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Sid Meier's Civilization III

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Civilization_III.toast_.sit (623.91 MB)
MD5: ecb77b4fc7c6b730de027de92d1d385d
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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Civilization_III_GotY_Ed.cdr_.sit (573.25 MB)
MD5: c1be6311073d74b9e3832417c5240426
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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CivilizationIIICD_Ger.sit (599.23 MB)
MD5: df5e8a8459f030a318d7a12fc17db87d
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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Civilization III is the 3rd part of the Sid Meier's Civilization series of turn-based strategy games.


Since the game is still available for Windows you are requested to buy it if you play it. The versions here are preserved because they are no longer available for purchase for classic Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems on PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.

For example, the Windows version of Civilization III Complete can be purchased from


Taken from MobyGames:

Sid Meier's Civilization III is a turn-based game where the objective is to rule the planet. Players control one of 15 Civilizations (Aztecs, Egyptians, Russians, etc). Each Civilization has its own particular strengths and weaknesses -- some are more scientific, for example, while others have stronger cultural or military attributes.

The point of the game is to expand the influence of your civilization through resource management, conquest, or trade with other civilizations. As game time progresses from ancient times through the modern era, your civilization will acquire new technologies, which in turn enable interesting new abilities and enhanced power.

Since there are several ways to win (military, diplomatic, or cultural), it is up to each player to determine how best to manage the division of labor -- should you spend critical resources building new cities, or should you instead push your efforts into researching new weaponry? Such decision-making and management skills are the keys to this game.

A note about the downloads available from above:

  1. file is the Game of the Year Edition
    Taken from the ReadMe file:

    The Game of the Year Edition contains some special goodies that were not included in the original version of the game. 3 new maps have been added. They are automatically installed when you install the game. In addition, there's a "Goodies" folder on your CD. In it you will find a movie about the making of Civ3, and some excerpts from the Prima Strategy Guide.

  2. file is the Game of the Year (GotY) Edition (573 MB; unpacked ~633 MB)
    StuffIt Archive, containing a UDIF Disk Image (.cdr, UDTO: CD/DVD-R Master) of the GotY CD-ROM version. Language: English.
    Requires StuffIt Expander to unpack.
  3. file is German Civilization III, Game of the Year (GotY) Edition (599 MB; unpacked ~676 MB)
    StuffIt Archive, containing a NDIF Disk Image (raw CD-ROM image) of the GotY CD-ROM version.
    Language: German.
    Requires StuffIt Expander to unpack. Warning: NDIF images contain a resource fork!

Note on NDIF: This image format uses the data fork for storing the image, but the resouce fork for storing meta information about the image. Without it, Mac OS and Mac OS X will not be able to mount the disc image correctly.

If you want to convert the NDIF into a UDIF, which incorporates all relevent data into the data fork and is therefor Internet-safe and can be copied on other filesystems (such as FAT32, NTFS, etc.) without losing the metadata, you can do so under Mac OS X Terminal, using the following command:

hdiutil convert -t UDTO "Civilization III De CD image" -o "Civilization III GotY DE CD-ROM.dmg"

Civilization series

See also: Civilization, Civilization II (Multiplayer Gold Edition), Civilization: Call to Power, Civilization III (Complete), Civilization IV

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized)

Mac OS 8.6, OS X 10.0.4


imacg4guy's picture
by imacg4guy - 2021, March 16 - 2:00am

Figured out a no CD hack. Create the smallest disk image you can in Disk Utility, name it "Civilization III" and mount it. Fools the game without a CD!

Now does anyone know how to activate widescreen resolutions? Would love to play on my tiBook in full 1280x854.

PrincessCake's picture
by PrincessCake - 2020, October 19 - 3:10pm

Be careful, kids. I downloaded this (I do own physical copy of CIV III for windows) and I got a letter from my ISP about it. Seems like just because its 20 year-old abandonware doesn't mean you won't get in trouble for downloading it :/

imacg4guy's picture
by imacg4guy - 2020, September 21 - 7:34pm

Great game. Does anyone have a no cd patch?

muttztfz's picture
by muttztfz - 2018, July 22 - 4:09pm

I love this game, thank you so much! I played the Windows version, and also wanted to play it on Linux. Sadly this game hasn't been ported to Linux, or at least not the Steam version which I have.

To play it on my Power Mac G5, original model, under Mac OS X 10.2.8, is just wonderful!

BTW, I've worked on the games page, I hope what I did looks alright to all of you.

cybersnake99's picture
by cybersnake99 - 2015, December 2 - 3:04pm

Damn... Oh well. Thanks Smile

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2015, November 30 - 5:56pm

It *is* a commercial product, not shareware.

cybersnake99's picture
by cybersnake99 - 2015, November 30 - 3:54pm

Does anyone know if Civilization III Complete (Play the World, Conquest) is also shareware and if yes where can I get it?

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2014, November 20 - 9:52am

I just uploaded the PC version of the manual that I found on the internet. I did not have the will to scan all 235 pages of the Mac version that I have.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2014, August 1 - 2:50pm

Thanks. Will try again. Smile

Edit: This time, 't worked! - IIGS User

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2014, July 31 - 11:50pm

I just checked this by downloading with Firefox. The download completed OK.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2014, July 31 - 4:38pm

Something wrong here? Using Firefox, the file's download won't to be finished ("failed").
Problably upload not finished yet?