• Publisher: Kalypso
  • Release Date: Feb 16, 2010
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. A solid interface makes this Xbox 360 port a reasonable - though not ideal - way to play Tropico 3. [Issue#203, p.92]
  2. 87
    Tropico 3 is a one of a kind game for the 360. I think that's what makes it so great, is that there are next to no other games on the system that are like it.
  3. If you're an Xbox 360 strategist or megalomaniac then get this game as you won't be disappointed.
  4. Tropico 3, while problematic, still manages to dig its hooks in deep.
  5. Overall though, the gameplay is what shines through here, and while I'm sure there's a better experience to be had with the PC version, 360 owners itching for some city building sim will be pretty happy with what this port has to offer.
  6. You will be pleasantly surprised by what this simulator offers. A must buy any day.
  7. 82
    Tropico 3 combines a very good city building game with an intriguing political game. In that regard, it's fairly unique in the 360 catalog.
  8. It's complicated enough playing on PC with so many menus to navigate and things to keep check on. However, Tropico 3 does a good job of having things accessible despite having a terrible tutorial.
  9. 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.
  10. 80
    Whatever your inclinations, Tropico 3 is an enjoyable city simulator that offers the same sort of replayability that others of its kind do; this one just emphasizes experimentation with moral behavior rather than perfecting a building grid.
  11. An engaging, competent city builder but it doesn't quite offer the unique spin it suggests. [Christmas 2009, p.79]
  12. A challenging city builder. Shame it doesn't like you ruling with an iron fist. [Jan 2010, p.87]
  13. Suffice it to say, the more you play the more in-depth and rewarding the game becomes. The presentation is top-notch for a game of this genre, with beautiful visuals bringing your island to life and a rollicking score to keep your ears happy
  14. While Tropico 3 on the Xbox 360 is enjoyable, there’s no reason to get it on the console if you have a PC capable of running it. The game is still an entertaining experience, but the controls are plain-and-simple better on the mouse and keyboard.
  15. Tropico 3 offers gamers hours of strategic goodness on Xbox 360. However, playing by yourself will probably only hold your interest for short stints.
  16. 75
    Tropico 3 is a great distraction, if a bit dated and minimal-looking.
  17. Tropico 3 is a great city builder and at the same time an enjoyable and very good-looking RTS also in Xbox 360.
  18. This game could have easily pushed into the eighties had it not been for the awful and extremely frustrating save game issues that dog it right from the start to end. Nothing is more upsetting than losing hours upon hours of work to a simple design flaw and it almost puts you off starting again. Where the game really succeeds though is that, despite all that, you cannot help but want one more go.
  19. Commit to your fiefdom, and Tropico 3 becomes a gift that keeps on giving. [Apr 2010, p.81]
  20. 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.
  21. While the Tropico franchise has existed on the PC for a while, Tropico 3 marks its first appearance on consoles, and for the most part, it's a solid first outing.
  22. 72
    To understand the controls of this game, it's wise to check the tutorial and the manual first. About the game, the graphics are just fine, but the music will annoy you soon enough and unfortunately there are more lacks which will cause irritations. Despite all this Tropico 3 has become a decent game, but it's definitely only meant for the fans of this genre.
  23. Overall, Tropico 3 is a fine city management game, provided that you don't mind that it's essentially just Tropico with a modern game engine.
  24. Maybe it's the classic, solid city-building gameplay. Maybe it's the unique style and sense of humour. Maybe it's the fact that, despite all the niggles, the game is still so absorbing you can spend hours on it without realising just how much time you've wasted.
  25. So addictive you'll be playing for weeks. [Jan 2010, p.108]
  26. Whatever you do, don’t lose your palace or else it’s game over. Hire secret police, win over the militarists and build up army as the KB, the CIA and rebels will make several assassination attempts to call the end of your reign. It’s this type of problem solving that makes Tropico 3 a rich title with plenty of things to do.
  27. This genre is notably absent from the console world. A number of real-time strategy games have made in-roads in establishing this almost PC-exclusive genre on consoles but until mouse and keyboard get the nod, it has hit a wall. I'm just glad it has done so with a steel drum beat.
  28. It’s a real shame that the campaign plays second fiddle to challenges for drama and certainly entertainment, as Tropico 3 still has a fair way to go before it makes a significant impact outside of the PC world.
  29. A good game partially ruined by the complex control system. If you can, buy the PC version.
  30. Rebel coups and corruption aren't the only things you need to worry about in this somewhat problematic, yet still addictive, port of Tropico 3.
  31. After playing both versions of the game, I'd recommend looking at the PC version instead of this one if both are an option to you. If not, keep in mind that the Xbox 360 version of the game is going to take some patience on your part. You'll need to deal with a clunky interface, long stretches of do-nothing time, and a difficulty curve that's barely a speed bump. Other than that, it's a day in the sun.
  32. A steep learning curve and a complex play style stop it from succeeding. [Issue#53, p.90]
  33. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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,
    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.
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