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Civilization III
Developer(s) Firaxis Games
Publisher(s) Infogrames (Win)
MacSoft (Mac)
Director(s) Sid Meier
Producer(s) Michael Gibson
Jeffrey Kennedy
Designer(s) Jeff Briggs
Soren Johnson
Brent Alleyne
Writer(s) Paul Murphy
Series Civilization
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Release date(s)
  • October 30, 2001 EU
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single-player multiplayer

Sid Meier's Civilization III is the third installment of the Sid Meier's Civilization turn-based strategy video game series. It was preceded by Civilization II and followed by Civilization IV, and it was released in 2001. Unlike the original game, Civilization III was not designed by Sid Meier, but by Jeff Briggs, a game designer, and Soren Johnson, a game programmer.

Civilization III, like the other Civilization games, entails building an empire, from the ground up, beginning in 4,000 BC and continuing slightly beyond the modern day. The player must construct and improve cities, train military and non-military units, improve terrain, research technologies, build Wonders of the World, make war or peace with neighboring civilizations, and so on. The player must balance a good infrastructure, resources, diplomatic and trading skills, technological advancement, city and empire management, culture, and military power to succeed.

There are several ways to win the game. A player needs to meet only one of the victory conditions to win a game. These include Conquest victory, achieved when no civilizations besides the player's exist, Domination victory, achieved when two thirds of the world's land and population are controlled by players, Cultural victory, achieved when the players successfully assimilated other civilizations, and Diplomatic victory. They can also send a spaceship to Alpha Centauri to launch a colony and win the game. If no civilization has met any of the other victory conditions, the civilization with the highest score wins the game.

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