Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the
Release Date: Oct 30, 2001

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April 23

New update available

We’ve released a new update for Civilization III today, addressing issues encountered by players after a previous update that removed GameSpy implementation in multiplayer matches. This update also removes the in-game Steam overlay; otherwise, the game functions identically to the previous version. Save game data should not be negatively impacted. If you own a physical disc version of Civilization III and are interested in receiving this multiplayer update, please submit a support request.

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March 16

Civilization III Multiplayer Update Now Available

The update that replaces GameSpy with Steam for multiplayer functionality is now available via Steam. The game functions identically to the previous GameSpy version with the exception that the “Direct IP” option has been removed as it is no longer supported. Save game data should not be negatively affected. If you own a physical disc version of Civilization III and are interested in receiving this multiplayer update, please submit a support request.

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About This Game

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the great new civilizations, scenarios, and features from Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests! Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, more modes of play, and more ways to win, all in one box!

*Online Multiplayer to be suspended as of May 31st 2014, LAN mode still supported

System Requirements

    Recommended: Windows® 2000/XP (only), Pentium® II 400 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 1.7 GB Free HDD space, Windows® 2000/XP compatible video card*, Windows® 2000/XP compatible sound card*, DirectX® version 9.0b (included) or higher
    * Indicates device should be compatible with DirectX® version 9.0b or higher.
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782 of 839 people (93%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
160.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
*Plays an Arab country*
*Discovers Oil*

2 Turns later: "America has declared war on us!"



11/10 for historical Accuracy
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116 of 124 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,322.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
I've played this game a little more than I should. Granted this is the only game I play, I own the the entire series of Civilizations. I like this one the best. For a few bucks you can enjoy it for a long time to come. Definite buy.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I'm new to Civilization games, and pretty new to turn based strategy games in general. However, I still enjoyed this game a lot. I'm awful, I lose pretty much every time, and I still have fun. This game has you building a civilization from scratch, trying to expand city by city to become the best civilization possible. At the start, you are given TONS of options. Picking what civilization you want to be to determine your starting perks, climate, weather, the age of the world, difficulty, barbarian options, AI agreesiveness, the ratio of water to land, and a whole bunch of customizable options for the rules and game limits. It's a lot to take in. And once you start, you can work towards whatever kind of civilization you want, from city structures to your units to your research... there's just a lot of options. But, what makes this game so cool is that there are not only a lot of options for starting and working your way through the game, there are also multiple ways to win the game as well. So you can replay lots of times trying to win in all the different ways available. If you are being severely outmatched in one area by another civilization, perhaps you can salvage your game by switching to another goal for victory. It's really very clever.

However, there ARE some issues with this game. It can be a lot to take in at first, especially since the tutorial mode is defaulted to off. I learned everything by winging it but not everyone will have the patience or luck for it. It'll take a while just to get used to what everything does and understanding how to navigate the game. Also, games tend to take hours to complete, which can also be rough if you don't have much time to play. It'll take A LOT of time to get acquainted with the game and to play in general so it's a HUGE time suck. I just wanted to get that point clearly across. Also... it's really hard... or I just suck... or both. Also... the online has been shut down, making this single player only. There ARE some complicated and iffy ways of working around it to play online, but they aren't worth the risk or hassle. The online is supposedly coming to Steamworks in the future, but until it comes, online is not a viable options, which is the whole reason I got it in the first place and that's diappointing, but it's my own fault for not looking into it more I guess.

Despite the issues, this game is VERY cheap. Five bucks for hours and hours of gameplay, including the two expansions to the game. Easily worth it, especially if you're looking to get into the Civilization series or TBS game in general. Just be aware of the time it will take to enjoy the game.
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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
76.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Personal Experience: This is the first Civilization game I've ever played and before I knew it I was getting angry sitting at school thinking about how the Mayans were advancing on Moscow. I finally get home and load it up to push the attack to get flaked and then have Moscow taken.

10/10 Would buy for loads of fun.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Back when resources could be depleted...

