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
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Release Date: Oct 30, 2001

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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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Whiteswart
( 49.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Civ III is an apogee of the former "Civilization" games focus. Why play it now, when Civ V is tuned, fixed, updated so many times - and even price looks fine for almost every pocket? Well, it's all about that focus I'm talking about.

First three of Civilization games were taking the player back at the dawn of the known history - and to help to notice the flow of time, there was some borderlines across that mighty river of the so-called "4th dimension". Starting with the Civ IV this process of moving through timeline were "smoothed", to the point where player gliding from the start to the end of the game without any noticable delay. I'm not saying that's bad - I like Civ V myself - but sometimes you don't want simple transfer from A to B, from the stone to electric age - you want to see cornerstones of each specific age. And with that - Civ III is giving you the better experience.

All that I said in the previous passage, is arguable, of course. But here is another trait of Civ III which was intentionally cutted off (in favor of balance, of course): the size of armies and all warfare business.
With all complexity of the game mechanics in the Civ V, armed conquests there looking as they performed by 10-20 people at best. In Civ III, we have totally another scale. So, when I want to win a game of Civilization by assault strategy, I start Civ III.

The third volume of Civilization is dated, but still deep, still challenging, still holding the billion of possibilities to build your Nation. Make Your Way. So I'll mark the game as 9/10 - not ideal, but so much enjoyable.
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Kosher Delhi
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The game is great. The Steam port is ♥♥♥♥♥. A lot of essential graphics are missing, the whole vocabulary seems to be switched around, and the Civ Editor doesn't even work. I'm honestly offended at how bad this port is. Don't buy it even if it is cheaper than buying it off of Amazon.
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Tobaycraft
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Honestly I loved this game when it was the original copy and so to get the complete edition on steam with nothing changed was something i loved. i would throughly recommend this for anyone who loves the franchise or is looking for a good TBS game. Despite the graphics I would still say that this is the best civilisation game that exists at the minute
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Jendzai
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
One of the best soundtracks you will ever hear
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keeranchristina
( 594.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I have played this game since it came out brand new back in the day (my hours don't reflect the amount of time I've put into it) and I still believe that it's one of the best games ever made. Out of everything I've played, I come back to this game over and over again and am constantly amazed at the replayability it brings. It's always different and interesting to see how the enemy will attack you and what it takes to defend yourself/territory. Taking over the world is my favorite, but may take days. If you blow it then just start a whole different one. It's easy to understand and learn but very complicated to master. It's right up there with Chess and Axis and Allies in my book of classics. I've found nothing else quite as great........
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danmerey
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Best part
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BattleFrog
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Its a little confusing at first but after a while you get the hang of it, even when you dont get it its really fun, may not be the most graphically advanced however, the gameplay mor ethan makes up for it.
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Weirdude4812
( 23.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
You can buy a small bag of gems in clash of clans for the price of this game lets compare the 2
Bag of gems:-♥♥♥♥♥♥ microtansation
-Satisfies a part of your brain for 2 minutes
This game:-Great game
-Will provide 24 hours of entertainment
I don't know about this one...
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Peppersworth
( 37.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
7/10 would buy again.
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stcoolhandluke
( 64.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Can't... stop... playing...

Creators of new Civilization games should take a look at this particular classic to understand how to make a game with real gameplay.

It's the gameplay, stupid.
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SpiralSpy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Played this game about 8 years ago. Basically the first computer game I ever played. Saw it for $5 so I got a copy. And then I got about 3 more copies for my friends.
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arenten
( 83.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
My dad played it so I don't know about the actual game but if any of my games stop working I can load this up and it fixes my Steam. God knows why. 11/10
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Moose
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I love all of Sid's games This is a good stuck for all day game
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Bison
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This in my opinion is the best and last great Civilization game.
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Valantium
( 80.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
It works in a fasshion on windows 10
You canplay and save but once you have won you cannot save the final score to results table.
You just get the spinning circle foreveruntil you force out, I did try waiting it out for 2 hours :no luck.
Still so long as you are not bothered about prevoius attempts being known .
Great old time game
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Mountain Man
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Civ 3 Complete on sale for $1.24 so I buy it since I recall how great it was years ago. I am a big fan of Civ 4 & Civ 5 with all the expansions. And I am delaying getting a new PC until I know the system requirements for Civ 6. Still I realize that there was a lot I missed from Civ 3: Artillery that doesn't suffer damage. The people's portraits in the city display (I liked Civ I's full figurines even better). The fashion progression for world leaders and the population. (Nineteenth Century attire looks good on everybody; I don't know why). Single figure unit graphics. And extremely good graphics for the system requirements.
And the world is massive. Civ 5, by giving every unit at least 2mp, really shrank the world.
Units simply gain more hits points on promotion; no decision on how to specialize.
Music that expresses the time frame of the turn. Civ 5's music is just as varied but seems
designed as background music.
Of course it all depends on what one wants from a Civ game. But if it goes on sale again for $1.24 that's not much of a gamble.
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ThunderousThighs
( 46.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Easily one of the greatest PC games of all time. And one of my favorites and a huge influence upon my life. The depth will not be immediately apparent but will blow you away. If you have never tried this game, this is a classic that truly stands up to the test of time. It is too good to explain. Just play it. And then play it again.
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antoniy.neykov
( 2,023.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Lets say I like the game and played it a bit...compared to how many hours I spend before getting it on steam. Can this game be somehow better? Absolutely no chance.
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ZakuBaduki91
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I don't get why people think III is better than IV, but this game still rocks.
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ok2use
( 273.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I echo many of the reviews here - I played it so much my play disk cracked. That's why I'm on Steam now playing it. Question, how do you get Civ III PTW to work on Steam? Since I lost my disk I can't do the PTW scenarios anymore
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Civ III is an apogee of the former "Civilization" games focus. Why play it now, when Civ V is tuned, fixed, updated so many times - and even price looks fine for almost every pocket? Well, it's all about that focus I'm talking about.

