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The 3rd Millennium

The 3rd Millennium is a 1997 simulation strategy game by Cryo Interactive.

The 3rd Millennium
Developer(s)Cryo Interactive
Publisher(s)Cryo Interactive
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows Edit this on Wikidata
Genre(s)Simulation, Strategy
Mode(s)Single-player Edit this on Wikidata

Plot and gameplayEdit

The player is a political leader in the year 2001. The world is divided into 31 different states over 5 large countries. Their task is to become ruler of the world by the year 2500.[1]

The gameplay is similar to other 4X strategies like the Civilization series. The isometric world map is accurate to 2500 square kilometres.[2] The game is management first, and storyline second.[3]


The 3rd Millennium came out in France in 1997, and in early 1998 in the United States.

The representation of the game's elements is based on "actual census, socio-economic and ecological projections for the period 2000 to 2500".[2] While the game is serious and accurate in terms of data,[clarification needed] the developers added humour and political incorrectness to ensure the player did not take the game too seriously.[3][4] According to producer Stephan Ressot, there is no combat in the game because he didn't think conquering entire continents with military power was realistic in the modern world.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

PC Powerplay gave the game a rating of 52%.[5] PC Player gave it 38%.[6]

Cyro Interactive believes that the game failed to make an impact in Japan as the culture does not understand a "game of political intrigue with humour".[3] PC Zone felt that while the game's soundscape was "undeniably clever and surprisingly atmospheric", its gameplay was boring.[7] Avoc compared the title to Maxis' real-time strategy and management hybrid Sim City.[8]


  1. ^ a b "NG Alphas: Cryo". Next Generation. No. 32. Imagine Media. August 1997. p. 61.
  2. ^ a b "Cryo Interactive Home Page". 21 January 1998. Archived from the original on 21 January 1998.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c "The 3rd Milennium". PC Powerplay, Issue 015. Next Publishing Pty Ltd. 1 August 1997 – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ " - DIE Kult-Seite über die alten Spiele-Magazine und Retro-Games!". Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ "3rd Millennium". Power Play. January 1998.
  6. ^ " - DIE Kult-Seite über die alten Spiele-Magazine und Retro-Games!". Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  7. ^ Wright, Andrew (13 August 2001). "The 3rd Millennium". PC Zone. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  8. ^ "The 3rd Millennium - Review". Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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