Ahh the memories this game brings back, From playing this, Starcraft, and MoOII (which needs to be rereleased for modern OS), It was a good time. Sometimes it's good to step back from the super high res graphics that triple-A titles give you and get some nestalga with older graphics, not to mention play one of the greatest TBS games ever released. Plus it's Five dollars. Why would you NOT buy this?
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
My friend introduced me to this game a long time ago, and I can't thank him enough! although I only have 2 hours on the steam version I happily spent hundreds ( at least) on the disc version he loaned me ( back when you could do that).
But anyway the reason your reading this is to learn weather or not this game is worth 5 bucks to buy. To answer that you must ask yourself some questions.
1) do you like running your own country and mercilessly clicking other countries to death?
2) do you like exploring randomly generated worlds and clicking other countries to death?
3) do you like sending hundreds of units at enemys to make them fight to the death with other countries units by clicking?
4) do you enjoy classical music while clicking other countires to death?
5) do you care that there are 3 newer versions of the game?

If you answered yes to 1-4 and no to 5 BUY THE GAME
If you answered yes to 5 don't buy the game you nostalgia hater
If you answered no to 5 and yes to 3 of the first 4 questions then BUY THE GAME
If you answered no to 5 and yes to 2 of the first 4 questions you may want to consider waiting untill the game goes on sale
If you answered no to 5 and yes to 1 of the first 4 questions you may be looking at the wrong genre of games
If you answered yest to 5 and no to the first 4 questions you ARE looking at the wrong genre of games


- TheCanadianGamers Bman
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
SPOILER ALERT: If you press the "Next Turn" button, you'll get free cocaine.

11/10 ...just one more turn...
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
524.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
still my favorite of the civilization games
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Arguably the best game in the Civilization series. Even 13 years after its release it's still fun to play.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Solid game - got 50hs of fun for £1.50 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
251.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
The game is old. The game is definetly recomented from my part.

I had to lower the screen resolution to avoid the 'tiny-litle-units' making my ayes go into pain. :-) But after all these years, I really enjoyed again the struggle to build a sivilization. There are newer versions of the same game nowdays. But I really believe that each of the Civilization games has its unique satisfaction to offer the strategy gamer, even if Civ IV is my prefered one.

I definetly recoment CIV III, especially moded with mods like "Rise And Rule", which add many new units, technologies etc. The problem is, I can not clearly identify what is this 'different gameplay aspects' that kept me playing CIV II all these hous and not starting a CIV IV or CIV V campain... The differenses on units, wonders, railway inprovements etc, should not be enouph to get me playing a game as old as this one... On the other hand, I got myself missing the real-movie councelors of CIV-II, but I don't think I will play that old love again :-)

In any case. Considering the very low price that you can purchse this old game (Civilization III), especially in a bountle together with the newet versions, I definetly believe that any gamer that likes turn -base build-expand strategies should give it a try. Even for the shenarios of the 'complete' edition, a CIV-V fun could find in CIV-III a way to further expand his Civilization gamepleasure.

Have a good game everyone :-)
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
99.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Nothing beats a classic!
Old school modern strategy game. Not too much complex or hard, but not too easy. I bought the steam eddition, but before, years ago i had thousands hours of fun with it!
For an old PC it's perfect. Great game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
A well-built classic 4X timesink, Civ III still holds up exceptionally well, even with newer iterations available.

Perfect for playing while binge-watching your favourite tv show.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
135.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I love Civ III. I didn't like having to search for my CD to play it every time, or find the original CDs every time I wanted to install it on a new computer. $5 later, I have Civ III Complete on Steam now! Way more convenient, fully patched, works flawlessly. If you are still messing around with your old version on CDs do yourself a favor and just grab the Steam version. Considering how many hours you are going to put into it, you deserve it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
916.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This is only the best most dynamic strategy game to date. I strive for peace but they always bring me war. The bugs are worth every second of the good game plays.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
damn son where'd you find this?
8/8 m9
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
311.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This is the best Civ of them all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
15 Years old and still better AI than civ 5.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
And i thought i'm going to play this game an hour.
by the time i blinked its already an hour lol. Some great stuff
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
My favorite civilization game by far, and its dirt cheap for what you are getting. Pick it up during a sale, and have some fun!
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