The Settlers III

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This page is for the original game. For the 2018 re-release, see The Settlers III: History Edition.

The Settlers III
The Settlers III cover
Developers
Blue Byte Software
Publishers
1998-2000 Blue Byte Software
2001-present Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows November 20, 1998
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select, Multiple select
Genres Building, RTS
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Asia, Classical, Egypt, Fantasy
Series The Settlers
The Settlers III guide on StrategyWiki
The Settlers III on MobyGames
The Settlers III on Wikipedia
The Settlers 1994
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici 1996
The Settlers III 1998
The Settlers IV 2001
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings 2004
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary 2006
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire 2007
Die Siedler: Aufbruch der Kulturen 2008
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 2010
The Settlers Online 2012
The Settlers - History Edition 2018
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici - History Edition 2018
The Settlers III: History Edition 2018
The Settlers IV - History Edition 2018
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - History Edition 2018
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire - History Edition 2018
The Settlers 7: History Edition 2018
The Settlers (2020) TBA

Key points

Dedicated online community with active players and patch developers.

General information

Official game site
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Copy protection would sabotage the gameplay after a while. It was known to malfunction with old CD-ROM drives or virus infected systems. The 1.23 patch fixes it.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Ultimate Collection.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The special edition of the Quest of the Amazons, released only in the German-speaking market, also comes with the base game.
The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection (also known as The Settlers III: Gold Edition) includes the base game, the Mission CD, and Quest of the Amazons. It comes updated to the latest official patch (1.60).

Monetization[edit]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission CD
Windows
Quest of the Amazons Does not require the Mission CD.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

  • The latest official patch is 1.60. The Ultimate Collection/Gold Edition release is already updated to this version.

aLobby[edit]

  • aLobby is a community project that started out as a multiplayer server replacement, but now also incorporates bug fixes, extended settings, and widescreen support among other features.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bluebyte\Siedler3\1.0\General[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit]

External video settings.
External video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use F1, F2, and F3 in-game to switch between 640x480, 800x600, and 1024x768 respectively. See Widescreen resolution for widescreen support.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
The aLobby executable can do this.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The aLobby executable can do this.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Method 1: Standalone widescreen patch (1366x768 only, outdated)

A widescreen patch exists for the Gold Edition version. However, it can only support the 1366x768 resolution and is no longer updated as a standalone project. It is instead continued within the aLobby codebase.

Method 2: aLobby
  1. Download and install aLobby.
  2. In the game directory, run s3ce.exe as administrator.
  3. Choose your desired resolution and run the game from within this application.

Input[edit]

External control settings.
External control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

External audio settings.
External audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Unofficial translation by «7 Wolf»

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
20
Online play
20 Blue Byte's servers have been shut down. Use aLobby for a community-run replacement.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400, 3343-3400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game process starts, but never opens fullscreen/windowed on Windows 10[edit]

Download fixed winmm[citation needed]
Before continuing, make a backup of the file <path-to-game>\winmm.dll
  1. Download fixed_winmm_win10.zip.
  2. Extract the contents of the download to <path-to-game>, replacing existing files.

Notes

Some versions of the game may have winmm.dll named differently, eg. win32.dll

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References