Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. All the added features of the nicely-priced expansion pack provide an absolutely enjoyable and unique city-building gaming experience that will keep you entertained each and every visit you make to the sunny beaches that make up the sultry and sometimes dangerous paradise of Tropico.
  2. This expansion improves on all aspects of the game from basic mechanics to the soundtrack.
  3. Kudos to the development team for speeding up the build times, including a plethora of new structures and edicts, and adding even more great tracks to the excellent soundtrack.
  4. 85
    It really does fix most of the main annoyances even if some issues are still prevalent. The new additions and the new fantastic music all are worth the time to experience.
  5. Tropico was a great game, and Paradise Island does exactly what you want from an expansion--it makes it even better.
  6. 81
    If you enjoyed the lethargic pace of Tropico, you will likely find Paradise Island a decent enough expansion, but if you couldn't bear the seemingly endless waits for each building to be constructed, this add-on doesn't provide enough to make it worth a second try.
  7. 80
    If you enjoyed the tourism aspect of the original game then this add-on is a definite must for you.
  8. Tropico has a great Caribbean soundtrack, and the visuals are colorful and for the most part well animated, even if they look a little blocky sometimes too.
  9. 80
    Buildings are built noticeably faster now. Especially huge projects like the airport. Now there is a random damage element courtesy of the elements themselves, occasional storms will pass through and they can put a final nail in your faltering economy, or at least slow down a burgeoning one (this feature is optional).
  10. This expansion pack has nothing drastically new to offer, but instead, it makes up for all the flaws of the original and expands it, giving it new qualities and an increased replay value.
  11. Game Informer
    The add-ons are too few to be really interesting, and I found they don't really tip the scales one way or other when it comes to increasing this game's appeal. [Apr 2002, p.85]
  12. It's about as straightforward as an expansion pack gets. There's just more of everything, and one or two minor interface tweaks.
  13. 60
    Whilst the new challenges offered in the expansion will amuse and frustrate those megalomaniacs amongst us for some considerable time, there is nothing spectacularly new about Paradise Island.
  14. Computer Gaming World
    Barely a step above a patch. An expansion pack like this makes you ask, "Is that all?" [May 2002, p.91]

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Jun 21, 2011
    The absolute best city-building game I've ever played, without exaggeration. From overarching policy shifts such as encouraging the populaceThe absolute best city-building game I've ever played, without exaggeration. From overarching policy shifts such as encouraging the populace to eat better, to micromanagement specific enough to assassinate individual citizens, this game truly has everything I could want in a sim. Full Review »
  2. NicholasL.
    Mar 21, 2002
    Very Very Good expansion back to a very very good game.