Summary: I was a huge Caesar III fan, and played through 2 different disks before not being able to find a third. I saw this on Amazon and thought I'd give it a try since III was so much fun. It looks better on-screen than III (LOL I know it's a sad comparison but that's what I've got), and game play seems to run smoother. But, the tutorial is tedious, and unless you play the campaign you are limited in your building and growing options.
Summary: I loved Caesar III and was excited about playing Caesar IV. It ok. I think navigating the board is a little harder than it needs to be and I'm not really happy with the view choices. Its ok and I do play it but not as much as I did Caesar III.
Summary: As I said in my title, I really wish this game was worthy of a higher rating (I'm giving it 4 for fun and 3 overall) but because of overall unwieldiness of the controls I'm sorry that it isn't. I'd lost track of the City Building Series since Emperor so was really surprised to find this "treasure" on the store shelf last fall. Being a lover of the series since Caesar 2 I had to give it a try.
Initial fun at returning to Caesar gameplay disappears quickly
R. C. Camphouse "Topher", Amazon
26 October 2006
Summary: I was very excited when I heard that Caesar 4 was in development. When I heard that it was realeased, I immediately picked myself up a copy. After playing for a week or so, the game is already uninstalled. I got to the third empire mission, and couldn't make myself play any more. The reason is that the initial "fun factor" wore off, and I began to find the game tediously boring. Many of the flaws of the game have been discussed already.
Summary: I am a real fan of Caesar III. It's a game that I've played literally for years. So when I saw Caesar IV, I grabbed it off the rack. When I played the game, my impressions were mixed. During installation I had a bit of trouble convincing my computer that I had removed disc 1 and replaced it with disc 2. I had to go through My Computer before I could finish installation. The interface menu is really clunky. The menus and submenus seem to take up half the map.