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  • Summary: Tropico 4 sees you return as El Presidente, the tyrannical (or benevolent) dictator of the island paradise of Tropico. 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 andTropico 4 sees you return as El Presidente, the tyrannical (or benevolent) dictator of the island paradise of Tropico. 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 Swiss bank account. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    91
    With the sheer amount of included content and near flawless transition from PC to console, Tropico 4 is a highly recommended destination for an extended vacation.
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    85
    Although there are some gameplay moments if gamers aren't especially careful with expenditures early in the game when some dark clouds of boredom while waiting for some moola to multiply in the national vaults can rain on a sunny day of tropical island ruling, those who enjoy SimCity or Civilization-style resource management gameplay with a heavy dose of political behind-closed-doors wheeling and dealing will enjoy an excursion to Tropico in its latest rendition.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    83
    If you don't have the ability to play Tropico 4 on the PC, I think the Xbox 360 version of the game is certainly suitable enough. It's still a better experience on the PC, especially when it comes to both controls and visuals, but the 360 does the job, and the controller set-up is easy enough to learn.
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    The controls, simply, work. These kinds of games have had varying amounts of success on the console this generation, with things like Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 coming close but just not being good enough, but in this case Tropico makes a great case for these once PC-only genres appearing on console.
  5. Sep 20, 2011
    78
    Tropico 4 is a great game that suffers from a few regrettable issues on console. Assuming the sound problems get fixed (or you install it to your Xbox's hard drive), I heartily recommend it as the simulation/city-builder of choice on 360 despite the less-than-ideal gamepad interface.
  6. Jan 12, 2012
    72
    There's never been a better time to get into politics. [Feb 2012, p.101]
  7. 60
    Little has changed. [Issue#79, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Aug 11, 2013
    10
    A great city building game full of things to do. A fun campaign and an amazing sandbox mode, create tourist traps, industrial wastelands,A great city building game full of things to do. A fun campaign and an amazing sandbox mode, create tourist traps, industrial wastelands, huge metropolises, or agriculture islands, way better then sim city enact laws, set taxes, be despicable, and create your dream island! Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2014
    10
    Plenty of stuff to do in this town building sim. Because the population of your islands is really small (under 1000), each citizen is uniquePlenty of stuff to do in this town building sim. Because the population of your islands is really small (under 1000), each citizen is unique in it's political affiliations and preferences. The game consists of making money while keeping your citizens happy.

    There's plenty of humor, from the sexual innuendos of your high school teacher to your advisor constantly defending your actions. Great voice acting all around.