First three of Civilization games were taking the player back at the dawn of the known history - and to help to notice the flow of time, there was some borderlines across that mighty river of the so-called "4th dimension". Starting with the Civ IV this process of moving through timeline were "smoothed", to the point where player gliding from the start to the end of the game without any noticable delay. I'm not saying that's bad - I like Civ V myself - but sometimes you don't want simple transfer from A to B, from the stone to electric age - you want to see cornerstones of each specific age. And with that - Civ III is giving you the better experience.

All that I said in the previous passage, is arguable, of course. But here is another trait of Civ III which was intentionally cutted off (in favor of balance, of course): the size of armies and all warfare business.
With all complexity of the game mechanics in the Civ V, armed conquests there looking as they performed by 10-20 people at best. In Civ III, we have totally another scale. So, when I want to win a game of Civilization by assault strategy, I start Civ III.

The third volume of Civilization is dated, but still deep, still challenging, still holding the billion of possibilities to build your Nation. Make Your Way. So I'll mark the game as 9/10 - not ideal, but so much enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Civ 3 Complete on sale for $1.24 so I buy it since I recall how great it was years ago. I am a big fan of Civ 4 & Civ 5 with all the expansions. And I am delaying getting a new PC until I know the system requirements for Civ 6. Still I realize that there was a lot I missed from Civ 3: Artillery that doesn't suffer damage. The people's portraits in the city display (I liked Civ I's full figurines even better). The fashion progression for world leaders and the population. (Nineteenth Century attire looks good on everybody; I don't know why). Single figure unit graphics. And extremely good graphics for the system requirements.
And the world is massive. Civ 5, by giving every unit at least 2mp, really shrank the world.
Units simply gain more hits points on promotion; no decision on how to specialize.
Music that expresses the time frame of the turn. Civ 5's music is just as varied but seems
designed as background music.
Of course it all depends on what one wants from a Civ game. But if it goes on sale again for $1.24 that's not much of a gamble.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
This game is fun. I know you're endlessly searching through the 50% offs and free-to-plays, hoping destiny makes the next best decision of your life for you. Take control of your life...put the drink down, go set your alarm for tomorrow morning at 8:00 am, and do something randomly nice for your parents or significant other. Once you're mentally set that this is the moment your life turns around, download the game, and by golly have some fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
260.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Absolutely amazing game. I've played all linear Civilization games save for Civ 2 and this has by far been my favourite. I really wish they didn't stray from the feel of the first 3 Civ games, I'm really not a fan of the feel of Civ 5, but alas the masses seem to disagree with me.

I don't want the bland interface of the fourth and fifth games, I want character, and my loyal advisors to guide me.

I don't want to set my political civic 'Police State' and my economic civic to 'Central Planning'; I don't want to take whatever 'social policy' tree (with permanent effects + no drawbacks) or adopt the 'Order' ideology.
I want to use the 'Communism' government and have my advisors refer to me as 'Comrade' as I free to the proletariat of the world from the bourgeosie and the 'Fascist' Aztecs!

The character of the game, the way events and history play out, managing your empire and waging war, etc. is simply really something and it really seems to have been lost with the new Civ games. And the sad thing is, it has so much potential for future games with more fleshed-out content, features, etc.

Definite 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,079.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I share my steam account with my Dad.
He plays only one game - Civilization III.
He's clocked in over 4000 hours on this game.
He plays it religiously and has recently gotten my uncle (who is the same age as him) addicted to it as well.

Let's just say my mom and my cousin's mom aren't very happy with them being addicted.

