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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 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] Expand
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  1. A solid interface makes this Xbox 360 port a reasonable - though not ideal - way to play Tropico 3. [Issue#203, p.92]
  2. Tropico 3, while problematic, still manages to dig its hooks in deep.
  3. Tropico 3 is a deep, complex and though game, packaged in a very good technical realization and catchy music. Missions are much varied and never boring, but they get sometimes ruined by the complex and unclear menus. If you like managerial games, this is surely a suggested game.
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    Tropico 3 is a great distraction, if a bit dated and minimal-looking.
  5. If you’ve ever daydreamed of being a Caribbean dictator, Tropico 3 provides you with just kind of gaming experience, and the generous helping of over-the-top political humor and educational tidbits from that era in history are what really set this game apart from other city simulations.
  6. So addictive you'll be playing for weeks. [Jan 2010, p.108]
  7. Long time fans of the genre looking to get their fix on the console(s) will find what they need here. Unfortunately, they are also going to find the things that hinder the genre on anything other than a PC.

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  1. Aug 2, 2011
    Tropico 3 is a mixed bag. You'll be frustrated when its hard and bored when its easy, but its fun nonetheless.

    1. If you don't have an HD tv,
    you'll not be able to read ANY of the text on the screen. For real. However, once you play for 10 hours and look a lot of stuff up online, you wont need to since almost everything you need has an icon associated with it. Frustrating but not game-ending.

    2. Tropico is frustrating when things aren't going well. When you're behind, its darn hard to catch up, whether from lack of monetary income, natural disasters, rebels, etc. You'll feel like you're always running to catch up, which isn't really that pleasant of an experience for hours on end. Inversely, when you've got everything under control, you'll likely end up bored of playing because at that point is just about island design and racking up more points, in essense, the game looses its appeal and becomes dull.

    3. While Tropico 3 is a lot like Sim City plus politics, strangely enough the politics only play into how you build your city, or what buildings you make. Its virtually impossible to flat out ignore any constituency, and of course you have to have money regardless. So in the end either everyone is happy with you or you'll have a failed state. Its hard to be in-between. I wish there was more political stuff going on - its way too easy just to ignore the US and USSR.

    4. There's virtually no tutorial about how to make anything work on your island for such a deep sim builder. So you'll spend a lot of time online, thankfully nothing much has changed from the old Tropicos, so those work just fine for strategy FYI.

    5. Tropico, despite all i've noted, is actually quite a fun and addicting game. the framerate suffers sometimes, but its not a huge deal. overall, if you pick it up used say for $25-$30 i'd think it worth it. definitely a game you can leave and come back to again and again. So sorry if the review makes it feel like a downer, its just dont expect to be blown away. its a fun game if you like civ building for sure.