||(Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (Retail) (TROPICOPR)
Publisher: PopTop Software / Gathering of Developers
- Violence / Suggestive Themes
3½ out of 4
from Game Power
As the newly installed dictator of an obscure Caribbean
island, build a path of progress for a nation mired in poverty, civil unrest
and infighting. Oh, and uhh
stash a few million in your Swiss bank
account just in case you need to take early retirement.
Tropico takes the addictive building-oriented gameplay of
hits such as SimCity 3000 and Railroad Tycoon 2, combined with a healthy dose of Latin
American political intrigue, and bundles it up in an easy-to-learn, hard to
master, utterly addictive package.
Tropico is first and foremost a builder. Tropico
provides over 85 structures to build, from hotels and spas for tourists to
banana groves, sugar plantations and bauxite mines for food and basic exports,
to rum distilleries and cigar factories for basic industry. Industry, mining,
agriculture, or tourism, you choose to shape the economy to your vision. And
dont let your lust for Yanqui dollars overcome your concern for the
plight of your people. (or theyll overcome your palace guards and teach
you a lesson in mob justice) As a precaution against such unpleasantness, may
we suggest paying off the radio stations and educating your citizens to the,
um, true benevolence of your rule?
Your islands inhabitants are fleshed out individuals,
most of whom support you as their leader (at least initially). They go about
their daily business striving for happiness under your enlightened rule. They
have homes, jobs and identities, and they like being safe, well-fed, employed
and spiritually enriched. Plan your growth well, and youll have plenty of
money to buy your peoples favor. Plan your growth poorly, and, well,
theres always martial law
Over 80 different buildings, including sports arenas,
cathedrals, airports, rum distilleries and cabarets. Build a tourist haven with
spas, luxury hotels, swimming pools and night clubs. Just be sure to keep that
shanty town from spilling into the tourist-only beaches.
Build your population from 35 to a bustling 500 unique
individuals. Each mañana brings new births, marriages and even deaths
(natural or otherwise ...). Your citizens' lives are interconnected, so take
heed who you offend. Throw a rebel in jail and her extended family curses your
name. Bribe her and her family may become your ally.
Dictators are people too, so you'll need to pick both good
and bad qualities for yourself. If you've ever wanted to rule an entire island
as a lying, paranoid, compulsive gambler, here's your chance.
Take care if your people, Or they will take care of you!
Tend to your people as they deal with devastating disasters
including, droughts, popular rebellions, military coups and US sponsored
invasions. Feel their pain - compassion makes great propaganda.
Windows 95/98/2000/Me/NT4/XP: Pentium 200 MHz or
faster, 32 MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM drive, 820 Mb hard drive.
Gaming Gods by Shawn
"You're a dictator, and you're running your own island. Each
decision you make can leave some people mad, or others happy. This is the
creativeness of Tropico, in that every single person on your island has a
different personality, and everyone needs to be treated differently, just like
in real life. If you choose to ignore the people, they will rebel, and can lead
to many burnt flags and possibly many dead bodies."
"As soon as I started the game I
knew this would be a joyful session. The music brought me to a surreal world,
giving me the sense and that I was really on a foreign island- the music really
sets the mood for the game."
"Needless to say, I loved this game. It was like The Sims,
multiplied by 10 in a sense that everyone leads their own life and their lives
are effected by your decisions. The realism in this game is awe-inspiring, and
it makes me wonder if I really would be good at running my own island, because
the people seem to love me. There is a feeling you get when you win elections,
and when people love you- thats what good games do to you."
Game Power by
"I've never been a fan of Havanas. But, somehow, with
Tropico on my monitor, I have this urge to light up a Montecristo Especial,
prop my feet up on my roll-top desk, and issue an edict or two. Being El
Presidente has its pluses."
"Tropico takes you where no game has gone before --
a third world, Caribbean island nation. Sort of a combo city-builder/god game
with a tongue-in-cheek edge..."
"That's the beauty of Tropico. It is eminently replayable.
There are so many options -- the island's physical characteristics, victory
conditions, El Presidente's personality quirks -- that it never plays the same
way twice. It also has the feature that makes games like Civilization and Age
Of Empires great -- it's easy to play...and difficult to master. With the
option to adjust difficulty levels from ridiculously easy to virtually
impossible, you can test multiple tactics, swap strategies online, and hone
your dictatorial acumen."
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