Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. While it isn’t a perfect game it does manage to come rather close to that mark. If you have a PC that is able to run Tropico there is no reason not to run out and buy the game. It is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
  2. Beyond that, Tropico 3 is a fantastically addictive single player game that will have you up until the wee hours of the morning — who knew a Castro sim could be so much fun?
  3. The expected sandbox mode complements Tropico's excellent campaign, and it's exactly what you'd expect. [Nov 2009, p.112]
  4. With a reasonable $40 price tag and some solid visuals to go along, this one crosses genres nicely to appeal to both RTS fans and city management-types alike.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 158 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    This game is the best city builder ever! The economics are challenging but manageable, the graphics are far better than I expected and its all sent off with a nice dose of latin music. Ok, so you cant be that much of an evil dictator but you can still assassinate people, ban things and do almost anything you want.. The gameplay is fun, and my only real complaint is that you cant completely build your own map. However, its still amazing. Viva El Presidente! Full Review »
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    This game is an underwhelming city builder. It has style, which other city builders tend to lack, and the game has some nice options ranging from an okay campaign to a sandbox scenario on a randomly generated island. Unfortunately, the game severely lacks polishing. After playing this over three years past its release, it still suffers from an unbelievable amount of bugs. I can only imagine how unplayable it would have been at release. A polished version of this game might have scored a 7 from me, but in its current state (that I imagine won't get any better at this point), I can't give it more than a 4. To clarify, the bugs range from both gameplay bugs and technical bugs (such as crashing while saving, corrupting save files of course). Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    Addictive, fun, challenging and possesses a great sense of humor, I highly recommend this game, ive had hours upon hours of fun with it. There are many different challenges that can make up a mission or map, you can choose what sort of industry to focus on, there is quite a lot on offer in this game. Full Review »