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Lets divide this section into two. The first part is more trick than cheat related, the tricks don't directly influence the result of the game. The second part contains the actual cheats and easter eggs inside the game, that do influnece the outcome.

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Tricks

Swapping movies around.

A little bit of harmless fun, especially when done on a friends computer, can be done by swapping movie files around. How is this done? Well, just follow this simple example where we swap the "army victorious" and the "city on fire" movies.

  1. Browse into your Caesar 3 folder and open the one labeled "smk"
  2. Find the file named "armywin.smk"
  3. Rename this file to "armywin.tmp" (ignore messes telling you this might cause windows to not know what to do with this file anymore.
  4. Find the file named "cityfire.smk"
  5. Rename this file to "armywin.smk"
  6. Go back to the "armywin.tmp" file and rename it to "cityfire.smk"

The next time you (or your friend) starts up Caesar and a house catches fire the program will show the victorious army movie and the other way around.

Swapping (or Replacing) Sounds
Of course the same can be done with all the wave files (*.wav)

Cheats

Next is a collection of cheats and a few tricks to make your lif a little (or a lot) easier when playing Caesar III.

The Barrack Cheat

The computer won't recognize the existence of your barracks until it has employees. This means you can create as many as you want, until one of them gets an employee, which can be easily prevented by not connecting the barracks to the road grid.

This is very useful if you're recruiting troops for more than one legion at a time.

Faster Academy-Training For Troops

Train a legion of javelin troops until they're two or three troopers short. Next build a fort for a legion of heavy infantry. Providing troops for this fort will take priority over the javelin troops (if you have stocked enough weapons). Train them until your two troopers short.

Now build your military academy. The last troopers in each legion will bring them up to full Academy-trained status ? without running each of the 32 men through the Academy individually

Note: This also works when you build an academy after having received losses and are re-supplying the forts with troops.

Importing Buildings

When you want to add a building that is not available in a certain scenario, say a hippodrome, you can do the following.

Save your game and open a game where you can build this particular building. Select it for building and load your previous game. The building will stick to your cursor and you can now place it on your map.

Note: Rumour has it this was actually fixed with the patch.
1999.05.16: The rumour has been confirmed...

Instant Victory

To use this cheat you have to have a well somewhere on your map.

  1. Enable cheats by clicking on a well (bringing up its short description) and pressing ALT-K.
  2. Press ALT-V and you will have won the level.
Undiscovered Resources

Remember those immigrant entry and emigrant exit markers?

Well, I've been reliably informed that you can use them to mine for iron and marble. Just put your mines next to them and start digging.

Unlimited Funds

To use this cheat you have to have a well somewhere on your map.

  1. Enable cheats by clicking on a well (bringing up its short description) and pressing ALT-K.
  2. Press ALT-C and you will get a 1000 denarii.

Note: This can't get more than 5000 denarii this way. If you already have more than 5000 denarii, it will not work.

Trigger Invasion

To use this cheat you have to have a well somewhere on your map.

  1. Enable cheats by clicking on a well (bringing up its short description) and pressing ALT-K.
  2. Click on the button (in the well's short description) with the question mark ("?").
  3. When the well's long information window shows, press ALT-K one or more times.
  4. When you close the window you will be immediately attacked.

The invading force is proportionate to the number of times you press ALT-K in step 3.

If any of you can think up another trick or finds another cheat please let me know and I'll add it to these pages.