Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World, released in 2002, is the first expansion pack for the award winning game Sid Meier's Civilization III. Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World added more civilizations, a new multi-player feature, new Wonders of the World, new units and new game modes, including: elimination, regicide, and capture the flag.

Play the World (PTW) was generally poorly received. The main feature, multi-player, was extremely buggy and slow. Most issues were worked out in the second expansion, Conquests which led many to regard Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests as the expansion that Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World was supposed to have been. However, the new civilizations were generally well received.

One of the major features of Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World was a turnless game mode, a new concept never used in the previous versions of the Sid Meier's 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 that game mode not returning in Sid Meier's Civilization IV.

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

New civilizations in Play the World

Civilization Qualities Starting Advances Special Unit Leader Capital
Arabia Religious, Expansionist Ceremonial Burial, Pottery Ansar Warrior Abu Bakr Mecca
Carthage Commercial, Industrious Alphabet, Masonry Numidian Mercenary Hannibal Barca Carthage
Celts Religious, Militaristic Ceremonial Burial, Warrior Code Gallic Swordsman Brennus Entremont
Korea Commercial, Scientific Alphabet, Bronze Working Hwacha Wang Kon Seoul
Mongolia Militaristic, Expansionist Warrior Code, Masonry Keshik Temujin Karakorum
Ottoman Empire Industrious, Scientific Masonry, Bronze Working Sipahi Osman I Istanbul
Spain Religious, Commercial Ceremonial Burial, Alphabet Conquistador Isabella I Madrid
Scandinavia Militaristic, Expansionist Warrior Code, Pottery Viking Berserk Ragnar Lodbrok Trondheim

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