Civilization III: Play the World

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Civilization III: Play the World
Developer(s)Firaxis Games
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
ReleaseOctober 31, 2002
Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Civilization III: Play the World is the first expansion pack for Civilization III, released in October 2002. Play the World added more civilizations, a new multiplayer feature, new Wonders of the World, new units and new game modes, including: elimination, regicide, and capture the flag.


One of the major features of Play the World was a turnless game mode, a new concept never used in the previous versions of the Civilization series. The game mode allowed a sort of mixture between turn based and real time gameplay. Although the concept was good on paper, it never actually worked very well and many online players experienced Out of sync issues along with others. Little support from Firaxis and the sundry other issues resulted in the gamemode not returning in Civilization IV.

Play the World can also be found on Civilization III: Gold which includes the original Civilization III and Play the World. Civilization III: Play the World is also found on the Civilization III: Conquests expansion.


Play the World was generally poorly received.[citation needed] The main feature, its online multiplayer, was extremely buggy and slow.[citation needed] Computer Gaming World labeled the game as a "train wreck", giving it one out of five stars.[1] Most issues were worked out in the second expansion Conquests which led many to regard Conquests as the expansion that Play the World was supposed to have been.[citation needed] However, the new civilizations were generally well received.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Editors of CGW (July 2004). "Sim Games that Suck". Computer Gaming World (240): 108.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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