Mom and Aunt: "How can you even keep playing this game over and over again? Don't you get tired?"
Dad and Uncles's response "You must understand. I'm getting civilized"

11/10 - Get Civilized. Play Civilization III.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
74.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Civilization III is the first 4X game I've seriously tried and I must say it was a surprise! At first the game wasn't likeable to me because my civilization was considered the worst at the easiest difficulty. I learned with some time (in multiplayer) the basics, I would say that it was a fun way to learn things.
The feeling you get when the first game's over is unique, on both victory and defeat circumstances, you learn lots of things seeing the enemies' play on the summary.

I want to say to all the new players to not get discouraged by the brutality that CPUs have in this installment of the franchise and I recommend to try it out with a person in multiplayer like I did and also to read the informations found on the civilopedia.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
There pretty much isn't a bad game in this strategy franchise. The concept is simple: Pick your civ, play through history, win... But the execution is VERY complex. You win in different ways depending on which country you are and which does what. If you try to dominate the world as a civ that specializes in researching technology, Well you're gonna have a bad time. You could be doing amazing for a few hours and a few hundred turns into the game, but make one bad decision or one bad move and you could cripple your empire. This game has hours among hours of replayability and content, and it's relatively cheap. If you get it on sale it's dirt cheap. And I personaly think this Civ is a little easier to pick up and learn then Civ 5, but maybe not everyone will agree with me. But this is a true gem in the strategy genre. Easily a must own for any fan. 9/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
May be a little fiddly to run at modern resolutions, but still quite enjoyable game. I found myself faving more Civ2 tho, but Civ3 may bring fresh notes too. Definitely worth a shot!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
This game got me into Civ, not to metion just strategy and nation building games in general, always a 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
I understand, it's just not for me.

When I was a child, I played this on and off constantly and never figuring out what I was doing. I played Diablo 2 around the same time and also didn't know what I was doing.

This complicated empire micromanaging game is an old classic that many people remember, be it from watching one of your relatives playing or being that relative playing. You must manage large armies and cities while trying to expand your kingdom across the world. Disease, famine, civil unrest and poverty are just some of the factors you will have to deal with with trying to be the greatest empire. Doing things all the time is what will get you ahead, and failing over and over learning what does and doesn't work is the tutorial. Hardcore RTS is defined by the Civilization franchise.

I never really understood this game and I still don't. I never really enjoyed micromanage games as they posed too much stress for me to correctly enjoy them. This is personal and won't sway the game itself.

This game is for people who love watching massive amounts of action going on at the same time with rediculous difficulty options and really good customization for world generation. For being this old, it holds its complication and difficulty really well. If you love this kind of stuff, then it's a no brainer and if you have never heard of this or just faintly remember it from long ago, make sure you Youtube some videos to make sure its your type of game.

It's not my kinda game, but it might be yours.

Personal Rating 1/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Greatest game ever!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Good place to start for those looking to get into the series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
have played this game for quite a few years and it has always been my no. 1 favorite of the Civilization series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
I've been playing this game steady since running it off my grandma's Windows ME operating system, and I still don't fully understand it.

10/10 would reccomend
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
classic great classic better than civ 5 classic
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Good Game 10/10 its fun And i play it. ITS FUN ASF PLAY IT FREAKING PLAY IT FFS
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245 of 253 people (97%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
This game. This bloody game. This game has.. it.. it means so very much to me. I still have the original deluxe box set from 2001. This game has taught me about history, military command, creativity, humbleness, frustration and so much more. I cannot begin to imagine the true hours I have off of steam. Over a thousand, surely by now.

This game brought me and my new stepfather together almost 15 years ago. This game shaped my brain and how I see the world and history. I have made and submitted maps to the Civfanatics forums, contributed to full overhaul mods, and spent countless hours making faithful recreations of real geography in the glorious editor. All the Civilization games that came after pale in comparison.

This game was probably more of a parent and guide than my parents. Taught me about cooperation and systematic destruction of the god forsaken Aztecs.

A true 10/10, if you have the time to sit down for a 16 hour slugfest on Sid difficulty. From the music to the graphics to the civilopedia to all the content out there made lovingly by loving fans, this game has captivated me like no other in my entire life. The online community might be a little lacking these days, but the AI, in my opinion, does just fine. I cannot express enough how thoroughly I have and still do enjoy this game.

From humble beginnings, this game has risen to stand the test of time. I will play it until the very day that I die. Hats off, gents. A masterpiece reigns.
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118 of 129 people (91%) found this review helpful
253 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
It's the year 2000.
All the remaining civilizations have nuclear weapons, and my civilization is caught in a massive war with the French.
I can tell they're about ready to take my capital, so I want to make peace with them.
*opens up advisors panel*
Military Advisor: "The French fear our Archer!
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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Start game, begin to settle on coastlines.
See group of 5 bananas.
One of my cities is near, wait for boarders to encompass them.
Incas settle in the center of the banana ring
Spend thousands of years advancing technology to get revenge on the Incas in 2000 when they stole them before I had developed mathematics

12/10 would get bananas again
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