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Patrician III

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Establish and build your own towns
  • Discover and destroy pirate villages
  • Enhanced and detailed orders for your captains, signature of contracts with remote towns
  • Enhanced search areas to look for new business opportunities.
  • New seasonal and enhanced weather effects
  • 6 new functional buildings (warehouses, mints, elementary schools, barns...)
  • Newly designed AI adjusts itself according to the player’s experience and ability
  • Enhanced trading options offer more comfort and configurability
  • Town defence has been enhanced; city defence towers, town gates and harbour towers can be upgraded.
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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0000DG3R6
  • Release Date: 24 Oct. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,624 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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Manufacturer's Description

Following the critical and commercial success of the release of Patrician 2 in International markets in 2001, Ascaron proudly announce the release of Patrician III in Q4 2003, for English and French speaking markets.

Patrician III is a real-time trading simulation featuring elements of construction and the historical background of maritime trade in Northern Europe during the 1300’s.

As a resident of a medieval town, your goal is to rise from the status of a simple, insignificant trader to that of a Patrician and perhaps even become the head of the Hanseatic League. You can raise your standing through town improvement and diplomacy or fill your coffers through piracy and smuggling. Many new missions now exist for the player. The playtime and difficulty to become Alderman of the Hanseatic League have been increased. With Patrician III the game doesn't end when the player reaches the rank of Alderman. Additional missions and quests guarantee more fun, longer playability and player satisfaction.


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This game is highly adictive! I think it is well worth the price; but I wouldn't consider paying any more for it. Why? Well the game IDEA is good, any fans of SIM type games will appreciate it, however with the idea of building up a financial and people popular base to gain increased respect to move from shop-keeper to mayer etc it means the whole game is farily repetitive in nature.
Also the tutorial is REALLY BORING! Yet the game is so complicated that to have the smallest idea of what your doing you need to do it.
In it's favour the graphics are decent and the little towns people are cute. The idea of the game is addictive and the interaction with the different types of buildings is fun. For example you can give travellers a lift on your ships or do a bit of good fun smuggling! All by clicking on the tavern!
All in all this is an ace game. Most importantly like, all good games, it is addictive.
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I really did enjoy the game. This game is addictive, you will be drawn in and forget about the world around you. Picking which cargoes to carry and what price to buy and sell at keeps you engaged constantly. This reminded me of Railroad Tycoon 2 Gold Pack mixed with SimCity or one of the Roman citybuilder games like Caesar III (PC CD). If you enjoy slowing building empires, you will enjoy P3 as well.

The economic model is simple, but is realistic in function. The basic principal is supply and demand. The city produces commodities and consumes commodities. You job is bring items from where they are plentiful to where they are needed. You can build industries to harvest / produce commodities if you can't get them reliably or at the right price. Reputation is also important in the game. You must build your reputation so you can build in other cities, become town mayor, or leader of the Hanseatic League.

The game does have its weaknesses. One of the main gripes is there is no pause button. I literally had to save and exit the game to do anything else. My girlfriend nearly killed me several times for ignoring her while I was trying complete some task or the other. Even in the slowest mode the game still moved too fast to do anything other than step away to go to the bathroom. Another irritation was limitation on automating ship trades only to vessels with captains (captains are rare).
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Ok If you Like trading games, then this will be right up your trade route so to speak, if you don't then you'll probably find this game boring and dump it after half hour of play.
With this said I'm a fan of trading games and as such found the game chalanging and engrossing, the sudden realisation that it's 3 o'clock in the morning is still a bit of a shock no matter how much of a killing you had just made on skins. The graphic's are nothing special, but this has not reduced anything from the game play, the sounds could become annoying, if you sat and listened to them, but they match the era and feel of the game enough, that while playing you dont notice that there is any music playing most of the time.
Ok if I enjoyed the game so much why such a low score?, the game itself is just great what lets it down is the fact that it is really unstable, not that there are that many obvious bugs in it, its just that the one's that are in, are in areas that as you play you will encounter alot. Dispite this I'd still recommend any-one buying the game if they like this type, as it will be one of the best in its field, but they may consider waiting till Ascrion release the first patch for it. As for me, I'm going to go back to its predecessor (Patrician 2) for a while at least untill the patch comes out.
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I have played this game in the past and loved it. I lost the original disc and so bought this one to replace it. As soon as i tried to install the game i got a message saying that i had a trojan on my computer. I looked online to see if anyone else had had this problem and whether there was a solution to it. Apparently the trojan is a false positive, whatever that means. The only way to successfully install the game was to disable my internet connection. I contacted the seller with my concerns and was told that the game would not work on my version of Windows (I am running Windows 7). The game successfully installed and seems to be working perfectly well now.
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This is one of the most addictive, deep and involving Games I have ever played.
You can be an honest, good trader, rise to fame as a politician and eventually rule the Hans. But I doubt you can do it without the Darker side of the the game - the intrigue the bribery, the dodgy dealing and mabe try your hand at some Piracy.
The Sea battles are tough to begin with and the adventure is boundless. Enjoy!!
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