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"Tropico 3 beats the hell out of history books, and strangely, most games of its kind" - 1UP.com
"Tropico 3 combines a very good city building game with an intriguing political game." - IGN.com
The time is yesterday and the Cold War is in full swing. Through means devious and dubious you have seized power in the Caribbean island country of Tropico, where you now rule as the all-powerful "El Presidente".
You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere or lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.
No matter whether you turn Tropico into a vacation paradise, a police state or a modern industrial nation - you will always have to defend your actions before your people! Wander through Tropico as El Presidente in order to intimidate political opponents, hold populist speeches or just to enjoy your country's own Caribbean flair.
Don't forget to keep a sharp eye on the dangers and side-effects of your absolute power! Danger lurks on every corner, be it militant revolutionaries bent on installing a communist junta, or the machinations of the superpowers USA and the Soviet Union, both of whom would like to see a more amenable ruler in strategically important Tropico!
History takes its course with events such as the Cuba crisis, papal visits and other actual decisive historical events.
The only question is whether or not you can play a role in that history!
Comprehensive campaign with 15 different missions
A variety of business sectors: Tourism, petroleum, mining, agriculture, etc.
A timeline editor allows you to create your own fictive historical events or enter real ones
Avatar function: Wander the island as El Presidente and change the course of play
Political speeches, edicts and "other" means of influence
A wide range of editing and modification functions
Mission generator for random map creation
The cinematic, highly detailed graphics perfectly reflect
A variety of online-functions such as high scores or visiting islands belonging to other players
Great Latin soundtrack
Living the High LifeValoo321 | Aug. 19, 2015 | See all Valoo321's reviews »
In Tropico 3 you play as a dictator building up a city and trying to keep the citizens happy. It's a city-building game with the only real twist being that you have the opportunity to control your dictator to increase happiness in small ways. Other than that, it's pretty bare bones compared to some of the other games in the same vein that are out there. The environments that you're building in look nice - the lush jungles, the beaches, the mountainous regions - but the buildings themselves are pretty drab. Your people start out in shacks, and then you upgrade them into apartments buildings or homes. You then build them different occupational buildings, like a church, office, etc. that they can go to work for and produce things for your economy. Sound familiar? Yeah, like I said, it's a pretty barebones city-building game. One of the differences that I found intriguing was, as a dictator, you had to worry a little bit about international relations. If you pressed your people too hard, taxed too much, or something else that another country didn't agree with, that country would no longer send you aid (aid usually in the form of workers or educated people). However, if you -did- choose to do those things, then maybe there was a different country that would like you more. This was a fun little balance of "what gift or ability do I prefer having?". Overall, Tropico falls just a little under the mark in comparison to the other city-building games that are out there. And compared to those ones, all the other options, I can't say I totally recommend this.
Great concept, subpar executionsycomantis1991 | May 16, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
This is the only game in the series that I've played so far. The setup is really interesting, and it's lined with jokes and references to media and history. When you get to the game, however it becomes very dull. The menus are convoluted and all of the buildings look the same, with little to distinguish them, even in menus. Once you pass the tutorials, it becomes painfully simple. You can just keep doing what they tell you forever and own at the game. I hope the newer titles have fixed this, because I want to like it. As it stands, it's just boring.
Dictator Simulator 2009Zaggeta | May 8, 2015 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »
Tropico 3 is a casual-leaning city builder for those with no patience for micromanagement and enough standards to stay away from Facebook games. The game sees you managing a Caribbean island during the Cold War in the manner that you see fit. Despite many factions and subtle choices that influence their view of your character, there is not much choice. Charge rent or don't, build a big military or don't, rely on tourism or exports (or more likely, both). The game is fun, but by no means an innovation. Will last awhile for the humour value but limited variety make it short-lived.
A diffrent take on city simulatorsmothaflippin | April 29, 2015 | See all mothaflippin's reviews »
Tropico 3 presents you with the option of being the President of a Tropico city, you are the "bad" guy, the dictator... El Presidente! Like every other city simulator it is what it is.. you build your city while taking political choices and doing little side quests a long the way. The game also presents you with two paths: A touristic city or an industry city. However this system is completely destroyed by the fact that Industry is by FAR, superior to Tourist. Other then that, it has decent graphics, a good environment (you certainly feel like you are in a tropical island) and a good gameplay.
Feel like a kinggarocco | Feb. 10, 2015 | See all garocco's reviews »
In Tropico 3 You receive the post of president of a banana republic in the Caribbean and, depending on the chosen game mode, you must make choices in order to complete the objectives. The gameplay is extremely simple and easy to learn which makes the game more dynamic. The graphics are very good and give a great feeling of reality for the players. Unfortunately, the soundtrack is pretty weak, as is always the same, and after a while the music tire. For those who like strategy games and simulation, without a doubt I recommend this game, and most of all it is great fun.