Caesar II DOS Demo

This is the official demo of the DOS release of Caesar II.


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This is the official demo of the DOS release of Caesar II.

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Copyright * 1995 Sierra On-Line, Inc.

Welcome to our playable demo of Caesar II.  This demo lets 
you try many of the features of the finished game, and has 
been set to easy mode to make exploring the game fun.  These 
notes will help you learn what different features in the 
game do, and give you some tips for doing well.

Caesar II is the sequel to the original Caesar, the hit 
simulation of city-building in the Roman Empire.  As in that 
game, you take on the role of Governor of a Roman province, 
committed to expanding the Empire through the conquest of 
distant lands.  You are responsible for building the capital 
city of a province, as well as connecting that city to other 
towns and resources within the province.  You must also 
defend that province from incursions of raiding barbarians, 
both passively by building walls and towers, and actively by 
raising armies to do battle against them.  Your career is of 
vital importance, and is linked to your success in ruling 
your lands; if you achieve the required ratings in Peace, 
Culture, Prosperity and Empire for your current province, 
then you are offered promotion to another, more challenging 
province and expected to achieve even higher ratings.  When 
you have conquered enough provinces, then you achieve the 
ultimate promotion and are crowned Caesar -- Emperor of 

After you have installed this demo, you run it by 
double-clicking on the Caesar II Demo icon in the 
Sierra Group/Folder.
This will take you through some introductory screens, and 
then place you in the City Level.

To reconfigure the game for a different sound card, access
the directory where you installed the demo from a DOS 
prompt and type:


Follow the instructions to select options for playing sound 
effects and music.


If you encounter problems with mouse control during the demo,
try running the demo from DOS.  Exit out of Windows to
the DOS prompt and access the directory where you installed the
demo. ie, cd c:\sierra\caesar2

then type: c2

This demo is designed to run in 4 to 8 megabytes of memory.  
To make the game run in 4 megs, you need to access the 
directory where you loaded the demo and type:


 -- BEFORE you run the game.

The game will run with most memory managers, but it prefers 
certain memory configurations.  If you have problems running 
the game, try reconfiguring your computer for no EMS, or 
disable all memory managers.

The demo takes place in the City Level of the game.  The 
main view of the city is located on the left side of the 
screen; the right side displays an overview map and several 
icons.  Right-click on these controls to learn what they do.  
A menu bar featuring game options stretches across the top.

Here are some notes on the structures you can build on the 
city level.

NOTE ON LAND VALUE:  All structures on the map exert a 
positive or negative on the value of the property 
surrounding them.  The sum total of the effects of 
structures on each map-square determines its LAND VALUE.  
This value is used to calculate to what level your housing 
will develop (or decline).  In short, land value is the KEY 
to growing your housing.

In addition, some areas of the map will be LIMITED to a 
certain level of land value, based on the PRESENCE or 
ABSENCE of particular structures or supplies.  For example, 
areas that are near a barracks are limited to low land 
value; and areas that do not have water supply are limited 
to a very low land value.

NOTE ON AVAILABILITY:  Remember that some structures are not 
available until you reach certain levels of population.  In 
the demo, this means that you will not be able to build 
libraries, or upgraded versions of some structures.

PEOPLE:  After you build some housing, roads and other 
structures, you will see people walking around your city.  
These people are the links between some city buildings.  To 
learn about them and how they are doing, QUERY them (see 
below) and select the "People" option.

ROADS AND PLAZAS -- these form links between the following 
*	Forums and Housing -- for tax collection
*	Businesses and Housing -- for employment
*	Markets and Housing -- for customers
*	Barracks and housing -- for security
*	Praefectures and structures -- for fire prevention

The people that walk along roads and plazas are the actual 
links between structures; in a few cases -- specifically 
soldiers and "vigiles" (watchmen) -- these people will react 
to situations in the city.  A good road structure will 
ensure that structures are linked as needed.  Remember that 
in order for most structures to gain the benefit of a road, 
they must be within TWO squares of it.

WATER -- There are four structures used to get water through 
the city:

RESERVOIRS are the main source of water for a city; they 
create water supply (water that is used by people) in a 
small radius, and pipe access (water that is piped -- via 
underground networks which are not shown -- to other water 
structures) in a larger radius.  A reservoir only has water 
when it is either adjacent to a river, or linked to one such 
reservoir via an aqueduct (see below).

FOUNTAINS can be placed in areas with pipe access, to create 
water supply over a much larger area.  Most of your housing 
will get its water from fountains placed within range of 

AQUEDUCTS are used to send water from one reservoir to 
another; in this way you can create water sources all across 
the map.  Many reservoirs can be linked in a series; 
however, later reservoirs will supply water to smaller 

When money or space is tight, WELLS can be used to create a 
water supply within a small radius.  It does not create 
water access.

Water supply can also be had from RIVERS, but this is 
considered primitive and will restrict the development of 

NOTE: For help in placing water structures, use the PULL-
DOWN MENU above the overview map to access the Water map-
report.  Water supply is indicated in blue, pipe access is 
red, and areas with both are purple.

HOUSING -- To succeed, housing should:
*	have high Land Value
*	have Water Supply (but NOT from a river)
*	have access to a Forum
*	not be near a business, market, wall, gate, barracks or 
*	have bath access
*	have high security
*	have market access
*	have access to a grammaticus and rhetor
*	have close access to all three types of entertainment 
(theater, coliseum and circus)
*	be in a city with high hospital-to-population and 
library-to-population ratings

SECURITY -- There are four structures associated with 

WALLS and TOWERS enclose areas to give them high security.  
bonus.  Since barbarians cannot cross rivers without a 
bridge, these are also considered walls for the purposes of 
enclosure.  Be careful -- watch out for breaks in walls, or 
bridges on rivers!

