Civilization III: Play the World, released in 2002, is the first expansion pack for the award winning game Civilization III. Play the World added more civilizations, a new Multiplayer 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, multiplayer, was extremely buggy and slow. Most issues were worked out in the second expansion, Conquests, which led many to regard Conquests as the expansion that Play the World was supposed to have been. However, the new civilizations were generally well received.

One of the major features of Play the World was a turnless game mode, a new concept never used in the previous versions of the 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 the gamemode not returning in Civilization 4.

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

Civilization Qualities Starting Advances Special Unit Leader Capital
Arabian Religious, Expansionist Ceremonial Burial, Pottery Ansar Warrior Abu Bakr Mecca
Carthaginian Commercial, Industrious Alphabet, Masonry Numidian Mercenary Hannibal Carthage
Celts Religious, Militaristic Ceremonial Burial, Warrior Code Gallic Swordsman Brennus Entremont
Korean Commercial, Scientific Alphabet, Bronze Working Hwacha Wang Kon Seoul
Mongol Militaristic, Expansionist Warrior Code, Masonry Keshik Temujin Karakorum
Ottoman Industrious, Scientific Masonry, Bronze Working Sipahi Osman Istanbul
Spanish Religious, Commercial Ceremonial Burial, Alphabet Conquistador Isabella Madrid
Vikings Militaristic, Expansionist Warrior Code, Pottery Berserk Ragnar Lodbrok Trondheim
Civilization III [edit]
Play the WorldConquests

AdvancesBuildingsCheat codesCivilizationsErasResourcesUnitsSoundtrackTerrainsWonders

Civilization Series
Game Expansion packs
Civilization None
Civ II Conflicts in Civilization  •  Fantastic Worlds  •  Test of Time
Civ III Play the World  • Conquests
Civ IV Warlords  •  Beyond the Sword  •  Colonization (Total conversion)
Civ V Gods & Kings  •  Brave New World
Beyond Earth Rising Tide
Civ VI Rise and Fall
Official Spinoffs Sid Meier's Colonization • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Alien Crossfire)  • Civilization Revolution • CivWorld • Civilization Revolution 2 • Sid Meier's Starships
Other games: Freeciv • Imperialism • Civilization: Call to Power • Call to Power II FreeCol • CivCity: Rome • C-evo • NewCol
Comparisons Comparison between Civilization games • Civilizations