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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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Too much difficulty trying to get it to play. Never could. Would never recommend this game.
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102 of 104 people (98%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
3,333.5 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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71 of 74 people (96%) found this review helpful
882.0 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 60 people (95%) 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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68 of 78 people (87%) 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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27 of 30 people (90%) 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 should definitely start from this one.
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45 of 61 people (74%) 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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24 of 27 people (89%) 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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25 of 30 people (83%) 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 24 people (88%) 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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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
There is no economic logic. It is all but impossible to consistently make money because ports have a low price for goods they should have a market for and a high price for goods produced locally. Makes no sense so becomes pointless.
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48.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Such a great trader. Read the manual. Understanding captains and what ships they can go on is key for ealy game.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
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22.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
Most definitely!
Not many elements, but they are balanced almost flawlesly to create an engaging and deep game.
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Dr Kappa
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Windows 10 updated and the game works perfectly.

Sometimes in the main menu the game proves itself not to be very tab-friendly but in-game doesn't seem to give any issue.

Now about the game, i've been loving this for years since a cousin of mine showed it to me and we started to play multiplayer...The game is simple graphically speaking but it's depth and market control is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

You need to play and play until you actually start getting an idea about how pricing works. What buys are worth or even if you SHOULD take a risk with a high cost buy because you are short of money but you know that product has a high demand somewhere else...Why is it a risk? Because you are not the only trader around...There've been so many times i reached a city with no meat or wine...just to see how an AI trader sold like 20 or 30 units IN MY ♥♥♥♥ING FACE to the city cockblocking my otherwise great benefit from trade...

Trade your way to glory, fight the law becoming a pirate or be a pirate hunter yourself....This game is AMAZING!
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1.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
Didn't work on old computer, doesn't work on new computer.

don't waste your money.

just for a bit more detail. after installing, you run the video tests and they pass just fine. run the game however and it's nothing but the left half of the screen showing garbled imagery.
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Dr. Strangelove
8.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
One of the best historical strategy games about being a merchant. Although it might not offer the same possibilities in some areas as Guild 2, I still consider it much better.

1. I really love the style of the game - its graphic, the way you feel when playing it, the whole immersiveness of it. It's not dated one bit.
2. Many different ports to explore and many different goods to trade.
3. Ability to influence politics of your city or the whole Hanse, depending on how succesful you are, and generally politics are quite immersive.
4. Countless side-missions, shady characters, and the ability to be a pirate. Or hunt them.
5. It might not be easy to master, but it is really worth it.

1. Nothing really, apart from not being able to play as someone else than merchant/politician, but well, it was unthinkable for a respected merchant to be a patron or a farmer, so I guess it's historically accurate.
2. Well, perhaps I'd like to have some more interaction with your family to really feel like you're shaping a dynasty.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 3
I like Ports Royale, I hope this will be the same or better, but I yust cant start to love it
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36.8 hrs
Posted: September 2
The game is very well made, lots of different goods to trade and the consumption / production system makes for quite realistic markets. The pirates can be a real nuisance and made me ragequit quite a few times but if you can sink your teeth into the game it's incredibly rewarding to grow your trading company and your political stature.

You go from sailing port to port to building warehouses and offices and hiring captains to do your trading for you, to climbing the political ladder in your town and beyond to... well I actually have no idea, I have 36 hours into the game and I haven't even STARTED doing the underground / illegal jobs or gone beyond councilman.

Imagine you're buying starcraft 2 for 2 bucks in the year 2040, that's basically what you're looking at right now.
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