Space Empires III is shareware
Space Empires III is shareware. You can download it, and play it as long as you wish. When you're ready to play the full version of the game, you can order it from us. The registered version comes with 211 more tech levels which include more ship sizes, weapons, and more! (There are more details in the game itself).
1.15 -> 1.16
The following patch will upgrade your version 1.15 to version 1.16. You can only use this if you currently have version 1.15 installed on your machine. When installing it, you just select the directory where your 1.15 currently resides. The program will automatically upgrade the executable to the new version. To download Space Empires III patch version 1.16, click Download (patch116.exe) . (File size is approximately 200K).
1.16 -> 1.17
The following patch will upgrade your version 1.16 to version 1.17. You can only use this if you currently have version 1.16 installed on your machine. When installing it, you just select the directory where your 1.16 currently resides. The program will automatically upgrade the executable to the new version. To download Space Empires III patch version 1.17, click Download (patch117.exe) . (File size is approximately 200K).
Downloading the complete Space Empires III
To download Space Empires III version 1.17, click Download (se3v117.zip) . (File size is approximately 2.7M).
Note: If you are playing games with modified data files, you need to copy those files to a separate location before installing. The install package will overwrite any data files that you have in your SE3 directory. If you have modified data files, please copy those to a new location, install the latest version, then copy those files back to the SE3\files directory. If you use non-modified data files with a savegame that was based on modified data files, you will get errors.
When you have completed downloading the zip file, you will need to unzip it. You can use WinZIP from windows, or pkunzip from DOS. Once you have de-compressed the file, you will need to run the file entitled "se3.exe". This will automatically begin the installation process. If you have any problems with the install, please send us email and explain what you are encountering.
There is a problem that some users experience when they run the install program. The install program will stop half-way through installation and ask for a second diskette. Here are the steps to follow to solve this problem:
1. Unzip all of the files into a single directory.
2. Make sure this directory is on your path.
3. Try the install program. If it still asks you for disk2, then copy the file se3.exe to one 3.5 inch diskette, and the file se3.w02 to another diskette. Run the install program from the first diskette.
Alternate Download Locations
If you have trouble downloading the game, you can try to download it from another site. Use FTP Search to find other locations where Space Empires III can be downloaded. Type in the name shown above ("se3v115.zip") and press the Search button.
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