Hint: Despite the cost and the labor required, it is always wise to build a
hospital in your city. There's nothing worse than having to watch your vigiles
burn an entire neighborhood to the ground because the plague victims have
nowhere to go.
Hint: Trade is the only good and reliable way to make a province profitable.
Choose a trade partner early, and when possible try to pick someone who wants
to buy finished goods--weapons, pottery, olive oil, furniture--rather than the
much cheaper raw materials.
Hint: Don't ignore religion, even if you're not much for it yourself. Remember
to throw a small festival once in a while and build temples as your population
grows. The wrath of the gods is swift and very literal in this game.
Hint: As the end of each year approaches, you can keep your prosperity rating
on the rise by evicting tent dwellers. Simply delete tents and forcibly evict
the tenants. Your prosperity rating will go up, since the ratio of
higher-class housing to tent dwellers will now be much better. It's definitely
a cruel way to control your prosperity, but it's effective. Remember that nice
governors finish last.
Hint: When the designers of Caesar III included speech in the game, it wasn't
just for effect. Your citizens will give important clues about how well your
city is doing. Be sure to take time to listen to what they're saying and
respond with actions.
Hint: City walls with ballista towers are the most effective means of defense
from invaders. It's a far more effective strategy than sending out legions of
troops to fight (and die). When building your exterior city walls, however, be
sure to leave enough space to expand your city.
Hint: When building your residential sections, place the housing in grids that
are seven squares both tall and wide. The middle nine squares should contain
gardens, and the remaining "border" should be two squares wide and contain
Hint: Be sure to download Impressions Software's enhancement package for the
game. It includes several fixes and new features not included with the
Hint: Caesar III has numerous overlays for monitoring the health of your city,
but none are as important for planning as the water overlay. Your citizens
desire fountain water for drinking, and the water overlay helps you determine
where to place them. Select Water from the overlay menu or press the W key.