Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete

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What's Unique about Civ III
By Critical Failure
This guide talks about some of Civ III's features and changes which make it different from the other games from the series.
What’s Unique about Civ III?
What’s Unique about Civ III?

If you’re not intimately familiar with the different iterations of Civilization, this is a series which has done a fantastic job of carrying its core gameplay over with each successive game. However, there are still enough differences to make each game unique. It has been said: “If you play Civ 4 like you’re playing Civ 3, you are bound to lose.”

So with that said, I want to detail some of those differences.

-Government Selection
Civ III’s Government selection system is completely different from it’s successors. Government options are unlocked through research. A new government can be implemented when its unlocked with a short period of anarchy to follow. Civ 4 replaced this with a civics grid. Civ 5 featured a social policies tree.

-Palace View
The palace view is a small peripheral feature in which the citizens of a civilization would grant an upgrade based on performance. The upgrades were seemingly random and ultimately only served to alter a photo which was accessible from menus. This feature was available in Civ II as the throne room but was gone from the later games.

-Corruption Mechanic
This is a big one. Corruption is a figure of wasted production and income from each city. Some of the things that effect corruption levels are government selection, distance from capitol, and buildings present in the city. (Courthouses reduce corruption.)

This was the last game where movement orders were given with the left click. Civ 4 and 5 both instituted a right click movement order system.

-No Unique Buildings
Each civilization works with the same available building pool. Unique buildings weren’t featured until later games.

Here is a small list of other changes I found on Civ Fanatics

• Fewer great people (only Military and Scientific). And they are random.
• There is a four turn minimum to learn any tech via research.
• There are four distinct Ages. Civ 4’s ages function completely differently.
• Fewer special resources. And no special building needed to use them.
• Larger empires (100+ cities).
• Come from behind wins are possible and fairly common.
External Resources
Civ III: War Acadamy -

This is a page from CivFanatics which goes into great detail about how to be successful in Civ III.

Original Homepage of CIV III (Last updated 2004) -

This is the official webpage of Civilization III. As you can probably imagine, it’s dead now. However the downloads are still intact. Consequently there are a couple mods and maps that may be worth a look.

CivFanatics -
This is the central cultural hub for fans of the Civilization series. The forums are extensively broken down by game. If you check the Civ III section of those forums, there is a place dedicated to playing online. This is a great place to look for getting that elusive online multiplayer game going.

Change Log
Edit 6/14/2013: Changed the Throne Room section to the Palace View section.
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Mountedantman Sep 16, 2016 @ 5:20am 
I also love about civ3 how you can build citieis 2 tiles away from each other. Sacrifice land for lower corruption.
Critical Failure  [author] Jul 11, 2016 @ 4:04pm 
@justimothy_2006 - What operating system are you running?
eternien Oct 15, 2015 @ 1:53am 
Everything is to go of fault after Civ III, Civ V is a heresy, a kind of deformed mutant whom we should have killed at the birth.
Critical Failure  [author] Feb 3, 2015 @ 6:20am 
@CiLLiS WiLLiS - You're welcome man. Thanks for clicking in and reading!
Cᴏʟᴅ Wɪʟʟ Feb 3, 2015 @ 1:31am 
Thank you, this guide is very articulate and helpful. Insightful trivia as well.
BLACKcOPstRIPPa Jul 6, 2014 @ 8:23am 
Civ 3 allows you to create a masive empire and promotes doing so from turn 1.
Sitting back and building everything available in your capitol will result in the AI gaining a huge lead that you can't close the gap on. So you have to expand and grow as much as the AI minimal if not more.
iTurtle Jun 12, 2014 @ 8:52am 
#nerdd233 #foxet yes that is a VERY cool thing:} :) :]
Stolten Jun 11, 2014 @ 4:36pm 
nerdd233, you are totally right. It's a great function to observe your city with click-an-eye. That was the main reason for me to stop playing civ4 for a long period of time :)
BCK233 May 29, 2014 @ 6:58pm 
Not sure if this has been noted, but you could also examine your cities from a button on the city sceen that looks like an eye, with every building you've built showing up. This was sadly removed in later Civs.
kennycjr Feb 20, 2014 @ 12:07am 
Excellent heads up, though myself I'll always consider civ2 to have been the best, and then there was that other Civ version. Was it from Activision, something about Call to Power? Anyhow I've had no problems running on win8-64, though the auto-display change does make it a bit tricky alt-tabbing to other running apps.