- Platform: Windows 98 / 95 / XP
- ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
With a useful tutorial, it doesn't take long to master the controls of Caesar III. As your settlement grows and you complete the tasks set by Rome, more options become available to you, such as building a coliseum and other Roman treasures. The little historical quirks are what makes this game so addictive--you never really know what is going to happen next.
Fiscal management and town planning are crucial to success in the strategy sim; you must plan your water supplies and protect your houses from fire risks and structural failure. Once seated in your senate, and consulting your advisors, you control all aspects of life in your growing population, while winning the favour of Rome.
Caesar III only requires minimal processing power, which offers a distinct advantage to those of us running older machines. The downside of this is that it cannot compete with more modern sim games; but the game is still highly playable and strangely addictive. Caesar III is an interesting twist on the sim market--the simple controls and the theme will be especially suitable to younger game generals. --Chris Hall