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  • Summary: Picture a city-building simulation, god game combination with a good splash of humor set in a third world, Caribbean island setting.
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  • Developer: PopTop Software
  • Genre(s): Strategy, Miscellaneous, Real-Time, Management, Compilation, Modern, Modern, Government
  • # of players: 1 Player
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    It may be a bit heavy on the micro-management, but if you’re at all interested in the God game genre, you’ll be hooked on this game for a long time.
  2. If you are a big fan of "The Sims" and are looking for a little vacation from that game, crack out the margarita mix and sun block before heading on over to the exceptionally good Tropico. May your reign be long and your Swiss bank account large!
  3. 90
    And by combining an open-ended design with a wonderful (if somewhat politically incorrect) sense of humor, Tropico provides one of the finest and most dangerously addictive gaming experiences of the year.
  4. 85
    A shining example for how to create a fun and challenging game based on an extremely boring and dull concept. Clearly one to earmark as a future hall of famer.
  5. Even hardcore sim-nuts won't have any quality issues with Tropico; it's the less-experienced who will find themselves initially bewildered, even with the talky tutorial--there's just a lot of detail here, and Tropico seems to take for granted that players know the city-sim drill.
  6. While personality alone is not reason enough to buy any game, the humor and level of detail in Tropico certainly makes it a worthwhile investment.
  7. Instead of being funny, Tropico stops somewhere around being congenial, and instead of offering complexity, it offers meaningless options. The result isn't a bad game, but it is disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MartinC
    Sep 21, 2009
    10
    Excellent game if you like playing god. The music is great, gameplay is solid and even in 2009, 8 years after buying this game, I Excellent game if you like playing god. The music is great, gameplay is solid and even in 2009, 8 years after buying this game, I haven't gotten bored of it. I could not recommend this game more to anyone, and here's hoping the soon to be released Tropico 3 is as good as this one! Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2011
    10
    Amazing, amazing, amazing, and simply amazing. Love playing this game so much. Beautiful graphics, stunning scenery and architecture,Amazing, amazing, amazing, and simply amazing. Love playing this game so much. Beautiful graphics, stunning scenery and architecture, interesting story and great musical score. Definitely one of the best "build your city/society" type of tycoon-ish games I've played. Excellent!! Expand
  3. Andra?T.
    Mar 15, 2004
    10
    Great game, I like it very much.
  4. NicholasL.
    Mar 21, 2002
    10
    Very good.
  5. Jan 13, 2015
    9
    Tropico is a fantastic city builder.
    It allows you to build and manage your island paradise. You control the fate of every single one of your
    Tropico is a fantastic city builder.
    It allows you to build and manage your island paradise. You control the fate of every single one of your citizens without being able to actually tell them what to do. However you can lead them in the direction you want.
    Every island you play can be a completely different city.
    The Cuban flare of the game can really carry you away.
    The game difficulty offers a wide range but most scenarios are very tough.
    Few games are as rewarding as Tropico - and the original is still the best in the series.
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  6. Jun 21, 2014
    9
    Tropico 1 is, even 13 years after it's release, really fun to play. I loved this game as a child, and even now the graphic part of the game isTropico 1 is, even 13 years after it's release, really fun to play. I loved this game as a child, and even now the graphic part of the game is still decent, while the gameplay is just epic! The newest version definitely has some more options, but if you buy Tropico 1, you'll still get tons of fun for just a few bucks. Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    6
    Uno de los juegos más gamberros que se han creado. Da la vuelta a la idea de los típicos Sims y consiguen llevarte a controlar a un dictador.Uno de los juegos más gamberros que se han creado. Da la vuelta a la idea de los típicos Sims y consiguen llevarte a controlar a un dictador. Vale la pena probar alguna de las nuevas versiones ya que las mecánicas y el espíritu sigue siendo el mismo desde 2001. Expand

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