"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
Tropico 4 is what I consider one of the more simple citybuilder games. Not having played one in some time, I still enjoyed it a lot. You start as El Presidente, the leader of a small tropical island, who wants to rise to power. Learning from your mentor the basics of leading a nation, you quickly realise what advantages and disadvantages this life can have. The gameplay is easily explained: You are the leader of a small tropical nation and need to expand your small starting village (usually a couple of buildings) to a megacity. While doing this you need to meet the requirements of your inhabitants, but also shouldn't forget your treasury. Your citizens have ordinary needs like eating or having a place to sleep, but will soon also demand for entertainment, be it in bars, churches or cinemas. On the other hand everything costs money, and you have to decide whether agriculture is really the best way to make money or whether producing the final wares is better. Decisions for one way will usually have a negative effect on something else and you always keep the overall balance. Conclusion: Not having played any citybuilder for some time and not having played any Tropico game before, Tropico 4 made a lot of fun. Its gentle learning curve, the great caribian atmosphere and the many small jokes here and there made the game a great experience. On the downside I have to say that you get the hang of the game really quick. While this is great for a start, the campaign becomes relative boring after some time, since it's enough to always just build up your "empire" and do the campaign specific missions with the wealth you have amassed. Also I feel that the choice of buildings could be greater. Still, all in all I spent around 30 hours with the game.
I really like the concept of city-builders, and especially the concept of being a dictator. But I have never played a good city-builder (I haven't bought Citites: Skylines yet), and this one is just boring for me. There's a fair amount of buildings to build, political decisions to make, but I never liked how my city looked. I really don't know why, because it isn't bad. I just guess it's not for me. It's probably worth it if you don't for some unexplainable reason get bored by it, but to me nothing of it felt engaging in any way. It didn't really have a soul.
This game didn't need to happen. It is effectively Tropico 3 with a few addons. The addons of importance are as follows: Ministries, Character progression, a few extra buildings, a slight UI change. This could have easily been a DLC. There's not enough changes to even constitute an expansion. If you don't have Tropico 3 and for some reason don't want Tropico 5, then just get this. If you have any of the others, however, don't waste your money.
Yet another Tropico, with updated graphics, and that's why this game is good. If you already own Tropico 3 you can skip this review and I suggest you not to buy this game, because unless you're a die-hard fan of the Tropico series you won't feel the purchase was worth anything. That said, this game is marvelous. Unlike almost every city-builder game out there, your goal is not to build a successful city/country but to do anything you can to rule on it and keep doing it surviving elections, coup d'etat, riots, etc. Graphic is really good, music feels like Buena Vista Social Club (which means awesome), actual game mechanics and enjoyment are flawless. What this game lacks (and I can't really say exactly why) is longevity, after 3 cities I felt like I had no reasons to build the 4th one... still I'd like to recommend this game to almost everyone.
This game could have easily just been a DLC add on for Tropic 3 because not much new was brought to the table. There's definitely an improvement in the graphics and some aspects of the gameplay, but I feel that there wasn't enough new about it to condone being it's own game. I wouldn't go out of the way to buy this if you already own Tropico 3, I'd recommend if you want to play it then you wait for it to go on sale! Having said that, it's still incredibly fun to play and be President on.
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