routes. Once you build up a set routine route, you can even just automate the route, so that the ship sails between up to around a dozen ports buying and selling the same things over and over for a profit.

The best aspect of the game, however, is how much of a subtle, but ever-growing impact you have on the world with your actions. The more you trade with a city, the more it prospers economically, the more its population rises, the more it has to trade, but the more it needs to trade to get products it doesn't manufacture, itself. Then, you can outright build a branch office in a city, build up your own personal industries, and outright control the whole city.

It's dirt cheap at sale prices, and if you have any interest in the genre at all, it's worth looking into before going into more pricey, more modern versions of the same game.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
196.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2015
I remember spending a lot of time on this game back in 2005, didn't even knew it was available on steam and as soon as I saw it I bought it.

After 10 years this is still the better episode of the saga, ambientation and music are fantastic, gameplay is entertaining as usual, and mods are awesome, now i can run this in 16:9 and HD thanks to the guys who shared the modded files on steam.

I still wouldn't reccomend this saga to people who don't like the genre, it's a very specific-targeted game (trading sims aren't the most popular games) and if you don't like the basics the advanced gameplay won't entertain you no more.

For strategic/trading sim fans this is a must have game, if you'd like to get into this saga you definitively should start from this one.

P.S: i'm sad looking at the reviews, most of them are made by people with 20/30 hours (like me atm, i know) which is pretty ridicolous; in this time i can say that i've only ''started'' the first match. In this game matches won't be short, they can take up to 300 hours or more, basically endless so i can't figure out how such kind of people can review a game like this by having played just 30 hours (bruh i've already got like 8 years of gameplay)
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
113.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
So you are thinking of buying Patrician III, here are the questions you have to ask yourself.

1. Did you play Uncharted Waters on NES or SNES as a child? Did you also play Sim City? Are you German? Do you like business sims? If you answered no to at least 2 of these, Maybe not.

2. Do you like time sinks? Slightly hard learning curves? Micro managment? If you answered no this game probably isn't for you.

3. Do you love building an empire? Fighting pirates? Trading sims? Well it might just be.

If you are even reading this review then you somehow stumbled over this game and it might actually be for you, Patrician III has a steep learning curve but is a great empire building game but it is a time sink the like of which diehard WOW players can be jealous of.

Pros: You are responsible for everything that happens to you. Your empire (or failure to build one) is enirely on your shoulders. It is addictive and engrossing and gives "one more turn" a run for it's money.

Cons: It's a complicated game and actually requires you to learn things (not a con for me but maybe for you). Getting the screen ratio to work on anything past windows 98 requires googling (it works but ♥♥♥♥ if it isn't a pin in the ♥♥♥)

Epilogue: Buy it. With steams new refund policy if you cant find enjoyment within a couple hours it probably isn't the game for you. For the rest of us? We will own the Hanse.
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42 of 58 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I really like this game. BUT I cannot recommend it. Since I upgraded to Windows 10, I have found it impossible to run in any graphics mode except 800x600. That I can put up with. The biggest problem is the frequence of the crashes. It crashes also everytime I run it, and running the Compatibility Troubleshooter seems to make it worse.

I have complained to Kalypso Media about, their response was:-

"thank you for your ongoing interest in Patrician 3 but the developers moved on to more recent projects. There are currently no patches / updates planned to establish compatibility with windows 8 or 10."

I find it very disturbing that Kalypso and Steam are continuing to sell the game, when there are so many problems with it and there are no plans to make it compatibile with modern hardware.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Excellent, old game. Do not expect contemporary graphics or ui. Despite the drawbacks of old games, Patrician III has aged well, and it's definitely worth $1!
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Having been a huge fan of Patrician III, I decided to buy a digital copy for 1 €. The graphic is still decent, compared to other titles from the same period. The gameplay is good if you have patience, otherwise it could be a bit boring.
All in all I recommend it.
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