BARRACKS generate soldiers that patrol the city in search of 
barbarians or rioters.  If found, these people will attack 
and kill them.  Soldiers also pass a security bonus to any 
areas they walk past.

PRAFECTURES generate vigiles ("watchmen") that patrol the 
city in search of rioters or fire.  If found, these people 
will take care of them.  Praefectures also pass a security 
bonus to any areas they walk past.

If security is low in the city, then ROBBERIES may occur.  
Robberies lower productivity of businesses and land values, 
and can even take gold from your treasury (see TEMPLES, 

SANITATION -- There are two structures associated with 

BATH HOUSES need to be placed near housing to affect its 
sanitation levels.  Make sure they are built in areas that 
have pipe access.

HOSPITALS can be placed far from the populations they 
service; you must establish a high hospital-to-population 
ratio for them to be effective.  Hospitals must be 
accessible through roadways, so build them next to roads 
that people use (particularly forum workers).

If sanitation is not attended to, then DISEASE may occur.  
These kill houses and lower land values.  You can eliminate 
the symptoms of plague easily enough, but you must eliminate 
their cause (i.e. low sanitation) if you don't want them to 
come back.

ENTERTAINMENT -- There are six entertainment structures in 
the game: two theaters (THEATER and ODEUM), two coliseums 
(ARENA and COLISEUM), and two circuses (CIRCUS and CIRCUS 
MAXIMUS).  The latter building in each category is identical 
to the former, except that it accesses a larger area.  
Housing likes to be within close proximity of ALL THREE 
entertainment types.

INDUSTRY -- On the city level, you build MARKETS near 
housing to sell your goods, and up to eight types of 
BUSINESSES.  The "Jars" in each business indicate its 
output, which directly affects your industrial taxes.  
Markets will develop as your city and businesses develop.

EDUCATION -- There are three types of educational 
structures.  The GRAMMATICUS is the school for younger 
Romans, while the RHETOR is for older students; build these 
near housing to help it develop.  The LIBRARY affects 
housing across the entire city; build enough to maintain a 
high library-to-population ratio.  Also, libraries must be 
accessible somehow through roadways, so build them next to 
roads that people use.

FORUM -- The Forum is used as a meeting place by your 
citizens, and as a tax-collection agency for your 
government.  There are three sizes, with increasing areas of 
effect.  They will develop as your city develops.

TEMPLES -- These structures increase land value, and also 
store your treasury's gold!  Make sure to build them in 
secure locations, or else risk having your gold stolen.  
They will develop as your city develops.

GARDENS -- Placing gardens in your city's open spaces is a 
good way to increase land values.

QUERYING STRUCTURES -- You can query any structure, person, 
icon or control on the screen by right-clicking on it.  You 
can also query them by selecting the Query icon and then 
clicking on them.

When you query something, you access the query panel for 
that item.  When a structure is selected, this panel has 
three modes:

General -- Displays the most pressing need or problem, if 
any, for this structure.

Detail -- Displays all relevant statistics for this 
structure -- however, not all statistics will be relevant 
for the structure that is built there.

People -- If any people are near the part of the map you 
selected, then you can poll them individually through this 
mode.  Click on their pictures in the panel to find out 
their name, job, and how well they feel their job is being 
accomplished in the city.

There are also three links on this panel, which lead to the 
pages of on-line help, tips and history for that structure.

When you select an icon or control on the screen, this 
instead accesses a brief description of that control.

MAP REPORTS -- You can view a number of reports for your 
city by clicking on the pull-down menu above the overview 
map.  Select a report from the list provided, and it will be 
overlaid onto the overview map.  Press AND HOLD "?" button 
next to the menu to see an explanation of the colors in the 
current report, and to see those covers overlaid onto the 
scrolling view.

To remove any reports from the map, select "Geography" from 
the pull-down menu.

By clicking on the Go to Forum button in the center of your 
game controls, you can access a number of reports on your 
progress.  These are listed in a menu at the bottom of the 
Forum screen; you can also access them by clicking on the 
people and structures on the Forum screen itself.

Important reports are:

RATINGS: View your current ratings in Peace, Culture, 
Prosperity and Empire.  (Culture and Prosperity are the only 
ratings that apply in the demo.  These ratings determine if 
and when you can get promoted from your current city to a 
more difficult one.

TREASURER: Lets you view your accounts, and set tax rates.

ROME:  Indicates your current favor with the Empire, and 
lets you send gifts to the Emperor.

PERSONAL ADVISOR: Lets you view the status of your career, 
set your salary, and donate money to the city from your 
personal savings.

PLEBEIAN TRIBUNE:  Lets you commission more plebes to 
maintain the city, and assign them to specific tasks.  
Plebes keep your city from falling into ruin.

The following hot-keys can be used in the game:
+	Zoom in
-	Zoom out
1	Jump to Furthest Zoom level
2	Jump to Medium Zoom level
3	Jump to Closest Zoom level
<	Rotate counter-clockwise
>	Rotate clockwise
BkSp or Del	Select "Clear Area"
spacebar	Cancel current building activity (useful for 
roads, aqueducts etc.)
Alt-F	Enter Place Flag mode
D	Jump to Danger Spot
F2 or F	Jump to Forum
P	pause game
Y	Yes for Yes/No panels
N	No for Yes/No panels
Esc	Exit current screen/panel/menu
ALT-X	Exit to DOS

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