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"They make Tropico 4 feel fresh, despite the truly remarkable ripeness of the franchise's core mechanics" - Joystiq.com
"Tropico 4 is the top simulation game I'll be recommending to genre newbies and fans alike." - Gameinformer.com
The world is changing and Tropico is moving with the times - geographical powers rise and fall and the world market is dominated by new players with new demands and offers - and you, as El Presidente, face a whole new set of challenges. If you are to triumph over your naysayers you will need to gain as much support from your people as possible. Your decisions will shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your off-shore bank account.
Tropico 4 expands on the gameplay of the previous game with new political additions ∼ including more superpowers to negotiate with, along with the ability to elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial policies passed. But remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer as everyone has an agenda! Your political mettle will be thoroughly tested, as new natural disasters will have the populace clamoring for you and your cabinet to help them recover from some of the worst Mother Nature can dish out.
Tropico 4 also brings a new level of social interaction with the addition of Facebook and Twitter integration (Windows PC version only). Post comments on Twitter direct from the game and have updates go out when you complete missions or unlock new achievements. You can even take screenshots of your burgeoning island and post your dream creation on your Tropico 4 Facebook page and compare your interactive Dictator Ranking on the online leaderboards.
New campaign consisting of 20 missions on 10 new maps
20 new buildings including Stock Exchange, Shopping mall, Aqua Park and a Mausoleum to El Presidente
Six new interactive disasters including volcanoes, droughts and tornadoes
Council of Ministers – selected citizens to mimisterial posts in the government to help push through your more controversial decisions
National Agenda – receive objectives from Tropican factions, foreign geopolitical powers or opportunities relating to current island events such as ongoing disasters
Facebook and Twitter integration (PC-only features)
Screenshot gallery – take screenshots of your tropical paradise and share on your Facebook page (PC- only Feature)
Trading system – import and export goods to/from other nations to boost your economy or production
Fun dictatorship simulationNeonberry | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »
Tropico 4 stays true to the franchise and does what you would expect a sequel to do: keep what's good and add some new great ideas. Being the dictator of a small island you will need to control your people to build a prosperous civilization. I loved the way you can build up your character from different perks and backgrounds and even though its not new, I loved the edict system as well that you use for getting some advantage in a specific field (sometimes at the expanse of others). There is a bit of number-crunching involved - if you are strictly against thinking about your yearly budget and figure out how much you should spend prepare to run out of money a few times (which will also decrease your popularity with other factions). Tropico 4 is a very light toned and humorous simulation, but under the surface it hides a lot of depth and will keep you entertained for a long time once you get the hang of it.
Call me El Presidentekactus | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all kactus's reviews »
I was a huge fan of tropico 3 and thought it was wonderful, but I didn't realise just how many things they could actually improve on to make tropico 4. AI has improved and the scenarios and quests move things along and help keep things interesting, even the humour strikes that balance to keep it entertaining but not overbearing.
One of my all time favorite games and I have spend in excess of 110 hours on it already.
Surprisingly entertainingThoosa | Nov. 17, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »
I got this game as a gift. So... I do not really like simulations and city building games, so I was not really into trying it any time soon, until one rainy night I decided to install it after I had a really bad raid in WoW. And I have to say, it is deeply satisfying to watch over the world of the tropical island and to be a little bit of a... well, dictator :) I think the graphics could have been better, but it still looks kinda good in a matter of speaking. I think I am gone spend a really long time with this game :)
Overpriced but definitely greatIthuraen | Oct. 7, 2013 | See all Ithuraen's reviews »
The fourth Tropico is hard to rate, personally, as I bought it very cheap I'm tempted to rate it rather high. Certain caveats to that though are as a full-priced title, it doesn't differentiate itself enough from Tropico 3. Much of 3 is left-over and honestly at first glance I'd find it almost impossible to tell apart. At a bargain price though, I'd accept Tropico 4 as a stellar expansion to 3. The campaign follows on from 3, though for all Tropico games it is hard to feel a sense of progression: every time you start a new mission, you'll find yourself in the same place as the last, a palace, a dock, several farms and logistics buildings. The only difference is how many homes you have, starting cash and mission objectives. Of course the objectives are what keep you playing (outside of a sandbox mode) and these are varied enough to have kept my interest in nearly 80% of the campaign. At the 16th or 17th mission my interest started to wane, but I can't fault the 40 hours of gameplay those previous 15 missions provided. I like to think of the last 3 or 4 missions as extra content for the die-hards, and this game will keep you entertained for quite a while. The gameplay itself is almost identical to Tropico 3, if you're unaware of what that is, it's a city-building game set in the 50s on various fictional Caribbean islands. You start by either choosing a historical, fictional or custom avatar as your dictator, and the depth of customisation is very nice here: You can be anything from a ruthless capitalist, rising to power from a hotel tycoon empire, who is also an alcoholic, to a priest, appointed by the pope to lead your island to glory. Really it just adds little bonuses and penalties to how the game plays out, and you'll want to mix this up as you play to change the game in subtle ways. If you stick to one character though, your bonuses increase with use, so it's nice to have that option if you find a nice combo. After choosing an avatar you start your island off in usually a poor state: a meagre corn crop to feed your citizens and only a few buildings to house them. Luckily you either have a modest amount of cash to start building something which produces raw resources for sale, a tourist haven, or some kind of industry for high-cost/high-yield cash. Usually you'll be having some ratio of the three as your game progresses, and the game's learning curve is gentle enough you'll be able to make enough money to pass by with just selling raw resources, easing yourself into industry slowly without too much penalty, tourism however seems either an on/off thing: Either the island is good for it (and makes money) or isn't (and doesn't) Missions and objectives crop up as you play and complete them, they add spice to what would otherwise be a repetitive task, often at later stages of the game asking things of you that you would normally shy away from early game, and ramping up the difficulty either with time limits, money sanctions, or rebels threatening your buildings/people/own life. I would still say the game is a bit too easy on you, the only mission I lost was where I encountered a bug (the only one I found as well) where a rebel attack happened as a volcano erupted, causing my soldiers to flee the volcano, but not the rebels. When the volcano ended, the soldiers returned to their posts and calmly watched the rebels level my palace. The autosave happens often enough that it only set me back 5 minutes of play time. Otherwise you'll probably only lose a mission due to poor economic planning, or more likely, just not paying attention to you funds and going deep into debt. I can't rate it too badly due to that though, the game is accessible, and if you love city-building (or even mildly enjoy it) I can recommend Tropico 4. If you never played 3, then 4 is a great game to pick up without losing any storyline or gameplay features. If you have owned/played Tropico 3, try to find 4 cheaply otherwise you may question why you spent so much on a stand-alone expansion.
The ultimate Simrjb789 | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
This is, as I said in the title, the ultimate sim of all time, or it certainly is in my honest opinion. Everything in this game is designed to give you full control and make you feel like the powerful dictator that you play as in the core campaign game that you play through during the game. You can do pretty much whatever you feel like doing in this game as you are left to you own devices. The graphics are very detailed in this game and all of the environments look great as do the buildings and other models. The sound is also brilliant and the music perfectly fits the moods of the game. This is a must buy for Simulator fans!