Caesar III continues to live on and get improvements on modern systems thanks to open source, with the Julius game engine continuing to mature.
On October 27, Julius 1.5.0 was released continuing to upgrade the experience. The current status is that it should be fully playable, with it largely focused on accuracy with the original game but with plenty of UI enhancements.
Some of the UI improvements you can find in Julius 1.5.0:
- Add right-click image to some enemies which were missing images
- Number of unemployed people has been added to the senate tooltip and Chief advisor
- Setting hotkeys for construction of common buildings is now possible
- Setting a hotkey for quickly selecting the building under cursor for construction
- Changing trade status (import/export) for resources can now be done from the Empire map
- Some more in-game messages have a button to the relevant advisor
There's also new configuration options, like being able to force the game to start in windowed mode and plenty of improvements to the localization system to support different languages. Release notes can be found here. The developer continues to provide an AppImage for making it easy to run on Linux.
Another great open source project, with a commendable effort from developer Bianca van Schaik and other contributors to keep compatibility with save files from the original game.