    After playing on over 10 islands, I still have not built every single building, there's over 50 of them, and the expansion strategy seems to be really deep. The best city building game I've seen yet.
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  3. Mar 24, 2013
    9
    I've been a fan of Tropico since the first one came out many years ago for the PC. Tropico 2, with its pirate kitsch, was an annoyingI've been a fan of Tropico since the first one came out many years ago for the PC. Tropico 2, with its pirate kitsch, was an annoying distraction, but Tropico 3 made up for it. Tropico 4...? The best way to describe this installment is as "Tropico 3 with a lot of extra features." Is it an entirely new game? Not really, but how could it be and still be Tropico? The new features are universally good; there are none I was forced to look at and think "Why did you do this to my game?" Smooth controls, which are surprising for a console builder game, and a reasonably smart menu system make the game easy to play for hours. And hours. And hours and hours until your boss calls and asks where you are. Kalypso has also been good enough to port the expansion packs that have been released, which add considerable content to the game. New buildings, edicts, and all kinds of amusing stuff which fit seamlessly into the Tropico mold. Overall, this is an amazingly good builder on its own; add in the fact that it's this good on a console, and it's outstanding. There is one serious downside, though, and it's this flaw alone that dings my rating. I've had serious problems with corrupted saves once an island has been running for a significant length of time (about 30 years). Perhaps one day a patch will come out to cure this, but I'm not optimistic; the same problem plagues Tropico 3 on the Xbox. Still, tons of fun to play! (Just cross your fingers while saving!) Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2013
    8
    Tropico is a fun game, and you can drop the controller whenever you want, and continue just as easily. It is relaxing, entertaining and filledTropico is a fun game, and you can drop the controller whenever you want, and continue just as easily. It is relaxing, entertaining and filled with positive and humorous vibes. While Tropico tries to be funny no doubt, you don't seem forced to laugh at it's ironic and stereotypical jokes, that comes naturally. The gameplay doesn't differ much from the 3rd and previous installment of the series, but why change something that works perfectly. The new features are much welcome, and it is no doubt an improvement. If you're new to the franchise and don't know what to expect, the tutorial is helpful and you understand and get to know the menus completely after your first, maybe second mission. What I missed was more maps, as the campaign will have you play on the same 6-7 islands twice or maybe even trice throughout the 20 mission story. That gets rather repetitive, but at least there are new objectives each time and you therefore build the island differently than the first time. Much like Tropico 3, this is a fun and clever game that you don't play for too long at once. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2014
    8
    Tropico4 isn't that much different from Tropico 3, which isn't a terrible thing. The game is definitely fun and worth your time. I had threeTropico4 isn't that much different from Tropico 3, which isn't a terrible thing. The game is definitely fun and worth your time. I had three big issues with Tropico 3. First, the tutorial was not sufficient, and the learning curve was brutal. Second, the game had a tendency to throw random disasters your way with no warning. There were times when it felt like a fickle god was out to get you, and there was little you could do to prepare. Third and finally, a lot of the missions involved an arbitrary clock. Once you had stabilized your island, reaching a point that your industries were so diversified that you actually were able to comfortably weather any crisis the game could muster, you were left running out the clock, with little to do but maintain what you had built and wait. I can't really say if Tropico 4 has solved the first issue. Having played through Tropico 3, I came to the game well prepared to face its challenges. The second issue has largely been resolved, there are still disasters but it felt like you were given a little more warning, a chance to prepare and think ahead. The third issue was almost entirely resolved; The game throws you a series of challenges, many of which might be optional, but if you ignore all the optional challenges you find yourself in hot water. Unfortunately, Tropico 4 also misses out on one of the great strengths of its predecessor. The humor just isn't as good. Tropico 3 was distinguished from other simulators by its sense of humor and Tropico 4 is just not quite as funny. I miss Betty Boom complaining about the fact that my wind turbines rotate with, rather than against, the wind. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    7
    Having previously tried, and failed, to get into SimCity I decided to pick up Tropico 4 at a bargain price and thoroughly enjoyed its tongueHaving previously tried, and failed, to get into SimCity I decided to pick up Tropico 4 at a bargain price and thoroughly enjoyed its tongue in cheek approach to the city building genre.

    As with its predecessors the game puts you in charge of running a tropical island, either in the open sandbox mode or the 30 mission campaign. Played in sandbox mode the game is actually very similar to SimCity with no real goals or time limits to affect how you play allowing free reign to design your island in any manner you wish. While this is certainly good fun I generally found the campaign mode, which sees the game split into missions lasting between one and two hours (although it is of course possible to save the game at any point), the more enjoyable experience. The varying goals of each mission force the player to play each one differently. One mission may ask you to set up a resort to attract tourists whilst the next may require you to export a certain quantity of natural resources for example.

    Regardless of what mode you play the game in there is certainly a great deal of depth to proceedings with finances, citizen happiness, crime levels etc all needing to be correctly managed. Fortunately a well designed tutorial explains everything clearly and the will controls quickly become second nature meaning people new to the series will easily be able to get up to speed.

    It's unlikely to hold anyone's interest for more than a few weeks but Tropico 4 is undoubtedly one of the best city builders available and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the genre, although anyone that has played the previous game will find not much has changed.
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  7. Nov 20, 2011
    2
    As a fan of the previous installments i feel insulted that Kalypso would make a "new" Tropico game and call it the 4th installment. This gamesAs a fan of the previous installments i feel insulted that Kalypso would make a "new" Tropico game and call it the 4th installment. This games in-game menu's, building, characters, design is almost identical to the previous game. Download the glicthy demo if it is still available and see for yourself. Expand

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