Civilization III

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Sid Meier's Civilization III
Sid Meier's Civilization III cover
Developers
Firaxis Games
Mac OS Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
2K Games
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2001
Mac OS October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) 2006
Civilization III guide at StrategyWiki
Civilization III at Wikipedia
Civilization
Civilization 1991
Civilization II 1996
Civilization III 2001
Civilization IV 2005
CivCity: Rome 2006
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014
Civilization VI 2016

Key points

Non-Steam versions can be migrated to Steam by contacting 2K Support.[1]
Online server browser for non-Steam versions has stopped working due to GameSpy services being shut down.[2]

General information

Official game site
Civilization Wiki - A detailed wiki for all Civilization games and their spin offs
Apolyton Civilization Site's Civ III section - A huge forum dedicated to all Civilization games and their spin offs. Modifications for the game can be found here
Civilization Fanatics Center's Civilization III Page
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM or SecuROM DRM disc check (varies by release).
Windows
Mac OS
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Civilization III Complete
Windows
Steam
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Civilization III Complete
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Civilization III: Play the World Required for multiplayer support.
Windows
Civilization III: Conquests Contains all content from Play the World.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Civilization III Complete is a complete version with both expansion packs.
Gold Edition contains Civilization III and Play The World.
Play the World adds additional civilizations, game modes, and multiplayer support.
Conquests adds additional civilizations and scenarios to the game, as well as new government types and other features.
The Game of the Year Edition contains the original game with a bonus CD containing additional maps and behind-the-scenes videos.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Art\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename CivComplete.bik and intro.bik.
  3. Repeat for expansion folders, if applicable.

Notes

Video file loaded depends on the game version and expansions used.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Conquests
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Conquests\Saves
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set KeepRes mode[citation needed]
  1. Open the configuration file (Civilization3.ini or Conquests\conquests.ini).
  2. Add the line KeepRes =1
  3. Save your changes. The game will now run at the desktop resolution as borderless fullscreen.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Open the configuration file (Civilization3.ini or Conquests\conquests.ini).
  2. Add the line KeepRes =1
  3. Add the line Video Mode=1152
  4. Save your changes.
Video Mode is the horizontal window size, with the vertical height calculated based on the 4:3 aspect ratio.
The game window will have no border.
The game area can't be resized after the game is launched - doing so causes graphic corruption and may crash the game.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
No spoken text.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English

Network[edit]

Civilization III: Play the World is required for multiplayer support

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
Online server browser no longer works in non-Steam versions. Steam version has been updated to fix this.[1][2]
Asynchronous multiplayer
Possible option. Used by default.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[1]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 3783, 6500, 6667, 28900, 29900, 29901
UDP (outbound) 2302-2400, 6500, 6515, 13139, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

Compatibility settings[edit]

Issues with the game may be corrected with compatibility settings. For the Steam version go to <path-to-game>\Conquests\ and right click on Civ3Conquests.exe. Select properties and set the compatibility settings. This can cause serious performance issues on windows 10.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.x
".x" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 1.
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy Removed in Steam update.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0b compatible

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Civilization III Multiplayer Update Now Available Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete
  2. 2.0 2.1 2K Online Server Migration from GameSpy Technology – 2K Support