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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (88 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 18, 2010

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"Really great economic management game. Very dated these days but a must to play if you can get it running and like older style management games."

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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
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Hi gamers. Sadly I bought this game on the reviews. Unfortunately it does not work with win 8.1 x64. So I can confirm what DJ Ricky D posted. It really is a pity that this is not mentioned in the System Requirements since there are in some cases specific mention in this regard. The intro movies plays just fine but at the options screen everything is an ugly pink and cyan. It also does not support 1920x1080 16:9. So if you run windows 8 stay away.
Posted: September 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Perfect way to scratch that "I need to play an economic simulator game" kind of itch. If you don't know that feeling, this game might not be your thing.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Tutorial is one of the drawbacks. It could have been done better. Firstly, you need to stare in the small letters at the bottom of the screen and reading this is quite tiring. Secondly, not all the instructions are clear. Also, there's no control system that would check if a player did the requested action correctly. The tutorial is rather some kind of a guide book rather than a tutorial. Reading it all can take you up to 2 hours. Also, the tutorial doesn't explain everything, so it's wise to try a free game after the tutorial before getting to the campaigns. This will help you to learn the game by trial and error.

Graphics is not so great but it is decent and it reminds me of those games in the nineties. This can be a virtue as well as fault. Depends on what you like. The idea is simple: try to be the best merchant in the world. It turns out not to be so easy as you could have thought at first.

The game is challenging and even you know which city needs what kind of goods, it's still not easy to get rich. The clock is ticking and you need to act fast and with conviction. Learning the game will last a few hours as the tutorial is more about controls than substance of the game. But this can be a good point. One is sure: you need to acquire balance between selling and expanding your real estates.
Posted: October 13
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21.1 hrs on record
Best trade simulation i ever play, but have some problem in latest windows. and save file cannot snyc with steam cloud. but still i love this game!
Posted: October 5
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23.0 hrs on record
One of the greats of the trading simulations. The simplistic yet not unbareable graphics to the well rounded full bodied complete gameplay i ask myself why am i still playing this game when there are newer and "improved" versions of the game? (Port Royal 3, Patrician 4). Well give it a go, for 5 bucks you'll be getting your moneys worth. Once you get into the hang of the game you'll be amazed by its simplicity and addictiveness. Highly Recommended!
Posted: September 29
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0.2 hrs on record
I saw some good reviews for this game but even with several attempted fixes and patches I couldn't get it to run on win8.
Posted: October 4
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42 of 44 people (95%) found this review helpful
761.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 22
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
I simply love this game. Its all about micromanaging your business. You need another workshop? Build it but are the people satisfied? No? Then take care of their needs or no one will work for you! Be sure to remember about housing!
Posted: August 4
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
One of the best naval trade and managing game in my opinion. Sail in to the dangerious waters, fight against pirates, become a mayor of your city... Possibilities are endless.
Posted: September 18
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Tis an interesting game and fun while being a challenge. It does have a minor issue with the initial loading page but that can be fixed by actually starting a freeform map and then exiting back to the main menu again.
Posted: August 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Excelent Game! A well rounnded simulation
Posted: September 21
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11 of 24 people (46%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record

I followed all the steps on the community forums etc as to how to make this game compatible and make it run and still no luck! Steam is a great gaming service however they really need to crack down on selling broken games and make sure they are compatible with all operating systems.

Id advise you to stay away from this one!
Posted: September 9
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I really want to get into this game
Posted: May 5
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I'm sure its a lovely strategy game but just try and get it running on modern machines. Graphical glitches made the game unplayable. Imagine every 100x100 grouping of pixels flickering in random directiosn for a hint of the headache enducing assault on my eyes. A mouse pointer leaving trails of ghost images of itself until it has clogged the screen. Menues that are invisible until you run the cursor over them. Producing a kind of rubing image that you may be able to interact with if the afformentioned mouse cursor ghost images do not obscure what your are looking at too much. The readme file links unoffical patches for Voodoo graphics cards, so if you're still rocking one of those you may be in luck. Do not waste your money unless you are into the challenge of getting older games to function with modern displays and GPU's. And if you do, let me know how you did it because this does look like a fun strategy game.
Posted: August 10
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Let the nostalgia kick in :')
Posted: June 28
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
My first game ever for pc
Posted: June 27
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
The UI is absolutely terrible -10/10
Posted: July 3
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0.1 hrs on record
I will never understand, why so many good old games from german producers are only with english language on steam - like this one... or port royale 2.

The game itself doesn't make fun nowadays. Limited resolution, bad interface, bad compability.
Posted: May 26
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13.5 hrs on record
The game is basically a Supply Chain Management wet dream, as you can have 100+ ships all automated working for you, along with tons of sweatshops and other things. You can put your Trading Office to buy/sell things automatically for you. Very handy to purchase a lot of goods while you fast forward the game to get your ship where you want to. If you will use this, the game is fairly easy and you can focus on macro-managing.
Posted: July 29
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107.7 hrs on record
i could say this is a modern game, not an old one (graphically). meaning you will not stop playing this old game because its graphics is too old. no you won't.

now about the game, it may be addicative. but before i explain how addictive it is, you must appreciate the reality and realism of this game. this is a trading simulation game. and it made me imagine how trading prospered why wooden ships became so large during that time. so its a game where you actually learn something, not a waste of time...

the game is simple. you will start with one ship and trade items from one city to the other city. with time you will learn the prices from memory, and start making some good deals.
with time you may have two fleets going in two diffrent directions, each buying and selling automatically (Auto trade). and bringing tons of money your way. you may think that is enough now, but in reality your mind will think how to expand even at that moment, and there is room for expansion!

so just to help you be on your way to become a succesful trader, im gona give a few tips from now on:
after you get your third or even the second ship you may feel overwhelmed by controling more than one ship. this is the time that you want to get a captain: a captain let's you make a convoy of ships (combining more than one ship under a single unit) and in the future you can make that captain do an auto trade.
you can find a captain in the tavern, and always look for a captain in reaver cities (the cities that big ships dosen't have access to, because they have to cross a small river to get to that city) for some reason captains like to be in one of those cities.
Auto trade: if you want the best prices for auto trade, you can check google for that. the benifts of a good prices is that the citezens of that cities will be happy. so more citezens will start to come that happy city. and therfore the more goods they will consume. and the more profit you can earn. so its a win win situation!

im not gona tell you everything. somethings you can learn for yourself and enjoy. This is a beatuiful game and i always find myself returning to it from time to time!
and for the record i feel patrician 3 give a more realism simulation of trading than patrician 4! but i also enjoy patrician 4 all the same
Posted: July 3
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