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  • Summary: As in the original Tropico, the player again is able to play the role of "El Presidente" taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternativelyAs in the original Tropico, the player again is able to play the role of "El Presidente" taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman. Danger lurks on every corner. There are militant rebels planning a Coup d'Etat for a communistic Junta, while in the background there are two lurking superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union, who would perhaps prefer a more pliable president in the strategically important island of Tropico! [Kalypso] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
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  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. Tropico 3 has all the depth you could want, but presents itself in a fresh light that emphasizes fun without coddling the player. If you have any interest in playing out a dictatorship fantasy, this is as good as it gets.
  3. A good-looking, surprisingly deep, charming city-builder. Lots of good ideas that make intuitive sense. More than worth the price of admission.
  4. It's manifestly amusing and downright fun, and that's its real strength. [Issue#26, p.46]
  5. Tropico 3 is nothing particularly special in concept — it's basically SimCity in a bunch of fictional Cuba-like nations. The historic incidents and your handling of them, combined with small touches like avatars and online functions, make for a fun and distinct experience.
  6. Overall, Tropico 3 is enjoyable for those that thrive on simulator city management games.
  7. The tongue-in-cheek Cold War-era humour is preferable to Cities XL's hard-faced exterior, but Haemimont's skill in masking the behind-the-scenes mechanisms pales in comparison to Mote Cristo's effort. [Dec 2009, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 3 out of 42
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    10
    This game is the best city builder ever! The economics are challenging but manageable, the graphics are far better than I expected and its allThis 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! Expand
  2. StianH
    Nov 14, 2009
    10
    Best game ever is back - better, prettier, and even more fun. It looks and feels very refreshing with beautiful graphics and full 3d, and at Best game ever is back - better, prettier, and even more fun. It looks and feels very refreshing with beautiful graphics and full 3d, and at the bottom it's still good old tropico, I was still playing tropico 1 and 2 until this came out. If you are familiar with those, then you will find much the same mechanics here. To me its the best city building/management game ever :) My only issue is when I get to 500+ citizens, the game is choking my 3.16ghz core 2 duo, at 600-700 it cries out for a quad. It does come to mind that the previous tropico games were exactly like this too, they would get really cpu intensive with a large population, I assume due to all the micromanagement involved. I was getting that quad core anyway ;) Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2013
    9
    This is one of my favourite games (and one of the games with the best video game soundtrack). If you are remotely interested in city buildingThis is one of my favourite games (and one of the games with the best video game soundtrack). If you are remotely interested in city building then give this a try, even if you don't initially care for the Caribbean theme. Expand
  4. ErikB
    Mar 28, 2010
    8
    Tropico 3 is certainly a worth while game for any stratigist, city builder, or sim fan. It's cheap price and abbundent content allow you Tropico 3 is certainly a worth while game for any stratigist, city builder, or sim fan. It's cheap price and abbundent content allow you to make a safe investment. The steep learning curve might turn some people away but otherwise, that's really it's only flaw. A few may say that Tropico isn't indepth enough, and I would agree only in some portions of the game such as diplomacy, and trade (if any). But I think that Haemimont Games wanted to keep the game as simple as possible. The game is very deep in individual polotics and electoral processes which is a deviation from most City Builders. If you enjoy city building but have been turned off by all the recent Rome era games, this is the game for you, different, modern, cheap, addicting. Building a 1950's era island is one of those things that turns out to be far more fun after you get the hang of it. Build industry, housing, entertainment, tourism, infestructure etc. all through a steamlined, realistic process. This is not a military game! If you like seeing little men kill each other like in AoE, then don't count on it in Tropico. The only visual military conflict that I know of is Rebel rebelions, when you see five guys attacking five guys, it's very anticlimatic. The graphics and lighting are perfect for this tropical setting and the amount of buildings and people seems a little low, but the variaty makes up for it. Are you Pro U.S.S.R or U.S.? you decide. Nationalist, realigous, a militant? There's so much to do in Tropico that it will have you playing for hours. It's not for EVERYONE, but it is for most. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2012
    8
    Tropico 3 is one of the best city builder games I've played. Lots of customization and control over your style of play, as well as a deepTropico 3 is one of the best city builder games I've played. Lots of customization and control over your style of play, as well as a deep political aspect unseen in most city build games. the voice acting is fantastic and hilarious, the story mode has engaging missions and is fun to play. The only qualms I have with this game is relating to the tourism game play, I feel like it is in all underwhelming. The soundtrack to the game is fantastic, and often you need to think carefully about how you want to go about planning your little island paradise before just jumping in. All in all it is a deep and rewarding city builder, with a generous splash of politics and humor, and easily one of the best city build games I've ever owned. Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2012
    7
    While Tropico 3 makes some great improvements on the original it does cut back in some areas and it's not quite as polished. Still if you'veWhile Tropico 3 makes some great improvements on the original it does cut back in some areas and it's not quite as polished. Still if you've ever wanted to try your hand at being Fidel Castro, this is the best game for it. Expand
  7. jackM
    Dec 15, 2009
    0
    Kalypso screwed everyone that pre purchased the game on Steam by moving the release date 3 times and by giving a bogus discount that Kalypso screwed everyone that pre purchased the game on Steam by moving the release date 3 times and by giving a bogus discount that continued after the release...and they are still discounting it (permanent discount). The game is not all that bad, but to easy so I got bored with it after only 15 hours of playing. There are also multiple onnoying bugs and regular crashes. All in all i give it a big fat zero for how they treated (played) me. Its an over rated game that brings nothing new. Do not buy tropico 3 and boycot all games from Kalypso! Expand

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